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The Socialized Being: How the Words "As If" Operate within Selected Novels of Henry James

Emily Doyle : English, Rhetoric (minor) Summer 2013

I am currently exploring the question of the ways in which the phrase “as if” -- as it appears in novels by Henry James, particularly What Maisie Knew -- implicates integration into a social existence in which the curious and problematic acceptance of both reality and unreality is required of the self, particularly the... Read More

Exploring the Role of Belief in Dopaminergic Value-Based Decision-Making Computations

Anthony Dunn : Psychology Summer 2020

Our lives are defined by the ability to make decisions. This fundamental function hinges on complex computations emerging from the integration of sensory, motor, and value information. Decision-making computations are thought to be strongly modulated by dopamine in the dorsomedial striatum. I will measure dopamine release in the dorsomedial striatum during decision... 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

Healthy Corner Stores Movement

Alina Enoiu : Political Science, Media Studies Summer 2013

Many communities in the San Francisco Bay Area struggle with food insecurity or the lack of access to healthy and affordable food, making them more likely to suffer from diet-related diseases such as obesity and diabetes. Because these communities have a base of corner stores where people already shop, such as liquor stores or other smaller-scale stores, bringing... Read More

Emotions in a Gay Sex Club

Jason Euren : Anthropology Summer 2004

The Essive Suffix of Karuk

Kouros Falati : Linguistics Summer 2012

Karuk is an endangered language indigenous to Northern California. One of its most interesting features is its large variety of verbal prefixes and suffixes, expressing everything from person and tense to the direction of motion relative to the Klamath River. For my summer research project, I will be focusing on just one suffix, the “essive,” which roughly provides the... Read More

The Politics of Meat Regulation: An Examination of California’s Small-Scale Ranches

Andrew Feher : Politcal Science Summer 2009

In an era of globalization where food travels through tortuous production chains before arriving at its destination, too little attention has been given to government regulation. The question driving my research is how do small-scale California farmers involved in rearing animals respond to different forms of government... Read More

Social Differences in Taste: Investigating Romance Reading

Maleah Fekete : Interdisciplinary (ISF), German Summer 2016

Formula fiction is a literary structure in which narratives within a genre are predictable, varying only in details, and therefore, rather than reflecting the real world, reflect a reality constructed by the formula itself. This allows works within a formula to appeal to readers' emotional, as opposed to aesthetic, tastes.  I am investigating the relationship between... 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

The Gospel of Nicodemus and Early English Drama

Alexander Flores : English Summer 2015

During the middle ages the apocryphal Gospel of Nicodemus was wildly popular throughout Europe, and was translated into nearly every vernacular language. This non-canonical religious text contained a piece of theology that has fallen into obscurity, Christ’s harrowing, or descent, into Hell. In Middle English the “Harrowing of Hell” occurs as a narrative poem in three... Read More

The 'Three-Dimensional Woman': Exploring Gender and Representing Femininity in James Joyce's Ulysses

Taylor Follett : English Summer 2018

Upon first reading Ulysses by James Joyce, I developed a question: why does one of the most significant novels of the modernist canon, a literary movement associated with hyper-masculine authors, contain such a prominent focus on the feminine and end with a female narrator? Throughout Ulysses, Joyce investigates the trappings of normative gender, especially through... Read More

Queer/Trans Spaces in Los Angeles: 1847-1939

Jacqueline Forsyte : American Studies Summer 2020

How do we imagine Queer and Transgender pasts? My project aims to investigate 19th century and early 20th century Queer and Transgender spaces in Los Angeles. I will be exploring the intersections of Decolonial and Queer theory to study the city of Los Angeles. I am exploring the Indigenous communities who preceded the city and understanding how their resistance to... Read More

Christian Conservatives, American News Media and the 2004 Presidential Election

Caitlin Rose Fox-Hodess : Interdisciplinary Studies Field Summer 2005

Aeolic Words in Hesiod's Ionic Theogony

Douglas Fraleigh : Classical Languages Summer 2008

Hesiod's Theogony belongs to the genre of Classical Greek Epic Poetry, a genre most popularly exemplified by Homer's Iliad and Odyssey. Every known epic poem was written almost entirely in the Ionic dialect of Classical Greek. Despite this fact, both Homer's and Hesiod's poems contain words unique to the Aeolic dialect. I will... 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

Trials & Collective Memory in Post-Conflict Cambodia

Stephanie Fung : HIstory, French Summer 2013

The Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC) was established in 2003 with the goal of trying those responsible for the horrors inflicted upon Cambodia under the Khmer Rouge between 1975-1979. Two of the original four Accused in Case 002 are currently being tried at this Khmer Rouge Tribunal, and as part of my research, I will be monitoring these trials... Read More

Skewed Perceptions: The Ethnic Relations of Tourists and Tour Guides in Costa Rica

Brittany Gabel : Interdisciplinary Studies Field Summer 2009

International tourism provides tourists with a physical space that allows them to encounter new experiences, exotic places, and unfamiliar cultures. For the most part, these experiences abroad stimulate inter-cultural contact, which results in the formation of an ethnic relation between strangers. My research aims to... Read More

Critical Reading and Skepticism in Anglo-Saxon England

Nickolas Gable : English Summer 2016

The common imagination casts Medieval Europeans as victims of an era without skepticism in which the average person accepted superstition as fact. My research looks into the Early Medieval period in England and analyzes how various kinds of readers approached, questioned, and subsequently either accepted or refuted incredible claims. By looking at textual evidence... Read More

Leaving the Faith: The Relationship Between Social Media and the Withdrawal of Jehovah’s Witnesses

Deisy Garcia : Sociology Summer 2020

Jehovah’s Witnesses, a small Christian religion, are discouraged from conducting outside research on their religious organization. JW.ORG, their online website, is their recommended source of information. Today, social media platforms are ubiquitous, and Jehovah’s Witnesses are constantly exposed to “apostate” websites; Youtube, Reddit, and Facebook discuss the... Read More

From Pulp Fiction to Film Noir: Cinematic Translation of a Literary Style

Faith Gardner : English, Interdisciplinary Studies Field Summer 2009

This research explores three pulp novels by 20th century American writer James M. Cain and their subsequent film adaptations of the 1940&Mac226;s: The Postman Always Rings Twice, Mildred Pierce and Double Indemnity. These three movies are a few famous examples of film noir, an American cinematic style that reached its... Read More

Tour Guides in Angkor Wat: Narrativization, Licensing, and Discourse

Rose Gephart : Anthropology Summer 2012

The UNESCO World Heritage Site of Angkor War has become central to the Cambodian economy through the utilization of international tourism in the past few decades. My SURF project looks at local tour guides in Siem Reap, Cambodia and their discursive relationship to international tourists. I will address three issues: how does tour guide folklore relate to the cultural... Read More

From Home to Highway: Gender and the San Francisco Freeway Revolts

Justin Germain : History Summer 2016

As San Francisco transformed into a hub of social activism in the post-World War II era, the longest protest against freeway construction of the 1960’s exposed deep social tensions between the local government and its citizenry. While men notoriously controlled City Hall and local industry, housewives  launched housing associations and sparked popular sentiment to... Read More

Fervor: Iranian Cinema's Women Directors

Maryam Gharavi : Film Studies, English Summer 2002

Profane California and the Gilded Years

Kristopher Gibson : History Summer 2011

In his diary after the initial 1848 gold strike, the Scottish artist and writer J.D. Borthwick described the terribly violent bull & bear fights drawing crowds of as many as six thousand. Soon after, those fights would be banned, paving the way for new ventures like the Empire Casino in San Francisco. Finally, Jackson Lears describes the abolition of the casinos,... Read More

Understanding Senegal's Successful Response to the AIDS Epidemic: A Detailed Look at the History of a Proactive Goverment

Anca Giurgiulescu : Development Studies Summer 2007

Within the AIDS public health crisis currently affecting the African continent, Senegal stands apart from its African counterparts throught its succcess in controlling the HIV/AIDS epidemic. This relative success is attributed to the early and timely government response, as well as to the joint efforts of multiple actors of the Senegales society including... Read More

Buddhist Statues and Transformation Images: The Peacock King at Dazu

Ruiyao Gong : History of Art, Buddhist Studies (Minor) Summer 2015

The Dazu Rock Carving is the only Buddhist cave site in China representing the development of Buddhist teachings during the Song dynasty (960- 1279). My research mainly investigates the Buddhist statues of Dazu site, with a special focus on Mahamayuri Vidyaraja, or the Great Peacock King at Baodingshan, Dazu. The Great Peacock King, a deity who can cure all evils in... Read More

The Extension of the Log Periodic Power Law: How to Predict After the Crash

Kaiji Gong : Mathematics, Statistics & Economics Double Major Summer 2012

To judge whether an economic bubble would lead to a financial crash and to estimate the critical time of a crash are significant in financial areas. The Log-Periodic Power Law (LPPL) is an equation that describes how bubbles evolve and grow. By fitting the equation into a financial time series, it is possible to predict the event of a crash. The equation proves... Read More

Selling Housing to Los Angeles: The FHA, Local Businesses, and the 1935 National Housing Exposition

Jeremy Goodwin : History Summer 2017

On May 18, 1935, amidst great fanfare, the National Housing Exposition opened at the newly constructed Pan Pacific Auditorium in downtown Los Angeles. Organized under the auspices of the nascent Federal Housing Administration (FHA), the exposition featured numerous exhibits, ranging from model homes to a so-called Fountain of Fabric. Historians have long been aware of... 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

Boxed In: Precarity and Affect in Coupland and Wallace

Dylan Grant : English Summer 2014

My project explores the intersection of notions of precarious labor with the depictions of office culture in the work of Douglas Coupland and David Foster Wallace.  My approach focuses on the simultaneity of multiple conflicting forces as the driver of anxiety, an affliction that, at its root, results from uncertainty.  The "turn" from “the road” of an earlier... Read More

How organized sports organize femininity

Nisha Gurbuxani : Sociology Summer 2003

Na Kanaka'ai Kukae: The Archaeological Re-envisioning of the Ancient Hawaiian Commoner

Rose Guthrie : Anthropology Summer 2011

Through the course of my summer research, I will be looking at an assemblage of archaeological materials from pre-European contact commoner household sites in the southeastern region of the island of Maui, Hawaii. This assemblage includes materials such as lithics (stone tools), charred plant remains, and faunal remains. These materials will hopefully illuminate the... Read More

The Politics of Domestic Labor Amongst Ethiopian Women in Lebanon

Fikreselam Habebo : ISF: International Development and Gender Summer 2013

In 2009 the country witnessed a spate of suicides among foreign maids, and last year a 33-year-old Ethiopian woman [Dechesa] killed herself shortly after being filmed being beaten by a Lebanese man on a Beirut street. With increasing reports of immigrants and abuse of domestic workers in the Gulf countries, the conditions of these migrant women need to be closely... Read More

The Habitus of the Protestant Work Ethic: How Social Distance Is Mediated via Social Class versus Economic Status

Sharyn Hall : Psychology Summer 2008

“Habitus” is the acquired expression of personal taste in art, dialect, comportment, zip code, literature, entertainment, etc. established by the wealthy (unconsciously) as a means to set themselves apart from the working class. Yet mere expression of habitus by the lower economic strata changes their social class (Bourdieu, 1976). The Protestant Work Ethic (PWE... Read More

Finding Identity: Female Sexuality in Contemporary Korean and Korean American Women Poets

Soo Yeon Han : English, Creative Writing (minor) Summer 2013

In today’s culture, the east is often defined as archival and conservative, the west being its modern progressive counterpart. Nevertheless, the patriarchal dominance had significant influence in both hemispheres. Of the same nationality yet of contrasting environment, Korean and Korean American poets maintain similar yet different perspectives. How do contemporary... Read More

Land, body and the Jewish Settler in Times of Crisis

Assaf Harel : Anthropology Summer 2005

Characterizing the Relationship between Executive Function and Reinforcement Learning in Value Learning

Nora Harhen : Cognitive Science Summer 2017

In everyday life, seldom are the choices we’ve made reinforced by objective reward like food or water. Rather, we tend to set goals for ourselves, and actions leading to those goals are what are reinforced, even in the absence of reward. Theoretical work has suggested that treating goal achievement as a pseudo-reward is an effective means to learn complex behavior,... Read More

The Activist Mystique: Personal-Political Transformation in Israel

Itamar Haritan : Anthropology Summer 2008

I am interested in the personal and political transformations that occur at the beginning and throughout the process of mobilization for social change. In particular, I am interested in the activities of the Jerusalem Open House, a grassroots organization that is the politically active community center of the LGTBQ community in Jerusalem, a city deeply divided... Read More

Throwing Stones --A Palestinian Boy's Manhood: The Affects of Youth Imprisonment on Palestinian Males

Taqwa Hasan : Middle Eastern Studies Summer 2013

This research project studies the impact of imprisonment on men living in occupied territories in the Middle East. First, I will assess the systematic incarceration of male children in the Middle East. Second, I will study the current employed and education levels of men who were incarcerated in their youth. Finally I will investigate the family dynamics and shifting... Read More

Pragmatic Idealism? Assessing the Promise and Perils of the Decentralized NGO: A Case Study of a Social Enterprise for Textile Production in India

Graham Haught : Geography, English Summer 2012

Jhoole, a textile production NGO based in Madhya Pradesh, India, formed in 2008 through a dialogical need from sari weavers that were working under indentured conditions. Since its formation in 2008, Jhoole has provided collective ownership, secured creative freedom over design/production, implemented sustainable agricultural practices, and supplied... Read More

Creativity in Nietzsche and Heidegger: The Relation of Art and Artist

Justin Hauver : Philosophy, German Summer 2011

Friedrich Nietzsche spent much of his philosophy denying Being and replacing our conception of it with a notion of becoming. In sharp contrast Martin Heidegger produced a work titled Being and Time and saw the illumination of Being as the central task of philosophy. This tension is reproduced in the way each philosopher deals with the creation of art, yet there is a... Read More

San Francisco SRO Fires Analysis

Christina Heatherton : Interdisciplinary Studies Field Summer 2003

Education and Latina Motherhood: Resilience as a method of survival

Patricia Hernandez : Chicano Studies Summer 2017

The percentage of Latinas in higher education has increased over the last 20 years. Yet, this population is often viewed as a homogenous group, obscuring the diversity of experiences Latinas face.  In particular, experiences like those of young Latina mothers are often ignored or absent.  By erasing their experiences, we miss an opportunity to learn about the unique... Read More

The Veil of Hushed Desires: Inscribing Silence onto the Female Body

Monica Susana Hidalgo : Interdisciplinary Studies Field Summer 2006

The religious and phantasmagorical realms of Dante’s Inferno and Hans Christian Andersen’s fairy tales have fascinated generations of readers to enter into a phantasmagorical realm whereby magic and metaphor camouflage a rather fanatic quest for redemption. Through physical mutilations and psychological torture, these stories have condemned fictional female subjects to... Read More

“Pour les morts”: Tedium, Identity, and the Ethics of Representation in Les Bienveillantes

Beth Hightower : English, Psychology Summer 2017

The story of genocide has largely been taken up by its victims: their testimony takes on a reparative significance, counteracting their previous erasure. Jonathan Littell’s 2006 novel Les Bienveillantes, however, depicts World War II through the eyes of a Nazi official, who speaks to the reader as both an intellectual and historical actor. The narrator’s... Read More

Legal Aspects of Korea-American Human Sex Trafficking

Jennifer Koun Hong : Legal Studies Summer 2007

According to the U.N. Universal Declaration of Human Rights, Article 4, “No one shall be held in slavery or servitude; slavery and the slave trade shall be prohibited in all their forms.” Complying with the U.N. mission, both South Korea and United States governments have made many efforts to combat this modern-day slavery both legally and socially through... Read More

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