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Human influence on the carbon cycle of tropical forest

Francesca Hopkins : Environmental Sciences, Spanish Summer 2004

How have the drug wars affected the children of the incarcerated in California?

Mariana Horta-Cappelli : Interdisciplinary Studies Field Summer 2006

Since the 1980's our country has been fighting a "war on drugs" that is aimed at the supply side of the drug economy. Domestically this effort caused our incarcerated population to grow much faster in the past 30 years than the total population. Consequentially, a growing proportion of children experience the negative externalities of a parent's incarceration. My... Read More

The Mind in the Vulva: Androcentric Interpretations of Prehistoric Imagery

Nada Hosking : Anthropology, History of Art Summer 2013

Research related to prehistoric “image-making” is constructed around a patriarchal scientific tradition of discourse. In 2007, archaeologists once more imposed “vulva” symbolism on an abstract engraving on a rock at Abri Castanet, perpetuating the assumption that Upper Palaeolithic societies perceived the world through a similar cultural screen to our own. Using the so... Read More

Sichuan Earthquake: Civil Society or Participant Culture?

Ariel Hsian-Au Hsiung : Political Science Summer 2011

My project is a study of the 2008 Sichuan earthquake in China. I have chosen the Sichuan crisis to examine because the Chinese state's fast and transparent reaction to the earthquake was both surprising and contrary to traditional expectations. My research seeks to answer this fundamental question: has participating in the Sichuan relief efforts changed state-society... Read More

Communication of Power: Moral Education in Modern China

Jenny Hua : Interdisciplinary Studies Field Summer 2008

With the amazing economic transformations China has shown the world in the past several decades comes an expectation for the country to show signs of also transforming politically. What is the ideological glue that holds the country together after the obsolescence of Marxist-Leninism and Maoist thought? Nationalism seems to be the new official religion of China.... Read More

Common Ground: Co-habitation of Humans and Carnivorans in the Berkeley Hills

Gwendolyn Hubner : Anthropology Summer 2011

The area in and around Tilden Regional Park in North Berkeley is home to both a growing human population and a number of species of wild carnivorans. Little is known about the population densities and distributions of the latter and their interaction with human populations in this area. In this study, I will use camera traps to determine baseline densities of... Read More

Jê Language Documentation: Xavante

Teela Huff : Linguistics Summer 2020

My research involves the collection and analysis of linguistic data on the Central Jê language Xavante, an Amazonian language of central Brazil. Like many Amazonian languages, Xavante is under-documented and undergoing major changes due to increasing contact with Brazilian government and society. It contains unique qualities that are of special interest to the... Read More

Looking Outward: Awe Reduces Bias and Prejudice

Bradley Hughes : Psychology Summer 2015

Implicit bias refers to a prejudiced attitude or stereotype activated outside of conscious awareness. While there has been a great deal of research examining factors that affect implicit attitudes, there is a dearth of research on the effects of emotional states―particularly positive emotions―on implicit bias. I seek to address this gap by examining the... Read More

Marginalization and the American Comedic Voice

Bradley Allen Hunt : English Summer 2006

'Comedy'--as a genre, term, and concept--receives relatively little attention and academic exploration when juxtaposed with more 'central' fields of literary studies. Comedy is considered 'low art' by some, simply 'illegitimate' by others, and even believed to be derived from sin itself by a few literary critics. By examining the early travel writings and letters of... 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

Arturo Bandini the Viking: How Long Beach Junior College Transformed the Writing of John Fante

Danny Hutto : English Summer 2017

In the spring of 1932, while attending Long Beach Junior College (LBJC), John Fante published his short story “Eleven-Thirty” in the campus literary journal, Edda. The story, bursting with clichés, depicts a young man, disappointed in love, at the brink of suicide. Critic David L. Ulin dismisses it as “pure juvenilia” and “mostly overwrought.” A few months later The... Read More

History of Female Subjectivity in Kashmir: From 1947-Present

Samma Ishaq : History Summer 2007

My particular interest for this summer is to explore whether the ongoing violence in Kashmir have inspired women to lead movements or organize petitions against the government in the last decade. I wish to study specific examples of resistance that have been attempted in the past, and to analyze the types of initiatives organized particularly by females, who... Read More

Identity at the Fringes of Citizenship: Experiences of Afghan Refugees and Asylum Seekers in Turkey

Kamyar Jarahzadeh : Interdisciplinary Studies Field Summer 2013

Turkey is home to a population of 17,000 Afghan refugees—a number which is projected to double by the end of the year. Afghan refugees travel to Turkey fleeing violence and economic hardships, only to find themselves struggling to subsist while navigating a convoluted resettlement process. My project is an ethnographic study of their experiences and interactions within... Read More

Manifestations of the Blind Prophet: The Appearance of Tiresias in the Masterworks of Modernism

Jordan Kevin Jeffery : English Summer 2007

T.S. Eliot, James Joyce, and Ezra Pound, the three pillars of Modernism are bound in their use of allusions, an attempt to tie their works to those of the past. One particular element that finds itself repeatedly invoked in the works of these Modernists is the figure of the Theban soothsayer Tiresias. I hope to identify the importance Tiresias plays as character... Read More

Urban Agriculture in the Bay Area: Politics, Praxis, and the Public Good During COVID-19 and Beyond

Aleah Jennings-Newhouse : Interdisciplinary Studies and Society and Environment, Minor in Education Summer 2020

The impacts of COVID-19 on socioeconomic relations, spatial arrangements, and the role of government, have increased the precarity of life for poor and working class communities and communities of color, who are disproportionately impacted by the current crisis and pre-existing systems of exploitation. At the same time, this moment offers opportunities to develop... 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

Encoding and retrieval of emotional pictures in major depressive disorder

Amy Marie Jimenez : Psychology Summer 2006

For my senior thesis, I am studying potential neural abnormalities associated with dysfunctional emotion memory and regulation in Major Depressive Disorder (MDD). This study will help elucidate the role of emotion processing dysfunctions in the maintenance and expression of the disorder. I will be utilizing previously collected, un-analyzed data for this project. First... Read More

Negative Real Interest Rates in the 1940s

Matthew Johnson : Economics, Statistics Summer 2003

Corporealizing Identity: Competitive Eating and the Cultural Meaning of American Bodies

Adrienne Johnson : American Studies Summer 2008

Competitive eating is a vernacular form of cultural criticism masquerading as mass entertainment. My research into the significance of competitive eating in American culture will unveil collective but inarticulated perspectives on consumerism, gender roles and our economic climate. Competitive eating is at once a glorification of American excess and an indictment... Read More

Conspicuous Cuisine: Iron Chef and the 90s in Japan

Colin Philip Charles Jones : Asian Studies Summer 2007

1989 saw the collapse of the Japanese real estate market as well as the death of the Showa Emperor. As the 90s began, it was clear that the forces that had shaped the country for much of the postwar era were changing dramatically. I am going to Tokyo this summer to look into these changes by somewhat abstruse means. I plan to interview the cast and crew of Iron... Read More

At the Threshold: A Critical Race Perspective of the Filipino Identity

Sy Bocalbos Jordan : Gender & Women's Studies, Theater & Performance Studies Summer 2016

Filipinos living in the Philippines today are made of of more than 175 ethnic groups, and are an amalgamation of its indigenous populations, migrants from neighboring countries and the descendants of distant colonizers. For my research, I will use a critical race and gender lens to examine Filipino Identity. What was the process of racialization for the indigenous... Read More

The Quest for Meaning: Fairy Tales in Fantasy Literature

Jenna Jorgensen : Interdisciplinary Studies Field Summer 2003

Understanding Cultural Differences in Disclosure of Personal Problems and Help Seeking Propensity

Josephine Juanamarga : Psychology Summer 2012

In my research, I aim to explore the mechanisms behind why Asians experience more difficulty in disclosing personal problems and approaching others for help in various situations (especially emotionally) than when compared to Westerners. Do different styles of communication (indirect vs. direct) or differences in the implicit sense of power status (high vs. low)... Read More

Defamiliarizing El Lissitzky's Proun Artworks

Elizabeth Juster : History of Art Summer 2017

My research concerns El Lissitzky's Proun artworks produced in the 1920s. Lissitzky was working in a very politically charged time amidst the Russian Revolution, and hoped to use art as the foundation for a new and better society. Purely geometric, evoking three-dimensionality, and in some instances architecture, the Proun artworks represent Lissitzky's attempts to... Read More

Reading Chaucer's Virtuous Women in Late Medieval and Early Modern England

Kamila Kaminska-Palarczyk : English Summer 2020

My research examines the tensions between Geoffrey Chaucer’s canon and modern scholarship’s dismissive treatment of the​ Legend of Good Women ​(the​ LGW​). My research will uncover the historical and cultural forces causing this “minor poem” to be overshadowed by the infamous ​Canterbury Tales​, a foundational text in every undergraduate English department. Through a... Read More

The Effects of Labor Market Deregulation on Human Capital: Evidence from Costa Rica

Jennifer Kampe : Development Studies and Economics Summer 2008

While economic consensus defined Development in terms of output growth, the Costa Rican state pursued human development both as an end in itself and as a means of achieving economic growth. Previous investments in human capital under a protective labor regime have ensured today’s Costa Rican employers a stable, high-skilled work force. Yet in the context of... Read More

Fula Poetry in the Valley of the Senegal River

Samba Kane : Linguistics Summer 2020

My research concerns the cultural identity of the Fula people in Mauritania and Senegal, West Africa. What does it mean to be Fula in this particular region of the world? To answer this question, I will explore two volumes of poetry, written in the Fula language by Ibrahima Moctar Sarr, a Mauritanian journalist by formation who became a civil rights leader and an... Read More

The Effect of Extremist Parties on the European Welfare State

Josef Kannegaard : Political Science, English Summer 2003

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

Activism in the Context of Violations in Indian Conflict Zones: A Multi-Actor Approach

Dipin Kaur : Political Science, Public Policy (Minor) Summer 2015

While it is the largest democracy in the world, India’s human rights record with respect to conflict zones has been unsteady at best. In many areas of the country with past and ongoing conflicts, the commission of human rights violations of the government has been continuous and widespread. The failure of the Indian state to investigate these human rights abuses... Read More

Death in the Wild: How Women’s Views on Death Exposed Racial and Colonial Views during American Western Expansion

Lauren Kelly : History Summer 2017

My research project reimagines the overland journeys of pioneers in the 19th century United States. In our cultural memory, Western Expansion is often remembered as brave pioneers striking out West for adventure or livelihood; however, this view pushes Native Americans to the margins of the story. As pioneer families traveled and settled in the American West, they... 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

Fourth and Goal: A Comparative Analysis of Student-Athlete Educational Experiences

Sean Khalifehzadeh : Sociology Summer 2014

When student-athletes are in the midst of managing their athletic and academic obligations, what factors contribute to higher rates of graduation success? Looking at the academic readiness of student-athletes, the culture of the campus, and academic support, I will attempt to understand how student-athletes from two UCs navigate through the academic rigors of a... Read More

The Privilege of Right: African domestic workers and feminist consciousness in Lebanon

Yulia Khouri : Peace & Conflict Studies, Psychology Summer 2004

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

Koreans Under Japanese Colonial Rule: the case of the comfort women

Chun Hi Kim : Political Science, History Summer 2003

Water Trusts: Getting Our Feet Wet

Mary Ann King : Political Science, Conservation and Resource Studies Summer 2002

The Statement of Who?: The Narrative of the Howl Trial and its Discontents

Andrew King : English, Philosophy Summer 2013

The 1957 obscenity trial of Allen Ginsberg’s Howl—that cornerstone epic of the Beat generation—is understood as a major episode not only in the history of American and West Coast poetics but in the history of American culture. Missing from prevailing accounts of the trial, however, is an assessment of the role of Gil Orlovitz’s text, The Statement of Erika Keith and... Read More

Community Mine Continuation Agreements in the Fly River region of Papua New Guinea

Geza Theodore Kisch : Environmental Sciences Summer 2005

Writing the Garden: Renaissance Imitation, Innovation, and the Poet's Art

Michael Edward Komorowski : English Summer 2005

Re-Imagining Food Systems: From Charity to Solidarity

Hussin Kordi : Peace and Conflict Studies Summer 2013

There are 50 million individuals suffering from hunger in the United States— an absurdity when one considers the amount of food produced and wasted. Without accessible alternatives, North America and Europe waste nearly half of their excess consumable food. Despite an abundance of charity and emergency... Read More

Investigating Suppression Effects in Prediction Paradigms

Eena Kosik : Cognitive Science Summer 2016

We live in a world of noise and therefore, one of the most important functions in the brain is the ability to make predictions. Prediction is the result of using previous expectations of our surroundings to create possible interpretations of this noise. Because of the complexity of prediction, it makes sense that it has very complicated neural correlates in the brain.... Read More

Exploring Deception Using Brain Imaging

Nikhil Kotecha : Economics Summer 2015

In most deception experiments, the situation presented to human subjects in unrealistic, lacking a social dimension, unreflective of the emotionally charged nature of a lie, and does not possess a valid paradigm to assess intention. By incorporating economic games informed by neuroscience modalities, the necessary context can be established to rectify the... Read More

The Positive Role of Self-Conscious Emotions

Lia Kraemer : Psychology Summer 2003

Soft Boiled Detectives: Adolescence, Genre, and Masculinity in the Hardy Boys

Alexander N. Kraft : English Summer 2014

The Hardy Boys series of young adult mystery stories began publication in 1927. At the same time, psychologists were beginning to view adolescence as a stage of development distinct from childhood and adulthood, the concept of generational identity was gaining traction in popular discourse, and the “hard-boiled” genre of mystery novel was in its early developmental... Read More

The Food System and Ecological Ethics

Isaac Kreisman : Philosophy Summer 2012

Because I am an out-of-state student, the Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship allows me to stay near UC Berkeley and its resources. Without the distractions of academic coursework during the summer, I have the freedom and time to delve into theory and materials from a multitude of disciplines. I am excited to work with my mentors and my SURF cohorts. I am grateful... Read More

A Nietzschean Interpretation of Autobiography

Tiffany Ku : English, Rhetoric Summer 2013

If as many theorists of the genre argue, authenticity is essential to autobiography, what place, if any, does the literary occupy in it? By “literary” I mean all of the subjective qualities that interpretation introduces to any verbal description of reality. On the one hand, it seems impossible to depict a complete life without recourse to interpretation; on the other... Read More

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