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The Liquid Border: How Alcohol Built a Wall Between Nations

Michael Sanchez : History, Film Summer 2013

On April 1, 1924, an official request to Washington was received for estimates on building an 8 foot fence along the 160 miles of international boundary between Mexico and California. However, in 1924 this request had nothing to do with either immigration or labor, but rather alcohol. With Prohibition in full-swing, Mexico posed a dual threat with Americans crossing... Read More

Chiapas and The National Crusade Against Hunger

Adriana SanchezPillot : Anthropology Summer 2013

The federal program Cruzada Nacional Contra el Hambre was launched by the new Mexican president Enrique Peña Nieto at the beginning of this year. In a very symbolic act, the program was inaugurated in the community of Las Margaritas, Chiapas, an area near the home of the Zapatistas and a milestone in the history of their struggle. Mostly based in the community of San... Read More

Corporate Tax Rate Differentials and Transfer Price Manipulation: Evidence from Bilateral Trade Data

William Sandholtz : Economics, Statistics Summer 2017

For the most part, individuals must break the law in order to escape paying U.S. individual income taxes.  However, corporations can legally avoid (or at least defer indefinitely) paying U.S. corporate income taxes by taking advantage of loopholes in the tax laws of various countries.  Major U.S. companies such as Google and Apple have made headlines with their... Read More

Educational Attitudes across Borders: Mexican Mothers' Views on Education in Mexico and the United States

Roxana Sandoval : Ethnic Studies Summer 2008

Mexican students have lower levels of educational attainment when compared to other groups. Parental involvement is essential for the success of students, thus it is important to understand how Mexican mothers in Oakland, California perceive the educations system and the obstacles they face. In addition, analyzing how mothers in Atotonilco el Alto, Jalisco,... Read More

Technology Buy-In: Gaps between the Ability to Pay and the Willingness to Adopt Point-of-Use (POU) Water Treatment Technology

Pronita Saxena : Economics Summer 2008

Anecdotal evidence suggests an information gap isn't the sole propagator of preventable water-borne diseases in urban slums: behavior change is multivariate. Through household surveys, I wish to understand how financial decision-making structures and other socio-economic factors condition the likelihood that a particular household will or won't treat its water.... Read More

Biodiversity and the Courts: Endangered Species Law in the US, Australia, and Canada

Robert Schaffer : Political Science Summer 2011

How effective are the endangered species laws in the US compared with those of other countries? Throughout the social science literature, scholars have noted that US courts have much broader powers of review over agency decisions than judges in other English-speaking nations, encouraging American interest groups to challenge agency rulings through the legal system. As... Read More

Whose Word Is It Anyway? The Rhetoric of [Re]Claiming Indigenous Language and Mixed Race [Dis]Identification

Kiana Schmitt : Rhetoric Summer 2017

The Native Hawaiian word "hapa" has undergone an extraordinary rhetorical and linguistic evolution. From signifying “half-foreigner" (colloquially, foreigner meaning "white,” due to influx of white Europeans and Americans forcibly entering Hawai‘i since the late 18th century), to "part Hawaiian, part white," then “part Hawaiian," to “half-Asian or Pacific Islander (API... Read More

Voices of the Potomac: Race, Class and the Deindustrialization of a River

Gabe Schwartzman : Geography Summer 2013

The project investigates how deindustrialization has been different on two areas of rural Maryland along the Potomac River, based on race and geography. During the last half century both ends of the river have lost heavy industries, yet the upper river has seen the maintenance of their population with a rise in poverty, while the lower river has seen a decrease in the... Read More

Coloring Around Race: Bay Area Figurative Art and Racial Depiction

Ryan Serpa : History of Art Summer 2016

My research attempts to examine the roles of race, suburbanization, and region in the context of San Francisco Bay Area art production. Specifically, I will look to the artwork of David Park and Richard Diebenkorn, two members of the prominent Bay Area Figurative School. Bay Area Figurative art developed during the 1950’s and 60’s, a period of intense development in... Read More

Awakening From The Western Imaginary: The Resurgence of a Unified Rapa Nui Identity Against Psychopolitical Domination

Pablo Seward : Anthropology, Psychology Summer 2013

Bloodbaths by Western explorers, followed by various other forms of abuse, resulted in the reduction of the Rapa Nui of Easter Island to 115 people. Being the most isolated inhabited place on Earth, Easter Island has become a major tourist destination today, by means of the renowned landmarks left by the ancient population. Many of the five or so thousand Rapa Nui, all... Read More

An Examination of Brazilian Hip Hop as a Catalyst for Social Change

Suemyra Shah : Interdisciplinary Studies Field Summer 2004

The Gulf Wars: The Real Players

Shahin Shamsabadi : Middle Eastern Studies Summer 2004

Utilizing long-term memory to model Northern California earthquakes

Graham Shapiro : Statistics Summer 2010

Does there exist a relationship between the times of past earthquakes and the time until the next earthquake?  Recent research suggests that there exists patterns in earthquake occurrence that exist between long sequences of earthquakes. Most current earthquake models assume earthquakes are either memoryless or only incorporate short-term memory. The purpose of this... Read More

Unveiling Travel Mode Shift Since the 2007 Beijing Public Transit Fare Reform

Diwen Shen : Economics, Statistics Summer 2014

In 2010, Beijing, China’s capital and second largest city, topped the “World’s Worst Traffic” list by Foreign Policy. Back in 2007, Beijing cut transit fares up to 80% to increase transit ridership and reduce traffic congestion ahead of the Olympics. The purpose of reducing car use was not achieved, but large shifts occurred between usage of non-car travel modes –... Read More

The Life of Music in New Delhi: An Artistic Tradition in Evolution

Sudev Jay Sheth : South and Southeast Asian Studies, Political Science Summer 2006

Responding to an earlier work by ethnomusicologist Daniel M. Neuman entitled The Life of Music in North India (1980), my research topic aims at understanding how the life of music has evolved in the quarter-century since that seminal study was published. The creation of both public and private institutions of teaching, research, documentation, archiving, and... Read More

‘Sing Me a Swing Song’: A Linguistic Approach to Text-setting in Jazz Bop Swing

Stephanie Shih : English, Linguistics Summer 2006

Linguists have studied text-setting and proposed metrical templates for mapping text to music; however, their pioneering works on the subject have neglected music outside the Western classical genre. My research will explore the influence of music on text in jazz bop swing, since the rhythmic and artistic nature of swing differs greatly from Western classical music.... Read More

Exclusion and Access in San Francisco Unified School District

Alex Siegel : Interdisciplinary Studies Field Summer 2011

How does the urban geography of San Francisco shape access to education? By studying the San Francisco School District archives and exploring the city on foot and by bus, I seek to illuminate the relationships between transportation, housing, and the quality of public of schools. In light of the District’s unique student assignment policy, how does the relative... Read More

Identifying the Causes of Health Related Social Isolation among African American Seniors

Delane Sims : American Studies Summer 2011

My summer research will take place in Washington D.C. the hub of senior based organizations such as AARP and the Department of Health and Human Services. My research will consist of examining specific health disparities that exist among African American elders that can cause them to fall into social isolation. While in a socially isolated state, many of these seniors... Read More

Hate Crimes and Immigration in the Russian Federation

Tatyana Andrey Singh : Psychology, Economics Summer 2005

Children's assumptions about what others know: The case of words and function

Anjileen Kaur Singh : Psychology, English Summer 2005

Geographic Connection and Ideological Division: Inka Roads in Northern Ecuador

Hannah Abigail Sistrunk : Anthropology Summer 2007

The Inka Empire is known for its extensive road system – a monumental network of engineered routes across South America. My research will be focused on one section of Inka road located in Northern Ecuador in the region of the Pambamarca Archaeological Project. This area is known for fierce indigenous resistance to Inka imperial expansion resulting in the... Read More

Violence, Landscapes of Mourning, and the Technologies of Memory and Witnessing

Jeremy Soh : Anthropology Summer 2008

In my ethnography I explore the question of justice and memory in the aftermath of mass atrocities in Cambodia. For Cambodians, who have had to engage in a daily process of reckoning with the memory of (social) death, re-making a world has necessarily involved a delicate reweaving of kinships torn asunder by the violent alterations of life. I wish to look more... Read More

Mary Rich, Countess of Warwick: A Case Study of Gender Roles in Seventeenth Century England

Megan Stanton : History Summer 2008

This summer I will be studying the life of Mary Rich, Countess of Warwick (1624-1678) as a case study for understanding the lives of aristocratic women in Early Modern England. Mary Rich is important and intriguing because aspects of her personality and lifestyle simultaneously conformed to and challenged the gender roles in her society. Both in the Countess’s... Read More

"A Matter of World Concern": Civil Rights and the UN Genocide Convention, 1949-1955

Harriet Steele : History Summer 2018

In 1948, the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide.  The Convention defines genocide— a term coined by Rafael Lemkin in 1944— as “intent to destroy, in whole or in part, a national, ethnical, racial or religious group, as such…”  The United States Senate did not ratify the Convention until 1988... Read More

Quality of Life and Spinal Muscular Atrophy

Rachel Stewart : Psychology Summer 2004

GETTING THE MESSAGE: Understanding the Construction and Effectiveness of Media-based HIV Prevention Information Targeting African American Men, Residing in Alameda County

Bill Stewart : Sociology Summer 2012

My research is concerned with understanding the construction and effectiveness of media-based HIV prevention information targeting African American Men, age 18-44, residing in Alameda County, California. African Americans face the most severe burden of HIV of all racial/ethnic groups in the United States with black men accounting for 70% of the estimated new HIV... Read More

The Consecrated Kitchen: Culinary Expressions of Spirituality

Stephanie Joan Stiavetti : Interdisciplinary Studies Field Summer 2007

This projects aims to understand how Babette’s Feast and Like Water for Chocolate demonstrate the sanctity of food in relation to religious practice. My plan is to answers several questions in the course of my research: how do food and faith correlate, and how are these correlations articulated differently in these two texts? How do gender expectations shape the... Read More

Buddhist Contemplative Practice: An Integrative Approach for Investigating Consciousness

Dayna Stimson : Cognitive Science Major, Spanish Minor Summer 2012

My research focuses on the growing recognition that the scientific study of consciousness is lacking in one crucial element: a rigorous methodology for examining the first-person, qualitative aspects of conscious states. While neuroimaging and computational cognition have greatly enhanced our knowledge of brain function, we are no closer to bridging the “... Read More

The 35 Hour Work Week in France and the Political Economy of André Gorz

Adam Storer : Political Economy Summer 2011

Social theorist André Gorz explores the irrationality of a society dominated by distinctly economic motives in his book Critique of Economic Reason. A practical philosopher, Gorz ends his theoretical work with suggestions on limiting the sphere of economics, expanding the role of leisure, and allowing individuals to pursue work they actually enjoy, instead of simply... Read More

CAYA Coven: Pagan Eclecticism in the East Bay Area

Jennifer Stover : Anthropology Summer 2012

My research focuses on CAYA Coven, an eclectic Pagan organization in San Francisco’s East Bay that is dedicated to providing public rituals such as annual Sabbats and Full Moon Circles that honor seasonal and lunar cycles. CAYA means “Come As You Are” and emphasizes the incorporation of a diversity of Pagan traditions as well as deities from all over the world. I am... Read More

Explaining Regional Disparities of China's Economic Growth: Policy or Geography?

Zhengyun Sun : Economics, Applied Math, Geography Summer 2013

Astonishing development that China has achieved for the past 30 years following the Open and Reform in 1978 is unquestionable. What behind, however, is notable disparity of growth between coastal and inland regions. While previous studies focus on preferential policies, the crux of my project centers on answering the question: how geographic features and construction... Read More

Export Laws, British Coal, and the Netherlands in the 17th and 18th Centuries

Gregory Swain : History Summer 2011

My research will look at the impact of English laws on the importation and use of coal in the Netherlands in the 17th and 18th centuries. During this period, both England and the Netherlands were prosperous nation with high demands for fuel. The English increasingly relied on coal, which influential theories tie to EnglandÕs being the worldÕs first country to... Read More

Zooarchaeological Analysis of Upper Paleolithic Faunal Remains from Myshtulagty Lagat (Weasel Cave) Located in the Northern Caucasus Mountains, Russia

Shannon Swan : Anthropology Summer 2008

The Caucasus Mountains acted as a gateway for early hominids, who migrated into and through these regions, perhaps multiple times. Myshtulagty Lagat (Weasel Cave) is the first intact stratified cave studied in the Caucasus dating from 500,000 years BP to the Holocene. The cave lacks a well-stratified early upper Paleolithic sequence (c. 40.000-30.000 years ago,... Read More

The Poetics of Punk

Alex Taitague : English Summer 2012

The language of gutter punks and academic poets have something in common: their expressive natures are socially conscious, politically aware, and always new or challenging. My research outlines how exactly both punk music and and poetry use their material to enact change in both the social and political spheres. Punk has remained one of the largest cultural phenomenon... Read More

Sustainable Urban Farming Practices in Pikine

Asia Tallino : American Studies - Food Systems Studies, Global Poverty & Practice (minor) Summer 2014

Urban Agriculture has been proclaimed around the world in the past few decades as an extremely effective method for not only providing food to a community, but also for providing jobs & more stable income generation. As the majority of the populations in the world are projected to live in cities by 2030, urban agriculture is becoming more recognized for poverty... Read More

The Effect of Viewing Sexual Films on Memory

Ka Yi Emily Tam : Interdisciplinary Studies Field Summer 2007

My research project for SURF is on human memory performance when viewing different emotional stimuli. The types of emotion I want to experiment on includes: happy, negative, neutral, arousing (adrenalin rushing), and sexual. The positive correlation between arousal and positive stimuli, and memory performance has been proposed. The negative correlation between... Read More

Taking Up Space, Locating Poetics by Place

Robyn Taylor : American Studies, Performance Studies (minor) Summer 2012

What does it mean to find oneself "On the Road?" What is the significance of traveling east to west? By traveling across the United States and examining the rhythm, kinetics, and visual movement of particular locations, I can try on the philosophical lenses of three American writers who were greatly influenced by place. Jack Kerouac, Henry David Thoreau, and Walt... Read More

Nha Que: The Culture of Rural-Urban Migration in Hanoi

Susan Tche : Economics, City Planning Summer 2004

Evanescence and Concatenation: The Dutch Role in the Atlantic Slave Trade

Marissa Teitelman : Political Economy, Interdisciplinary Studies Field Summer 2012

Certain histories have been ignored that are incredibly important to understanding self-identity. The Dutch West India Company’s (WIC) history epitomized trans-Atlantic diaspora, creating unique cultures all over the world and intensifying identity transformations. I will examine the extent of the Dutch role in producing identity transformation and cultural diaspora... Read More

Anti-Nazism and the Atelier Populaire: The Memory of Nazi Collaboration in the Posters of Mai '68

Gene Marie Tempest : History, French Summer 2006

My project examines the revolutionary role of the art students at the École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts, France's elite college of painting in Paris, and the historical significance of the posters they produced for the French student movement of May through June 1968. Of the 150,000 posters, I will primarily focus on those anti-fascist and anti-Nazi in scope,... Read More

Multiple Predictors of Self-Esteem in Early and Middle Adulthood

Seinenu Thein : Psychology, Public Policy Summer 2002

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