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Making a Place Our Own: A History of Lesbian Gay Bisexual and Transgendered Community Spaces

Sarah Carlson : History Summer 2009

This summer I will be exploring the origins of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender community spaces in the Bay Area. I am exploring primary sources such as newsletters and organizational records as well as doing oral history interviews with people closely involved in these centers. My study will span from the early... Read More

The Neural Basis of Pro-Sociality: An fMRI Study of Compassion

Elizabeth Castle : Psychology Summer 2009

My current research takes advantage of the empathic, approach-oriented facets of compassion to investigate the broader concept of prosociality. My SURF project explores the neural basis of prosocial emotion by examining individual differences in dispositional traits in context of both central (with functional brain imaging... Read More

Criminal Record, Education, and Employment in the Era of Mass Incarceration

Michael Cerda-Jara : Sociology Summer 2018

Recently, the U.S. has seen a growing increase in the number of programs advocating for more formerly incarcerated college students. In California, the Bay Area is home to a number of these programs. One prime example, the Underground Scholars Initiative (USI), is a pioneering program located at the University of California, Berkeley that focuses on creating a pathway... Read More

Post-Holocaust Comedy: The Function and Use of Humor in Peter Greenaway's The Falls and Gold

Beatrix Chung-Yiu Chan : English Summer 2007

While the application of humor to the Holocaust may seem difficult and even offensive, humor during the Holocaust was employed as a means of critique and rebellion, aiding in developing solidarity amongst prisoners and as a mechanism for coping with trauma. Though such rationales exist for the use of comedy during the Holocaust, there is no such theorization for... Read More

Pelleas et Melisande’s Last Act: A piece for solo cello and chamber ensemble

Daniel Chan : Music, Cognitive Science Summer 2004

The Tangwai Opposition Movement of 1977-1979 in Taiwan’s Democratization

Andy Chang : Political Science, Economics Summer 2004

Contentious Holocaust Imagery in Contemporary Art

Elizabeth Chapman : Interdisciplinary Studies Field: Spanish Summer 2004

Cumbias, Bombas y Bombas: The Intersection of Literature and Music and the Salvadoran Civil War

Bryan Chavez Castro : Comparative Literature Summer 2020

By examining the intersection of sound and image, this research will trace the convergence of popular music and Salvadoran literary and artistic traditions both at home and in the diaspora, with a particular focus on its engagement with images of violence. Drawing from the cultural production of the years of the Salvadoran civil war (1980-1992) and the postwar, I will... Read More

European and American Literary Realism: The Fictional Construction of Nation and Self

Skylar Clark : English and Comparative Literature Summer 2020

My research project will probe how the relationship between the protagonist and their society as illustrated within the 19th century realist novel functions as a reflective allegory for idealized national identity. I posit that the consolidation of recognizable cultural markers ,including language idiosyncrasies, geographic landmarks, and social traditions, connects... Read More

More Than Meets The Eye: A Textual Examination of Old English Color Resonances

Amy Clark : English Summer 2014

A native English speaker will not, generally, be surprised to hear that the color pink is associated with love, or green with envy; we are naturally attuned to the color symbolism embedded within our own language. One challenge of working with the literary tradition of a reconstructed language like Old English, however, is that many such tacit symbolic resonances have... Read More

Thinking in Mirrors: The Divine Mirror in the Epic Poetry of Dante Alighieri

Megan Clement : English Summer 2011

The mirror literally and symbolically reflects opposites. In medieval times, it seems that the mirror symbolized a gateway to the divine; now the mirror is more often associated with the monstrous. Spending the summer studying Dante's Divine Comedy, I will begin my research into how the evolution of the meaning of the mirror perhaps parallels the move from a societal... Read More

Thinking in Mirrors: The Divine Mirror in the Epic Poetry of Dante Alighieri

Megan Clement : English Summer 2011

The mirror literally and symbolically reflects opposites. In medieval times, it seems that the mirror symbolized a gateway to the divine; now the mirror is more often associated with the monstrous. Spending the summer studying Dante's Divine Comedy, I will begin my research into how the evolution of the meaning of the mirror perhaps parallels the move from a... Read More

Culture, Agency, and Free Will

Christopher Cochran : Psychology Summer 2006

A great deal of research has recently emerged regarding the concepts of agency, intentionality, and Free Will. In The Illusion of Conscious Will (2002), Dan Wegner asserts that people believe they cause their own actions in a way that is concurrent with the theory of Free Will (Wegner, 2002). I believe that a lay theory of agency varies by culture. I describe American’... Read More

Think of the Children!: An Analysis of Queer Childhood

Sarah Elisabeth Coduto : English Summer 2018

My research project is an analysis of queer childhoods. Taking as a starting-point Lee Edelman’s notion of reproductive futurism, a term coined to refer to a cultural, political, and psychic investment in the figure of the Child who "remains the perpetual horizon of every acknowledged politics… as the emblem of futurity’s unquestioned value” (No Future 3... Read More

Can State Legislation Encourage Retirement Preparedness in Private Employees?

Danny Cohen : Economics,Data Science Summer 2020

More so than in other developed countries, United States adults are unprepared for retirement. Stagnating wages and the gradual death of defined benefit pensions in the private sector are largely responsible, as private employees are unlikely to have a guaranteed income stream in retirement beyond Social Security. These employees, however, often have access to defined... Read More

Unraveling Bande Dessiné: an Exploration into French Alternative Autobiographical Graphic Novels

Anjelica Colliard : French, Art Practice Summer 2012

France is home to a sophisticated comic book culture that considers the genre as valuable literature. Its integration into French society is indicative of its influence in contemporary popular culture. My research project explores the role that the printed image plays in narrating French autobiographical comic books, and how the overall visual aspect of graphic... Read More

Perceptions of Bias Faced by Lesbian, Bisexual, Pansexual, and Queer Women

Gabby Collins : Psychology Summer 2020

Lesbian, bisexual, pansexual, and queer (LBPQ) women are in a unique position as members of two subordinated groups—women and sexual minorities. However, common understandings of prejudice and bias may be failing to capture the unique experiences that stem from the intersection of these two groups. Specifically, people’s understanding of homophobia focuses on the... Read More

Regulatory Focus and Interethnic Interactions

Stefanie Stella Como : Psychology Summer 2006

Past research by Shelton, Richeson, and Salvatore (2005) has shown that minority group members feel less authentic interacting with people outside of their ethnic group than with their in-group. There are many reasons why people feel inauthentic during such interactions, but one likely part of the explanation is based on regulatory focus theory (Higgins, 1997). This... Read More

The Missing Link: The Absent Foundation of Support for First Generation Students Transitioning from High Schools to Four-Year Institutions

Romeo Connors : Sociology Summer 2020

According to the Pell Institute, in 2012, only 25% of first-generation students attended four-year institutions. For my research project, I want to examine why this rate is so low. The existing literature focuses primarily on barriers to first-generation students once they attend college. Consequently, I want to examine barriers first generation students face when... Read More

Asclepius at Epidaurus: Healing the Ills of Ancient Greece

Tweed Arden Conrad : Classic Civilization Summer 2007

Asclepius, Apollo's son, was an important healing deity in ancient Greece. Asclepian healing sanctuaries existed at Epidaurus, Kos, Pergamum, the Athenian Acropolis, and Corinth. The main vehicle for healing at these sanctuaries was dreaming, where one could converse and be healed directly by the god Asclepius himself. This summer I plan to explore the various... Read More

Changing Views on Gun Control: The Effects of Moral Framing and Ingroup Conformity on Attitudes Towards Gun Laws

Edgar Cook : Political Science, Sociology Summer 2014

The debate over gun control has become an increasingly divisive political issue among Americans, so much so that both liberals and conservatives appear to be talking past each other. According to Moral Foundations Theory, such political schisms arise because liberals and conservatives hold different moral intuitions and respond to different forms of moral rhetoric.... Read More

Decision-making structures and participation in heterogeneous worker cooperatives

Amanda Cook : Sociology Summer 2008

I am studying how decision-making structures affect participation in heterogeneous worker cooperatives. Worker cooperatives are businesses or organizations owned and democratically managed by their workers. Previous research on worker cooperatives indicates a tendency towards homogeneity, meaning that worker-owners in a given cooperative share very similar... Read More

Guest Worker Programs: A U.S.-Germany Comparison

Erin Michelle Cooper : English, Interdisciplinary Studies Field Summer 2006

Foundation Funding and the Effects of Donor-Driven Community Projects in the United States

Jenny Cooper : Geography Summer 2008

The U.S. government budget cuts of the 1980s and the international financial institutions’ economic policies of the late 1980s and 1990s crippled government-run social services in the U.S. and across the Third World. To fill the void left by the defunct government services there has been an unprecedented rise in the number of non-profit and community... Read More

The First Generation: West Indian Immigrant Contributions to African American Freedom Struggles

Chryl Corbin : African American Studies, Mass Communications Summer 2010

The Naturalization Act of 1870 ushered in a wave of immigration during the turn of the 20th century which included many from the West Indies. While they sought the same opportunities as their European counterparts they often suffered from, and organized against, discrimination and Jim Crow segregation. Thus as activists, intellectuals, and parents, these immigrants... Read More

Producto de La Ley: Immigrant Policy and Literature

Kiara Covarrubias : Spanish (Linguistics and Bilingual Issues) Summer 2013

The Chinese Exclusion Act is considered the most racist law in U.S. history; it entailed quarantining immigrants for up to two years on Angel Island, resulting in a collection of poetry carved by the detainees onto the walls of the detention barracks. Given the tumultuous history of immigration from south of the border, where is this poetry for Mexican and Central... Read More

Telling it Two Different Ways: TheInfluence of Culture on theTranslation of Goethe's Faust

Sarah Covington : English Summer 2012

From Homer’s Odyssey to Dostoevsky’s Crime and Punishment, the average American high school graduate has at least encountered a work of foreign literature in translation. Yet those students have not likely read the same translations of the works. Where the original language text is fixed, translations can differ wildly. What’s more, there are both... Read More

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

A Culture of Support: The Practice Strengths of Mental Health Professionals and Social Workers Who Identify as Survivors of Interpersonal Violence.

T. Christopher Crandall : Interdisciplinary Studies Field Summer 2016

The purpose of my research is to examine the current status of trauma-informed mental health treatment and practices, and to explore emerging and best practices in the field. Of particular interest is the provision of services to victims and survivors of interpersonal violence (IPV) by mental health practitioners and social service providers who identify as survivors... Read More

Inner Vision: The Role of Entoptics in the Artwork of Piet Mondrian

Mason Cummings : Art History Summer 2018

The visual field of the human eye is not limited to external objects, but instead includes visible effects which arise from within the optical system itself, otherwise known as entoptics. One may be familiar with entoptics in the form of floaters or migraine auras, as well as the field of changing colors and shapes borne of gentle pressure applied to the back of shut... Read More

Imitation, Emulation, and the Meaning of Originality in Painting Versus Cinema

Scarlet Cummings : History of Art, Film Studies Summer 2015

How do issues of authorship and originality function within fine art and cinema? What are the similarities between painting and film? What are the fundamental differences, especially those relating to the meaning and worth of emulation within the two mediums?  My research will attempt to answer these questions using two case studies – Orson Welles’ 1973 film F for... Read More

Developing Novel Readers: The Case of Jane Austen

Candance Cunard : English Summer 2010

My research explores three major works of Jane Austen—Northanger Abbey, Pride and Prejudice, and Persuasion—with an eye toward Austen’s development of ideological and formal features of the novel, as well as her attempts to coach her characters and, by implication, the reader, in how to understand these new features. By analyzing Austen’s... Read More

Education and Linguistic Politics in French Revolutionary Thought

Louise Curtis : History Summer 2020

Between 1789 and 1799, the French Revolution shook the firm order of French politics, marking a new era in France and the world. The consequences of the Revolution cut across all aspects of French life. Ideological changes were rapid and ambitious, yet many were not immediately successful. My research will focus on the French Revolution as a benchmark in the... Read More

The Role of Dopamine in Working Memory, Decisions Making, and Self Control

Cathy Dai : Psychology Summer 2012

Dopaminergic projections from the midbrain to the striatum and prefrontal cortex are known to affect widespread brain processes, including reward, movement, cognitive control and working memory. Lower dopamine levels in the striatum are linked with higher body mass index, poorer decision making in relation to food choice and a skewed sense of healthiness of food items... Read More

Kudziletsa, Kukulupirika, Kudzipimba: Understanding the Link between Discourses on Sex and HIV transmission in Malawi

Yael Danovitch : Development Studies Summer 2008

HIV/AIDS remains a significant threat to many countries in sub-Saharan Africa. In order to understand HIV transmission in this context, it is crucial to understand the practices and understandings that facilitate its spread. In Malawi, HIV is spread primarily through sex, and sex itself constitutes a deeply culturally embedded practice. With this in mind, I will... Read More

The Hacienda System during the Porfiriato

Jose Antonio de Loera : History Summer 2005

Artistic Bias and Class Restrictions: A History of Unknown Nineteenth-century Painter Marcelle Jullien

Alexandra Laure Courtois de Vicose : History of Art Summer 2007

My goal is to investigate how a pastor’s wife, my great-great-grandmother (1867-1947), found the financial and technical means to paint and the significance of her work in the greater scheme of late 19th century artistic tradition. I will begin by gathering biographical information from archives, religious institutions and surviving relatives to create a... Read More

On the Conceptualization of Space in the Work of 20th Century Latin American Author Julio Cortazar

Alice Lucille de Young : Spanish Summer 2007

The overall aim of the project is to provide a detailed analysis of the concept of space/place in the work of Argentinean writer Julio Cortázar, an overarching theme that echoes throughout his work and has been overlooked by both literary critics and scholars in the past. In preparation for my senior thesis for the Spanish department, I will analyze the concept... Read More

Charcoal Identification as Means of Central California Landscape Reconstruction

GeorgeAnn DeAntoni : Anthropology, Native American Studies Summer 2014

Paleoethnobotany is an archaeological research method which allows plant remains surviving from the archaeological past to be studied and identified. In doing so, researchers can analyze plants that were used by Native peoples and deposited in sites pre-European colonization. Utilizing this methodology, past landscapes can be reconstructed as means to determine how... Read More

Social Perception and Corresponding Linguistic Features of Mexican-Spanish Speakers

Shannon Dejong : Linguistics, Mass Communications Summer 2003

Quantifying stress defense in long-lived c. elegans

Daniel Dengrove : Molecular and Cell Biology, Philosophy Summer 2004

Intellectual Property and Processes of Musical Borrowing: Sound-Alike Composers and Their Work

Karlyn DeSteno : Interdisciplinary Studies Field Summer 2009

All musical compositions borrow some material. It is not always easy for the law to draw the line between theft and inspiration. Recent changes in copyright law point to new systems of valuation of musical elements, both cultural and legal. This summer I’ll be tracing these changes through a musical and legal analysis of... Read More

Music and Mood: Tuning in to Music's Role in Emotion Regulation

Gregory Devine : Neurobiology and Music Summer 2018

Music’s ability to evoke and communicate emotion seems intuitive and universal, but the cognitive and psychological processes that underlie music’s emotive inductance still remain largely a mystery. Investigating how people perceive and engage with music ultimately reveals the complexities of emotion regulation. In this study, I compose music that targets various... Read More

Following Changes: A Study of Botanical Illustrations Modeled After Jacques Le Moyne de Morgue

Olivia Dill : Physics, History of Art Summer 2014

I intend to look at three sets of botanical illustrations by three artists, all produced in Europe between 1585 and 1614 and all copied from the earliest of the three sets of illustrations, an album of watercolors by the French Artist Jacques Le Moyne de Morgues. The realm of botanical illustration is one which straddles the lines between art and science and as such... Read More

Let survive the Khmer People: Khmer Transnational Activism and Survial in the Diaspora

Jude Paul Dizon : Development Studies Summer 2008

The majority of studies on Khmer refugees in the United States focus on their status as victims of war and displacement. I am undertaking a research project highlighting the transnational political movement of Khmer refugee communities in opposing and removing the Vietnamese occupation in Cambodia (1979-1993). Through examining the Hann So Collection on Cambodia... Read More

Roman Amphoras of North Africa: Markers of a Pan-Mediterranean Economy

Amanda Dobrov : Anthropology, Classical Civilizations Summer 2017

The Crisis of the Third Century (AD 235-284) nearly saw the complete collapse of the Roman Empire due to a combination of foreign invaders, plague, civil war, and economic depression. While there is a considerable amount of scholarship on the 3rd Century, I am hoping to re-examine this scholarship with an archaeological lens. I am focusing my research on the study of... Read More

Aspect in Matsigenka

Michael Dohn : Linguistics Summer 2016

Matsigenka is an Arawakan language spoken by about 10,000 people in and around southeastern Peru. The language is tenseless and utilizes a system of realis/irrealis contrast to encode temporal relations. In addition to this contrast, Matsigenka appears to employ the use of an aspectual system as another means of encoding temporality, though it is theorized to be void... Read More

Testing the Limits of Equality

Yehuda Donde : Economics Summer 2009

I am working in a field of public finance that aims to develop a model indicating the optimal level of redistributive taxation in a given community. Assuming that public preference to redistribute income is determined by some combination of self-interest and civic altruism, the model must take into account the community's... Read More