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Fellows 2016

Hiring incentive: Fellows appointed in 1996 and forward are eligible for the UC hiring incentive unless they currently hold a UC faculty appointment. To see a list of current fellows who hold a UC faculty appointment, visit the Meet our faculty page. See list of Fellows 1985-1989 and list of Fellows 1990-1995.

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Appointment:

(former UCI-CPF)

Education:

B.S., Geological and Environmental Sciences, Stanford University; M.S., Earth and Environmental Sciences, University of Michigan; Ph.D., Geology, University of Michigan

Dissertation:

Evidence of Regional and Global Climate Change in the Mineral Aerosol (Dust) Record from Ice Cores Through the Anthropocene and Pleistocene

Thesis Advisor:

Sarah Aciego, Professor of Earth and Environmental Sciences, University of Michigan

Research Topic:

Sulfur isotopes in ice cores: A tracer of atmospheric conditions during major climate changes

Mentor:

Kathleen Johnson, Professor of Earth System Science, and Eric Saltzman, Professor of Earth System Science, University of California, Irvine

See Profile for Sarah Aarons
Education:

B.S., Chemical and Life Science Engineering, B.S., Applied Mathematics, Virginia Commonwealth University; M.S., Chemical Engineering, Michigan Technological University; Ph.D., Chemical Engineering, Michigan Technological University

Dissertation:

Utilizing dielectrophoresis to determine the physiological differences of eukaryotic cells

Thesis Advisor:

Adrienne Minerick, Professor of Chemical Engineering, Michigan Technological University

Research Topic:

Novel separation of neural lineage cells to determine progenitor cell characteristics

Mentor:

Lisa Flanagan, Professor of Neurology, University of California, Irvine

See Profile for Tayloria N.G. Adams
Education:

B.A., Latin American and Latino/a Studies, Smith College; M.A., Political Science, University of Oregon; Ph.D., Political Science, University of Oregon

Dissertation:

If We Were Kin: Race, Identification and Intimate Political Appeal

Thesis Advisor:

Daniel Martinez HoSang, Professor of Political Science and Joseph Lowndes, Professor of Political Science, University of Oregon

Research Topic:

Intimate Public: Open Letters in American Political Culture

Mentor:

Bronwyn Leebaw, Professor of Political Science, University of California, Riverside

See Profile for Lisa Beard
Education:

B.S., Electrical Engineering, Northeastern University; M.S., Electrical and Computer Engineering, Northeastern University; Ph.D., Electrical Engineering, Northeastern University

Dissertation:

Machine Learning Methods for Computational Psychology

Thesis Advisor:

Jennifer G. Dy, Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Northeastern University

Research Topic:

Machine Learning with Impact

Mentor:

Michael I. Jordan, Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, University of California, Berkeley

See Profile for Sarah M. Brown
Education:

B.A., Pure Mathematics, California State University, Northridge; M.A., Mathematics, The University of Georgia; Ph.D., Mathematics, The University of Georgia

Dissertation:

Relative Trisections of 4-manifolds with Boundary

Thesis Advisor:

David T. Gay, Professor of Mathematics, The University of Georgia

Research Topic:

Low-Dimensional Topology, Smooth 4-manifolds, Trisections

Mentor:

Abigail Thompson, Professor of Mathematics, University of California, Davis

See Profile for Nick Castro
Education:

B.S., Biomedical Engineering, Johns Hopkins University; M.S.E., Biomedical Engineering, Johns Hopkins University; Ph.D., Bioengineering, University of Pennsylvania

Dissertation:

Regional and load-independent function measured via real-time MRI

Thesis Advisor:

Robert Gorman, Professor of Surgery, University of Pennsylvania

Research Topic:

Advanced CT and MRI of cardiovascular function and anatomy. Specifically, imaging of coronary arteries during motion, quantifying pulmonary vascular obstructions, and right ventricular function in patients with pulmonary hypertension.

Mentor:

Elliot McVeigh, Professor of Bioengineering, Medicine, Radiology, University of California, San Diego

See Profile for Francisco Jose Contijoch
Education:

B.S., Biochemistry, University of California, Los Angeles; Ph.D., Biological Sciences in Public Health, Harvard University

Dissertation:

The role of nutrient sensing in macrophage polarization

Thesis Advisor:

Tiffany Horng, Associate Professor of Genetics and Complex Diseases, Harvard University

Research Topic:

The role of Sirt3 and Sirt5 in metabolic disease

Mentor:

Eric Verdin, Professor of Medicine, University of California, San Francisco

See Profile for Anthony Covarrubias
Education:

B.F.A., Illustration, School of Visual Arts; M.F.A., Fiction, University of Iowa; M.L.I.S., Informatics, University of California, Los Angeles; Ph.D., Informatics, University of California, Los Angeles

Dissertation:

The Coded Schoolhouse: Urban Public Education and the Cultural Meaning of Computers

Thesis Advisor:

Jean-François Blanchette, Professor of Information Studies, University of California, Los Angeles

Research Topic:

Public Education, Data Mining, and Learning Analytics

Mentor:

Geoffrey Bowker, Professor of Informatics, University of California, Irvine

See Profile for Roderic N. Crooks
Education:

B.A., Anthropology and Japanese Language & Literature, Boston University; M.S., Modern Japanese Studies, University of Oxford; M.S., Linguistics and Philology, University of Oxford; Ph.D., Linguistics, University of California, Berkeley

Dissertation:

Metaphor in the Grammar of Argument Realization

Thesis Advisor:

Eve Sweetser, Professor of Linguistics and George Lakoff, Professor of Linguistics, University of California, Berkeley

Research Topic:

Computational and experimental approaches to the study of metaphor in communications about immigration, climate change, disease and other societal challenges

Mentor:

Teenie Matlock, Professor of Cognitive & Information Sciences, University of California, Merced

See Profile for Oana A. David
Education:

B.S., Civil Engineering, Université d’Etat d’Haiti; M.S., Geophysics, Purdue University; Ph.D., Geophysics, Purdue University

Dissertation:

3D Dynamic Rupture Simulation and Local Tomography Studies Following the 2010 Haiti Earthquake

Thesis Advisor:

Andrew M. Freed, Professor of Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences, Purdue University

Research Topic:

Dynamic Models of Earthquake Rupture on the San Andreas Fault using Realistic Fault Structure, Stress and Material Properties

Mentor:

David D. Oglesby, Professor of Earth Sciences, University of California, Riverside

See Profile for Roby Douilly
Appointment:

(former UCR-CPF)

Education:

B.A., English, Cornell University; M.A., Humanities and Social Thought, New York University; Ph.D., English, University of California, Berkeley

Dissertation:

American Techno-Orientalism: Speculative Fiction and the Rise of China

Thesis Advisor:

Colleen Lye, Professor of English, University of California, Berkeley

Research Topic:

American Techno-Orientalism: Speculative Fiction and the Rise of China

Mentor:

Sherryl Vint, Professor of English, University of California, Riverside

See Profile for Christopher T. Fan
Education:

B.A., Biology, Oberlin College; M.S., Sociology, University of Wisconsin, Madison; Ph.D., Medical Anthropology, University of California, San Francisco/University of California, Berkeley

Dissertation:

Stress and the Biopolitics of Work

Thesis Advisor:

Sharon Kaufman, Professor of Anthropology, History, and Social Medicine, University of California, San Francisco

Research Topic:

“Hot Spotting” and the Political and Economic Management of Chronic Disease in the Urban Poor

Mentor:

Nancy Burke, Professor of Public Health, University of California, Merced

See Profile for Mark D. Fleming
Education:

B.S., Physics, National University of Honduras; M.S., Physics, University of Stuttgart; Ph.D., Physics, Max Planck Institute/Technical University of Berlin

Dissertation:

Ordering Phenomena in Transition-Metal-Oxide Heterostructures

Thesis Advisor:

Bernhard Keimer, Professor of Solid State Research, Max Planck Institute

Research Topic:

X-ray and neutron scattering from strongly correlated electron systems

Mentor:

Robert Birgeneau, Professor of Physics, University of California, Berkeley

See Profile for Alex Frañó Pereira
Education:

B.S., Biology, University of Georgia; Ph.D., Microbiology & Immunology, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences

Dissertation:

Defining the human alveolar macrophase response to the Q fever agent, Coxiella burnetti

Thesis Advisor:

Daniel Voth, Professor of Microbiology & Immunology, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences

Research Topic:

Role of actin based motility during Burkholderia infection and spread

Mentor:

Matthew Welch, Professor of Molecular & Cellular Biology, University of California, Berkeley

See Profile for Joseph Graham
Education:

B.A., Spanish, Florida International University; M.Phil., Speech-Language- Hearing Sciences, City University of New York Graduate Center; Ph.D., Speech-Language- Hearing Sciences, City University of New York Graduate Center

Dissertation:

Native language adaptation to novel verb argument structures by Spanish-English bilinguals: An electrophysiological investigation

Thesis Advisor:

Loraine K. Obler, Professor of Speech-Language- Hearing Sciences and Linguistics, City University of New York Graduate Center, and Valerie L. Shafer, Professor of Speech-Language- Hearing Sciences and Linguistics, City University of New York Graduate Center

Research Topic:

Does bilingualism protect older adults against age-related language decline?

Mentor:

Judith Kroll, Professor of Psychology, University of California, Riverside

See Profile for Eve Higby
Education:

B.A., Comparative Literature, University of California, Berkeley; Ph.D., Linguistics, The University of Texas at Austin

Dissertation:

“Making hands”: Family sign languages in the San Juan Quiahije community

Thesis Advisor:

Richard P. Meier, Professor of Linguistics and Angela M. Nonaka, Professor of Social Work, The University of Texas at Austin

Research Topic:

The emergence of words in new sign languages

Mentor:

Carol A. Padden, Professor of Communication and Center for Research in Language, University of California, San Diego

Appointment:

(former UCSD-CPF)

Education:

B.A., English, Stanford University; M.A., English, University of California, Los Angeles; Ph.D., English, University of California, Los Angeles

Dissertation:

Revolutionary Futures: Romance and the Limits of Transnational Forms, 1910-1986

Thesis Advisor:

Yogita Goyal, Professor of English, University of California, Los Angeles

Research Topic:

Genealogies of revolution in US literature within a Hemispheric framework

Mentor:

Shelley Streeby, Professor of Literature, University of California, San Diego

See Profile for Renee L. Hudson
Education:

B.A., English, University of California, Berkeley; M.T.S., Women, Gender and Sexuality in Religion, Harvard Divinity School; Ph.D., Gender Studies, University of California, Los Angeles

Dissertation:

Between the Times: Trans-Temporality and Historical Representation

Thesis Advisor:

Grace Hong, Professor of Gender Studies and Asian American Studies, University of California, Los Angeles

Research Topic:

Postcolonial and queer of color temporality studies in transgender of color narratives on film and in literature

Mentor:

Fatimah Tobing Rony, Professor of Film & Media Studies, University of California, Irvine

See Profile for Jacob Roberts Lau
Education:

B.S., Chemistry, University of California, Irvine; Ph.D., Chemistry, University of California, Santa Cruz

Dissertation:

Discovery, Development, and Applications of Natural Products: Abyssomicin 2, Quinoline Amino Alcohols, and Fluorinated Bile Acids

Thesis Advisor:

Roger G. Linington, Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry, University of California, Santa Cruz

Research Topic:

Identification and Assignment of Abyssomicin 2 and Spirohexenolide B [4+2] Cyclases

Mentor:

Michael D. Burkart, Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry, University of California, San Diego

See Profile for Brian León
Education:

B.F.A., Visual Arts, Emily Carr University of Art and Design; M.A., Art History, University of British Columbia; Ph.D., Art History, University of California, San Diego

Dissertation:

On Persian Blues: Queer Bodies, Racial Affects

Thesis Advisor:

Roshanak Kheshti, Professor of Ethnic Studies, University of California, San Diego

Research Topic:

Brown and Blue: Islam and Transnational Sexuality

Mentor:

Anjali Arondekar, Professor of Feminist Studies, University of California, Santa Cruz

See Profile for Sara Mameni
Education:

B.S., Mathematics, California Institute of Technology; Ph.D., Mathematics, University of California, Berkeley

Dissertation:

Combinatorics of the Asymmetric Simple Exclusion Process

Thesis Advisor:

Lauren Williams, Professor of Mathematics, University of California, Berkeley

Research Topic:

Combinatorics of the ASEP and orthogonal polynomials

Mentor:

Igor Pak, Professor of Mathematics, University of California, Los Angeles

See Profile for Olya Mandelshtam
Education:

B.S., Aquatic Biology, University of California, Santa Barbara; Ph.D., Marine & Atmospheric Science, Stony Brook University

Dissertation:

Diversity of Skates (Batoidea: Rajoidei) and the Spatial Structure of NW Atlantic Communities

Thesis Advisor:

Michael G. Frisk, Professor of Marine & Atmospheric Sciences, Stony Brook University

Research Topic:

Evolution of Head and Jaw Kinesis in Adaptive Radiations of Cichlid Fishes

Mentor:

Peter Wainwright, Professor of Evolution and Ecology, University of California, Davis

See Profile for Christopher Martinez
Education:

B.S., Engineering, Harvey Mudd College; M.Phil., Earth and Environmental Sciences, City University of New York; Ph.D., Earth and Environmental Sciences, City University of New York

Dissertation:

Institutionalizing Environmental Justice: A Geographical History of Environmental Impact Assessment

Thesis Advisor:

Ruth Wilson Gilmore, Professor of Earth and Environmental Sciences, City University of New York

Research Topic:

A Change is Gonna Come: Social and Environmental Justice Acclimations to Climate Change

Mentor:

Julie Sze, Professor of American Studies, University of California, Davis

See Profile for Keith K. Miyake
Education:

B.A., Political Science and Middle Eastern Studies, University of California, Berkeley; M.A., Cultural Anthropology, Columbia University; M.Phil., Cultural Anthropology, Columbia University; Ph.D., Cultural Anthropology, Columbia University

Dissertation:

Ground Wars: Thoughts for the Times on Representation and Economy in Afghanistan

Thesis Advisor:

Rosalind C. Morris, Professor of Anthropology, Columbia University

Research Topic:

Afghanistan, Contemporary warfare, linguistic and symbolic transformation, natural resources, toxicity, poison and radioactive effects of bombs, psychoanalysis, cultural theory, literary theory

Mentor:

Stefania Pandolfo, Professor of Anthropology, University of California, Berkeley

Education:

B.A., Percussion Performance, Rice University; M.A., Music, History and Literature, University of Southern California; Ph.D., Musicology, University of California, Los Angeles

Dissertation:

Millennial Passions: New Music and the Ends of History, 1989-2001

Thesis Advisor:

Robert Fink, Professor of Musicology, University of California, Los Angeles

Research Topic:

Post-Cold War Music and the Politics of Representation

Mentor:

Leonora Saavedra, Professor of Music, University of California, Riverside

See Profile for Andrea Moore
Appointment:

(former UCD-CPF)

Education:

B.A., Ethnic Studies, University of Oregon; Ph.D., Ethnic Studies, University of California, San Diego

Dissertation:

Toward A Native Feminist Reading Methodology

Thesis Advisor:

K. Wayne Yang, Professor of Ethnic Studies, University of California, San Diego

Research Topic:

Native Feminist Reading Methodology: Recognizing Survivance from a Place of Survivance

Mentor:

Inés Hernández-Avila, Professor of Native American Studies, University of California, Davis

See Profile for Angie Morrill
Education:

B.S., Microbiology with minor in Chemistry/Forensic Science, San Jose State University; Ph.D., Environmental Toxicology, University of California, Santa Cruz

Dissertation:

Pyrogenic Remobilization and Transport of Toxic Metals

Thesis Advisor:

A. Russell Flegal, Professor of Microbiology & Environmental Toxicology, University of California, Santa Cruz

Research Topic:

Historical Patterns of Trace Element Delivery and Cycling Under Varying Water Conditions in Salton Sea, California, and Implications for Aggravated Toxic Dust Contributions via Basin Desiccation

Mentor:

Timothy Lyons, Professor of Earth Sciences, University of California, Riverside

See Profile for Kingsley O. Odigie
Education:

B.A., Africana Studies, CUNY Hunter College; M.A., African American Studies, University of California, Berkeley; Ph.D., African Diaspora Studies, University of California, Berkeley

Dissertation:

Ordinary Failures: Toward a Diasporan Ethics

Thesis Advisor:

Darieck Scott, Professor of African American Studies, University of California, Berkeley

Research Topic:

Examining black failure in memoir, neo slave narrative, visual art, and asexual representations through the lenses of diaspora theory and queer theory

Mentor:

Nadia Ellis, Professor of English, University of California, Berkeley

See Profile for Ianna Hawkins Owen
Education:

B.S., Animal Science, University of Nebraska-Lincoln; Ph.D., Biology, San Diego State University/University of California, San Diego

Dissertation:

Analyzing Group B Streptococcal and Host Factors Influencing Vaginal Colonization and Exploring Therapeutic Interventions

Thesis Advisor:

Kelly Doran, Professor of Biology, San Diego State University

Research Topic:

The role of Tamm-Horsfall protein in the female urogenital tract

Mentor:

Victor Nizet, Professor of Pediatrics, University of California, San Diego

See Profile for Kathryn Patras
Education:

S.B., Engineering Sciences, Harvard University; M.S., Bioengineering, Stanford University; Ph.D., Biophysics, Stanford University; M.D., Stanford University

Dissertation:

Advances in Breast MRI

Thesis Advisor:

Gary H. Glover, Professor of Radiology, Stanford University

Research Topic:

Diffusion Magnetic Resonance Imaging in the Breast

Mentor:

Anders Dale, Professor of Radiology, University of California, San Diego and Nola Hylton, Professor of Radiology, University of California, San Francisco

See Profile for Rebecca Rakow-Penner
Education:

B.S., Biology, Tufts University; Ph.D., Plant Biology, University of California, Berkeley

Dissertation:

Recognition, Activation, and Signaling Functions of the Arabidopsis NLR RPP1

Thesis Advisor:

Brian J. Staskawicz, Professor of Plant and Microbial Biology, University of California, Berkeley

Research Topic:

How do legumes perceive and distinguish between pest-associated elicitors?

Mentor:

Eric A. Schmelz, Professor of Biological Sciences, University of California, San Diego

See Profile for Adam Steinbrenner
Education:

B.A., African American Studies and Anthropology, Columbia University; M.A., Early Childhood Education, Lehman College, City University of New York; M.A., Sociocultural Anthropology, University of Chicago; Ph.D., Sociocultural Anthropology, University of Chicago

Dissertation:

Reconstructing Race: New Orleans Education Reform as Experimental Labor

Thesis Advisor:

Joseph Masco, Professor of Anthropology, University of Chicago

Research Topic:

Model and Exception: Mobilizing New Orleans’ Post Katrina Education Reforms

Mentor:

Robin D. G. Kelley, Professor of History and African American Studies, University of California, Los Angeles

See Profile for Christien Tompkins
Education:

B.A., Political & Social Thought, University of Virginia; M.A., Social Ecology, University of California, Irvine; Ph.D., Criminology, Law and Society, University of California, Irvine

Dissertation:

The Great Experiment: California’s Prison Realignment and the Legal Reform of Mass Incarceration

Thesis Advisor:

Mona Lynch, Professor of Criminology, Law and Society, University of California, Irvine

Research Topic:

The “Afterlife” of Mass Incarceration: Prison Displacements and Community Health

Mentor:

Jonathan Simon, Professor of Jurisprudence & Social Policy, University of California, Berkeley

See Profile for Anjuli Verma
Education:

B.S., Interdisciplinary Geosciences, University of Montana; M.S., Energy and Resources, University of California, Berkeley; Ph.D., Energy and Resources, University of California, Berkeley

Dissertation:

Watershed Collaborations: Entanglements with common streams

Thesis Advisor:

Isha Ray, Professor of Energy and Resources, and Stephanie Carlson, Professor of Environmental Science, Policy and Management, University of California, Berkeley

Research Topic:

The Watershed Body: Queer and trans perspectives in riverine science

Mentor:

Karen Barad, Professor of Feminist Studies, University of California, Santa Cruz

See Profile for Cleo Woelfle-Erskine
Education:

B.A., Political Science, Grinnell College; M.A., American Studies, Yale University; Ph.D., American Studies, University of New Mexico

Dissertation:

Experimental Liberalism: Violence and the Politics of Navajo Life

Thesis Advisor:

Jennifer Nez Denetdale, Professor of American Studies, University of New Mexico

Research Topic:

The Impact of Twentieth Century Liberal Ideologies of Growth on Navajo Social and Political Life

Mentor:

Mishuana Goeman, Professor of Gender Studies, University of California, Los Angeles

See Profile for Melanie K. Yazzie