Advancing excellence through faculty diversity

Fellows 2015

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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Education:

B.A., University of California, Los Angeles, Anthropology and History; M.A., The University of Chicago, Anthropology; Ph.D., The University of Chicago, Anthropology

Dissertation:

The Archeology of a Maroon Reduccion: Colonial Beginnings to Present-day Ruination

Thesis Advisor:

Shannon Lee Dawdy, Professor of Anthropology, The University of Chicago

Research Topic:

Spanish colonialism, Black slavery, Maroonage, Colonial archaeology and anthropology; Mexico

Mentor:

Rosemary Joyce, Professor of Anthropology, University of California, Berkeley

Appointment:

(former UCI-CPF)

Education:

B.A., University of San Diego, Political Science and Philosophy; J.D., California Western School of Law; Ph.D., University of California, Irvine, Drama

Dissertation:

Little Girls and Legal Defendants: Theatricalization and Performances of Innocence in Modern American Culture

Thesis Advisor:

Stephen Barker, Professor of Drama, University of California, Irvine

Research Topic:

Brown Bag Theatre Company: Performances of Latino/a Student Activism in the Academy

Mentor:

Lonnie Alcaraz, Professor of Drama, University of California, Irvine

See Profile for Maria Patrice Amon
Appointment:

(former UCD-CPF)

Education:

B.A., Washington and Jefferson College, Cell and Molecular Biology; Ph.D., University of California, San Francisco, Cancer Biology and Cell Signaling

Dissertation:

The c-MYC proto-oncogene regulates glutamate utilization and glutathione production via microRNA miR-18a in a mouse model of liver cancer

Thesis Advisor:

Andrei Goga, Professor of Cell and Tissue Biology, University of California, San Francisco

Research Topic:

Assessing communication about plant genetics with the Institute for Food and Agricultural Literacy (IFAL) at University of California, Davis

Mentor:

Pamela Ronald, Professor of Plant Pathology, University of California, Davis

Education:

B.A., California State University, Fullerton, Communicative Disorders; M.A., University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa, Special Education; Ph.D., Syracuse University, Special Education and Disability Studies

Dissertation:

Trying Times: Disability, Activism, & Education in Samoa, 1970-1980

Thesis Advisor:

Beth Ferri, Professor of Inclusive Education and Disability Studies and Vivian May, Professor of Women's and Gender Studies, Syracuse University

Research Topic:

Disability policies, Indigenous women’s activism, and educational institutions in Samoa

Mentor:

Mel Y. Chen, Professor of Gender & Women’s Studies and Susan Schweik, Professor of English, University California, Berkeley

See Profile for Juliann Anesi
Education:

B.S., Lafayette College, Physics, B.A., Mathematics; M.S., University of Michigan, Physics; Ph.D., University of Michigan, Physics

Dissertation:

Topics in Holography and Superconformal Field Theories

Thesis Advisor:

Leopoldo Pando Zayas, Professor of Physics, University of Michigan

Research Topic:

High-energy Theory

Mentor:

Ken Intriligator, Professor of Physics, University of California, San Diego

Education:

B.S., San Jose State University, Computer Engineering; M.S., California State University, Los Angeles, Electrical and Computer Engineering; M.S., University of Florida, Electrical and Computer Engineering; Ph.D., University of Florida, Electrical and Computer Engineering

Dissertation:

Low Energy Socially Cognizant Routing for Mobile Ad-hoc Social Networks

Thesis Advisor:

Janise McNair, Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Florida

Research Topic:

Internet of things and software defined networks

Mentor:

Ramesh Rao, Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering and Tara Javidi, Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of California, San Diego

See Profile for Corey E. Baker
Appointment:

(former UCR-CPF)

Education:

B.A., California State University, Long Beach, Anthropology; M.A., University of California, Irvine, Anthropology; Ph.D., University of California, Irvine, Anthropology

Dissertation:

Turbulent Science: Temporality, Proximity, and Scientific Practice in Mexico

Thesis Advisor:

Mei Zhan, Department of Anthropology, University of California, Irvine

Research Topic:

Scientific knowledge production and practices in the areas of genetics and toxicology; U.S. and Mexico

Mentor:

Juliet McMullin, Professor of Anthropology, University of California, Riverside

See Profile for Cristina T. Bejarano
Education:

B.S., Truman State University, Justice Systems; M.A, University of Cincinnati., Women’s Studies; Ph.D., University of California, Los Angeles, Gender Studies

Dissertation:

Gender Based Violence & Submerged Histories: A colonial Genealogy of Violence Against Tutsi women in the 1994 Rwandan Genocide

Thesis Advisor:

Sondra Hale, Professor of Anthropology and Gender Studies, University of California, Los Angeles

Research Topic:

The Entanglement of Colonialism & Sexual Violence in the Democratic Republic of the Congo

Mentor:

Sharon Block, Professor of History, University of California, Irvine

Education:

B.A., Wesleyan University, Dance; M.A., University of California, Berkeley, Folklore; Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley, Performance Studies

Dissertation:

Black Power of Hip Hop Dance: On Kinesthetic Politics

Thesis Advisor:

Brandi Wilkins Catanese, Professor of Theater, Dance, and Performance Studies and African American Studies, University of California, Berkeley

Research Topic:

Sounds of Queer (Corp)Orality: Aural-Kinesthetic Politics of Early Hip Hop Dance in Los Angeles, California

Mentor:

Fred Moten, Professor of English, University of California, Riverside

See Profile for Naomi Bragin
Education:

B.A., University of Colorado, Boulder, Biochemistry/Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology; Ph.D., University of Colorado, Denver, Molecular Biology

Dissertation:

Molecular analysis of transcriptional termination by human RNA polymerase II

Thesis Advisor:

David Bentley, Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics, University of Colorado, Denver

Research Topic:

The Role of HuR in Control of mRNA Fate During Motor Neuron Development

Mentor:

Gene Yeo, Professor of Cellular and Molecular Medicine, University of California, San Diego

See Profile for Kristopher Brannan
Appointment:

(former UCI-CPF)

Education:

A.B., Princeton University, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology; J.D., Hastings Law School; M.A., The University of Chicago, Social Sciences; Ph.D., The University of Chicago, Anthropology

Dissertation:

Constructing a Jurisdiction, Creating a Sovereign Caribbean: Constitutional Moments at the Caribbean Court of Justice

Thesis Advisor:

Stephan Palmié, Professor of Anthropology, The University of Chicago

Research Topic:

Redefining Sovereignty: Race, Crime and Discourses of (Under)Development in Trinidad & Tobago

Mentor:

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

See Profile for Lee Cabatingan
Education:

B.A., University of Hawaiʻi-Mānoa, Interdisciplinary Studies; M.A., University of Hawaiʻi-Mānoa, Political Science; Ph.D., University of Hawaiʻi-Mānoa, Political Science – Indigenous Politics specialization

Dissertation:

Multicultural Settler Colonialism and Indigenous Struggle in Hawaiʻi: The Politics of Astronomy on Mauna a Wākea

Thesis Advisor:

Noenoe K. Silva, Professor of Political Science, University of Hawaiʻi-Mānoa

Research Topic:

Telescopophilia: Towards an Indigenous Reading of Astronomy’s Gendered Aesthetic Practices

Mentor:

Mishuana Goeman, Professor of Gender Studies and American Indian Studies and Sharon Traweek, Professor of Gender Studies and History, University of California, Los Angeles

See Profile for Iokepa Casumbal-Salazar
Education:

B.A., University of California, Los Angeles, Geography and Economics; M.A., University of California, Los Angeles, Geography; Ph.D., University of California, Los Angeles, Geography

Dissertation:

Hydrologic dynamics of the Greenland Ice Sheet from remote sensing and field measurements

Thesis Advisor:

Laurence C. Smith, Professor of Geography, University of California, Los Angeles

Research Topic:

Greenland Ice Sheet meltwater runoff dynamics

Mentor:

Kurt Cuffey, Professor of Geography, University of California, Berkeley

See Profile for Vena W. Chu
Education:

B.S., Stanford University, Mathematics; Ph.D., Rutgers University, Mathematics

Dissertation:

The Exponential Formula for the Wasserstein Metric

Thesis Advisor:

Eric Carlen, Professor of Mathematics, Rutgers University

Research Topic:

Partial Differential Equations and Optimal Transport

Mentor:

Bjorn Birnir, Professor of Mathematics, University of California, Santa Barbara

See Profile for Katy Craig
Education:

B.A., Vassar College, English and Africana Studies; Ph.D., University of California, Santa Cruz, History of Consciousness

Dissertation:

Blackness and the Writing of Sound in Modernity

Thesis Advisor:

David Marriott, Professor of History of Consciousness, University of California, Santa Cruz

Research Topic:

Black Sounds and their Fugitive Lives in Capture

Mentor:

Dennis Childs, Professor of Literature, University of California, San Diego

See Profile for Jeramy DeCristo
Appointment:

(former UCI-CPF)

Education:

B.S., California State University, Los Angeles, Microbiology; M.S., California State University, Los Angeles, Biology; Ph.D., University of Michigan Medical School, Microbiology and Immunology

Dissertation:

Analysis of Virulence-Associated Petrobactin Reacquisition on Bacillus anthracis

Thesis Advisor:

Philip Hanna, Professor of Microbiology and Immunology, University of Michigan Medical School

Research Topic:

Exploitation of a unique Mycobacterium tuberculosis protein nanocage for biomedical applications

Mentor:

Celia W. Goulding, Professor of Molecular Biology and Biochemistry, University of California, Irvine

See Profile for Shandee Dawn Dixon
Education:

B.S., Yale University, Chemistry and Women's, Gender & Sexuality Studies; M.S., University of Pennsylvania, Materials Science and Engineering; Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania, Materials Science and Engineering

Dissertation:

Form and Function: X-ray Scattering and Spectroscopy of Transition Metal-based Nanoparticles

Thesis Advisor:

Christopher B. Murray, Professor of Chemistry, Materials Science and Engineering, University of Pennsylvania

Research Topic:

The Intersection of Nanomaterials Synthesis and Electrochemical Energy Storage (EES) Design

Mentor:

Ram Seshadri, Professor of Materials and Chemistry & Biochemistry, University of California, Santa Barbara and Bruce S. Dunn, Professor of Materials Science and Engineering, University of California, Los Angeles

See Profile for Vicky V.T. Doan-Nguyen
Appointment:

(former UCI-CPF in CLS)

Education:

B.A., University of California, Davis, Sociology; M.A., University of California, Berkeley, Sociology; Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley, Sociology

Dissertation:

Tortured Logics: Crafting the U.S. Response to Human Rights Violations during the Argentine Dirty War and the Salvadoran Civil War

Thesis Advisor:

Laura Enríquez, Professor of Sociology, University of California, Berkeley

Research Topic:

Tortured Logics: Crafting the U.S Response to Human Rights Violations during the Argentine Dirty War and the Salvadoran Civil War

Mentor:

Susan Bibler Coutin, Professor of Criminology, Law and Society and Anthropology, and Sora Han, Professor of Criminology, Law and Society, University of California, Irvine

See Profile for Angela E. Fillingim
Education:

A.B., Brown University, Anthropology; M.A., University of California, San Diego, Ethnic Studies; Ph.D., University of California, San Diego, Ethnic Studies

Dissertation:

Possible Republics: Tracing the ‘Entanglements’ of Race and Nation in Afro-Latina/o Caribbean Thought and Activism, 1870-1930

Thesis Advisor:

Ross Frank, Professor of Ethnic Studies, University of California, San Diego

Research Topic:

The Empire Strikes Black: Anti-Racism, U.S. Imperialism, and the Entanglements of AfroLatin@ Caribbean Identity, 1895-1975

Mentor:

Robin Derby, Professor of History, University of California, Los Angeles

See Profile for José I. Fusté
Education:

B.A., Rice University, Anthropology, Hispanic Studies and Policy Studies; M.P.H., Boston University, International Health; Ph.D., University of California, Los Angeles, Anthropology

Dissertation:

The Struggle for a Decent Meal: Household Food Consumption in Santiago de Cuba

Thesis Advisor:

Carole H. Browner, Professor of Anthropology, University of California, Los Angeles

Research Topic:

Food Consumption, Obesity, and Chronic Disease in Cuba

Mentor:

Leo Chavez, Professor of Anthropology, University of California, Irvine

See Profile for Hanna Garth
Appointment:

(former California Alliance-CPF)

Education:

B.S., University of California, Berkeley, Mechanical Engineering; M.S., California Institute of Technology, Mechanical Engineering; Ph.D., California Institute of Technology, Mechanical Engineering

Dissertation:

On the Role of Delays in Biological Systems: Analysis and Design

Thesis Advisor:

Richard M. Murray, Professor of Control & Dynamical Systems and Bioengineering, California Institute of Technology

Research Topic:

Delay-based control mechanisms in gene networks

Mentor:

Murat Arcak, Professor of Electrical Engineering & Computer Science, University of California, Berkeley

See Profile for Marcella M. Gomez
Education:

B.A.S., Bennett College, Interdisciplinary Studies; M.A., University of Massachusetts, Amherst, Anthropology; Ph.D., University of Massachusetts, Amherst, Anthropology

Dissertation:

Ts’msyen Revolution: The Poetics and Politics of Reclaiming

Thesis Advisor:

Sonya Atalay, Professor of Anthropology and Jane Anderson, Professor of Anthropology, University of Massachusetts, Amherst

Research Topic:

Researching, Representing, and Repatriating Ts’msyen Cultural Heritage

Mentor:

Amy Lonetree, Professor of History, University of California, Santa Cruz

See Profile for Robin R.R. Gray
Education:

B.A., Pomona College, Science, Technology, and Society; M.A., University of California, Santa Barbara, Sociology; Ph.D., University of California, Santa Barbara, Sociology

Dissertation:

If These Walls Could Talk: A Global Ethnography of Sea Change

Thesis Advisor:

Kum-Kum Bhavnani, Professor of Sociology, University of California, Santa Barbara

Research Topic:

Global Sand Extraction and Environmental Inequality in the Anthropocene

Mentor:

Anna L. Tsing, Professor of Anthropology, University of California, Santa Cruz

See Profile for Summer Marie Gray
Education:

B.A., University of California, Los Angeles, Political Science; J.D., University of California, Los Angeles, Critical Race Studies specialization; M.A., University of California, Santa Barbara, Sociology; Ph.D., University of California, Santa Barbara, Sociology

Dissertation:

Mobility and Mobilization: The Politics of Public Transportation in Palestine

Thesis Advisor:

Avery Gordon, Professor of Sociology, University of California, Santa Barbara

Research Topic:

Restrictions on Palestinian mobility and resistance against them

Mentor:

Sunaina Maira, Professor of Asian American Studies, University of California, Davis

See Profile for Maryam S. Griffin
Education:

B.S., Georgetown University, Foreign Service; M.A., New York University, Performance Studies; Ph.D., New York University, Performance Studies

Dissertation:

Dark Mediations: Queer Chicano Performance and the Politics of Style

Thesis Advisor:

Tavia Nyong’o, Professor of Performance Studies, New York University

Research Topic:

Queer Latino Performance in Reagan’s America

Mentor:

Juana María Rodríguez, Professor of Gender & Women’s Studies, University of California, Berkeley

See Profile for Joshua Javier Guzmán
Education:

B.S., University of Southern California, Chemistry and B.A., Religion; Ph.D., Northwestern University, Chemistry

Dissertation:

Cobalt (III) Schiff Base Complexes as Inhibitors of Proteins Involved in Disease Progression

Thesis Advisor:

Thomas J. Meade, Professor of Chemistry, Molecular Biosciences, Neurobiology, Biomedical Engineering, and Radiology, Northwestern University

Research Topic:

Development and Application of Molecular Imaging Probes for Metal and Redox Biology in Living Animals

Mentor:

Christopher J. Chang, Professor of Chemistry, University of California, Berkeley

See Profile for Marie C. Heffern
Appointment:

(former UCR-CPF)

Education:

B.A., Vassar College, Women’s Studies; Ph.D., New York University, American Studies

Dissertation:

Economies of Vulnerability: Humanitarian Imperialism and Performance in the Burmese Diaspora

Thesis Advisor:

Thuy Linh Tu, Department of Social and Cultural Analysis, New York University

Research Topic:

Economies of Vulnerability: Humanitarian Imperialism and Performance in the Burmese Diaspora

Mentor:

Mariam Lam, Professor of Comparative Literature & Foreign Languages

Appointment:

(former UCI-CPF)

Education:

B.A., University of Maryland, College Park, Psychology; B.A., University of Maryland, College Park, Communication; M.A., Wake Forest University, Business Management; Ph.D., University of Southern California, Urban Education Policy

Dissertation:

Black by Popular Demand: An Exploration of Black Student College-Going to the For-Profit Higher Education Sector

Thesis Advisor:

William G. Tierney, Rossier School of Education, University of Southern California

Research Topic:

When Higher Education Grows Up: Towards a New Understanding of College Pathways for Adult Students

Mentor:

Elizabeth Pena, School of Education, University of California, Irvine

See Profile for Constance Iloh
Appointment:

(former UCSD-CPF)

Education:

B.A., San Diego State University, Anthropology; M.A, San Diego State University., Applied Anthropology; Ph.D., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Socio-Cultural Anthropology

Dissertation:

Chasing Blackness: Re-Investing Value and Mexico's Changing Racial Economy

Thesis Advisor:

Alejandro Lugo, Professor of Anthropology, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Research Topic:

Racial economy, racial discourse, and projects of multicultural citizenship among peoples of indigenous and African descent in Mexico and Latin America

Mentor:

Nancy Postero, Professor of Anthropology, University of California, San Diego

Education:

B.A., University of California, Santa Cruz, Feminist Studies and Literature; M.A., New York University, Humanities and Social Thought; Ph.D., University of Texas at Austin, American Studies and Women's and Gender Studies

Dissertation:

Your Work is Not Here: Solidarity Tourism in Occupied Palestine

Thesis Advisor:

Barbara Harlow, Professor of English, University of Texas at Austin, and A. Naomi Paik, Professor of Asian American Studies, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Research Topic:

Tourism, Fragmentation, and the Asymmetries of Solidarity in Occupied Palestine

Mentor:

Gary Fields, Professor of Communication, University of California, San Diego

See Profile for Jennifer Lynn Kelly
Education:

B.S., University of Michigan, Ecology & Evolutionary Biology; M.A., University of California, Santa Barbara, Economics; Ph.D., University of California, Santa Barbara, Ecology, Evolution & Marine Biology

Dissertation:

Food Production in the 21st Century: Land-use, Diversity, Pests and Pesticides

Thesis Advisor:

Steven D. Gaines, Dean, Bren School of Environmental Science & Management, University of California, Santa Barbara

Research Topic:

Pesticides, Land-use, and Human Well-being: Balancing Food Production and Public Health

Mentor:

Matthew Potts, Professor of Environmental Science, Policy, and Management, University of California, Berkeley

See Profile for Ashley E. Larsen
Appointment:

(former UCD-CPF)

Education:

B.A., California State University, Northridge, Biology; Ph.D., University of California, Davis, Microbiology

Dissertation:

Fundamental Studies of the Foodborne Pathogen Yersinia enterocolitica and Applied Food Systems Research, Teaching and Outreach in Vietnam and Cambodia

Thesis Advisor:

Glenn M. Young, Professor of Food Science and Technology, University of California, Davis

Research Topic:

Small Holder Agricultural Micro Enterprises in Cambodia

Mentor:

James E. Hill, Professor of Plant Sciences, University of California, Davis

See Profile for Karen LeGrand
Education:

B.S., University of California, Los Angeles, Applied Mathematics; M.S., University of California, Los Angeles, Applied Mathematics; Ph.D., University of California, Los Angeles, Applied Mathematics

Dissertation:

Variational and pde methods for big data analysis, classification and image processing

Thesis Advisor:

Andrea Bertozzi, Professor of Mathematics, University of California, Los Angeles

Research Topic:

Variational methods for machine learning on graphs

Mentor:

Fan Chung Graham, Professor of Mathematics, University of California, San Diego

See Profile for Ekaterina Merkurjev
Appointment:

(former UCLA-CPF)

Education:

B.A., Hope College, Biology and Psychology; Ph.D., Michigan State University, Neuroscience

Dissertation:

Neuro and gliogenesis in the pubertal rat brain: implications in female reproduction

Thesis Advisor:

Cheryl Sisk, Professor of Neuroscience, Michigan State University

Research Topic:

Estrogen responsiveness of pubertally born astrocytes

Mentor:

Paul Micevych, Professor of Neurobiology, University of California, Los Angeles

See Profile for Margaret Mohr
Education:

A.B., Harvard University, Chemistry and Physics; A.M., Harvard University, Chemistry; M.S., Cornell University, Applied Physics; Ph.D., Cornell University, Applied Physics

Dissertation:

Atomic-resolution two-dimensional mapping of local bonding changes at transition metal oxide interfaces

Thesis Advisor:

Darrell G. Schlom, Professor of Materials Science and Engineering and David A. Muller, Professor of Applied and Engineering Physics, Cornell University

Research Topic:

Atomic-resolution imaging of complex oxide heterostructures

Mentor:

Ramamoorthy Ramesh, Professor of Materials Science and Engineering, University of California, Berkeley

Education:

B.A., University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, Psychology and African American Studies; M.A., University of California, San Diego, Experimental Psychology; Ph.D., University of California, San Diego, Experimental Psychology

Dissertation:

The influence of contextual constraint on word recognition during reading

Thesis Advisor:

Keith Rayner, Professor of Psychology and Vic Ferreira, Professor of Psychology, University of California, San Diego

Research Topic:

Computation modeling of language comprehension processes

Mentor:

Keith Holyoak, Professor of Psychology, University of California, Los Angeles

Appointment:

(former UCR-CPF)

Education:

B.A., University of California, Santa Cruz, Theater Arts/Molecular & Celullar Developmental Biology; M.A., University of California, San Diego, Latin American Studies; Ph.D., University of California, San Diego, Theatre

Dissertation:

Speaking Bodies: Body Bilinguality and Code-switching in Latin@ Performance

Thesis Advisor:

Jorge Huerta, Professor of Theatre and Dance, University of California, San Diego

Research Topic:

¡Habla!: Speaking Bodies in Latin@ Dance and Performance

Mentor:

Jacqueline Shea Murphy, Professor of Dance Studies, University of California, Riverside

See Profile for Jade Power Sotomayor
Education:

B.S., Harvey Mudd College, Chemistry; Ph.D., University of California, Irvine, Chemistry

Dissertation:

Foundations of thermal time-dependent, ensemble, and thermal density functional theory

Thesis Advisor:

Kieron Burke, Professor of Chemistry and Physics, University of California, Irvine

Research Topic:

Improving warm dense matter calculations

Mentor:

Martin Head-Gordon, Professor of Chemistry, University of California, Berkeley

See Profile for Aurora Pribram-Jones
Appointment:

(former UCLA-CPF)

Education:

B.S., Northwestern University, Performance Studies; M.F.A., New School University, Theater Studies; Ph.D., University of California, Santa Barbara, Theater Studies

Dissertation:

Transcultural Performance Disciplines: Embodying AfroAsia in Martial Arts, Theater, Film, and Everyday Practice

Thesis Advisor:

Suk-Young Kim, Professor of Theater Studies, University of California, Santa Barbara

Research Topic:

Transcultural Identities: Black Subject Formation through AfroAsian Performance and Martial Arts

Mentor:

Darnell M. Hunt, Professor of Sociology and African American Studies, University of California, Los Angeles

See Profile for Zachary Price
Appointment:

(former UCM-CPF)

Education:

B.S., Kansas State University, Chemistry; M.S., University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, Chemistry; Ph.D., University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, Chemistry

Dissertation:

Insights into Proton-Coupled Electron Transfer from Computation

Thesis Advisor:

Jiali Gao, Professor of Chemistry, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities

Research Topic:

Improving Computational Methods for Excited State Dynamics in Condensed Phase

Mentor:

Christine Isborn, Professor of Chemistry and Juan Meza, Professor of Applied Mathematics, University of California, Merced

See Profile for Makenzie Provorse
Appointment:

(former UCR-CPF)

Education:

B.A., Stanford University, Human Biology and African American Studies; Ph.D., University of Southern California, Urban Education Policy

Dissertation:

Assuming the Trusteeship: Studying the influence of learning and preparation on the decision-making practices of members of public multicampus boards of higher education

Thesis Advisor:

William G. Tierney, Professor of Education, University of Southern California

Research Topic:

The strategic apex and ideologies of access, diversity, and inclusion in California Higher Education

Mentor:

John Levin, Professor of Education, University of California, Riverside

See Profile for Raquel Monique Rall
Education:

B.A., University of California, San Diego, Critical Gender Studies; Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley, Performance Studies

Dissertation:

Sonic Negations: Sound, Affect, and Unbelonging Between Mexico and the United States

Thesis Advisor:

Brandi Wilkins Catanese, Professor of Performance Studies and African American Studies and Juana María Rodríguez, Gender & Women’s Studies, University of California, Berkeley

Research Topic:

Violent Dissolutions: Death in the Latina/o American Aesthetic Imaginary

Mentor:

Deborah R. Vargas, Professor of Ethnic Studies, University of California, Riverside

See Profile for Iván A. Ramos
Appointment:

(former UCSD-CPF)

Education:

B.S., Stanford University, Biological Sciences; Ph.D., University of California, San Diego, Neurosciences

Dissertation:

The Encoding of Spatial, Temporal, and Affective Dimensions in the Dentate Gyrus of the Hippocampus

Thesis Advisor:

Andrea A. Chiba, Professor of Cognitive Science and Fred H. Gage, Professor of Genetics, University of California, San Diego

Research Topic:

Advancing Biometrics: Investigating the Rhythmic Spiking Activity in Cortical Circuits Underlying the Generation of Non-invasively Measured EEG

Mentor:

Todd Coleman, Professor of Bioengineering, University of California, San Diego

See Profile for Lara Maria Rangel
Education:

B.A., University of California, San Diego, Communication; M.A., California State University, Los Angeles, English; Ph.D., University of California, Riverside, English

Dissertation:

Posthumous Afterlives: Ecstatic Readings of Post-1945 American Literature

Thesis Advisor:

Katherine Kinney, Professor of English, University of California, Riverside

Research Topic:

African American Expatriate Culture in Postwar Rome and William Demby’s Transnational Work in Literature, Journalism and the Italian Cinema

Mentor:

Richard Yarborough, Professor of English and African American Studies, University of California, Los Angeles

See Profile for Melanie Masterton Sherazi
Education:

B.A., San Jose State University, Political Science; M.A., San Francisco State University, Asian American Studies; Ph.D., University of California, San Diego, Ethnic Studies

Dissertation:

Wasteland: The Social and Environmental Impact of U.S. Militarism in Laos

Thesis Advisor:

Yen Le Espiritu, Professor of Ethnic Studies, University of California, San Diego

Research Topic:

The Afterlife of Waste in Postwar Spaces

Mentor:

Mariam Beevi Lam, Professor of Comparative Literature & Foreign Languages, University of California, Riverside

See Profile for Davorn Sisavath
Education:

B.S., University of California, Los Angeles, Physics; B.A., University of California, Los Angeles, Art; Ph.D., Stanford University, Applied Physics

Dissertation:

Microfluidic and optofluidic investigation of biological macromolecule phase transitions

Thesis Advisor:

Stephen Quake, Professor of Bioengineering, Stanford University

Research Topic:

Elucidating the relationship between genome organization and gene expression in single cells

Mentor:

Bo Huang, Professor of Pharmaceutical Chemistry, University of California, San Francisco

Education:

B.A., University of California, Berkeley, Molecular & Cell Biology and Psychology; Ph.D., University of California, San Diego, Neurosciences

Dissertation:

The Spatio-temporal Dynamics of a Neural Network for Response Control

Thesis Advisor:

Adam Aron, Professor of Psychology, University of California, San Diego

Research Topic:

Synchronization of Motor and Cognitive Networks in the Human Brain

Mentor:

Philip A. Starr, Professor of Neurological Surgery, University of California, San Francisco

See Profile for Nicole Swann
Education:

B.S., Xavier University of Louisiana, Psychology; M.A., Vanderbilt University, Sociology; Ph.D., Vanderbilt University, Sociology

Dissertation:

More than Discrimination: The Significance of Race-Based Stress and Racial Identity for the Mental Health of Black Americans

Thesis Advisor:

R. Jay Turner, Professor of Sociology, Vanderbilt University

Research Topic:

Race-Based Stress, Identity, and the Health Implications of Continued Racial Inequality

Mentor:

Gilbert Gee, Professor of Community Health Science and Andrew Fuligni, Professor of Psychology; University of California, Los Angeles

See Profile for Courtney S. Thomas
Education:

B.A., Fordham University, Comparative Literature; M.F.A., Columbia University, Creative Writing (Nonfiction); Ph.D., New York University, Sociology

Dissertation:

Survival and Belonging: The Importance of Neighborhood Ties and Public Spaces to Elders Aging in Place

Thesis Advisor:

Kathleen Gerson, Professor of Sociology, New York University

Research Topic:

Urban Aging in Place/Mental Health/Community/Social Ties

Mentor:

Claude Fischer, Professor of Sociology, University of California, Berkeley

See Profile for Stacy Torres
Appointment:

(former UCR-CPF)

Education:

B.S., California Institute of Technology, Astrophysics; M.S., University of Hawai'i at Manoa, Astronomy; Ph.D., University of Hawai'i at Manoa, Astronomy

Dissertation:

Luminous Infrared Galaxies in the Local Universe: Global Properties, Nuclear Activity, and the Starburst-AGN Connection

Thesis Advisor:

David Sanders, Professor of Physics & Astronomy, University of Hawaii at Manoa

Research Topic:

Reverberation Mapping of High-Luminosity Active Galactic Nuclei

Mentor:

Gabriela Canalizo, Professor of Physics and Astronomy, University of California, Riverside

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Education:

B.A, Scripps College., Asian American Studies/Political Science; Ph.D., University of Michigan, American Culture

Dissertation:

Ethnographies of Legal Inclusion: Protection, Punishment and Legal Fictions of Asian Immigrant Women

Thesis Advisor:

Nadine Naber, Professor of Women & Gender Studies and Asian American Studies, University of Illinois, Chicago

Research Topic:

Of Law’s Protection and Punishment: Gender Violence, Asian Immigrant Women, and the Enforced Safety of the Security State

Mentor:

Leti Volpp, Professor of Law, University of California, Berkeley

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Appointment:

(former UCB-CPF)

Education:

B.A., University of Hawai’i, Mānoa, Psychology; Ph.D., New York University, American Studies

Dissertation:

The Politics of Paradise: Tourism, Image and Cultural Production in Hawai’i

Thesis Advisor:

Arlene Davila, Professor of Anthropology, Social and Cultural Analysis, New York University

Research Topic:

Tourism, colonialism, capitalism, and cultural production in Hawai’i

Mentor:

Shari Huhndorf, Professor of Ethnic Studies, University of California, Berkeley

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Appointment:

(former UCD-CPF)

Education:

B.A., Stanford University, Linguistics and minor in Cultural and Social Anthropology; M.A., Stanford University, Cultural and Social Anthropology; Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley, Anthropology

Dissertation:

States of the Wind: Dust Storms and a Political Meteorology of Contemporary China

Thesis Advisor:

Aihwa Ong, Professor of Anthropology, University of California, Berkeley

Research Topic:

Dust storm and desertification politics in Northeast Asia; air pollution sciences and politics in China & the California Central Valley

Mentor:

Timothy Choy, Professor of Science & Technology Studies, University of California, Davis

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