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Discipline 2020

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., Anthropology, California State Polytechnic University, Pomona; M.A., Anthropology, Stanford University; Ph.D., Anthropology, Stanford University

Dissertation:

Re-Assembling Radical Indigenous Autonomy in the Alta California Hinterlands: Survivance at Puhú

Thesis Advisor:

Barbara Voss, Professor of Anthropology, Stanford University

Research Topic:

California Indigenous social networks, subaltern resistance and governance, colonialism, decolonizing practices

Mentor:

Kathleen Hull, Professor of Anthropology & Heritage Studies, University of California, Merced

See Profile for Nathan P. Acebo
Education:

B.A., Translation and Interpreting Studies, Bogazici University; M.A., Comparative Literature, Dartmouth College; M.A., Women and Gender Studies, University of Toronto; Ph.D., Comparative Literature, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

Dissertation:

Transgender in Translation: A Transnational Category of Socio-Cultural Analysis

Thesis Advisor:

Frieda Ekotto, Professor of Comparative Literature, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

Research Topic:

Coloring Trans: Religion, Gender, and Sex in the Afterlife of the Red Sea Slave Trade

Mentor:

Melissa M. Wilcox, Professor of Religious Studies, University of California, Riverside

Education:

B.A., Music and French, Arizona State University; M.M. Ethnomusicology, The University of Texas at Austin; Ph.D., Ethnic Studies, University of California, Riverside

Dissertation:

Unsettling the Coloniality of Voice

Thesis Advisor:

Crystal Baik, Professor of Gender and Sexuality Studies, University of California, Riverside

Research Topic:

The transnational circulation and reception of contemporary artworks and performances that demonstrate the endurance of decolonial genealogies of voicing and contest the alignment of voice with sound and the human in the North American settler context

Mentor:

Nina Eidsheim, Professor of Musicology, University of California, Los Angeles

Education:

B.A., English, Loyola Marymount University; MPW, Professional Writing, University of Southern California; Ph.D., Ethnic Studies, University of California, Riverside

Dissertation:

“On Queens and Monsters: Science Fiction and the Black Political Imagination”

Thesis Advisor:

Jayna Brown, Professor of Ethnic Studies, University of California, Riverside

Research Topic:

“The Black Political Imagination: Gender, Sex and Birth in Science Fiction(s)”

Mentor:

Sara Kaplan, Professor of Ethnic Studies, University of California, San Diego

See Profile for Jalondra A. Davis
Education:

B.A., History, University of California, Los Angeles; Ph.D., History, Rice University

Dissertation:

The Arab Rediscovery of India

Thesis Advisor:

Ussama Makdisi, Professor of History, Rice University

Research Topic:

Parting Gifts of Empire: Palestine, India, and the Making of the Global South

Mentor:

Omnia El Shakry, Professor of History, University of California, Davis

See Profile for Esmat Elhalaby
Education:

B.A., Feminist Studies, Latin American and Latino Studies, and Politics, University of California, Santa Cruz; M.A., Gender and Women’s Studies, The University of Arizona; Ph.D., Gender and Women’s Studies, The University of Arizona

Dissertation:

“What Is Suicide? Entanglements of Philosophy and Literature in the ‘Afterlife of Slavery’”

Thesis Advisor:

Adam Geary, Professor of Gender and Women’s Studies, and Abraham I. Acosta, Professor of Spanish and Portuguese, The University of Arizona

Research Topic:

Racial Blackness and the Suicidological Imagination

Mentor:

Eleanor Kaufman, Professor of Comparative Literature, University of California, Los Angeles

See Profile for Adrián I. P-Flores
Education:

B.A., English, San Diego State University; M.A., Shakespeare Studies, University of Birmingham, Ph.D., Drama and Theatre, University of California, Irvine

Dissertation:

Shakespeare: Made in México

Thesis Advisor:

Bryan R. Reynolds, Professor of Drama and Theatre, University of California, Irvine

Research Topic:

Devising Shakespeare - My primary research project for the term of the fellowship is the development of my first monograph. This research project focuses on the politics of racial difference in Shakespeare.

Mentor:

Bernadette Andrea, Professor of English, University of California, Santa Barbara

See Profile for Leticia Concepción García
Education:

B.A., Cultural Anthropology and Creative Writing, University of St. Thomas; Ph.D., Feminist Studies, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities

Dissertation:

Restoration Imaginaries & Shrimping Futures: Vietnamese/American Fisherfolk Respond to State-Mandated Resilience in Southeast Louisiana

Thesis Advisor:

Jigna Desai, Professor of Gender, Women, & Sexuality Studies and Karen Ho, Professor of Anthropology, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities

Research Topic:

Resilient Refugeeism: Restoration & Environmental Sacrifice at the Ocean’s Edge

Mentor:

Lisa Sun-Hee Park, Professor of Asian American Studies, University of California, Santa Barbara

See Profile for Simi Kang
Education:

B.A., Political Science and Sociology, The American University in Cairo; Ph.D., History, Rutgers University

Dissertation:

Superstitious Women: Race, Magic, and Medicine in Egypt (1875-1950)

Thesis Advisor:

Seth Koven, Professor of History, and Toby Jones, Professor of History, Rutgers University

Research Topic:

Using amuletic objects as archival materials, my research reconstructs the raced and gendered magico-medical lifeworlds of non-literate women healers in Egypt and highlights their role in developing global medical and anthropological expertise in the late nineteenth and early twentieth century.

Mentor:

Sherene Seikaly, Professor of History, University of California, Santa Barbara

See Profile for Taylor M. Moore
Education:

B.A., Mass Communications, Claflin University; M.A., Critical Studies, University of Southern California; Ph.D., Cinema and Media Studies, University of Southern California

Dissertation:

Celestial Bodies: Black Women, Hollywood, and the Fallacy of Stardom

Thesis Advisor:

Kara Keeling, Professor of Cinema and Media Studies, University of Chicago

Research Topic:

Black Women Performers and Hollywood

Mentor:

Ellen Scott, Professor of Film, Television, and Digital Media, University of California, Los Angeles

See Profile for Philana Payton
Education:

B.A., Political Science and English, San Francisco State University; M.A., Ethnic Studies, University of California, San Diego; Ph.D., Ethnic Studies, University of California, San Diego

Dissertation:

Returning to Yuma: Regeneración and futures of autonomy

Thesis Advisor:

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

Research Topic:

Regenerating Cuerpo-Aguas, Unbinding Futures: descendant decolonial abolition on the border

Mentor:

Michelle Raheja, Professor of English, University of California, Riverside

See Profile for Amrah Salomón J.
Education:

B.A., Communication, DePauw University; M.A., Anthropology, University of California, Santa Cruz; Ph.D., Anthropology, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

Dissertation:

Banking on Uncertainty: Debt, Default, and Violence in Indian-Administered Kashmir

Thesis Advisor:

Matthew Hull, Professor of Anthropology, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

Research Topic:

Blackout: Information Warfare, Surveillance, and the “Battle of Minds” in Kashmir

Mentor:

Justin Richland, Professor of Anthropology, University of California, Irvine

See Profile for Nishita Trisal
Education:

B.A., Native American Studies, University of California, Berkeley; M.A., American Culture, University of Michigan; Ph.D., American Culture, University of Michigan

Dissertation:

The Indians of California versus The United States of America: California Dreaming in the Land of Lost Treaties, 1900-1975

Thesis Advisor:

Philip Deloria, Professor of History, Harvard University, and Gregory Dowd, Professor of American Culture, University of Michigan

Research Topic:

20th Century California Indian History

Mentor:

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

Education:

B.A., Women's and Gender Studies, University of Nebraska-Lincoln; M.A., Ethnic Studies, University of California, Berkeley; Ph.D., Ethnic Studies, Designated Emphasis in Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, University of California, Berkeley

Dissertation:

False Promises: Race, Power, and the Chimera of Indian Assimilation, 1879-1934

Thesis Advisor:

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

Research Topic:

American Indian Institutionalization, White Supremacy, and "Bad" Medicine in Progressive-Era America

Mentor:

Clifford Trafzer, Professor of History, University of California, Riverside

See Profile for Sarah A. Whitt
Education:

B.A., African American Studies and Sociology, Emory University; M.A., African American Studies, University of California, Berkeley; Ph.D., African Diaspora Studies, University of California, Berkeley

Thesis Advisor:

Brandi Wilkins Catanese, Professor of African American Studies, University of California, Berkeley

Research Topic:

Examining theories of distortion in contemporary black diasporic art, visual culture, African diaspora studies, black feminisms, queer theory, disabilities studies and black cultural history

Mentor:

Uri McMillan, Professor of English and African American Studies, University of California, Los Angeles

See Profile for Olivia K. Young
Education:

B.S., Bioengineering, California Lutheran University; Ph.D., Bioengineering, University of California, Riverside

Dissertation:

Peripheral Endocannabinoid Control of Feeding Behavior and Obesity

Thesis Advisor:

Nicholas V. DiPatrizio, Professor of Biomedical Sciences, University of California, Riverside

Research Topic:

Pleasure-induced Modulation of Endocannabinoids in Sickle Cell Disease

Mentor:

Kalpna Gupta, Professor of Medicine, University of California, Irvine

See Profile for Donovan A. Argueta
Education:

B.S., Biological Sciences, University of California, Irvine; Ph.D., Biomedical Sciences, University of California, Irvine

Dissertation:

Salmonella Typhimurium Expresses Manganese Transporters to Overcome the Host Antimicrobial Response

Thesis Advisor:

Manuela Raffatellu, Professor of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics, University of California, Irvine

Research Topic:

Trafficking of metal micronutrients during neutrophil directed immunity against bacterial pathogens

Mentor:

Renee Tsolis, Professor of Medical Microbiology and Immunology, University of California, Davis

See Profile for Vladimir Emiliano Diaz-Ochoa
Education:

B.A., Environmental Studies and Government, Colby College; M.S., Conservation Ecology, University of Michigan; M.A., Environmental Studies, University of California, Santa Cruz; Ph.D., Environmental Studies, University of California, Santa Cruz

Dissertation:

Climate consequences for ecosystem functions, production and producer responses in coffee agroecosystems

Thesis Advisor:

Stacy Philpott, Professor of Environmental Studies, University of California, Santa Cruz

Research Topic:

Bacteriophage impacts on microbial community assembly and traits in floral nectar

Mentor:

Steven Lindow, Professor of Plant and Microbial Biology, and Britt Koskella, Assistant Professor of Integrative Biology, University of California, Berkeley

Education:

B.A., Biological Psychology, California State University, San Bernardino; Ph.D., Neuroscience, University of Cincinnati

Dissertation:

The role of dopamine receptors in methamphetamine-induced cognitive deficits

Thesis Advisor:

Charles V. Vorhees, Professor of Pediatrics and Environmental Health, University of Cincinnati

Research Topic:

The long-term effects of adolescent heroin vapor exposure

Mentor:

Michael A. Taffe, Professor of Psychiatry, University of California, San Diego

See Profile for Arnold Gutierrez
Education:

B.S., Biochemistry and Microbiology, The University of Texas at El Paso; Ph.D., Biochemistry and Molecular Biophysics, California Institute of Technology

Dissertation:

Structure and Function of the Mycobacterial Mechanosensitive Channel of Large Conductance, MscL.

Thesis Advisor:

Douglas C. Rees, Professor of Chemistry, California Institute of Technology

Research Topic:

Investigation of the ESX-1 secretion system in Mycobacterial biology

Mentor:

Oren S. Rosenberg, Professor of Medicine, University of California, San Francisco

See Profile for Nadia Herrera
Education:

B.A., Integrative Biology, University of California, Berkeley; M.S., Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of California, Irvine; Ph.D., Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of California, Irvine

Dissertation:

Diversification and expression of vision-related genes in Lepidoptera

Thesis Advisor:

Adriana D. Briscoe, Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of California, Irvine

Research Topic:

Molecular basis of convergent evolution of vision in Cnidaria

Mentor:

Todd Oakley, Professor of Ecology, Evolution, and Marine Biology, University of California, Santa Barbara

Education:

B.A., Culture, Ecology, and Sustainability, New College of California; M.S., Environmental Microbiology, Sonoma State University; Ph.D., Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of California, Irvine

Dissertation:

Ecological Restoration of Fungi

Thesis Advisor:

Kathleen K. Treseder, Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of California, Irvine

Research Topic:

From the playa to the air: Toxic mold and our lungs

Mentor:

David D. Lo, Professor of Biomedical Sciences, University of California, Riverside

See Profile for Mia R. Maltz
Education:

B.A.S., Philosophy and Physics, McGill University; Ph.D., Biophysics, The Rockefeller University

Dissertation:

The role and control of WNT signalling in an hESC model of human gastrulation

Thesis Advisor:

Eric Siggia, Professor of Theoretical Condensed Matter Physics, and Ali Brivanlou, Professor of Stem Cell Biology and Molecular Embryology, The Rockefeller University

Research Topic:

A method to recapitulate early embryonic gut spatial patterning and morphogenesis in hESCs

Mentor:

Zev Gartner, Professor of Pharmaceutical Chemistry, University of California, San Francisco

Education:

B.S., Life Science, POSTECH, Korea; M.C.P., Environmental Studies, Seoul National University, Korea; Ph.D., Ecology, University of Kansas

Dissertation:

Temperature responses of microbial soil organic matter decomposition and associated respiration at various scales, ranging from exo-enzymes to populations to ecosystems

Thesis Advisor:

Sharon Billings, Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of Kansas

Research Topic:

Deep soil carbon: effects of deeply rooted plants on soil carbon dynamics and their implications for the Earth’s climate system

Mentor:

Asmeret Asefaw Berhe, Professor of Life and Environmental Sciences, University of California, Merced

See Profile for Kyungjin Min
Education:

B.S., Biological Sciences, University of California, Merced; Ph.D., Quantitative and Systems Biology, University of California, Merced

Dissertation:

Understanding the Impacts of Clinical Use and Sub-Inhibitory Concentrations of β-lactam Antibiotics on the Evolution of β-Lactamase Resistance Genes

Thesis Advisor:

Miriam Barlow, Professor of Natural Sciences, University of California, Merced

Research Topic:

How Combinatorial and Cyclical Treatments Affect Evolution of Pathogenic Microbes

Mentor:

Pamela Yeh, Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of California, Los Angeles

See Profile for Portia Mira
Education:

B.S., Biological Science, The University of Vermont; Ph.D., Biomedical Science and Engineering, The Jackson Laboratory, University of Maine

Dissertation:

Precision Gene Therapy for Charcot-Marie-Tooth Disease: From Identifying Genetic Modifiers to Developing Allele-Specific Therapies

Thesis Advisor:

Robert Burgess, Professor of Biomedical Science and Engineering, The Jackson Laboratory, University of Maine

Research Topic:

Development of Patient-Specific Organiod Models & RNA-Targeting Therapeutics for Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis

Mentor:

Eugene Yeo, Professor of Cellular & Molecular Medicine, University of California, San Diego

See Profile for Kathryn H. Morelli
Education:

B.A., Molecular and Cellular Biology, University of California, Berkeley; Ph.D., Biological Education, University of Northern Colorado

Dissertation:

Geographic Variation in Rock Wren Song Repertoire Size

Thesis Advisor:

Lauryn Benedict, Professor of Biological Sciences, University of Northern Colorado

Research Topic:

Genetic architecture of migration in Allen’s hummingbird (Selasphorus sasin)

Mentor:

Chris Clark, Professor of Evolution, Ecology, and Organismal Biology, University of California, Riverside

See Profile for Nadje Amal Najar
Education:

B.S., Crop Science, University of Abomey-Calavi; M.S., Crop Science, University of Abomey-Calavi; Ph.D., Experimental Plant Sciences, Wageningen University and Research

Dissertation:

Orphan no more: Ethnobotany and genetic analysis of leaf yield and secondary metabolites content in Gynandropsis gynandra (Cleomaceae)

Thesis Advisor:

M. Eric Schranz, Professor of Biosystematics Group, Wageningen University, and Enoch Achigan-Dako, Associate Professor of Crop Science, University of Abomey-Calavi

Research Topic:

Impact of genetic manipulation of protein composition on nutritional quality in sorghum

Mentor:

Charles Brummer, Professor of Plant Sciences, University of California, Davis

See Profile for E. O. Deedi Sogbohossou
Education:

B.S., Physiology & Neuroscience and Psychology, University of California, San Diego; M.Sc., Microbiology & Immunology, Stanford University School of Medicine; M.D., Medicine, Stanford University School of Medicine

Research Topic:

β-Lactamase Inhibitors Sensitize Multidrug-Resistant Gram-negative Pathogens to Innate Immune Clearance

Mentor:

Dan Cooper, Professor of Pediatrics, University of California, Irvine and Victor Nizet, Distinguished Professor of Pediatrics, University of California, San Diego

Education:

B.S., Materials Science and Engineering, University of Minnesota; Ph.D., Materials Science and Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Dissertation:

Chiral spin textures and dynamics in multi-sublattice magnetic materials

Thesis Advisor:

Geoffrey Beach, Professor of Materials Science and Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Research Topic:

Controlling magnetic order through hybrid interfaces

Mentor:

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

See Profile for Lucas Caretta
Education:

B.S., Mathematics, New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology; M.S., Mathematics, University of Chicago; Ph.D., Mathematics, University of Chicago

Dissertation:

Spaces of non-degenerate maps between complex projective spaces

Thesis Advisor:

Benson Farb, Professor of Mathematics, University of Chicago

Research Topic:

Spaces of (non-degenerate) algebraic maps between varieties, the topology of algorithms, braids and configuration spaces, and the interplay of topology with number theory

Mentor:

Nathan Kaplan, Professor of Mathematics, University of California, Irvine

See Profile for Claudio Jacobo Gómez-Gonzáles
Education:

B.S., Mechanical Engineering, California State University, Sacramento; Ph.D., Aerospace Engineering, Virginia Tech

Dissertation:

Sensing Atmospheric Winds from Quadrotor Motion

Thesis Advisor:

Craig A. Woolsey, Professor of Ocean and Aerospace Engineering, and Kevin T. Crofton, Professor of Ocean and Aerospace Engineering, Virginia Tech

Research Topic:

Developing multirotor unmanned aerial systems for measuring winds, turbulence, and air composition within the planetary boundary layer to identify point source emissions of greenhouse gases.

Mentor:

Akula Venkatram, Professor of Mechanical Engineering, University of California, Riverside

See Profile for Javier Gonzalez-Rocha
Education:

B.S., Geology and Religion, Temple University; M.S., Geology, Temple University; Ph.D., Oceanography, University of California, San Diego

Dissertation:

Biogenic Carbonate Dissolution in Shallow Marine Environments

Thesis Advisor:

Andreas Andersson, Professor of Scripps Institution of Oceanography, University of California, San Diego

Research Topic:

The influence of sediment properties and inputs on the blue carbon potential of San Francisco Bay seagrass meadows

Mentor:

Tessa Hill, Professor of Earth & Planetary Sciences, University of California, Davis

Education:

B.S., Chemistry, California Institute of Technology; Ph.D., Chemistry, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Dissertation:

Molecular Control of lnterfacial Inner-Sphere Electron Transfer

Thesis Advisor:

Yogesh Surendranath, Professor of Chemistry, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Research Topic:

Synthetic Control of Crystal Phase, Morphology, and Surface Chemistry in Metal-Organic Frameworks

Mentor:

Jeffrey R. Long, Professor of Chemistry and Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, University of California, Berkeley

See Profile for Megan N. Jackson
Education:

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

Dissertation:

Probabilistic and extremal behavior in graphs and matrices

Thesis Advisor:

Henry Cohn, Professor in Mathematics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Research Topic:

Extremal and probabilistic combinatorics

Mentor:

Jacques Verstraete, Professor of Mathematics, University of California, San Diego

See Profile for Gweneth McKinley
Education:

B.S., Chemistry, Texas A&M University, Corpus Christi; Ph.D., Chemistry, University of California, Los Angeles

Dissertation:

Developing Inorganic Approaches to Polymerization and Bioconjugation

Thesis Advisor:

Heather D. Maynard, Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry, and Alexander M. Spokoyny, Associate Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry, University of California, Los Angeles

Research Topic:

Redox-activated Chemical Tagging Proximity Ligation Assay (ReACT-PLA): An in situ Method for the Detection of Reactive Methionine Residues on Proteins

Mentor:

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

See Profile for Marco Messina
Education:

B.S., Marine Science, California State University, Monterey Bay; M.S., Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of California, Irvine; Ph.D., Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of California, Irvine

Dissertation:

Biological Controls and Biogeochemical Outcomes of Marine Elemental Stoichiometry

Thesis Advisor:

Adam Martiny, Professor of Earth System Science, University of California, Irvine

Research Topic:

Predicting Ocean Deoxygenation from Carbon-to-Oxygen Respiration Quotient

Mentor:

James McWilliams, Professor of Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences, University of California, Los Angeles

See Profile for Allison R. Moreno
Education:

B.Sc., Integrated Sciences, Carleton University; Ph.D., Medical Biophysics, University of Toronto

Dissertation:

Pre-operative Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging: Application to Tumour Resection by Awake Craniotomy

Thesis Advisor:

Simon J. Graham, Professor of Medical Biophysics, University of Toronto

Research Topic:

Multimodal MRI Assessment of Basal Ganglia Connectivity to Improve Deep Brain Stimulation Therapy for Parkinson’s Disease

Mentor:

Janine Lupo, Professor of Radiology & Biomedical Imaging, University of California, San Francisco

See Profile for Melanie A. Morrison
Education:

B.A., Physics and Mathematics, Boston University; Ph.D., Physics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Dissertation:

Boosting (In)direct Detection of Dark Matter

Thesis Advisor:

Jesse Thaler, Professor of Physics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Research Topic:

Tracing Dark Matter with Stars

Mentor:

Manoj Kaplinghat, Professor of Physics & Astronomy, University of California, Irvine

See Profile for Lina Necib
Education:

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

Dissertation:

Optical Properties of Solid Media: Analysis and Modeling with Nonlocal Differential Operators

Thesis Advisor:

Carlos F. M. Coimbra, Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, University of California, San Diego

Research Topic:

Toward a contemporary theory of atomization: Modern adaptable solutions with global impact

Mentor:

James Friend, Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, University of California, San Diego

See Profile for Jeremy Orosco
Education:

B.A., Chemistry and Native American Studies, Dartmouth College; M.S., Chemistry, University of California, San Diego; Ph.D., Chemistry, University of California, San Diego

Dissertation:

Cyclic (alkyl)(amino)carbenes: from Replacing Metals to Metal Replacement

Thesis Advisor:

Guy Bertrand, Distinguished Professor of Chemistry & Biochemistry, University of California, San Diego

Research Topic:

Carbene-Appended Metal-Organic Frameworks for Hydrogen Storage

Mentor:

Jeffrey R. Long, Professor of Chemistry, University of California, Berkeley

See Profile for Jesse L. Peltier
Education:

B.A., Chemistry, Princeton University; Ph.D., Earth & Planetary Sciences, secondary field Gender & Sexuality Studies, Harvard University

Dissertation:

Insights from past sea level and landscapes through the lens of solid Earth ice-sheet interactions

Thesis Advisor:

Jerry X. Mitrovica, Professor of Earth & Planetary Sciences, Harvard University

Research Topic:

The imprint of glacial isostatic adjustment on the United States west coast/Studies of Race & Gender in Geoscience

Mentor:

Noah Finnegan, Professor of Earth & Planetary Sciences, University of California, Santa Cruz

See Profile for Tamara Pico
Education:

B.S., Psychology, Washington State University Vancouver; Ph.D., Informatics, University of California, Irvine

Dissertation:

Playful Places in Online Playgrounds: An Ethnography of a Minecraft Virtual World for Children with Autism

Thesis Advisor:

Gillian R. Hayes, Professor of Informatics, University of California, Irvine

Research Topic:

Understanding how technology can mediate care and support for marginalized communities

Mentor:

Sri Kurniawan, Professor of Computational Media, University of California, Santa Cruz

See Profile for Kathryn E. Ringland
Education:

B.S., Mathematics and Physics, Arizona State University; M.S., Mathematics, University of California, Irvine; Ph.D., Mathematics, University of California, Irvine

Dissertation:

Overconvergent Familites of p-adic Representations

Thesis Advisor:

Daqing Wan, Professor of Mathematics, University of California, Irvine

Research Topic:

Analytic Arithmetic Geometry Geometric Iwasawa Theory

Mentor:

Kiran S. Kedlaya, Professor of Mathematics, University of California, San Diego

See Profile for James Upton
Education:

B.S., Physics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology; M.A., Electrical Engineering, Princeton University; Ph.D., Electrical Engineering, Princeton University

Dissertation:

Scattering Theory in Fluctuational Electromagnetics at the Nanoscale: From Numerical Methods to Fundamental Limits

Thesis Advisor:

Alejandro W. Rodriguez, Professor of Electrical Engineering, Princeton University

Research Topic:

Policy Analysis of Transportation Innovations as they Impact the Mobility-Marginalized

Mentor:

Daniel Sperling, Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of California, Davis

See Profile for Prashanth S. Venkataram
Education:

B.S., Geological Sciences, University of California, Santa Barbara; M.S., Geology, University of California, Davis; Ph.D., Earth and Planetary Science, University of California, Santa Cruz

Dissertation:

Tropical Pacific climate and El Niño strength over the past five million years

Thesis Advisor:

Christina Ravelo, Professor of Ocean Sciences, University of California, Santa Cruz

Research Topic:

Using paleoclimate to improve understanding of hydrological cycle changes under anthropogenic climate change

Mentor:

John Chiang, Professor of Geography, University of California, Berkeley

See Profile for Sarah White
Education:

B.S., Chemistry, Spelman College; Ph.D., Chemistry, Miami University

Dissertation:

Advances in Synthesis and Biophysical Analysis of Protein-Polymer Bioconjugates

Thesis Advisor:

Richard C. Page, Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry, Miami University

Research Topic:

Stabilization of Enzymes for Manufacturing Carbon Capture Devices

Mentor:

Jon Pokorski, Professor of NanoEngineering, University of California, San Diego

Education:

B.A., Psychology, University of Southern California; M.S., Cognitive Neuroscience, University of California, Irvine; Ph.D., Cognitive Neuroscience, University of California, Irvine

Dissertation:

Short-term and Working Memory in Blind and Sighted Individuals

Thesis Advisor:

Emily D. Grossman, Professor of Cognitive Sciences, University of California, Irvine

Research Topic:

Understand influence of memory and technology on obtaining information

Mentor:

Benjamin Storm, Professor of Psychology, University of California, Santa Cruz

See Profile for Karen Arcos
Education:

B.A., Political Science, California State University, Northridge; M.A., Latin American Studies, University of Texas at Austin; Ph.D., Social Anthropology, University of Texas at Austin

Dissertation:

The Fourth Invasion: Development, Ixil-Maya Resistance, and the Struggle against Megaprojects in Guatemala

Thesis Advisor:

Charles R. Hale, Professor of Anthropology, University of Texas at Austin

Research Topic:

Ixil-Maya Resistance against Megaprojects in Guatemala

Mentor:

Liza Grandia, Professor of Native American Studies, University of California, Davis

See Profile for Gio B'atz' (Giovanni Batz)
Education:

B.A., Native American Studies, University of California, Berkeley; M.A., World Cultures and History, University of California, Merced; M.A., Cultural Anthropology, University of California, Santa Cruz; Ph.D., Cultural/Medical Anthropology, University of California, Santa Cruz

Dissertation:

The Blood of Christ and the Coming of the Chemical People: Environmental Epigenetic Warfare in the Wixaritari Territory

Thesis Advisor:

Nancy Chen, Professor of Anthropology, University of California, Santa Cruz

Research Topic:

Medical Anthropology: local conceptions of sickness and healing dealing with bodies and landscapes’ care and governance and the environmental epigenetic implications of chemical toxicity

Mentor:

Charles Briggs, Professor of Anthropology, University of California, Berkeley

See Profile for S. Chava Contreras
Education:

B.S., Biomedical Sciences, University of California, Los Angeles; M.P.H., International Health, University of California, Los Angeles; M.A., Islamic Studies, University of California, Los Angeles; Ph.D., Anthropology, Johns Hopkins University

Dissertation:

War and What Remains: Everyday Life in Contemporary Kabul, Afghanistan

Thesis Advisor:

Jane Guyer, Professor of Anthropology, Johns Hopkins University

Research Topic:

Opiate Kinship: Life at the Intersections of the ‘War on Drugs’ and the ‘War on Terror’ in Pakistan and Afghanistan

Mentor:

Lawrence Cohen, Professor of Anthropology, University of California, Berkeley

Education:

B.A., International Studies, Elon University; M.A., International Affairs, Conflict Resolution, Civil Society Development, American University of Paris; Ph.D., Political Science, University of California, Berkeley

Dissertation:

Wartime Experiences of Civic Leaders: Legacies of Civil War, Rebel Control, and Democratization in Post-Conflict Africa

Thesis Advisor:

Leonardo Arriola, Professor of Political Science, University of California, Berkeley

Research Topic:

Wartime Experiences of Civic Leaders: Legacies of Civil War, Rebel Control, and Democratization in Post-Conflict Africa

Mentor:

Claire Adida, Professor of Political Science, University of California, San Diego

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Education:

B.A., Anthropology and Development Studies, University of California, Berkeley; M.A., Anthropology, University of California, Berkeley; Ph.D., Medical Anthropology, University of California, Berkeley

Dissertation:

Physicians, Magicians, Patients, and Prophets: Echoes of the Soul and Medical Knowledge at the Margins of War

Thesis Advisor:

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

Research Topic:

Prescription: The Work of Culture, Medicine, and the Law in and after the War in Yemen

Mentor:

Sherine Hamdy, Professor of Anthropology, University of California, Irvine

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Education:

B.A., International Development Studies, University of California, Los Angeles; M.A., Urban Planning, University of California, Los Angeles; Ph.D., Sociology, University of Southern California

Dissertation:

Racial Formation and Gentrification in Los Angeles

Thesis Advisor:

Leland T. Saito, Professor of Sociology, University of Southern California

Research Topic:

Planning the Barrio, Racial Order and Restructuring in Neoliberal Los Angeles

Mentor:

Eric R. Avila, Professor of Chicana and Chicano Studies, University of California, Los Angeles

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Education:

B.S., Engineering Physics, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign; M.S., Energy and Resources, University of California, Berkeley; Ph.D., Energy and Resources, University of California, Berkeley

Dissertation:

Presumptions and Precarity: Probing Electricity Infrastructure

Thesis Advisor:

Isha Ray, Professor of Energy and Resources, University of California, Berkeley

Research Topic:

Historical comparative study of 20th century electricity grid development

Mentor:

David Pellow, Professor of Environmental Studies, University of California, Santa Barbara

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Education:

B.A., History, Delaware State University; M.A., History, University of California, Los Angeles; Ph.D., History, University of California, Los Angeles

Dissertation:

"All the Women Are Meeting:" The National Council of Negro Women, Emerging Africa, and Transnational Solidarity, 1935-1966

Thesis Advisor:

Brenda Stevenson, Professor of History, University of California, Los Angeles

Research Topic:

Class, citizenship, and Black women’s global imaginary in the era of African Decolonization

Mentor:

Dayo Gore, Professor of Ethnic Studies, University of California, San Diego

Education:

B.A., Political Science, University of California, Los Angeles; M.A., Education, Stanford University; Ph.D., Urban Education Policy, University of Southern California

Dissertation:

Boys Don’t Try?: Black and Latino Males and Rigorous Learning Opportunities in High School

Thesis Advisor:

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

Research Topic:

Masculinity in Motion: The Academic Identities of Black and Latino Men from High School to College

Mentor:

Robert Ream, Professor of Education, University of California, Riverside

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Education:

B.A., Economics, Delhi University; M.Sc., Economics for Development, University of Oxford; Ph.D., Economics, University of Michigan

Dissertation:

Energy Provision and Economic Decision Making in Developing Countries

Thesis Advisor:

Dean Yang, Professor of Economics, University of Michigan, and Ryan Kellogg, Professor of Public Policy, University of Chicago

Research Topic:

Equitable Infrastructure and Energy Provisioning in Developing Countries

Mentor:

Damon Clark, Professor of Economics, University of California, Irvine

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Education:

B.A., Psychology, University of California, Los Angeles; M.A., Clinical Science, University of California, Berkeley; Ph.D., Clinical Science, University of California, Berkeley

Dissertation:

Childhood Predictors and Moderators of Lifetime Risk of Self-Harm in Girls with and without Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder

Thesis Advisor:

Stephen P. Hinshaw, Professor of Psychology, University of California, Berkeley

Research Topic:

Non-Suicidal Self Injury Among Court-Involved, Non-Incarcerated Latinx Youth

Mentor:

Marina Tolou-Shams, Professor of Psychiatry, University of California, San Francisco

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Education:

B.A., Geography, The Ohio State University; Ph.D., Earth and Environmental Sciences, Graduate Center, City University of New York

Dissertation:

Oceanic Groundings: Imperial Maritime Subjects, Insurgent Spaces, and Radical Internationalism in the Early Twentieth Century

Thesis Advisor:

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

Research Topic:

I will develop a book manuscript based upon my dissertation research. Oceanic Groundings is situated within the Black radical tradition, Black and postcolonial geographies, the oceanic humanities, and cultural histories of infrastructure and empire. Focusing on movements routed through the London docklands and drawing upon sources ranging from colonial archives to oral histories of jazz to theatrical plays, the project explores processes of placemaking, insurgent storytelling, transnational solidarity, and racial capitalism across port cities of the Atlantic and Indian Ocean littorals in the early twentieth century.

Mentor:

Sharad Chari, Professor of Geography, University of California, Berkeley

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Education:

B.A., English, Georgia Southwestern State University; M.A., African American Studies, University of California, Los Angeles; Ph.D., Education, University of California, Los Angeles

Dissertation:

“It’s So Gross, But Familiar”: A Campus’ Racial Past, Present, and Undergraduate Experiences with On-Campus and Online Racisms

Thesis Advisor:

Teresa L. McCarty, Professor of Education, and Douglas Kellner, Professor of Education, University of California, Los Angeles

Research Topic:

Diversity Matters: Graduate Students of Color Reclaiming Rights to Knowledge Production examines how doctoral students of color use peer-support groups to navigate ineffective institutional diversity climates

Mentor:

Eddie Comeaux, Professor of Education, University of California, Riverside

Education:

B.A., East Asian Languages and Literatures, Smith College; M.P.P., Public Policy and American Institutions, Brown University; Ph.D., Environmental Science, Policy & Management, Designated Emphasis in Women, Gender, & Sexuality Studies, University of California, Berkeley

Dissertation:

Finding the Man in the Glyphosate

Thesis Advisor:

Michael Mascarenhas, Professor of Environmental Science, Policy & Management, and Jake Kosek, Professor of Geography, University of California, Berkeley

Research Topic:

Transgenerational Toxins: Shaping Subjects, Burdening Bodies

Mentor:

Jade Sasser, Professor of Gender & Sexuality Studies, University of California, Riverside

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Education:

B.S., Development Sociology, Cornell University; M.P.H., Public Health, University of California, Berkeley; Ph.D., Geography, University of California, Berkeley

Dissertation:

Land, Family, Body: Measurement and the Racial Politics of US Colonialism in Haudenosaunee Country

Thesis Advisor:

Jake Kosek, Professor of Geography, University of California, Berkeley

Research Topic:

My project explores notions of consent and refusal in the biomedical context from and Indigenous feminist and Haudenosaunee perspective, and will construct a critical understanding of the historic conditions of possibility that have given rise to Indigenous data sovereignty initiatives.

Mentor:

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

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Education:

B.A., Psychology, University of California, Riverside; M.A., Psychology, University of California, Los Angeles; Ph.D., Psychology, University of California, Los Angeles

Dissertation:

Cultural and Psychobiological Processes in Pregnant Latina Women

Thesis Advisor:

Christine Dunkel Schetter, Professor of Psychology, University of California, Los Angeles

Research Topic:

The Interplay Between Culture and Biology in Latina Reproductive Health

Mentor:

Belinda Campos, Professor of Chicano/Latino Studies, University of California, Irvine

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Education:

B.A., International Relations, Michigan State University; M.A., Politics, New School for Social Research; Ph.D., African American and African Studies, Michigan State University

Dissertation:

Manufacturing Failure: "Revitalization," Racial Dispossession and the Takeover of Detroit Public Schools

Thesis Advisor:

Pero G. Dagbovie, Professor of History and Geneva Smitherman, Professor of African American & African Studies and English, Michigan State University

Research Topic:

Black politics; racial capitalism; urban geography; Black Studies

Mentor:

Lorrie Frasure-Yokley, Professor of Political Science, and Marcus Hunter, Professor of African American Studies, University of California, Los Angeles

Education:

B.A., Sociology, Criminology and Justice Studies, California State University, San Marcos; M.A., Sociology, San Diego State University; Ph.D., Education, Harvard University

Dissertation:

On the Verge of Separation: Family Life in an Era of Mass Deportations

Thesis Advisor:

Roberto G. Gonzales, Professor of Education, Harvard University

Research Topic:

On the Verge of Separation: Family Life in an Era of Mass Deportations

Mentor:

Cecilia Menjivar, Professor of Sociology, University of California, Los Angeles

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