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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

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

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

Landing a Job: Occupational Mobility and the Homestead Act

Ross Mattheis : Applied Mathematics Summer 2017

Rising inequality and falling economic mobility may be the defining economic and social challenge of present-day developed economies—and the US in particular. Recently, many have observed that inequality is associated with social discontent, slowed growth, and the spread of far-right populism. But economic mobility in the US has not always been dismal; in the late... 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

Intelligence as a Virtue: Peer Judgments Around Test Based Academic Performance

Megan Merrick : Interdisciplinary Studies Field (Child Development and Education) Summer 2017

How does the act of schooling impact children’s moral development? More specifically, do children equate academic intelligence to virtuous attributes? During my study, I will explore if and how 7 and 8 year olds associate high academic performance through test scores and effort level, to increased popularity, positive reviews from authority, and potential future... Read More

Effects of Statistical Training on Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder

Sulynn Miao : Psychology Summer 2016

My research project is a continuation of research already being done by the Berkeley Early Learning Lab that has sought to understand children with autism spectrum disorder's (ASD) abilities to make statistical inferences. This ability is important because it allows typically developing children to make generalizations about the world and learn, and if hindered in... Read More

State and Statement: The Political Apology

Kevin Milyavskiy : Rhetoric Summer 2017

This study explores the form and purpose of a political apology. It includes analyses of French presidential speeches regarding crimes the French state committed throughout its history both domestically and internationally, and how the presidents speak of them. The speech former French president François Hollande gave during his visit to Algeria in 2012 is one of the... Read More

Study of Volcanic Induced Seismicity - Miyakejima, Japan, June 26-August 29, 2000

Sarah Ellen Minson : Earth and Planetary Science Summer 2002

Nowhere to Go: Agnews State Hospital and the Politics of Deinstitutionalization

Edward Mogck : History, Public Policy (minor) Summer 2014

In the 1960s and 1970s, the U.S. started to change the ways in which states engaged with those with mental illness and developmental disabilities. Broadly, these changes were part of a phenomena known as deinstitutionalization, where states sought to care for fewer mental patients and work towards incorporating them back into the community. California was at the... Read More

The Effects of Aging on the Controlled Aspects of Novelty Processing: An ERP Study of Emotionally Salient Events

Samuel Francis Moore : Psychology Summer 2007

The ability to detect, evaluate and immediately respond to unexpected changes in one's environment is an important, adaptive characteristic of mammalian behavior. This process begins with an initial orienting response and continues with subsequent evaluative processes aimed at determining the significance of deviant events. These stages of novelty processing can... Read More

The Foundations of Ethics: Readings of Kierkegaard

Lyman Frost Mower : Religious Studies Summer 2005

A Survey into the Role of Local Community's Initiatives in influencing and shaping dialogue and action against HIV/AIDS

Irene Chemtai Mungo : Chemistry Summer 2006

This summer, I am interested in understanding and highlighting how a local community in Mombasa, a small coastal town in Kenya is responding to the HIV/AIDS threat that is facing its members. I want to understand the role that community support groups, gatherings, church meetings, and community celebrations such as skits and dances are playing in molding dialogue about... Read More

Exploring Power Systems Among California's Female Inmates

Julissa Muniz : Ethnic Studies, Public Policy (minor) Summer 2013

Today California has the largest women’s prison population of the nation, with a population size of 6,409. Between 1972 to 2010, the number of women in correctional facilities nationwide increased by approximately 646%, the fastest growing prison group of the nation. In spite of these alarming numbers, little is known about the prison subculture that exists within... Read More

Message in a Bottle: An Advertising Campaign's Appropriation of Inclusive Political Rhetoric, and What This Reveals about National and Global Identity

Tyler Naman : American Studies Summer 2011

My research examines a current, multinational advertising campaign, analyzing in detail the campaign’s appropriation of inclusive political rhetoric used by president Barack Obama, and what this reveals about American nationalism and global identity. Using multimodal discourse analysis and other more specific visual semiotic frameworks for decoding print and billboard... Read More

The Sacred and the Secular: Catholic Missionary Work in the Land of the Rising Sun

Hoa Francisco Ngo : Anthropology Summer 2014

Wherever religion is, its Siamese twin secularism follows closely behind it. The border between the two concepts is not so clear, though, particularly among practicing Catholics who hold to orthodox Church views in modern democratic nations. These borders are not inherent to either religion or secularism; instead, they are drawn by the modern state in order to regulate... Read More

The Efficacy of Verbal Retrieval Practice: Implications for Educational Practices

Tricia Ngoon : Psychology Summer 2012

My research is about the efficacy of verbal retrieval practice, the act of verbally explaining or telling someone else about learned material. So much of academics is focused on studying or re-reading material when really, telling or explaining it to someone may be more beneficial for memory and comprehension. Along the lines of the testing effect, in which a student... Read More

William Wordsworth's Imaginative [King]dom

Michael Anthony Nicholson : English Summer 2005

East German Antifascism: The Everyday Reality of Historical Abstraction

Linda Marie Nyberg : Scandinavian Summer 2007

With the crystallization of Cold War tensions by 1948/49, a specifically communist anti-fascism was invoked to distinguish East from West. In identifying West Germany as a fascist state, East Germany's anti-fascist roots became her very raison d'etre. The roots, though, were shallow indeed; as the Cold War intensified, so did the degree of historical abstraction... Read More

Invisible Voices: Hearing Queer Women and Queer Spaces in Amman, Jordan

Kelley O'Dell : Middle Eastern Studies, Arabic Summer 2014

Conversations about sexuality abound among the youth of Amman, Jordan, where same-sex sexual activity is permissible by government law, yet the general public is still very hostile towards the queer community. In such a stigmatized environment, queer identities are legal, but hardly publicly permissible. Nevertheless, clubs, cafes, and bars known for their “toleration... Read More

Political Representation in Information Filtering Algorithms

Rodrigo Ochigame : Interdisciplinary Studies Field: Anthropology of Computing Summer 2014

Given the vast amount of information on the internet, filtering is inevitable. No one can see, hear, or read everything. However, information filtering algorithms generally lead to anti-democratic outcomes in the distribution of political speech. Algorithms that rank by popularity or average rating tend to disproportionately suppress minority viewpoints, causing a '... Read More

Representing Subsumed Culture: Gendered Representation on Kenyan Matatus 1990-2016

Franklyn Odhiambo : Political Science, African American Studies Summer 2017

Matatus (matatu singular) are privately owned minibuses and buses that navigate within Kenya’s major cities, mostly transporting passengers into, around, and out of towns such as Nairobi, Mombasa and Kisumu. They are an integral sociocultural and economic mobilizer in Kenya, transporting thousands daily. The late 90s in Kenya saw a proliferation of graffiti writings... Read More

The Kneeling Aztec Woman: Evidence for Male Domination or Gender Complementarity?

Lisa Overholtzer : Anthropology, Spanish Summer 2004

Poverty and Maternal Health in Piura, Peru: A Community Study

Deborah Owen : Sociology Summer 2008

Women in Peru have one of the highest chances of dying from childbirth in all Latin America. Maternal mortality is devastating at both the familial level and the national level, as it is an indicator of health and development. Research on maternal health in Peru focuses on either rural areas or the Lima metropolis. This binary does not provide a complete... Read More

Rising to the Top-Latin America’s Indigenous leaders and the changing face of Latin American Politics

Cindy Paladines : Political Economy of Industrial Societies Summer 2003

The Impact of Trade Liberalisation on Child Labor in Brazil

Anokhi Parikh : Economics, Political Economy of Industrial Societies Summer 2003

The Animal Companions of Classical Attic Gravestones

Ann Parker : History of Art, Anthropology (minor) Summer 2012

In Classical Athens, many children died before adulthood. For a culture that practiced the “exposure,” or infanticide, of unwanted newborns, the value of the sub-adult life has been difficult to define. What did a child mean to the Athenian family and state? Once a child had been chosen to rear, its life must have been quite valuable, since the family spent lavish sums... Read More

Language, Narratives and the Social Imagination: Lessons in Reading for Gandhi's Nonviolent Movement

Justine Parkin : Interdisciplinary Studies Field Summer 2011

I am researching Gandhi's nonviolent movement in India, particularly the importance that Gandhi subscribed to language and his belief that language too can be violent. If language does not merely describe the world as it is but is an active part of creating that very world and thus the possibilities for action, then how we choose and use our words is not trivial in the... Read More

The 2010 World Cup's Effect on Xenophobic Violence in Cape Town

Akash Patel : Political Economy of Industrial Societies Summer 2010

My research this summer analyzes the effects of the 2010 World Cup on xenophobia and interethnic violence in Cape Town. Working in conjunction with the NGO Projects Abroad Human Rights Office, I will document cases of xenophobic violence from January to August 2010, graphing how rates of violence fluctuate in response to the Cup. I will supplement this evidence with... Read More

Liquid Connections: Water Management, Structures, and Community Identity at Abiquiú, NM

Moira Peckham : Anthropology Summer 2017

I am seeking to explore the intersection between water management techniques and structures (called acequias) and community identity in Abiquiú, New Mexico. I'm taking a multifaceted approach to engage with this question. I am looking at the physical irrigation structures (constructed during the Spanish occupation of New Mexico) and their connection to other structures... Read More

History of the Prose Poem

Yaul Perez-Stable Husni : Comparative Literature, Creative Writing Minor Summer 2014

Past attempts to define the prose poem as a genre depend on the oppositional status of prose and poetry, thinking then of the prose poem as a space for synthesis. However, because these accounts imagine stable definitions of prose and poetry, specific prose poems can only invoke—and not reconfigure—those definitions. Through literary analysis, I will trace the... Read More

The Effects of Singing on Speech in Geriatric Voice.

Libby Perfitt : Linguistics Summer 2016

I am investigating the effects of singing on speech in geriatric voice. In my work as vocal coach I have perceived changes in students’ speaking voices alongside their advancements as singers. Scientifically, it has been noted that the voice undergoes many changes with age, most of which occur more intensely after 65 years of age in men and after menopause in women.... Read More

Reconstructing the Two-Dimensional: Planimetric Designs in Colonial Peru

Shauna Peterson : History of Art Summer 2009

To the European mind, conditioned by the Renaissance ideals of linear perspective, the two-dimensional patterns of the indigenous people of colonial-era Peru proposed a very different conception of space. In an attempt to qualify a process that defies traditional Renaissance visual standards, art historians termed the... Read More

Inductive Inferences

Patricia Pierry : Psychology, Linguistics, Spanish Summer 2015

A defining feature of human language is its creativity; we can express an infinite number of ideas from a limited number of words. One well-analyzed source of such creativity is the rules of grammar, which let us combine words into sentences in new ways. However, we know much less about another source of creativity—the flexible use of words, known as... Read More

Masculine Maneuvers: Family and Profession in the Transnational Labor Market

Jobert Poblete : Anthropology Summer 2006

The Philippines has become a leader in the “export” of nurses. Filipino nurses are leaving by the thousands every year to take positions in chronically understaffed medical facilities in the United States and around the world. This research project is concerned with this migrant flow. Specifically, I intend to conduct ethnographic research on men doctors retraining as... Read More

Migrants, Modernity, and McDonald's: The Influence of Discourses of "Modernity" on Thai Female Subjectivities and Resistance

Amanda Pojanamat : Sociology Summer 2006

In developing capitalist countries such as Thailand, many women migrate every day from the rural areas to Bangkok in search of the “better life”. I would like to explore how their understandings of the “good life” are influenced by “modern” discourses and whether their constructions and reconstructions of these “modern” discourses contain resistance either to... Read More