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The Food System and Ecological Ethics

Isaac Kreisman : Philosophy Summer 2012

Because I am an out-of-state student, the Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship allows me to stay near UC Berkeley and its resources. Without the distractions of academic coursework during the summer, I have the freedom and time to delve into theory and materials from a multitude of disciplines. I am excited to work with my mentors and my SURF cohorts. I am grateful... Read More

A Nietzschean Interpretation of Autobiography

Tiffany Ku : English, Rhetoric Summer 2013

If as many theorists of the genre argue, authenticity is essential to autobiography, what place, if any, does the literary occupy in it? By “literary” I mean all of the subjective qualities that interpretation introduces to any verbal description of reality. On the one hand, it seems impossible to depict a complete life without recourse to interpretation; on the other... Read More

Self Esteem and Physical Attractiveness in Older Women

Lu Lu Kuang : Psychology Summer 2002

"Their Finest Genre": the Moral Relevance of World War II in Contemporary Literature

Alison Lafferty : English, Italian Studies Summer 2016

World War II, one of the most significant global events of the 20th century, still has not faded from our societal memory. Specifically in the western world, this war has been moralized as an Allied victory against the grips of fascism, but recent representations of World War II events challenge these accepted moral perceptions. The representation of World War II in... Read More

Unspoken Trauma: Narrating the Representation of Sexual Abuse in Harriet Jacobs' Slave Narrative

Allison Kathleen Lahl : English Summer 2007

As a slave narrative, Harriet Jacobs' autobiography bears the burden of truth telling demanded by this genre. However, this categorization has largely prohibited critics from fully addressing Jacobs' utilization of fantasy, which becomes apparent in her seemingly unbelievable and fantastic portrayal of her protagonist's ability to constantly thwart her master's... Read More

The Metapoetics of the Construction of Space and Location in Horace’s Odes

Erin Lam : Molecular Environmental Biology, Classical Languages Summer 2012

The Roman poet Horace, an enormous influence on Western thought and poetry, himself stands within a long tradition of Greek and Latin lyric. He innovates on the foundations his forebears have built, creating new and surprising poems. Many of Horace’s Odes reveal a marked attention to the construction of setting. I categorize these settings into “actual place... Read More

The Stone Age meets the Digital Age: The Application of Three Dimensional Techniques for the Study of Lithic Artifact

Nicole Lang : Anthropology Summer 2013

My project explores the ways in which 3D, digital technology can assist in analyzing and teaching about lithic technologies, e.g. stone tools.  Over the summer of 2013, I will experiment with different methods that allow me to reproduce accurate 3D models that will be included in an online digital reference dictionary.  The methods I will be using are photography of... Read More

The Special Court for Sierra Leone: A Revitalization of the Rule of Law?

Leslie Lang : Rhetoric, Business Administration Summer 2005

Power and Ideology through Language: The Formulation of the Vernacular in the Allegory of Good and Bad Government by Ambrogio Lorenzetti

Zoe Langer : History of Art Summer 2008

One of the earliest fresco cycles to be of secular imagery and subject matter solely, the Allegory of Good and Bad Government (c. 1337-40) frescoes by Ambrogio Lorenzetti portray an idealized portrait of Sienese society under one of its most potent ruling bodies, the Nine. Within and around these frescoes are inscriptions in the italian vernacular, which have... Read More

Life Stories behind Chinese Restaurants in Mexico

Cristina Lau : Asian Studies Summer 2008

As a third generation ethnic Chinese in Mexico, my research interests focus on the Chinese communities in Mexico. The Chinese people have reached many corners of the world primarily to search for new job opportunities and to start new homes. Especially active during the 19th century, the Chinese mostly migrated as coolies or contract workers, attracted to... Read More

Uncanny Narratives of Gendered Trauma in Oh Jung-hee’s "The Yard of Childhood"

Julie Lee : English Summer 2016

According to the author herself, Oh Jung-hee’s 1981 short story collection 『유년의 뜰』 ("The Yard of Childhood") “took the form of a novel sequence” when she rearranged eight of her previously published stories by protagonist age. The sequence, however unplanned, elegiacally traces the compressed post-war development of South Korea in the 1950s-70s—all through the... Read More

The potential role of ERK5 in cell quiescence

Linda Kay Lee : Molecular and Cell Biology Summer 2004

Fireworks, Then My City is Ashes: Poems about World War II

Lisa Levin : Comparative Literature, Music, French, Creative Writing (minor) Summer 2012

Part creative writing, part auto-ethnography, part literary analysis -- my project examines how war blurs distinctions between national and individual identity, the ways in which this complicates family bonds, and how both of these issues haunt future generations. My research focuses on the memoir as a genre of historical narrative, specifically of the Jewish diaspora... Read More

Community and Exclusion in the Gay Mecca

Andrew Levine-Murray : Sociology Summer 2012

The Castro District in San Francisco, California is frequently referred to as the “Gay Mecca,” a home for those of us who have been pushed to the margins because of our sexual orientation. However, demographics of and race relations within the Castro tell quite a different story, as people of color are largely absent or excluded from the community. Thus, my research... Read More

The American Vernacular in Twain and Hemingway

Kirsten Lew : English Summer 2010

My research deals with a trend in American prose that, starting around the nineteenth century, led to an increasingly speech-based way of writing, called “plain speech,” characterized by simplicity in language, conciseness, and straightforwardness. Starting with Mark Twain’s Adventure of Huckleberry Finn, which was the first time that a serious work of literature... Read More

The New Traditional Woman

Morgan Lewis : History, Gender and Women's Studies Summer 2010

My research will focus on the role of women in forming the gender and family politics of the New Right in the 1970s and 1980s and if their views differed from New Right men. I am also interested in complicating the idea of 'traditional values' by looking at how the privileging of certain issues and identities in fact represented a departure from the past.

The Narration of Smallpox in Charles Dicken's Bleak House

Shan-Ying Li : English Summer 2010

This summer, I will be researching the narration of smallpox in Charles Dickens’ Bleak House. While much has been said about his influence on the literary development and the Victorian society, Dickens’ use of the medical motif is often undermined. In this project, I will focus my inquiry on smallpox. My research will be divided into two phases, one on the historical... Read More

The Effects of Depression on Interpersonal Emotional Responding

Angela Li : Psychology Summer 2008

My research project focuses on depression to determine how it impacts interpersonal relationships and depressed individuals' emotional responses. I am studying depression through a couple's study involving 80 romantic couples. During the study, couples engage in a series of conversations about a sacrifice they made for each other, a time that they felt great love... Read More

Economic Regionalism Under China's Dynamic Growth

Hao Li : Interdisciplinary Studies Field, Legal Studies Summer 2005

The Failure of a Universal Portugal: Race, Messianism, and The World

Jacob Liming : Geography, Economics, Development Studies Summer 2016

My work addresses various moments throughout the history of the Lusophone empire in which Portugal attempted to interpolate imperial subjects into larger universalizing political projects. In other words I investigate how difference was contended with and inflected in teleological narratives of prominent Portuguese figures, emphasizing the latencies, erasures,... Read More

Modernization Theory in the Post-Cold War Era

James Yushang Lin : History Summer 2007

In the 1950s, modernization theory became the driving factor for American foreign policy as a reaction to the beginning of the Cold War. In the decades to follow, modernization theory slowly subsided in popularity, until a recent revival in the 1990s by several prominent American neo-conservatives in response to the presumed victory of the Cold War. This project... Read More

An Analysis Into the Typical Years in a Refugee Camp

Anita Lin : Economics Summer 2016

One of the great human rights crisis characterizing the turn of the 21st century is the drastic increase in the number of refugees worldwide. As of 2014 the UNHCR reported the number of people forcibly displaced to be 59.9 million people and pinpoints the number of years spent in refugee camps to be 17 years. The UN, NGOs, advocates and the international community have... Read More

An Exploration of the Perceptions and Utilization of Networks in Washington D.C.

Robynne Lindsey : Political Science, Anthropology Summer 2013

Washington, D.C. is arguably the nation's largest hotspot for young adults seeking professional careers. College students who aspire to these positions are typically advised to develop their professional networks. My research question asks how young college-affiliated adults ages 18-25 perceive networking relationships, how they develop and maintain networking ties,... Read More

Osteoarthritis and Osteophytosis : a comparative study of Aging in the Rhesus Macaque (Macaca mulatta)

Ashley Nicole Lipps : Anthropology, Integrative Biology Summer 2006

Age-related bone loss and osteoarthritis have been exhibited in several mammalian species, and both are especially common in humans. However, the etiology behind age-related bone loss is highly complicated and osteoarthritis is especially unstudied. Previous studies have relied on rodent models and have primarily investigated changes in BMD (Bone Mineral Density);... Read More

Teenaged Female Sexuality in American Film, 1980 - 2010

Sally Littlefield : American Studies Summer 2016

My summer research seeks to understand how American culture conceives of adolescent female sexuality through analyzing popular film. Looking at American teen films from the 1980s, 1990s, and 2000s, I will explore when, how, and by whom it is considered acceptable or problematic for teenaged women to engage with their sexuality. Once I've conducted a thorough film... Read More

The Appeal for Readerly Sympathy in Charlotte Bronte's Jane Eyre and Villette

Stephanie Lo : English, Media Studies Summer 2011

Because reading any piece of literature is a personal experience for me, I was drawn to Charlotte Bronte's Jane Eyre because of how its first-person narrative voice strongly solicits feelings of sympathy from the reader, thus emphasizing the importance and necessity of the reader's role and response to the novel.  My interest in Jane Eyre led me to... Read More

Understanding the 'Korean Wave': The Role of Korean Soap Operas in Asian-American Identity, Pleasure and Cultural Proximity

Stephanie Lo : Women's Studies Summer 2007

This summer I will be investigating why Asian Americans engage in (inter)cultural viewing of Korean soap operas. I am interested in tying this question in with the ‘Korean wave,’ that is, the general enthusiasm for Korean pop culture, but also to larger questions of pan-Asian identity, language and cultural proximity. To answer these questions, and hopefully more... Read More

Culture, Memory, and Identity in Hong Kong Food Writing & Literature

Queenie Kwan Yee Lo : Chinese Summer 2015

“People revere food as if it were Heaven”. This Chinese idiom highlights the essential role that food has always played in Chinese culture and history. It is commonplace to see cuisine and wine appear in Chinese classical and modern literature. When food appears in literature, we experience it with all our senses and gain a deeper understanding of its significance. In... Read More

Regimes of Parenthood: Race, Familia, and the State in Latino Los Angeles

Jessica Lopez : Anthropology Summer 2011

My research will look comparatively at how the ideology of public education, the ideology of American parenthood, and the ideology of the Latino cultural community come to intersect into existing and developing parental practices. Using participant-observation methods and a framework of discourse theory, I will analyze the linguistic practices of the Latino mothers and... Read More

Community Empowerment in Dictatorship and Democracy: An Examination of Shantytwon Women in Santiago de Chile

Meghan Elisabeth Lowe : History Summer 2007

My history thesis project will analyze the Santiago de Chile of 1964 to 2006 from the perspective of shantytown women, with an emphasis on the community institutions that offer them employment, personal development opportunities and/or activism networks. I will examine what poor women do within these institutions, why these opportunities are significant in their... Read More

Losing My Religion: Evidence of Religious Doubt and Anxiety in Black Plague Literature from 1553 to 1603

Caitlin Lowe : English, Latin American Studies (minor) Summer 2014

King Henry VIII’s split with the Catholic Church in 1534 brought about the social and political turmoil known as the English Reformation. This religiously tumultuous time period was made more challenging by a resurgence of the Black Death. In order to study the social, political, and emotional responses to the politically imposed mass religious conversion of England... Read More

Infant Locomotion, Cognition and Early Language Acquisition

Lucy Ma : Psychology, Legal Studies Summer 2015

My research seeks to examine the functional consequences of locomotor experience. Current research insists that the onset of walking leads to psychological changes that have not been appreciated or expected. Some studies show that an infant's receptive and productive language seem to improve dramatically after acquiring the ability to walk. However,... Read More

“Who are we?” - Japanese History Textbooks and the Creation of a National Identity

Yu-Han Serena Ma : History Summer 2014

In the early twentieth century Japan stood at the apex of East Asia. It ceased to be a secluded island and became an empire that stretched from Sakhalin to Taiwan, an empire that even the West feared. However, securing the empire required the Japanese state to turn away from territorial expansion and to focus on articulating a national identity appropriate for the new... Read More

The Political Role of Religious Appeals in India

Alex Mabanta : Political Science, Rhetoric, Human Rights (Minor), Certificate in Entrepreneurship and Technology (Minor) Summer 2015

Indian Muslims, a recent UC Berkeley study discovers, are more likely to elect politicians who use Islamic symbols in campaign materials.  This stands in contrast to Indian Hindus, who have no preference for candidates who appeal to their vote through Hindu symbols. Asymmetric outcomes, therefore, permeates how religious identities are politicized between India's two... Read More

The Joycean Re-imagining and Revolution of Heaven and Hell in Finnegans Wake

Clifford Kaho Mak : Comparative Literature Summer 2007

Joyce's Wake is many things (understatement of the year): as a wake, it is an initiation and a journey into the world of eternal sleep and all the fabulous events therein, and as such, the Wake is a meditation upon Joyce's vision of the afterlife. Joyce, however, was not the first to explore in art the idea of an afterlife; his admiration for Dante is well known... Read More

Documenting Terror: DIY Aesthetics in Post-9/11 Horror Films

Cheryl Mak : Mass Communications Summer 2008

After the success of The Blair Witch Project (1999), the shaky camera disappeared from the horror genre. But on 9/11 Americans witnessed a new horror on their television screens from footage by professional news crews and amateur film recorders. Since then a recent trend of cheap, amateur filmmaking (DIY) aesthetics has resurfaced in mainstream horror films which... Read More

Sustaining Academic Innovation: The Introduction & Institutionalization of American Cultures at UC Berkeley

Jeff Patrick Manassero : History Summer 2007

The American Cultures requirement was ushered into UC Berkeley's general curriculum during the late 1980's, as universities across the nation followed suite. This project will study the development of multicultural requirements in the college curriculum, and specifically explore the origins of American Cultures on the Berkeley campus. In an attempt to portray... Read More

Understanding and Self-Advocacy: Students with Learning Disabilities, Unrecognized Talent

Tabitha Mancini : Sociology Summer 2012

It is estimated that approximately 15% of the U.S. population has some type of learning disability (LD) (LDA, 2012). Though there is a growing body of research about people with LDs, this population is still dramatically misunderstood and underserved. Due to the amount of people in the U.S. who are now discovered to have LDs and the magnitude of the correlations to the... Read More

Who Would Rule Over Immortal Gods and Men: The Preservation of Cosmic Order in Hesiod’s Theogony

Cecily Manson : Classical Languages Summer 2015

Within pantheistic ideology there is a clear, central conflict: the birth of a new deity poses a threat to the existing cosmic order. This complication will be my focus this summer as I perform close analyses of the Archaic Greek poems that have since provided the canonical representations of the Olympian pantheon: Hesiod’s Theogony and the Homeric Hymns. A... Read More

Intuition in Mathematical Problem Solving

Elena Martynova : Psychology, Statistics Summer 2015

Science is a synonym for analytical thought, rigor, meticulousness and rationality. However, some of the greatest scientific discoveries, inventions and even proofs relied on the complete opposite of that – intuition. In mathematics, mother of all sciences, intuition is routine: there is no point in dedicating decades to proving a conjecture if one does not have an... Read More

Allan's Carrying Capacity: The Political Origins of Neo-Malthusian Scientific Thinking in Colonial Zambia

Eyal Mazor : Geography Summer 2009

Although considerable scholarship has debunked neo-Malthusian myths of "overpopulation," its specters and tropes continue to be invoked in environmentalist, anti-immigration, and 'development' discourses. However, little historical work has been done on the origins of these discourses. My project focuses on the genesis of... Read More

The Effaced Teacher: Yoga to the People, Embodied Practices and theCreation of Ethical Communities

Katie McCarthy : Rhetoric, English Summer 2011

My project is a discourse analysis of the community-donation-based Vinyasa yoga studios of Yoga to the People (YTTP).  I will explore issues of embodiment, technique and aesthetics and whether they incite, affect or create a potential space for a community to form within a individualized practice. Yoga teachers at YTTP are kept anonymous (simply, their names are not... Read More

Afrocentric Curricula: A Powerful Enough Force to Curtail Negative Classroom Behavior?

Larry E. McDaniel Jr. : Sociology Summer 2014

My research project will ask if a consistent classroom discourse on relevant curriculum to ones ethnic group, historical ethnic heritage, and cultural makeup—specifically African Americans in this case—is a powerful enough force to curtail or positively shift the behavior of African American adolescent students who display negative behavior in a classroom setting. This... Read More

Transgression, Media-Objects, Counter-Publics

Mark Roy McGrath : Anthropology Summer 2007

This study proposes an investigation of the production and distribution of media products, in the form of images and pornographic texts that depict and eroticize sexual practices deemed high-risk by public health officials. In the United States, the mid 1990s’ saw the emergence of social practices within at-risk populations that both celebrate and promote... Read More

Tango spotted: virtual embodiment in military first-person shooters

Caroline McKusick : Anthropology, Near Eastern Studies Summer 2010

It's easy to see video games as fantasy worlds designed for pleasure and escape. In this project, I plan to look further into the real-life implications of virtual worlds--specifically military first-person shooters. When we consume war as a source of fun, what happens? Military FPSes, such as Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2, involve certain assumptions--not just about... Read More

Moving Left: Examining Ideological/Political Shifts within Israeli Society

Ariella Megory : Cultural Anthropology Summer 2011

I am studying the Israeli perspective of the Israeli-Palsestinian Conflict as a case study to understand how personal perspectives shift in directions contrary to the dominant national discourse. I will be interviewing individuals who have shifted their perspective from the right-wing ideology common in Israel today to a more liberal (pro-Palestinian/anti-Zionist)... Read More

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