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The Particular Language of Shahan Shahnour

Hannah Cox : Linguistics, French Summer 2019

My research will serve as an inquiry into the particular language of the prosaic and poetic works of Armenian-French writer Shahan Shahnour, nom de plume Armen Lubin. Shahnour was a part of the Menk generation (so named after the Armenian word for "We"), a literary group of Armenian émigrés living in Paris in the 1920's, having survived the Armenian Genocide and fled... Read More

Breaking the Stereotype Ceiling: A Study on Stereotype-Inconsistent People

Zoe Elina Ferguson : Cognitive Science Summer 2019

Humans are cognitively “cheap.” To preserve precious cognitive resources, we take cognitive shortcuts, one example being the detrimental use of stereotypes. Simply, we prefer to mentally process information about people when that information is consistent with our stereotypes about them. So what happens when someone’s identity contradicts the stereotypes that society... Read More

Challenging Policing, Crimmigration, and Deportation

Abel Fernando Vallejo Galindo : Sociology Summer 2019

My project utilizes both qualitative and archival methods to assess and interpret how undocumented people challenge the criminal injustice and immigration system. The devaluing of undocumented people has increased the uncertainty associated with their social value. Specifically, by engaging with scholars, professionals, and community members, this project... Read More

Police Tactics: Reproduction of Criminality in Fragmented Communities

Juan Flores : Sociology Summer 2019

My project seeks to address how gang policing perpetuates divisions in fragmented communities, while jointly producing and reproducing criminality through the labeling of individuals as gang members. Gang policing claims to respond to conflict and rivalries between gangs, but how does this policing itself produce and perpetuate these divisions within the community? My... Read More

Art and the Environmental Movement

Isabella Franchesca Shipley : Interdisciplinary Studies Field and Society and Environment Summer 2019

With well established evidence of the nuanced social and political aspects of environmentalism, it has become apparent that there is a need for a more compelling and holistic approach to discussing these issues. My research will document how art contributes to these conversations and explores the more human elements of environmental justice. The extent to which visual... Read More

Barriers to Retention and Treatment for HIV+ Malawian Patients with Drug Failure

Laura Goy : Public Health Summer 2019

Since the rollout of antiretroviral therapy (ART) in 2004, Malawi has made tremendous strides in the fight against HIV and has almost achieved the global targets for diagnosis and treatment set by UNAIDS. However, emerging drug resistance threatens the progress made in Malawi and other countries facing limited access to resources and technology. Alternative drug... Read More

Circadian Disruption of Labor

Gwyneth Hutchinson : Psychology Summer 2019

Circadian rhythms are daily rhythms generated by all mammalian tissues that are critical to numerous physiological functions. These rhythms have far-reaching influence on the brain and periphery; therefore, circadian regulation of hormones is essential for normal functioning, and disruptions to circadian timing (e.g. irregular sleep patterns, nighttime light exposure,... Read More

Transforming Melancholia: Depression and Female Coping in Beloved, The Color Purple, and Corregidora

Clara Jimenez : English Summer 2019

My research project focuses on three major works of twentieth-century African-American literature: Toni Morrison’s Beloved and Alice Walker’s The Color Purple. I seek to explore how the female protagonists at the center of these narratives embody chronic depression. My research intends to validate the trauma these women undergo, as well as delineate the coping... Read More

Constructions of French Colonial Urban Space: A Study of Pondicherry

Shreya Kareti : History of Art Summer 2019

My project focuses on the French colonial presence in South Asia, focusing on the coastal town of Pondicherry, which was established as a French trading post (“factory”) in 1674 and relinquished to the Indian government only in 1954. Studies on French India are notably sparse in comparison with the significant scholarly attention that has been paid to British India and... Read More

Ethnography of Material Culture and Commodity Exchange in Liangshan, China

James Kennerly : Chinese and Anthropology Summer 2019

Deng Xiaoping’s 1978 market reforms profoundly impacted the way Chinese people relate to their material surroundings. Some previously worthless objects (rare-earth metals, for example), gained newfound value as precious commodities. Other objects, before deeply cherished, became suddenly irrelevant through the process of commodification. In the frontier zones of the... Read More

Privacy, the Self, and the Problems of Third Party Disclosure

Zoe Kiely : Interdisciplinary Studies Summer 2019

Much of modern life has become intertwined with disclosing personal information to third parties. Email, social media, GPS, search history, etc., all contain intimate parts of ourselves, but this information is under third-party control. Traditional Fourth Amendment guarantees of persons, houses, papers, and effects are increasingly more difficult to protect when the... Read More

POWER of Investment: Chinese-State Influence on Energy Planning in Xayaburi Province, Laos

Aaditee Kudrimoti : Political Science Summer 2019

Western political scientists and multilateral development banks (MDBs) are speculating about the extent to which Chinese development finance (CDF), specifically via the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) may support or challenge the Western-led global economic order. To determine the extent to which Chinese-led projects may conflict with Western liberal policy agendas and... Read More

Gender and Perceptions of Criminality

Sabrina Lu : Psychology & Legal Studies Summer 2019

Empirical studies have revealed a wide range of racial and gender disparities in the American criminal justice system. People of color, specifically Black males, make up the majority of our prison population, but incarceration is vastly influenced by historical and societal ills that negatively impact minority groups. Through racial profiling and other forms of... Read More

The Neural Basis of Choice Rejection

Christopher Machle : Cognitive Science Summer 2019

The capacity to reject potential choices is critical to everyday function and is a core issue for multiple behavioral disorders, particularly addiction. Though a wealth of research displays that the subcortical region known as the striatum is a pivotal site for enacting value-based decisions, the mechanism underlying choice rejection is significantly understudied.... Read More

Perception of Prison with Experience: Volunteering for San Quentin News

Elena Mateus : Media Studies Summer 2019

If you turn on the television, chances are high that the news will be painted with violent criminals, Cops will be on all night, and Law and Order will be playing steady reruns. There is a plethora of scholarship investigating the ways media sensationalizes crime and portrays prison in a violent light; however, there exists a gap in research into understanding the ways... Read More

Expect the Unexpected: Reexamining Agency in Nineteenth-Century America

Josette Miller : Anthropology Summer 2019

Have you ever fallen for a hoax? And if so, were you being exploited because of your gullibility or were you— consciously or unconsciously— complicit in your own beguilement? Who benefited from tricking you: the people who sold you the hoax, the audience, or the actors of the hoax itself? My research follows this line of questioning in an anthropological investigation... Read More

A State for Women: Sexual Politics and Radical Liberation in Kleist's Penthesilea

Iris Morrell : Comparative Literature Summer 2019

My research project will combine literary and historical analysis with feminist theory in order to engage with Heinrich von Kleist’s Penthesilea (1804.) One of his lesser-known works, Penthesilea retells the classical story of the queen of the Amazons in her battle with Achilles during the Trojan War. Simultaneously depicting grotesque sexuality and gendered battle... Read More

The Grove, Los Angeles: a Study on Themed, Commercial, and Pseudo-Civic Spaces

Calvin Nguyen : American Studies Summer 2019

The Grove has become one of Los Angeles’s main attractions, housing a farmer’s market, an assortment of shops, entertainment, and picturesque features, and attracting over 18 million visitors a year--on par with the holy grail of Los Angeles attractions, Disneyland. Yet, despite its prominence in Los Angeles urban leisure, little research has been devoted to this space... Read More

The Role of Compassion in Decision-Making

Duc Nguyen : Psychology Summer 2019

Decision-making is a core aspect of the human experience, yet the mechanism underlying this process has not yet been fully understood, despite a long history of research in this field. There are many factors that play important roles in decision-making, such as outcomes, risk (probability of undesired outcomes), emotions, and interpersonal context. Early studies tended... Read More

Social and Environmental Justice in the Brazilian Landless Workers’ Movement: The Shift to Agroecology

Erika Page : Global Studies Summer 2019

How does a modern social movement, dedicated to land reform in one of the world’s most inequitable societies, put its ecological and socialist ideology into practice in the Brazilian countryside? Through agroecology, the Brazilian Landless Workers’ Movement – Movimento Sem Terra (MST) – offers an alternative to conventional agro-industrial farming strategies that have... Read More

Westphalia and the Myth of International Order

Nicholas Pingitore : History Summer 2019

On October 24, 1648, Europe signed The Peace of Westphalia. This marked the end of the Thirty Years’ War, one of Europe’s bloodiest conflicts, which claimed the lives of more than eight million people. But perhaps more importantly, The Peace of Westphalia is remembered as the birth of what political scientists, politicians, and even your morning paper would come to... Read More

Caesars and Subdivisions: The Urban Fabric of the Roman West in the Age of Augustus

Alexander Reed : History, Classical Civilizations Summer 2019

The years 31 BC – AD 14 saw the Western world undergo a great revolution in culture, politics, state, and society as the regime of Caesar Augustus dismantled and replaced the centuries-old republican system of government at Rome with an imperial autocracy. In the provinces of the Roman empire, the very fabric of the city provided a key platform for the promotion of the... Read More

Knowledge and Attitudes Regarding Family Planning Options in Armenia

Lara Rostomian : Integrative Biology Summer 2019

When looking into the topic of family planning in Armenia, I was disappointed to see the limited and outdated literature available. This data, nearly two decades old, indicated high abortion rates coupled with low modern contraceptive prevalence. Making this discovery ignited my interest in conducting survey-based research to assess Armenian women’s knowledge and... Read More

Assessing Privacy and Security Approaches to Regulating Abuse in P2P Fintech Markets of Indonesia

Alicia Sidik : Interdisciplinary Studies Field, Society and Environment Summer 2019

Indonesia’s governance of fintech remains nebulous and lacks the capacity to safeguard the integrity of data, algorithms, and platforms. Last year, reports surfaced of abuse by debt collectors, ranging from the dissemination of personal information, to intimidation, to sexual harassment. As a growing number of Indonesia’s unbanked turn to alternative lending platforms... Read More

The Political Implications of the Religious Aspects of The Eumenides by Aeschylus

Ian Stratford : History Summer 2019

My project explores the political implications of the religious aspects of The Eumenides by Aeschylus. The play was written circa 458 BC, a time of significant change for Athenian religious practice as democratization reached the cults of the city and control of religious rituals moved from old cultic families to civic oversight. The politician Kimon was able to... Read More

Investigating Park-Driven Displacement of Traditional Fishers in Coastal Colombia

Sylvia Targ : Geography, Conservation & Resource Studies Summer 2019

Largely understudied, small-scale fisheries are critical to coastal livelihoods in the global south, yet are poorly represented in conversations about development, food security, human rights, and gender equity. The creation of marine-protected areas and parks along coastal regions with marine biodiversity in mind has displaced the livelihoods of traditional fishers. I... Read More

The Relationship Between Brain Anatomy and Working Memory in Childhood

Jewelia Yao : Psychology Summer 2019

The human brain is characterized by ridges, or gyri, and indentations, or sulci. Individual differences in sulci have been shown to be related to aspects of cognition, which is important for our everyday functioning. Despite these findings that a) sulci develop and b) individual differences in sulci are linked to cognition in adults, no study has yet examined the... Read More

Exploring Belief: Conversion and Deconversion in the Mormon Church

Emma Yataco : Interdisciplinary Studies Field Summer 2019

This year, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, commonly known as the Mormon Church, announced a worldwide membership of more than 16 million followers and growing. Their proselytizing efforts can be seen by the thousands of young men and women between the ages of 18 and 25 that devote 1.5 to 2 years of missionary service all over the world. These... Read More