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At the Threshold: A Critical Race Perspective of the Filipino Identity

Sy Bocalbos Jordan : Gender & Women's Studies, Theater & Performance Studies Summer 2016

Filipinos living in the Philippines today are made of of more than 175 ethnic groups, and are an amalgamation of its indigenous populations, migrants from neighboring countries and the descendants of distant colonizers. For my research, I will use a critical race and gender lens to examine Filipino Identity. What was the process of racialization for the indigenous... Read More

The Quest for Meaning: Fairy Tales in Fantasy Literature

Jenna Jorgensen : Interdisciplinary Studies Field Summer 2003

Understanding Cultural Differences in Disclosure of Personal Problems and Help Seeking Propensity

Josephine Juanamarga : Psychology Summer 2012

In my research, I aim to explore the mechanisms behind why Asians experience more difficulty in disclosing personal problems and approaching others for help in various situations (especially emotionally) than when compared to Westerners. Do different styles of communication (indirect vs. direct) or differences in the implicit sense of power status (high vs. low)... Read More

Defamiliarizing El Lissitzky's Proun Artworks

Elizabeth Juster : History of Art Summer 2017

My research concerns El Lissitzky's Proun artworks produced in the 1920s. Lissitzky was working in a very politically charged time amidst the Russian Revolution, and hoped to use art as the foundation for a new and better society. Purely geometric, evoking three-dimensionality, and in some instances architecture, the Proun artworks represent Lissitzky's attempts to... Read More

The Effects of Labor Market Deregulation on Human Capital: Evidence from Costa Rica

Jennifer Kampe : Development Studies and Economics Summer 2008

While economic consensus defined Development in terms of output growth, the Costa Rican state pursued human development both as an end in itself and as a means of achieving economic growth. Previous investments in human capital under a protective labor regime have ensured today’s Costa Rican employers a stable, high-skilled work force. Yet in the context of... Read More

The Effect of Extremist Parties on the European Welfare State

Josef Kannegaard : Political Science, English Summer 2003

Activism in the Context of Violations in Indian Conflict Zones: A Multi-Actor Approach

Dipin Kaur : Political Science, Public Policy (Minor) Summer 2015

While it is the largest democracy in the world, India’s human rights record with respect to conflict zones has been unsteady at best. In many areas of the country with past and ongoing conflicts, the commission of human rights violations of the government has been continuous and widespread. The failure of the Indian state to investigate these human rights abuses... Read More

Death in the Wild: How Women’s Views on Death Exposed Racial and Colonial Views during American Western Expansion

Lauren Kelly : History Summer 2017

My research project reimagines the overland journeys of pioneers in the 19th century United States. In our cultural memory, Western Expansion is often remembered as brave pioneers striking out West for adventure or livelihood; however, this view pushes Native Americans to the margins of the story. As pioneer families traveled and settled in the American West, they... Read More

Fourth and Goal: A Comparative Analysis of Student-Athlete Educational Experiences

Sean Khalifehzadeh : Sociology Summer 2014

When student-athletes are in the midst of managing their athletic and academic obligations, what factors contribute to higher rates of graduation success? Looking at the academic readiness of student-athletes, the culture of the campus, and academic support, I will attempt to understand how student-athletes from two UCs navigate through the academic rigors of a... Read More

The Privilege of Right: African domestic workers and feminist consciousness in Lebanon

Yulia Khouri : Peace & Conflict Studies, Psychology Summer 2004

Koreans Under Japanese Colonial Rule: the case of the comfort women

Chun Hi Kim : Political Science, History Summer 2003

Water Trusts: Getting Our Feet Wet

Mary Ann King : Political Science, Conservation and Resource Studies Summer 2002

The Statement of Who?: The Narrative of the Howl Trial and its Discontents

Andrew King : English, Philosophy Summer 2013

The 1957 obscenity trial of Allen Ginsberg’s Howl—that cornerstone epic of the Beat generation—is understood as a major episode not only in the history of American and West Coast poetics but in the history of American culture. Missing from prevailing accounts of the trial, however, is an assessment of the role of Gil Orlovitz’s text, The Statement of Erika Keith and... Read More

Community Mine Continuation Agreements in the Fly River region of Papua New Guinea

Geza Theodore Kisch : Environmental Sciences Summer 2005

Writing the Garden: Renaissance Imitation, Innovation, and the Poet's Art

Michael Edward Komorowski : English Summer 2005

Re-Imagining Food Systems: From Charity to Solidarity

Hussin Kordi : Peace and Conflict Studies Summer 2013

There are 50 million individuals suffering from hunger in the United States— an absurdity when one considers the amount of food produced and wasted. Without accessible alternatives, North America and Europe waste nearly half of their excess consumable food. Despite an abundance of charity and emergency... Read More

Investigating Suppression Effects in Prediction Paradigms

Eena Kosik : Cognitive Science Summer 2016

We live in a world of noise and therefore, one of the most important functions in the brain is the ability to make predictions. Prediction is the result of using previous expectations of our surroundings to create possible interpretations of this noise. Because of the complexity of prediction, it makes sense that it has very complicated neural correlates in the brain.... Read More

Exploring Deception Using Brain Imaging

Nikhil Kotecha : Economics Summer 2015

In most deception experiments, the situation presented to human subjects in unrealistic, lacking a social dimension, unreflective of the emotionally charged nature of a lie, and does not possess a valid paradigm to assess intention. By incorporating economic games informed by neuroscience modalities, the necessary context can be established to rectify the... Read More

The Positive Role of Self-Conscious Emotions

Lia Kraemer : Psychology Summer 2003

Soft Boiled Detectives: Adolescence, Genre, and Masculinity in the Hardy Boys

Alexander N. Kraft : English Summer 2014

The Hardy Boys series of young adult mystery stories began publication in 1927. At the same time, psychologists were beginning to view adolescence as a stage of development distinct from childhood and adulthood, the concept of generational identity was gaining traction in popular discourse, and the “hard-boiled” genre of mystery novel was in its early developmental... Read More

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

The Broken Clepsydra: Fascism as the Distortion of the Water-Gazer’s Perception of Time in Argentina and Japan

Hideyasu Kurose : Comparative Literature Summer 2018

Tragically, fascism has re-appeared in many forms and permutations throughout modern history.  Although Japan and Argentina represent only two nations which have suffered this political epidemic, through studying these nations perhaps deeper deductions can ultimately be drawn about a contemporary political phenomenon which Albert Camus rightfully labeled “an epidemic... Read More

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

Leslie Lang : Rhetoric, Business Administration Summer 2005

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

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

The potential role of ERK5 in cell quiescence

Linda Kay Lee : Molecular and Cell Biology Summer 2004

Balancing Fan and Feminist Identities: Feminist Fans and their Connective Action on Twitter K-pop Fandom

Yena Lee : Media Studies, Journalism (minor) Summer 2017

The past two years have been a time of painful awakening for Korea as the country witnessed a deeply polemic gender war previously unprecedented in Korean society. Within K-pop fandom, a series of fan-initiated hashtags such as #WeWantBTSFeedback has started publicizing and demanding feedback for issues of misogyny, homophobia, and xenophobia in K-pop industry,... 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

Auditory Adaptations

Keren Lev : Anthropology & Cognitive Science Summer 2018

We propose to conduct research exploring potential cognitive adaptations in children who come from less wealthy and/or educated homes (low socioeconomic status, SES). Previous research indicates that lower-SES environments expose children to stressors including neighborhood crime and loud, crowded home environments. Such stress has been associated with academic... Read More

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

Specters Old and New: a Critical Study of Bernard Stiegler's Social Theory

Elliot Lewis : Interdisciplinary Studies Field: Critical Theories of Political Economy, Society, and Culture Summer 2018

In recent years, there has been a proliferation of speculation concerning the significance of new digital technologies on social relations, culture, and political economy. French philosopher and social theorist Bernard Stiegler is one of the more prominent of such ‘New Media’ theorists, who aims at a philosophical transformation in our understanding of the... 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.

Economic Regionalism Under China's Dynamic Growth

Hao Li : Interdisciplinary Studies Field, Legal Studies Summer 2005

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 emotion of envy and social comparison

Kylie Li : Psychology Summer 2017

My research focuses on investigating the conditions that give rise to the emotion of envy both within individuals and within social groups. I am interested in how perceived social competition plays a role in determining the level of envy produced in both cases. As envy is a social comparative emotion that lies at the core of social hierarchy, I want to explore its... 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

Mixed-Orientation Marriage in Queer Modernity: Tongqi in China

Celine Liao : Sociology, Gender & Women's Studies Summer 2018

“Tongqi”, the abbreviation of “gay man (tong)’s wife (qi)”, is a term used in China to describe a self-identified straight woman who married to a self-identified gay man that both partners assume to maintain a heterosexual marriage. China’s interactions with its ancestral-familial ethics stressing on offspring, reactionary attitude toward the Western knowledge/power on... Read More

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

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

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 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