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Fellows 2019

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.S., Physics, Federal University of Technology Akure, Nigeria; M.S.-Eq. Diploma, Earth Systems Physics, International Center for Theoretical Physics, Italy; Ph.D., Meteorology and Physical Oceanography, University of Miami

Dissertation:

The Impact of Meteorology on Smoke and Low-level Clouds over the Southeast Atlantic

Thesis Advisor:

Paquita Zuidema, Professor of Atmospheric Science, University of Miami

Research Topic:

Quantifying how desert dust particles impact global climate through the semi-direct effect

Mentor:

Jasper Kok, Professor of Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences, University of California, Los Angeles

See Profile for Adeyemi Adebiyi
Education:

B.A., History, York University; M.A., History, York University; Ph.D., History, York University

Dissertation:

"Here in the Queen's Territory. Every Man and Woman is Free": Slavery and the Lives of the Enslaved in Late Nineteenth Century Sierra Leone

Thesis Advisor:

José C. Curto, Professor of History, York University

Research Topic:

Slavery and Emancipation in British West Africa

Mentor:

Kevin Dawson, Professor of History, University of California, Merced

See Profile for Myles Ali
Education:

B.A., American Studies and Women & Gender Studies, University of California, Davis; M.A., Ethnic Studies, University of California, Riverside; Ph.D., Ethnic Studies, University of California, Riverside

Dissertation:

Reckoning the Rural: The San Joaquin Valley, California, and the Politics of Knowledge

Thesis Advisor:

Dylan Rodriguez, Professor of Media and Cultural Studies, University of California, Riverside and Nick Mitchell, Professor of Feminist Studies and Critical Race & Ethnic Studies, University of California, Santa Cruz

Research Topic:

The intersections of knowledge production, racial capitalism, and agriculture in the San Joaquin Valley

Mentor:

Mario Sifuentez, Professor of History, University of California, Merced

See Profile for Aaron Alvarado
Education:

B.S., Biology, Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia; Ph.D., Molecular Medicine, Case Western Reserve University

Dissertation:

Targeting Stem Cell Pathways in Glioblastoma

Thesis Advisor:

Justin D. Lathia, Professor of Molecular Medicine, Case Western Reserve University

Research Topic:

Reconciling glioblastoma heterogeneity using a pathway-based approach

Mentor:

Harley I. Kornblum, Professor of Psychiatry, Pharmacology and Pediatrics, University of California, Los Angeles

See Profile for Alvaro G. Alvarado Cabellos
Education:

B.A., Chemistry, Sonoma State University; Ph.D., Chemistry, University of California, Santa Barbara

Dissertation:

Heterogeneously catalyzed biomass reactions-lignin disassembly and Guerbet condensation and Kinetics of hydrogen peroxide facilitated release of CO from metal carbonyls

Thesis Advisor:

Peter C. Ford, Professor of Chemistry, University of California, Santa Barbara

Research Topic:

Carbon Dioxide Capture and Conversion

Mentor:

Clifford P. Kubiak, Professor of Chemistry & Biochemistry, University of California, San Diego

See Profile for Jacob Alexander Barrett
Education:

B.S., Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology, Yale University; M.D., Medicine, Yale University; Ph.D., Neurobiology, Yale University

Dissertation:

Evaluation of hyperactive mTORC1 signaling in the hippocampus of Tsc1 hetrozygous mice: Implications for the fragile X mental retardation protein

Thesis Advisor:

Angelique Bordey, Professor of Neurosurgery and Cellular and Molecular Physiology, Yale University

Research Topic:

Autoantibody Discovery in Psychotic Disorders

Mentor:

Samuel Pleasure, Professor of Neurology and Michael Wilson, Professor of Neurology, University of California, San Francisco

See Profile for Christopher M. Bartley
Education:

B.S., Mechanical Engineering, University of California, San Diego; M.S., Mechanical Engineering, Stanford University; Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering, Stanford University

Dissertation:

Isn't It Swell?: the effect of osmotic swelling on articular cartilage and meniscal fibrocartilage mechanics and diagnostic approaches

Thesis Advisor:

Marc Levenston, Professor of Mechanical Engineering, Stanford University

Research Topic:

Exploring the role of perilacunar/canalicular remodeling of bone in the coupling of osteocyte tension and perilacunar material properties

Mentor:

Tamara Alliston, Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery, University of California, San Francisco

See Profile for Eva Gabriela Baylon
Education:

B.S., Marine Biology, University of California, Santa Cruz; M.S., Biological Sciences, University of Alaska, Anchorage; Ph.D., Biology & Wildlife, University of Alaska, Fairbanks

Dissertation:

Bridging the gap between pupping and molting phenology: behavioral and ecological drivers in Weddell seals

Thesis Advisor:

Jennifer Burns, Professor of Biological Sciences, University of Alaska, Fairbanks

Research Topic:

Migration routes in a changing ocean

Mentor:

Dan Costa, Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology and Erika Zavaleta, Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of California, Santa Cruz

See Profile for Roxanne Beltran
Education:

B.A., History and Chicana and Chicano Studies, University of California, Los Angeles; M.A., Interdisciplinary Studies, California State University, Dominguez Hills; Ph.D., Chicana and Chicano Studies, University of California, Santa Barbara

Dissertation:

Doing Dignity Work: Alicia Escalante and the East Los Angeles Welfare Rights Organization

Thesis Advisor:

Miroslava Chavez-Garcia, Professor of History, University of California, Santa Barbara

Research Topic:

Alicia Escalante, Chicana Welfare Rights and the Struggle for Human Dignity and Economic Justice

Mentor:

Robin D.G. Kelley, Professor of History, University of California, Los Angeles

See Profile for Rosie Cano Bermudez
Education:

B.A., Sociology , University of New Orleans; M.A., African American Studies, Clark Atlanta University; Ph.D., Psychology, University of California, Santa Cruz

Dissertation:

Intersectional Lives, Intersectional Experiences: Exploring the Impact of Stigma in the Lives of African American Women

Thesis Advisor:

Craig Haney, Professor of Psychology, University of California, Santa Cruz

Research Topic:

Stigma, Violence, and Discrimination against African American Transgender Women

Mentor:

Ula Y. Taylor, Professor of African American Studies, University of California, Berkeley

Education:

B.A., Political Science, Global Studies and Latin American Studies, University of California, Los Angeles; M.A., Sociology, University of Southern California; Ph.D., Sociology, University of Southern California

Dissertation:

Finding home: the migration and incorporation of undocumented and unaccompanied Latino youth in the U.S.

Thesis Advisor:

Pierrette Hondagneu-Sotelo, Professor of Sociology and Jody Agius Vallejo, Professor of Sociology, University of Southern California

Research Topic:

Theorizing the incorporation of unaccompanied minor asylum-seekers in migrant farmworker families and communities

Mentor:

Marjorie Zatz, Professor of Sociology and Zulema Valdez, Professor of Sociology, University of California, Merced

See Profile for Stephanie L. Canizales
Education:

B.S., Biology, Universidad Simón Bolívar, Caracas, Venezuela; Ph.D., Biological Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Dissertation:

Functional DNA Repair Capacity Assays: A Focus On Base Excision Repair

Thesis Advisor:

Leona D. Samson, Professor of Biological Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Research Topic:

Elucidating the effects of RNA damage on cell homeostasis

Mentor:

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

Education:

B.A., Political Science, University of Redlands; M.A., Social and Cultural Contexts of Education, University of California, Santa Cruz; Ph.D., Social and Cultural Contexts of Education, University of California, Santa Cruz

Dissertation:

Just Innovation? Digital Education Reform in Silicon Valley and Oakland, California

Thesis Advisor:

Ronald David Glass, Professor of Education, University of California, Santa Cruz

Research Topic:

Race, Religion, and Real Estate: Boundary Work among Grassroots Organizers for a Democratic Education

Mentor:

George Lipsitz, Professor of Black Studies and Diane Fujino, Professor of Asian American Studies, University of California, Santa Barbara

See Profile for Ethan Chang
Education:

B.A., Sociology, Pontifical Catholic University of Peru; M.A., Rhetoric, University of California, Berkeley; Ph.D., Rhetoric, University of California, Berkeley

Dissertation:

Travesti Memory and Politics: Toward a Peruvian Transgender Imaginary

Thesis Advisor:

Trinh T. Minh-ha, Professor of Rhetoric, University of California, Berkeley

Research Topic:

Travesti Memory and Politics: Toward a Peruvian Transgender Imaginary

Mentor:

Robert Irwin, Professor of Spanish and Portuguese, University of California, Davis

See Profile for Giancarlo Cornejo
Education:

B.S., Biology, Massachusetts Institute of Technology; MPH, Environmental Health Sciences, University of California, Berkeley; Ph.D., Environmental Health Sciences, University of California, Berkeley

Dissertation:

Identifying Environmental Chemicals that Alter Glucocorticoid Receptor Activity

Thesis Advisor:

Martyn T. Smith, Professor of Toxicology, University of California, Berkeley

Research Topic:

Analyzing the relationship between adverse childhood experiences and stress biomarkers in an adolescent population

Mentor:

Esteban Burchard, Distinguished Professor of Bioengineering & Therapeutic Sciences and Medicine, and Neeta Thakur, Professor of Medicine, University of California, San Francisco

See Profile for Rosemarie de la Rosa
Education:

B.A., Linguistics, University of Copenhagen, Denmark; M.A., Linguistics, University of Denmark, Copenhagen; Ph.D., Linguistics, University of California, San Diego

Dissertation:

Referential Cohesion in American Sign Language: Modality-Specific and Modality-General Influences

Thesis Advisor:

Rachel I. Mayberry, Professor of Linguistics, University of California, San Diego

Research Topic:

Code-blending and pronoun processing in bimodal bilinguals

Mentor:

Judith F. Kroll, Professor of Cognitive Science, University of California, Irvine

See Profile for Anne Therese Frederiksen
Education:

B.S., Marine and Environmental Science, Hampton University; Ph.D., Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of California, Los Angeles

Dissertation:

Environmental and biotic controls affecting recruitment and proliferation of algal turf communities in coral reef systems

Thesis Advisor:

Peggy Fong, Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of California, Los Angeles

Research Topic:

What 'hidden diversity' lies in turf algal communities and how does it impact ecosystem functions?

Mentor:

Deron Burkepile, Professor of Ecology, Evolution & Marine Biology, University of California, Santa Barbara

See Profile for Camille Jazmin Gaynus
Education:

B.A., Sociology, Dartmouth College; M.A. Sociology, Harvard University; Ph.D. Sociology & Social Policy, Harvard University

Dissertation:

Tribal Lands, Tribal Men, Tribal Responsibilities: How Fathers with Criminal Records Find Work On and Off-Reservation

Thesis Advisor:

William Julius Wilson, University Professor of Sociology, Harvard University

Research Topic:

Expanding and implementing the Far North Tribal Offender Database at the regional and state level

Mentor:

Sandra Smith, Professor of Sociology, University of California, Berkeley

Education:

B.S., Biology, University of Texas, Austin; Ph.D., Ecology, University of Florida

Dissertation:

Context dependence in effects of nutrient enrichment on tropical coral reefs

Thesis Advisor:

Craig Osenberg, Professor of Biology, University of Florida

Research Topic:

I use field experiments and modeling to understand how information, shared incidentally within and between species, can affect the dynamics of natural ecosystems, with my primary focus on economically critical tropical coral reefs.

Mentor:

Pete Raimondi, Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of California, Santa Cruz

See Profile for Mike Gil
Education:

B.A., Anthropology, American Sign Language, and Spanish, University of Rochester; M.A., Anthropology, University of California, San Diego; Ph.D., Anthropology, University of California, San Diego

Dissertation:

The Social Lives of Deaf Youth in Iquitos, Peru

Thesis Advisor:

John B. Haviland, Professor of Anthropology, University of California, San Diego

Research Topic:

Disentangling language and social interaction in language-delayed deaf children

Mentor:

Tanya Stivers, Professor of Sociology, University of California, Los Angeles

See Profile for Sara Alida Goico
Education:

B.S., Sociology, Grand Valley State University; M.A., Sociology, University of Kansas; Ph.D., Sociology, University of Kansas

Dissertation:

Inflexible Illegality: Immigration and Integration Processes of Indigenous and Non-Indigenous Latina/o Immigrants in the Midwest

Thesis Advisor:

ChangHwan Kim, Professor of Sociology, University of Kansas and Cecilia Menjívar, Professor of Sociology, University of California, Los Angeles

Research Topic:

Ethnoracial Solidarity: Social ties between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Latina/os in an anti-immigrant climate

Mentor:

Leisy Abrego, Professor of Chicana and Chicano Studies, University of California, Los Angeles

See Profile for Andrea Gómez Cervantes
Education:

B.A., English, Shanghai International Studies University; M.Phil., Social Anthropology, University of Cambridge; Ph.D., Cultural Anthropology, Duke University

Dissertation:

Beyond “Revolutionary Humanitarianism”: Chinese Doctors in South Sudan

Thesis Advisor:

Charles Piot, Professor of Cultural Anthropology and African and African American Studies and Ralph Litzinger, Professor of Cultural Anthropology, Duke University

Research Topic:

China's medical programs in Africa, biopolitics in conflict and post-conflict zones

Mentor:

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

See Profile for Yidong Gong
Education:

B.S., Mathematics, University of Oregon; M.S., Mathematics, University of Southern California; Ph.D., Mathematics, University of Southern California

Dissertation:

Categorical Operators and Crystal Structures on the Ring of Symmetric Functions

Thesis Advisor:

Aaron Lauda, Professor of Mathematics and Sami Assaf, Professor of Mathematics, University of Southern California

Research Topic:

representation theory, categorification, and algebraic combinatorics

Mentor:

Raphaël Rouquier, Professor of Mathematics, University of California, Los Angeles

See Profile for Nicolle González
Education:

B.S., Mathematics, University of Oregon; M.S., Mathematics, University of Southern California; Ph.D., Mathematics, University of Southern California

Dissertation:

Categorical Operators and Crystal Structures on the Ring of Symmetric Functions

Thesis Advisor:

Aaron Lauda, Professor of Mathematics and Sami Assaf, Professor of Mathematics, University of Southern California

Research Topic:

representation theory, categorification, and algebraic combinatorics

Mentor:

Raphaël Rouquier, Professor of Mathematics, University of California, Los Angeles

See Profile for Nicolle González
Education:

B.S., Environmental Science, University of California, Berkeley; M.A., Sociocultural Anthropology, University of California, Davis; Ph.D., Sociocultural Anthropology, University of California, Davis

Dissertation:

Mineral Incorporations: Lead Science, Ethics, and Politics in Central Peru

Thesis Advisor:

Marisol de la Cadena, Professor of Anthropology, and Joseph Dumit, Professor of Anthropology, University of California, Davis

Research Topic:

The science of toxicity and chemical relationships within extractive economies, food cultures, and political mobilizations of Peru

Mentor:

Kim Fortun, Professor of Anthropology, University of California, Irvine

See Profile for Stefanie Graeter
Education:

B.A., Native American Studies, Stanford University; M.Phil., History, Yale University; Ph.D., History, Yale University

Dissertation:

World War II and the First Peoples of the Last Frontier: Alaska Native Voices, Indigenous Equilibrium Theory, and Wartime Alaska, 1942-1945

Thesis Advisor:

Ned Blackhawk, Professor of History, Yale University

Research Topic:

Indigenous Alaskan Oral Histories of the Second World War, WWII North Pacific History, Digital Archives

Mentor:

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

See Profile for Holly Miowak Guise
Education:

B.A., Government and Economics, College of William and Mary; MPP, Democracy, Politics and Institutions, Harvard University; Ph.D., Political Science, Brown University

Dissertation:

Corporation, Property, Sovereignty: The Settler Colonial Origins of the Modern Corporation in America

Thesis Advisor:

Alex Gourevitch, Professor of Political Science, Brown University

Research Topic:

The Settler Colonial Origins of the Modern Corporation in America

Mentor:

Christopher Tomlins, Professor of Law, University of California, Berkeley

See Profile for Paul M. B. Gutierrez
Education:

B.A., English Literature and Germanic Studies, Indiana University, Bloomington; M.A., Ethnic Studies, University of California, Berkeley; Ph.D., Ethnic Studies, University of California, Berkeley

Dissertation:

Lakh̆ótiyapi kiŋ uŋglúkinipi (We Revitalize our Lakota Language): Native Language Revitalization on the Standing Rock Indian Reservation

Thesis Advisor:

Thomas Biolsi, Professor of Ethnic Studies, University of California, Berkeley

Research Topic:

Indigenous Language Revitalization

Mentor:

Teresa McCarty, Professor of Education, University of California, Los Angeles

See Profile for Tasha Hauff
Education:

B.S., Biology, University of Wisconsin, Madison; M.S., Biological Sciences, University of California, Irvine; Ph.D., Biological Science, University of California, Irvine

Dissertation:

Landscape Genetics of African Malaria Parasite and Its Vectors

Thesis Advisor:

Guiyun Yan, Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of California, Irvine

Research Topic:

Integrating Big Data, Machine Learning and Population Genetics to Forecast the Spread of Drug Resistance in Malaria Parasites

Mentor:

Xiaohui Xie, Professor of Computer Science, University of California, Irvine

See Profile for Elizabeth Hemming-Schroeder
Education:

B.A., Humanities, Pontifical Catholic University of Peru; M.A., Andean Studies, Pontifical Catholic University of Peru; Ph.D., Anthropology, Vanderbilt University

Dissertation:

Legibility and Empire: Mediating the Inka Presence in Huarochirí Province, Peru

Thesis Advisor:

Tom. D. Dillehay, Professor of Anthropology and Steve A. Wernke, Professor of Anthropology, Vanderbilt University

Research Topic:

Gender and identity among the potters of Huarochirí

Mentor:

Kevin J. Vaughn, Professor of Anthropology, University of California, Riverside

See Profile for Carla Hernández Garavito
Education:

B.A., History and Africana Studies, California State University, Long Beach; M.A., Pan African Studies, Syracuse University; Ph.D., Cultural Studies, University of California, Davis

Dissertation:

This is What Solidarity Looks Like: Afro-Asian Solidarity in the Post-Civil Rights Era

Thesis Advisor:

Robyn Rodriquez, Professor of Asian American Studies, University of California, Davis

Research Topic:

Solidarity as Biography: Cecil Williams, Janice Mirikitani, and Afro-Asian Solidarity in the San Francisco Bay Area

Mentor:

Diane Fujino, Professor of Asian American Studies, University of California, Santa Barbara

See Profile for Jeanelle K. Hope
Education:

B.Sc. Hons., Physics, McGill University; M.S., Nuclear Engineering, Purdue University; Ph.D., Applied Physics, University of Michigan

Dissertation:

Laser-driven electron accelerators as a broadband radiation source – from infrared to X-rays

Thesis Advisor:

Karl Krushelnick, Professor of Nuclear Engineering and Radiological Sciences and Louise Willingale, Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, University of Michigan

Research Topic:

Femtosecond time-resolved X-ray measurements of warm dense matter

Mentor:

Franklin Dollar, Professor of Physics and Astronomy, University of California, Irvine

See Profile for Amina Hussein
Education:

B.S., Civil & Environmental Engineering and Geological & Environmental Sciences, Stanford University; M.S., Geological & Environmental Sciences, Stanford University; Ph.D., Earth System Science, Stanford University

Dissertation:

Paleoclimate constraints on terrestrial hydroclimate, silicate weathering and the carbon cycle

Thesis Advisor:

C. Page Chamberlain, Professor of Geological Sciences, Stanford University

Research Topic:

Reconstructing water cycle changes in the American West

Mentor:

Donald DePaolo, Professor of Earth and Planetary Sciences and Daniel Stolper, Professor of Earth and Planetary Sciences, University of California, Berkeley

See Profile for Daniel Enrique Ibarra
Education:

B.S., Physics, Sun Yat-sen University; M.S., Physics, University of Science and Technology of China; Ph.D., Environmental Engineering Sciences, University of Florida

Dissertation:

Determination of Molecular Mechanisms of Organic Aerosols on PM Toxicity Using Cell-Free Assays

Thesis Advisor:

Myoseon Jang, Professor of Environmental Engineering Sciences, University of Florida

Research Topic:

Linking Emission Sources, Atmospheric Processes and Health Effects of Atmospheric Organic Aerosols

Mentor:

David Cocker, Professor of Chemical and Environmental Engineering and Ying-Hsuan Lin, Professor of Environmental Sciences, University of California, Riverside

See Profile for Huanhuan Jiang
Education:

B.A., Sociology, Mills College; M.A., Sociology, University of California, Santa Barbara; Ph.D., Sociology, University of California, Santa Barbara

Dissertation:

Returning to Grace: Gender and responsibilization in the state's management of sex work and trafficking

Thesis Advisor:

Verta Taylor, Professor of Sociology, University of California, Santa Barbara

Research Topic:

Prostitution diversion programs, victim-centered approaches to prostitution policy, and the gendered nature of carceral responsibilization strategies

Mentor:

Valerie Jenness, Professor of Criminology, Law & Society, University of California, Irvine

See Profile for Lillian Taylor Jungleib
Education:

B.A., Ethnic Studies, University of California, San Diego; Ph.D., American Culture, University of Michigan

Dissertation:

Towards Decolonial Futures: New Media, Digital Infrastructures, and Imagined Geographies of Palestine

Thesis Advisor:

Lisa Nakamura, Professor of American Culture, University of Michigan, and Evelyn Alsultany, Professor of American Studies and Ethnicity, University of Southern California

Research Topic:

New Media and Palestine Activism

Mentor:

Fatima El-Tayeb, Professor of Ethnic Studies, University of California, San Diego

See Profile for Meryem Kamil
Education:

B.A., Native American Studies and Ethnic Studies, University of California, Berkeley; M.A., American Indian Studies, University of California, Los Angeles; M.A., Ethnic Studies, University of California, Berkeley; Ph.D., Ethnic Studies, University of California, Berkeley

Dissertation:

Unsettling Domesticity: Native Women and 20th-Century U.S. Indian Policy in the San Francisco Bay Area

Thesis Advisor:

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

Research Topic:

20th-Century Native American women navigating the confines and possibilities of domestic labor in the San Francisco Bay Area

Mentor:

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

See Profile for Caitlin Keliiaa
Education:

B.A., History, University of California, Irvine; M.Phil., Development Studies, University of Cambridge; Ph.D., City and Regional Planning, University of California, Berkeley

Dissertation:

Fueling the City: Coal, Land, and the Politics of Dispossession in South India

Thesis Advisor:

Ananya Roy, Professor of Urban Planning, Social Welfare, and Geography, University of California, Los Angeles

Research Topic:

Cities and climate justice; political ecology of energy and the environment; race, dispossession, and urban inequality

Mentor:

Rodolfo D. Torres, Professor of Urban Planning and Public Policy, University of California, Irvine

See Profile for Mukul Kumar
Education:

B.S., Plant Agro-resources, Cheikh Anta Diop University, Senegal; Ph.D., Plant Genetics, University of California, Riverside

Dissertation:

Mapping Domestication-Related Traites and QTL Pyramiding in Cowpea (Vigna unguiculata)

Thesis Advisor:

Timothy Close, Professor of Botany and Plant Sciences, University of California, Riverside

Research Topic:

Genetic Mechanisms Controlling Pod Shattering in Cowpea

Mentor:

Paul Gepts, Professor of Plant Sciences, University of California, Davis

Education:

B.Tech., Civil Engineering, National Institute of Technology Karnataka; M.S., Civil Engineering, Texas A&M University, Ph.D., Environmental Engineering, University of Maryland Baltimore County

Dissertation:

Photolytic Fate of Antibiotics in UV-based Engineered and Natural Systems

Thesis Advisor:

Lee Blaney, Profesor of Chemical, Biochemical and Environmental Engineering, University of Maryland Baltimore County

Research Topic:

Impact of mixed-oxidant systems on water reuse and distribution systems

Mentor:

Haizhou Liu, Professor of Chemical and Environmental Engineering, University of California, Riverside

See Profile for Kiranmayi P. Mangalgiri
Education:

B.A., History, California State University, Long Beach; M.A., American Studies, California State University, Fullerton; Ph.D., Latin American History, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

Dissertation:

Freedom's Edge: Slavery, Manumission, and Empire in Rio de Janeiro, 1761-1808

Thesis Advisor:

Jerry Dávila, Professor of History, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

Research Topic:

Freedom's Edge: Slavery, Manumission, and Empire in Brazil and the South Atlantic World

Mentor:

Rachel Sarah O'Toole, Professor of History, University of California, Irvine

Education:

B.A., Philosophy, English, and Linguistics, New Mexico State University; Ph.D., Philosophy and American Indian and Indigenous Studies, Michigan State University

Dissertation:

TÉELAMAL//Every Word in Our Language is a Little Prayer: Weaving Together Indigenous Philosophies of Language

Thesis Advisor:

Kyle Powys Whyte, Professor of Philosophy, Michigan State University

Research Topic:

Rematriating Indigenous Languages: Co-Theorizing Indigenous Archival Sovereignty

Mentor:

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

See Profile for Shelbi Nahwilet Meissner
Education:

B.S., Microbiology, University of Texas, El Paso; Ph.D., Biological Sciences, Carnegie Mellon University

Dissertation:

A multi-scale approach investigating the physiological relevance of APC-Dia-microtubule- mediated actin assembly in the Drosophila ovary

Thesis Advisor:

Brooke M. McCartney, Professor of Biological Sciences, Carnegie Mellon University

Research Topic:

Define novel G protein-coupled receptor (GPCR)-mediated molecular pathways that enhance endothelial barrier stabilization and reduce vascular leakage utilizing a cellular sepsis model

Mentor:

JoAnn Trejo, Professor of Pharmacology, University of California, San Diego

Education:

B.A., Political Communication, George Washington University; M.A., American Culture, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor; Ph.D., American Culture, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

Dissertation:

Remaking Biomedical Sexualities: Health Technologies and the Governance of HIV in the United States

Thesis Advisor:

Alexandra Minna Stern, Professor of American Culture, History, Women's Studies, and Obstetrics and Gynecology, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

Research Topic:

Digital Biomedicine and Networked Sexuality: LGBTQ Health, the Management of HIV, and Transforming Sexual Realities in U.S. Healthcare

Mentor:

Tom Boellstorff, Professor of Anthropology, University of California, Irvine

See Profile for Stephen Molldrem
Education:

B.A., Political Communication, George Washington University; M.A., American Culture, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor; Ph.D., American Culture, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

Dissertation:

Remaking Biomedical Sexualities: Health Technologies and the Governance of HIV in the United States

Thesis Advisor:

Alexandra Minna Stern, Professor of American Culture, History, Women's Studies, and Obstetrics and Gynecology, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

Research Topic:

Digital Biomedicine and Networked Sexuality: LGBTQ Health, the Management of HIV, and Transforming Sexual Realities in U.S. Healthcare

Mentor:

Tom Boellstorff, Professor of Anthropology, University of California, Irvine

See Profile for Stephen Molldrem
Education:

B.A., History, Viet Nam National University, Ha Noi; M.A., Southeast Asian Studies, Ohio University; M.A., History, University of Washington; Ph.D., History, University of Washington

Dissertation:

Eve of Destruction: A Social History of Viet Nam's Royal City, 1957-1967

Thesis Advisor:

Christoph Giebel, Professor of International Studies and History, University of Washington

Research Topic:

Social History of the Viet Nam War; Social and cultural life in the city of Hue in 1957-1967

Mentor:

David Biggs, Professor of History, University of California, Riverside

Education:

B.S., Chemical Engineering, University of Texas, Austin; M.S., Chemical Engineering, California Institute of Technology; Ph.D., Chemical Engineering, California Institute of Technology

Dissertation:

Dynamics, Mechanics and Stability of Physical Gels

Thesis Advisor:

Zhen-Gang Wang, Professor of Chemical Engineering, California Institute of Technology

Research Topic:

The Role of Fluid Dynamics in Biological Phase Transitions

Mentor:

Phillip Geissler, Professor of Chemistry, University of California, Berkeley

Education:

B.A., History, Universidad de los Andes; M.A., Cultural Studies, Universidad de los Andes; Ph.D., Cultural Studies, University of California, Davis

Dissertation:

In Suspicious Landscapes: Scales of Trust and Peace Laboratories in Rural Columbia

Thesis Advisor:

Marisol de la Cadena, Professor of Anthropology, University of California, Davis

Research Topic:

In Suspicious Landscapes: Scales of Trust and Peace Laboratories in Rural Colombia. An ethnography of Colombian rural ecologies as they are occupied and transformed by heterogeneous forces of warfare and peacemaking, specifically by improvised landmines and humanitarian demining.

Mentor:

Jennifer Terry, Professor of Gender & Sexuality Studies, University of California, Irvine

See Profile for Diana Pardo Pedraza
Education:

B.A., Sociology, University of British Columbia; M.P.H., Health Promotion, University of Toronto; Ph.D., Sociology, University of British Columbia

Dissertation:

Socioeconomic and Racial-Ethnic Inequalities in Human Papillomavirus Vaccination: Empirically Testing Fundamental Cause, Health Lifestyle, and Prosocial Mechanisms of Health Inequalities

Thesis Advisor:

Richard M. Carpiano, Professor of Public Policy and Sociology, University of California, Riverside

Research Topic:

Social inequalities in prosocial attitudes and human papillomavirus vaccination intentions among adults

Mentor:

Brandon Brown, Professor of Social Medicine, Population and Public Health, University of California, Riverside

See Profile for Andrea N. Polonijo
Education:

B.S., Ecology & Evolutionary Biology, University of Connecticut; M.S., Ecology & Evolutionary Biology, University of Connecticut; Ph.D., Fish, Wildlife, & Conservation Biology, Colorado State University

Dissertation:

Using population dynamics to inform stream fish community ecology

Thesis Advisor:

Yoichiro Kanno, Professor of Fish, Wildlife, & Conservation Biology, Colorado State University

Research Topic:

Challenges of evaluating success of captive breeding programs for imperiled aquatic species

Mentor:

Stephanie Carlson, Professor of Environmental Science, Policy, and Management, University of California, Berkeley and John Carlos Garza, Professor of Ocean Sciences, University of California, Santa Cruz

See Profile for Kasey C. Pregler
Education:

B.S., Business Administration, Babson College; J.D., Harvard Law School; Ph.D., Jurisprudence and Social Policy, University of California, Berkeley

Dissertation:

Diversity to Deradicalize

Thesis Advisor:

Catherine Albiston, Professor of Jurisprudence and Social Policy, University of California, Berkeley

Research Topic:

Rethinking Employment Discrimination Based on Race and Sexual Orientation

Mentor:

Devon Carbado, Professor of Law, University of California, Los Angeles

Education:

B.A., Musicology and Women's Studies, University of California, Los Angeles; M.A., Ethnic Studies, University of California, Riverside; Ph.D., Ethnic Studies, University of California, Riverside

Dissertation:

We Were There: From Alice Bag to Emos and The War on Punk in the Time of Ronald Raegan and Other Décadas Podridas

Thesis Advisor:

Deborah Vargas, Professor of Comparative Sexuality, Gender, and Race, Rutgers State University of New Jersey, and Richard T. Rodríguez, Professor of Media and Cultural Studies, University of California, Riverside

Research Topic:

Afro Latina & Afro Chicana punks in “fichera”/sexploitation cinema in addition to Queer Chicana & Latina ethnographies from the SoCal punk scenes of 1979-2008

Mentor:

Gaye T. Johnson, Professor of Chicana and Chicano Studies, University of California, Los Angeles

See Profile for Marlén Ríos-Hernández
Education:

B.S., Mathematics, California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo; Ph.D., Mathematics, University of California, San Diego

Dissertation:

Delta eigenoperators and e-positivities in the theory of Macdonald polynomials

Thesis Advisor:

Adriano Garsia, Professor of Mathematics, University of California, San Diego

Research Topic:

An e-positivity phenomenon in the theory of Macdonald polynomials

Mentor:

Brendon Rhoades, Professor of Mathematics, University of California, San Diego

Education:

B.A., International Relations, University of California, Davis; M.A., Cultural Anthropology, University of California, Santa Cruz; Ph.D., Cultural Anthropology, University of California, Santa Cruz

Dissertation:

Counterinsurgency and the Ethical Life of Material Things in Anbar, Iraq

Thesis Advisor:

Danilyn Rutherford, Professor of Anthropology, University of California, Santa Cruz

Research Topic:

Environmental Politics of Repair in Iraq

Mentor:

Suzana Sawyer, Professor of Anthropology, University of California, Davis

See Profile for Kali Rubaii
Education:

B.S., Physics, University of South Florida; M.A., Physics, University of California, Berkeley; Ph.D., Physics, University of California, Berkeley

Dissertation:

Study of three-dimensional Kitaev honeycomb materials

Thesis Advisor:

James Analytis, Professor of Physics, University of California, Berkeley

Research Topic:

Quantum materials, frustrated magnetism, superconductivity

Mentor:

Oleg Shpyrko, Professor of Physics and Alex Frañó, Professor of Physics, University of California, San Diego

Education:

B.S., Organismal Biology, University of Kansas; Ph.D., Organismic and Evolutionary Biology, Harvard University

Dissertation:

Mode and fidelity of bacterial symbiont transmission and its impact on symbiont genome evolution

Thesis Advisor:

Colleen M. Cavanaugh, Professor of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology, Harvard University

Research Topic:

Cellular mechanisms of endosymbiont transmission between host generations

Mentor:

William T. Sullivan, Professor of Molecular, Cell, and Developmental Biology, University of California, Santa Cruz

See Profile for Shelbi L. Russell
Education:

B.A., Psychology, Georgia State University; M.Phil, Clinical-Community Psychology, George Washington University; Ph.D., Clinical-Community Psychology, George Washington University

Dissertation:

Racial Socialization Patterns among African American Families: Racial Discrimination as a Predictor

Thesis Advisor:

Sharon Lambert, Professor of Psychology, George Washington University

Research Topic:

Understanding the protective role of teachers’ ethnic-racial socialization in the link between racial discrimination and psychological well-being for African American and Latinx adolescents.

Mentor:

Tyrone Howard, Professor of Education, University of California, Los Angeles

Education:

B.S., Chemistry with Biochemistry option, Ball State University; Ph.D., Biochemistry, University of Maryland, Baltimore County

Dissertation:

Compartmentalization of metabolic pathways and their influence on cellular energetics

Thesis Advisor:

Songon An, Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry, University of Maryland, Baltimore County

Research Topic:

Spatial compartmentalization of cellular energy sensing and utilization

Mentor:

Jin Zhang, Professor of Pharmacology, University of California, San Diego

See Profile for Danielle L. Schmitt
Education:

B.A., Anthropology and Women's Studies, University of Maryland; M.A., Anthropology, University of Massachusetts, Amherst; Ph.D., Anthropology, University of Massachusetts, Amherst

Dissertation:

The Political Work of Memory in Collaborative Caribbean Archaeology

Thesis Advisor:

Whitney Battle-Baptiste, Professor of Anthropology, University of Massachusetts, Amherst

Research Topic:

Archaeology and Memory in the African Diaspora: Comparisons and Connections in the Bahamas and Atlantic Canada

Mentor:

Laurie Wilkie, Professor of Anthropology, University of California, Berkeley

See Profile for Elena Sesma
Education:

B.A., Ethnic Studies and Peace and Conflict Studies, University of California, Berkeley; M.A., Education, University of California, Berkeley; Ph.D., Education, University of California, Berkeley

Dissertation:

Becoming Neoliberal Subjects: Power and Resistance in a Mentorship Program for Middle and High School Latino Boys

Thesis Advisor:

Zeus Leonardo, Professor of Education, University of California, Berkeley

Research Topic:

My dissertation research explores the identity construction and learning experiences of Latino men and boys in schools. I bring an intersectional and political economic framing to this work and provide timely contributions to the growing conversation on boys of color and urban schooling. My postdoctoral project examines the professional experiences and classroom practices of queer, trans, and feminist-allied Latino men who are teachers.

Mentor:

Aída Hurtado, Professor of Chicana and Chicano Studies, University of California, Santa Barbara

See Profile for Michael V. Singh
Education:

B.A., English Literature and the Environment, University of Alaska, Southeast; M.A., Comparative Ethnic Studies, University of California, Berkeley; Ph.D., Comparative Ethnic Studies, University of California, Berkeley

Dissertation:

Indeterminate Natures: Race and Indigeneity in Ice-Geographies

Thesis Advisor:

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

Research Topic:

Alaska Native artistic and political economic responses to melting ice in a changing climate

Mentor:

Jessica Perea, Professor of Native American Studies, and Beth Rose Middleton, Professor of Native American Studies, University of California, Davis

See Profile for Jen Rose Smith
Education:

B.S., Biochemistry, University of Buffalo; B.A., Chemistry, University of Buffalo; Ph.D., Chemistry, University of Virginia

Dissertation:

Structural and functional studies of the Hfq family of ancient bacterial RNA-binding proteins

Thesis Advisor:

Cameron Mura, Professor of Chemistry, University of Virginia

Research Topic:

Siderophore-mediated iron uptake in Mycobacterium tuberculosis

Mentor:

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

Education:

B.A., African American Studies and Sociology, Wesleyan University; M.A., African American Studies and American Studies, Yale University; M.A., American Studies and Ethnicity, University of Southern California; Ph.D., American Studies and Ethnicity, University of Southern California

Dissertation:

Fearing Inflation, Inflating Fears: The End of Full Employment and the Rise of the Carceral State

Thesis Advisor:

Ruth Wilson Gilmore, Professor of American Studies and Ethnicity, University of Southern California

Research Topic:

Fearing Inflation, Inflating Fears: The Civil Rights Struggle for Full Employment and the Rise of the Carceral State, 1929-1986

Mentor:

Sarah Haley, Professor of African American Studies and Gender Studies, University of California, Los Angeles

See Profile for David P. Stein
Education:

B.A., Music, University of Maryland, College Park; B.S., Biology, University of Maryland, College Park; M.M., Music Performance, University of New Mexico; Ph.D., Biomedical Sciences, University of New Mexico

Dissertation:

CD82 membrane scaffolding regulates hematopoietic cell functions

Thesis Advisor:

Jennifer M. Gillette, Professor of Pathology, University of New Mexico

Research Topic:

Proteoglycan regulation of hematopoietic stem cell repopulation

Mentor:

John P. Chute, Professor of Medicine, University of California, Los Angeles

See Profile for Christina M. Termini
Education:

B.A., Developmental Biology, Wesleyan University; MFA, Creative Writing, Fiction, University of Colorado, Boulder; Ph.D., Literature, University of California, Santa Cruz

Dissertation:

PoCo Mas / Salvage and Speculation in the Poetics of Caribbean Diaspora

Thesis Advisor:

Kimberly J. Lau, Professor of Literature, and Micah Perks, Professor of Literature, University of California, Santa Cruz

Research Topic:

A Creative/Critical Genealogy of Unruliness in Afrodiasporic Women and Girls in Spaces of Delimited Play

Mentor:

Nalo Hopkinson, Professor of Creative Writing, University of California, Riverside

See Profile for Cathy Thomas
Education:

B.S., Biology, San Francisco State University; Ph.D., Neuroscience, Baylor College of Medicine

Dissertation:

KCNQ2 encephalopathy: characterization, mechanisms, and novel treatments for variants of a potassium channel subunit

Thesis Advisor:

Edward Cooper, Professor of Neuroscience, Baylor College of Medicine

Research Topic:

The role of voltage-gated potassium channels associated proteins in autoimmune encephalitis and circuit dysfunction

Mentor:

Samuel Pleasure, Professor of Neurology, University of California, San Francisco

Education:

B.A., History and Latin American Studies, University of Kansas; M.A., Latin American Studies, University of California, Berkeley; Ph.D., Sociology, University of California, San Francisco

Dissertation:

Balancing Risks: Health, Immigration, and Biopolitical Exclusion in the U.S.

Thesis Advisor:

Catherine Bliss, Professor of Sociology, University of California, San Francisco

Research Topic:

Biometrics and Immigration Policy

Mentor:

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

See Profile for Meredith Van Natta
Education:

B.S., Mathematics and Physics, University of Akron; Ph.D., Physics, University of California, Irvine

Dissertation:

Sweating the small stuff: simulating dwarf galaxies, ultra-faint dwarf galaxies, and their own tiny satellites

Thesis Advisor:

James Bullock, Professor of Physics and Astronomy, University of California, Irvine

Research Topic:

Ultra-High Resolution Simulations of the Milky Way and its Satellites

Mentor:

Dusan Keres, Professor of Physics, University of California, San Diego

See Profile for Coral Wheeler
Education:

B.A., Psychology, The Ohio State University; M.A., Psychology, The Ohio State University; Ph.D., Psychology, The Ohio State University

Dissertation:

Ethnicity, Sex, and Vagal Activity: Differences in Hemodynamics Underlying Long-Term Blood Pressure Regulation

Thesis Advisor:

Julian F. Thayer, Professor of Psychology, The Ohio State University

Research Topic:

Ethnic differences in cardiac-autonomic activity, and how such differences may interact with psychological phenomena and negatively impact health in African Americans

Mentor:

Roxane Silver, Professor of Psychological Science and Julian F. Thayer, Professor of Psychological Science, University of California, Irvine

See Profile for DeWayne P. Williams
Education:

B.S., Biomedical Engineering, University of Southern California; M.S., Bioengineering, University of California, Riverside; Ph.D., Bioengineering, University of California, Riverside

Dissertation:

Decoding the Molecular Mechanisms Underlying Electronic Cigarette Toxicity in Lung, Cancer and Stem Cells

Thesis Advisor:

Prue Talbot, Professor of Molecular, Cell and Systems Biology, University of California, Riverside

Research Topic:

Bioenergetically Enhanced Neural Stem Cells and Mitochondria Transfer in Regenerating Chronic Spinal Cord Injury

Mentor:

Aileen Anderson, Professor of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, Anatomy and Neurobiology University of California, Irvine

See Profile for Atena Zahedi
Education:

B.S., Biochemistry, University of the Philippines, Manila; M.A., Chemistry, Johns Hopkins University; Ph.D., Chemistry, Johns Hopkins University

Dissertation:

High-valent Metal-oxo and hydroxo Porphyrinoid Complexes: Structural and Mechanistic Studies

Thesis Advisor:

David P. Goldberg, Professor of Chemistry, Johns Hopkins University

Research Topic:

Biophysical Investigations on the Origins of Catalysis: The Impact of Protein Dynamics on Enzyme Catalysis

Mentor:

Judith P. Klinman, Professor of Chemistry, University of California, Berkeley

See Profile for Jan Paulo T. Zaragoza
Education:

B.A., East Asian Languages and Literature, University of California, Irvine; M.A., Chicana/o Studies, California State University, Los Angeles; Ph.D., Ethnic Studies, University of California, San Diego

Dissertation:

Invisible Bodies, Devalued Labor: Contract, Reproductive Labor, and the U.S. Sunbelt, 1900-1963

Thesis Advisor:

Fatima El-Tayeb, Professor Literature, and Curtis Marez, Professor of Ethnic Studies, University of California, San Diego

Research Topic:

The Social Life of Plants: Black and Latina Reproductive Laborers in the U.S. Sunbelt, 1921-1963

Mentor:

Jonathan Alexander, Professor of Gender & Sexuality Studies, University of California, Irvine

Education:

B.S., Sanitary Engineering, National University of Engineering, Peru; M.S., Aquatic Ecotoxicology, Purdue University; Ph.D., Environmental Chemistry, Purdue University

Dissertation:

Abiotic Reduction of Perfluoroalkyl Acids by nNi0Fe0-Activated Carbon

Thesis Advisor:

Linda S. Lee, Professor of Agronomy, Purdue University

Research Topic:

Transport, distribution, bioaccumulation and degradation of Perfluoroalkyl Substances (PFAS)

Mentor:

Russell Detwiler, Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering, and Adeyemi Adeleye, Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of California, Irvine

See Profile for Jenny E. Zenobio