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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

The Disappeared: An Integrated Look at Incarceration and Deportation

Pablo Paderes : Ethnic Studies Summer 2018

The rise of mass incarceration and punishment over the past 4 decades in the U.S. is largely understood as a black issue, while immigrant incarceration and punishment are largely understood as brown problems. These analytical borders segregate rich bodies of theory and analysis from each other. My research will use in-depth interviews of formerly incarcerated people... 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

Gender stereotype knowledge and social causal attributions in young children

Verity Pinter : Psychology Summer 2018

Intuitive theories that young children have about others’ behavior develop through exposure to patterns of covariation – the degree to which two variables change together across time and situations – as a child develops, incorporating new empirical evidence with prior knowledge. Over time and cultural exposure, children's causal theories about other people's behavior... 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

Exposing the Emperor's Legitimacy: Augustus, Severus, and the Third Century Crisis

Andrew Giovanni Prout : History Summer 2007

The Emperor Augustus, the first emperor of Rome, transformed a republican government with almost 500 years of history into an imperial monarchy that would last for another five centuries. It is important to understand the sources of Augustus’ political legitimacy so that I can understand how changes to those sources of imperial legitimacy, like the changes made... Read More

Community-Based Alternatives for Mental Health Crisis Response: Past, Present, & Imagined

Peyton Provenzano : Peace & Conflict Studies Summer 2017

The prevalence of mental health crises among individuals in the United States is steadily increasing, but state-funded resources are declining. The police are the only 24/hr emergency responders in most areas, which means that police are obligated to respond to mental health crisis situations. The US Department of Justice estimates that people with mental health... Read More

Plachimada: On the Frontlines of the Fight for Water Democracies

Gavin Alle Raders : Anthropology Summer 2006

Conflicts over the control of natural resources lie at the heart of wars, violence, and terrorism worldwide. Water is the most precious resource for over 800 million farmers in India who depend on the groundwater for their physical and cultural survival, and water has been held for millenia to be the common property of all beings, to be maintained and distributed... Read More

P.A.I.R.S - Portable Ambisonic Impulse Response System

Andrew Rahman : Music Summer 2016

The purpose of the P.A.I.R.S. project is to capture the reverberation of historic spaces using state-of-the-art technology for archival use, future research, experimental composition and performance, and implementation in virtual reality (VR). I intend to record an acoustic representation, or a sonic snapshot, of each space using a technology called impulse response (... Read More

Visual processing and the elimination of extinction: an ERP study

Keyvan Rahmatian : Cognitive Science Summer 2003


Because Science: Language Change and Iconicity in Internet Speak

Anneliise Rehn : Linguistics, Education (minor) Summer 2014

The pace and nature of language change has significant impact on everything from grammar textbooks to natural language processing. With the internet providing new and inventive avenues for this change, we have an opportunity and a necessity to study these avenues. My SURF project researches a new grammatical construction which has emerged on the internet wherein “... Read More

Multimodality and the Post-9/11 Trauma Narrative in Jonathan Safran Foer's Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close

Trisha Remetir : English Summer 2011

After September 11, American author Don Delillo announced: "Many things are over. The narrative ends in the rubble, and it is left to us to create the counter-narrative." Although a multitude of literary, psychoanalytic and political discourse has speculated on how, years after the fact, we now tell the "story" of 9/11, a cohesive picture of this counter-narrative... Read More

“Sin-Sheltering Grove”: The Implication of Nature and Female Sexuality in Rochester’s Poetry

Ariel Renner : English Summer 2018

Nature has so often been used as a vehicle to express femininity, sexuality, and eroticism throughout literary history. However, when we speak of “nature,” there is often an overlooked ambiguity to the term that necessitates further explanation as to the sort of nature a given work focuses on. My research pays close attention to this ambiguity, as I will use a... Read More

Analyzing and Optimizing Data Collection on the Attacks on Health-Care Facilities in Syria

Sayaka Ri : Molecular and Cell Biology Summer 2016

The Syrian civil war is approaching its fifth year of conflict and has been labelled “the worst humanitarian disaster of recent times”. Since the beginning of the conflict, the Al-Assad regime has systematically targeted health-care facilities and personnel as a weapon of war. In international criminal law, these attacks are a war crime and documentation is important... Read More

Narration and Perspective-Taking in Children

Sari Rickansrud : Cognitive Science, English, Education (Minor) Summer 2015

Relatively recently there has been a surge of interest in investigating the social value of fiction. For example, some researchers claim that fiction fosters the development of perspective taking abilities by serving as social practice as the reader mentally simulates narrated events. By perspective taking abilities I mean the capacity to understand another person’s... Read More

Barriers to Collective Bargaining in Chile and in California

Stephanie Ritoper : Interdisciplinary Studies Field Summer 2004

Identity Formation in People with Invisible Disabilities: How Decisions About Disability Disclosure Impact College Students' Sense of Self

Alyse Ritvo : Sociology Summer 2010

An invisible disability is one that remains unnoticeable to an observer unless the person with the disability or someone else discloses it.  Invisible disabilities can be of a physical, cognitive, intellectual, or psychiatric nature and are estimated to account for 40% of disabilities in the U.S.  Since people with invisible disabilities can choose whether or not to... Read More

Fertility Decline in the "Vineyard of the Lord"

Valentina Rizzo : PEIS, Demography Summer 2004

Nicaraguan Agroecology: Networking between the North and South

Briana Robertori : Anthropology, Interdisciplinary Studies Field Summer 2010

For 10 weeks, I will be living up the mountainous rural coffee growing area of Matagalpa, Nicaragua studying the tourism that I myself will be a part of.  I will be studying how the UCA San Ramon coffee cooperative’s “agroeco-tourism” project is affecting the families and communities of the mostly female tourist hosts. To survey both the positive and negative effects,... Read More

Scripts of the Soviet Self: A Study in the Politics of Narration

Boris Rodin : Slavic Languages, Classical Languages Summer 2002

The Violoncello and the Romantic Era: 1820-1920

Alexandra Roedder : Music Summer 2003

Student-faculty interactions: Understanding Mexican-American Community College Students

Giovanni Roman : Sociology, Education (Minor) Summer 2015

My research project explores the role student-faculty interaction has on community college students and their goals to transfer to a four-year university. I am specifically focusing on Latina/o students who are more likely to attend community college and who are also one of the major underrepresented groups in four-year universities. This being said, however, there are... Read More

What in the World is This? Discovering Meaning Through Situational Narrative

Dana Rosen : Interdisciplinary Studies Summer 2015

Imagine two hot air balloons that leave the ground at the same time. As they rise, one of them moves faster than the other and the distance between them grows as they get higher. Proportionality is everywhere in our world, as are many other mathematical concepts that we don’t consider day-to-day, which teachers often refer to real-world situations in the math classroom... Read More

Option Value in China's Great Migration

Andrew Harada Rowland : Political Economy of Industrial Societies, Mathematics Summer 2007

This research project will use a large series of migrant worker interviews to measure the option vale of the urban environment in Beijing, China. The difference in urban and rural earnings, taking into account respective changes in standards of living, are an important component of a migrant worker's decision to move from countryside to city. Understanding the... Read More

Politics of Care: Understanding an Embodied Ethnic Studies Pedagogy

China Ruiz : Ethnic Studies + Chicano Studies, Education Minor Summer 2018

In September 2016, Governor Jerry Brown passed a bill that called for the implementation of an Ethnic Studies program in California public high schools. This moment follows decades of student-led movements fighting for a culturally relevant education. The implementation of this bill necessitates an examination of the ways current Ethnic Studies curriculums are being... Read More

Protecting Paradise: The Politics of Citizenship in American Samoa

Tua-Lisa Runsten : Anthropology Summer 2015

Multiple memberships are increasingly common in the universe of citizenship. American Samoans are American non-citizen nationals of the United States; that is, they are nationals but without birthright citizenship. My proposed SURF projects examines the inherent conflicts and contradictions of these overlapping memberships in light of a lawsuit, Tuaua v. United States... Read More

Bodily Writings: Presidential Gestures

Sarah Rutherford : Rhetoric Summer 2003

Unmasking the Monstrous Ontology of Seonggoe in Neoliberal South Korea

Jinoh Ryu : Gender and Women's Studies Summer 2015

In South Korea, the global financial crisis of 2008 coincided with the upsurge in Facial Contouring Surgery (FCS) — the shaving of the cheek and jaw bones into a sculpted “baby face” — among people of all genders in their early 20s, specifically college students and graduates. Western media has reduced this boom to just another fad, but Western influences on young... Read More

The Cross and The Eagle: Egyptian Nationalism and the Coptic Orthodox Church Today: Egyptian Nationalism and the Coptic Orthodox Church Today

Amanda Sadra : Political Science, Human Rights (minor) Summer 2013

My project focuses on the role of Coptic Christians in the ongoing Egyptian Revolution. Coptic Christians have a long history within the nation as the indigenous population, believed to have descended from the pharaohs themselves. The population has been largely marginalized in recent decades and prone to attacks of sectarian violence. This trend has been exacerbated... Read More

Measuring the Branching Ratio for the Decay B -> Ds(*)+ pi-

Mahsa Sadre-Bazzaz : Physics Summer 2004

Agricultural Productivity of Different Social Classes in Late 19th and Early 20th Century Imperial Russia

Mariya Sakharova : History, Economics Summer 2013

In 1917, after 300 years of rule by the Romanovs, the Russian state collapsed. To understand the causes of the 1917 revolution, and the destabilization of the empire in 1905, the economics of agriculture are important to explore. After all, Russia was mostly an agricultural state and the peasant agriculturalists composed over two-thirds of the population. I am... Read More

Towards a Phenomenological Sketch of the Body Schema

Camilo F Salazar : Philosophy, Film Summer 2005