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Agnes Varda: A Woman's Take on the French new Wave

Caitlin Margaret Waddell : Film Studies Summer 2007

This summer I will be investigating the French New Wave, a cinematic movement that took place between 1958 and 1964. My primary focus will be on the films Agnes Varda made during this time period. I hope to gain new insight into the artistic questions and concerns central to French New Wave vis-à-vis an analysis of Varda’s gender-specific take the on aesthetics... Read More

Proto-pomo Revisited

Neil Walker : Linguistics Summer 2004

Law in Kosovo

Kirsten Wallerstedt : Political Science, Business Administration Summer 2003

Network of a Ninth Century Poet: Visualizing the Social Life of Bai Juyi

Emily Wang : History Summer 2017

Bai Juyi 白居易 (aka Bo Juyi, ca. 8th–9th century CE), one of the most renowned poets in Chinese history, was also a well-connected civil bureaucrat from a family based in the Tang capital. Past studies have focused principally on the deeds and accomplishments of the Tang aristocracy, but their social interactions remain largely unstudied. My project proposes to... Read More

Mechanisms for Transforming Colonial Relations of Power: An Analysis of the Symbolic Efficacy of Race in Hawaii, 1900-2000

Margaret Ellen Ward : Sociology, Social Welfare Summer 2006

Hawaii may seem like a “racial paradise”: rates of intermarriage are extraordinarily high, residential integration is the norm, and it lacks a history of significant racist legislation or violence. However, from the point Hawaii became U.S. territory in 1900 until the present, race has served as primary form of social vision and division. Using 1900-2000 U.S. census... Read More

The women of the Minutemen

Sierra Weir : Gender and Women's Studies Summer 2009

My project investigates the Minuteman Civil Defense Corps, a paramilitary group that holds monthly border-watch operations with the ostensible purpose of stopping illegal immigration from Mexico and Canada. The far-right patriot movement of the 1990s has been resurging since the nomination of President Obama, and the... Read More

Practice Makes Perfect: The Pedagogy of Apprenticeship in Japanese Martial Arts Communities

Bryan Joseph Welch : Interdisciplinary Studies Field Summer 2007

After the Meiji Restoration opened Japan to the West in 1868, many of the traditional Japanese martial disciplines (budo) were reinvented, incorporating modern Western concepts of mass education and competitive sport. However, some disciplines resisted these reforms in an attempt to preserve their traditional method of individualized apprenticeship. Through... Read More

Teuf Love: Verlan in French Rap and Beyond

Kelsey Westphal : English, French Summer 2012

In the banlieues or suburbs of major French cities, unemployment, crime and societal exclusion are daily realities for the largely immigrant communities. In the 1980's, these conditions spurred an explosion in vocabulary and popularity in the syllable-switching slang practice verlan, alongside the nascent French rap scene. My research project and French Honors... Read More

Exploring Gender Roles through Lithics in a Late Classic Maya Site

Abbey White : Anthropology Summer 2012

For my research this summer I am participating in an archaeological excavation at the Classic Maya site of Chinikiha, Mexico. I am investigating gendered labor in the production and use of stone tools (lithics) in the Maya household by analyzing material remains There is a pervasive, but untested assumption that men were the producers and users of lithics, and as such... Read More

Biaspectual Verbs in the Russian Language

Emma Wilcox : Linguistics Summer 2016

Aspect is very pervasive in the Russian language. One definition of aspect can be taken from renowned Russian linguist, Roman Jakobson: aspect “deals with temporal values inherent in the activity or state itself.” With the exception of a few, Russian verbs express imperfective and perfective aspect in pairs. Imperfective aspect is considered to be the basic part of the... Read More

San Francisco Beat and Spoken Word Movements: Beating the American Bandwagon Mentality

Ciara Williams : English Summer 2011

The written word has been used to comment on cultural trends and mindsets for centuries. My research focuses on the Beat and modern spoken word movements, seeing how the poets during those times commented on American bandwagon mentality. The Beat poets focused primarily on the post-World War II stoicism that was permeating through the American culture. The modern... Read More

Children's Sensitivity to a Speaker's Intent

Casey Williams : Psychology Summer 2003

The Slippery Slope: How American Children's Literature at the Turn of the Millennium Prepares Children for the Nature of Evil & Adulthood

Kristen Wilson : American Studies & English Summer 2016

My project looks at American Children's Literature from the 1990s-2000s. In this period, there is a remarkable shift in not only the tone of American Children's Literature (turning away from moralistic and didactic traditions of the form), but in its popularity, gaining millions of adult readers.

My research looks specifically at A Series of Unfortunate Events... Read More

The Social Function of Shakespeare in the Lives of American Audiences as a Cause of the Astor Place Riot of 1849

Eli Wirtschafter : American Studies and Theater, Performance Studies Summer 2012

In 1849, two competing performances of Shakespeare's Macbeth sparked a deadly riot in New York City. What began as a rivalry between two actors—an American star with a working-class fan base and a British tragedian with an aristocratic following—became a conflict over class divisions, British cultural influence, and permitted conduct in the theater. Previous... Read More

Bringing the War Back Home: Narratives of Iraqi Refugees and US Veterans of the 2003 War

Maia Wolins : Middle Eastern Studies Summer 2011

The 2003 war in Iraq displaced 4.2 million Iraqis, deployed over 170 thousand American troops, and changed the lives of many. Its repercussions are seen among the 40 thousand Iraqi refugees in the US, most of whom left behind successful lives as doctors, journalists, and artists. The war’s aftermath is also evident among American veterans, who returned home to a... Read More

Exploring Joint Attention in Infants in Relation to Locomotion and Language

Jacqueline Woo : Psychology Summer 2016

My research aims to examine the development of joint attention in infants. Joint visual attention (JVA) refers to the ability to share attention to a common object with another partner and is vital to an infant’s capacity to learn, as it facilitates various kinds of communication. JVA has been connected to both language and social-emotional development.

My study... Read More

Reconstructing Prehistoric Human-Plant Interactions: Paleoethnobotanical Study of a Middle Jomon Pit-dwelling at Sannai Maruyama

Caroline Akiko Yamamoto : Anthropology Summer 2007

The Sannai Maruyama site, located in Aomori Prefecture, Japan, is currently considered to be the largest Jomon Period settlement in Japan. While ongoing excavations have significantly contributed to our understanding of Jomon hunter-gatherer lifeways, there is still much to learn about Sannai Maruyama’s functionality. My research will focus on analyzing the... Read More

Class, Gender, and Parenting Patterns in Contemporary China

Yuchen Yang : Sociology and Asian Studies Summer 2016

This study asks, do class and children’s gender shapes parents’ child-rearing patterns in contemporary China? Furthermore, how does different parenting styles affect the children’s psyche, such as confidence and sense of control? By statistically analyzing quantitative data from Chinese Family Panel Studies, I believe this research can contribute to the current... Read More

The Ministry of Education or the Ministry of Truth? Using Educational Content to Shape Political Ideology in China's High Schools

David Yufan Yang : Statistics, Business Administration Summer 2011

Between 2004 and 2011, China implemented the largest secondary education reform in its history. Although the reformed textbooks embody many shifts in ideology (such as perspectives on Confucius), the primary goal of secondary education remains to enforce an overt set of ideologies onto Chinese students. My research project asks: how effective is China’s centralized... Read More

When Bacteria Get "Good" - Purity, Progress, and the Making of Probiotics

Allison Yates : Interdisciplinary Studies Field: Food and the Body Summer 2013

Probiotics, microorganisms known to benefit their host, appear in curious sites: from the projected $23 billion dollar market involving upper-middle class white women searching for perfect intestinal balance  - to the international struggle to treat infant mortality in the ‘third world’. My research will investigate the manner in which probiotics are discussed in... Read More

The Economic Impact of Immigrants: Housing Prices and Distributional Effects

Moises Yi : Economics Summer 2007

This project will deal with the economic implications of the most recent waves of immigration to the U.S. (1970-2000). Specifically, this study will focus on the impact on housing prices immigrants have by looking at the evolution of real estate prices in the 40 cities with the highest immigration rates in the country. During this summer, I will work on gathering... Read More

Are You Black Enough?: Constructing Black Identity through Film from Melvin Van Peebles to Albert and Allen Hughes

Susan Soojin Yi : English Summer 2007

The representation of any minority group in film or television often results in a heated debate regarding either the film or television show's reinforcement of negative stereotypes or its "white washing" of the group's identity. With my research project, I intend to explore this polarizing argument within the construction of black identity by black filmmakers... Read More

Islamic Feminism: An Alternative Path of Gender Development in Iran?

Parastou Youssefi-Behnam : Development Studies Summer 2003

Are We Understanding College Predispositions in Oakland Youth? A Case Study of College Track

Katherine Zepeda-Arreola : Social Welfare, African American Studies (minor) Summer 2012

The disparity in earnings between students with and without a college degree has been growing for the past twenty-five years, and has become pivotal in determining the future stability of the nation’s youth. Through this research project, I will explore the college predispositions of low-income students of color recently accepted in College Track, an after school... Read More

Botswanan Diamonds, Enclave Production, and the Political Economy of Resource-Led Development

Nan Zhang : Economics, Political Science Summer 2006

A common consensus in the political economy of development literature holds that countries whose production depends overwhelmingly on primary resources &Mac246; oil, diamonds, minerals &Mac246; tend to grow more slowly than their resource scarce neighbors, and also often fall victim to insidious politics and state weakness. In stark contrast to this consensus... Read More

The Competing Goals of Visual Accuracy and Visual Stability

Kathy Zhang : Psychology Summer 2016

The visual system’s astounding ability to create a stable view of the world around us is critical to our everyday experiences, helping us process what would otherwise be a visually chaotic world. One proposed mechanism for such remarkable perceptual stability is a phenomenon known as serial dependence in visual perception, which is thought to facilitate a systematic... Read More

Online Linguistic Violence in Contemporary China

Jiaqian Zhu : Comparative Literature and East Asian Languages & Cultures Summer 2017

Through this research, I want to find out how we should understand a social phenomenon of vehement linguistic violence on China’s main social media sites as well as a newly-emerging netizen group “keyboard warrior” in the society. How does keyboard warriors’ collective action of expressing aggression against others produce a new form of youth culture or pop culture in... Read More

Redefining Worker Identity in the 1920s

Carolyn Zola : History Summer 2014

From 1923 to 1929, a period characterized by economic prosperity in the United States, Mather and Company created and distributed hundreds of motivational workplace posters that were hung in offices and factories across the country. Covering a broad range of topics, the posters sought not only to inform workers on matters related to workplace safety but also to... Read More

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