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Fellows 2021

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 and Minors in Mathematics & Economics, Minnesota State University Moorhead; M.S., Materials Science and Engineering, Stanford University; Ph.D., Materials Science and Engineering, Stanford University

Dissertation:

Designing Materials with Hysteresis Free High-Valent Redox for Electrochemical Applications

Thesis Advisor:

William Chueh, Professor of Materials Science and Engineering, and Thomas Devereaux, Professor of Materials Science and Engineering, Stanford University

Research Topic:

Tuning Electronic and Magnetic Properties of Two-Dimensional Materials via Moiré Patterning and Ion-Insertion

Mentor:

Mark Asta, Professor of Materials Science and Engineering, and Kwabena Bediako, Assistant Professor of Chemistry, University of California, Berkeley

See Profile for Iwnetim (Tim) Abate
Education:

B.A., Literature, Universidad Nacional de Colombia; M.S., Latin American Literature and Cultural Studies, Georgetown University; Ph.D., Latin American Literature and Cultural Studies, Georgetown University

Dissertation:

Bittersweet Poetics: Aesthetics and Politics of the Sugar Plantation in Brazil and the Caribbean (1990 – 2018)

Thesis Advisor:

Joanne Rappaport, Professor of Spanish and Portuguese, and Vivaldo Santos, Professor of Spanish and Portuguese, Georgetown University

Research Topic:

Plantation legacies/ Afro-Brazilian arts/ Afro-Latin American cultural and intellectual traditions/ Latin American Literature/Black Studies/ Visual Studies/ Cultural Studies

Mentor:

José Luiz Passos, Professor of Luso-Brazilian Literatures and Cultures, University of California, Los Angeles

Education:

B.A., International Studies, Simon’s Rock of Bard College; M.A., Egyptology, University of Chicago; Ph.D., Egyptology, University of Chicago

Dissertation:

Calling out to Isis: The Enduring Nubian Presence at Philae

Thesis Advisor:

Janet H. Johnson, Professor of Egyptology, University of Chicago

Research Topic:

Priestess, Queen, Goddess: The Divine Feminine in the Kingdom of Kush

Mentor:

Dr. Kathlyn M. Cooney, Professor of Egyptian Art and Architecture, University of California, Los Angeles

See Profile for Solange Ashby
Education:

B.A., Communication, Visual Arts, University of California, San Diego; M.A., Communication, University of California, San Diego; Ph.D., Communication, University of California, San Diego

Dissertation:

Screening Racial Visions, Scripting State Violence: The Performance and Visual Culture of Patrol Work and Police Training in San Diego

Thesis Advisor:

Elana Zilberg, Professor of Communication, University of California, San Diego

Research Topic:

Staging Anti-Blackness: Role-Playing Racial Scripts and Choreographing State Violence in Police Training

Mentor:

Geoffrey Raymond, Professor of Sociology, University of California, Santa Barbara and Nikki Jones, Professor of African American Studies, University of California, Berkeley

See Profile for Christina Ashurina Aushana
Education:

B.A., Integrative Biology and B.A. Comparative Literature, University of California, Berkeley; M.S., Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor; Ph.D., Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of California, Los Angeles

Dissertation:

Carnivory in the Oligo-Miocene: Resource specialization, competition, and coexistence among North American fossil canids

Thesis Advisor:

Blaire Van Valkenburgh, Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of California, Los Angeles

Research Topic:

The isotopic signature of humans on carnivores over a century of urbanization

Mentor:

Jessica Blois, Professor of Life and Environmental Sciences, and Sora Kim Professors of Life and Environmental Sciences, University of California, Merced

See Profile for Mairin Balisi
Education:

B.A., African American Studies and B.A., Communications, Virginia Commonwealth University; M.A., American Studies, California State University, Fullerton; Ph.D., African American and African Diaspora Studies, University of California, Berkeley

Dissertation:

Immoral Panics: Black Queer Aesthetics and the Construction of Risk

Thesis Advisor:

Leigh Raiford, Professor of African American Studies, University of California, Berkeley

Research Topic:

Black Studies, Contemporary Art, African American Art History, Literary Studies, Film and Media Studies, Queer of Color Critique, Queer Theory, Visual Culture Studies

Mentor:

Bridget R. Cooks, Professor of Department of African American Studies, University of California, Irvine

See Profile for Jamal Batts
Education:

B.A., Genetics and Development, Cornell University; Ph.D., M.D., Medical Scientist Training Program (MSTP), Mayo Clinic College of Medicine

Dissertation:

Functional Characterization of the Serine Protease High-Temperature Requirement A3 (HtrA3) in Lung Cancer

Thesis Advisor:

Viji Shridhar, Professor of Laboratory Medicine and Pathology, Mayo Clinic College of Medicine

Research Topic:

Deciphering the role of PTPN14 in BMP9-Smad/Hippo-TAZ signaling and vascular malformations in Hereditary Hemorrhagic Telangiectasia

Mentor:

Rosemary J. Akhurst, Professor in Residence, Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center and Department of Anatomy, University of California, San Francisco

See Profile for Daniah Thompson Beleford
Education:

B.A., English, University of California, Berkeley; M.F.A., English, and M.F.A., Creative Writing (Fiction), Cornell University; Ph.D., Literatures in English, Cornell University

Dissertation:

Multitude Modernism: Democratic Epiphany in American Interwar Literature

Thesis Advisor:

George Hutchinson, Professor of American Culture, Cornell University

Research Topic:

“That Damned Fence:” The Literature of Japanese American Internment

Mentor:

Traise Yamamoto, Professor of English, University of California, Riverside

See Profile for Christopher Seiji Berardino
Education:

Ph.D., Religion, Florida State University

Dissertation:

Studies in Sefer Yosippon: The Reception of Josephus in Medieval Hebrew, Arabic, and Ethiopic Literature

Thesis Advisor:

David Levenson, Professor of Religion, Florida State University

Research Topic:

Cloaked in Whiteness: Racecraft in Early Christian Apocalypticism

Mentor:

Terence Keel, Professor of Institute for Society & Genetics, University of California, Los Angeles

See Profile for Yonatan Binyam
Education:

B.S., Mechanical Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology; M.S., Mechanical Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology; Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology

Dissertation:

Experimental Characterization of Thermal Transport in Two-Dimensional Materials and Thin Films

Thesis Advisor:

Satish Kumar, Professor of Mechanical Engineering, and Baratunde Cola, Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science and Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology

Research Topic:

Dual-Effect Cooling of Hypersonic Leading Edges

Mentor:

Timothy Fisher, Professor of Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering, University of California, Los Angeles

Education:

B.S., Biology, The University of Texas at Austin; Ph.D., Zoology, University of Wisconsin, Madison

Dissertation:

Population Structure and Coevolutionary Dynamics of Fungus-Growing Ant Symbionts

Thesis Advisor:

Cameron Currie, Professor of Bacteriology, University of Wisconsin, Madison

Research Topic:

Coevolutionary dynamics of a dual-purpose, marine microbial symbiosis

Mentor:

Paul Barber, Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of California, Los Angeles

See Profile for Eric Caldera
Education:

B.A., English Language and Literature, and B.A., Experimental Psychology, University of South Carolina, Columbia; M.A., Linguistics, University of California, Santa Barbara; Ph.D., Linguistics, University of California, Santa Barbara

Dissertation:

Competing Discourses of Diversity and Inclusion in U.S. Higher Education: Institutional Rhetoric and Graduate Student Narratives at Two Minority Serving Institutions

Thesis Advisor:

Mary Bucholtz, Professor of Linguistics, University of California, Santa Barbara

Research Topic:

Analyzing the digital documentation of African American Language, Black culture, and Black life on social media

Mentor:

H. Samy Alim, Professor of Anthropology, University of California, Los Angeles

See Profile for Kendra Calhoun
Education:

B.A., Luso-Brazilian Literatures, The Federal University of Rio de Janeiro; M.A., Lusophone African Literatures, The Fluminense Federal University, Brazil; Ph.D., Spanish and Portuguese, New York University

Dissertation:

Fictions of Racelessness: The ‘Latin American’ Racial Imaginaries of Angola (1878-1992)

Thesis Advisor:

Sibylle Fischer, Professor of Spanish and Portuguese, New York University

Research Topic:

The racial imaginary of the mainstream Angolan nationalism, particularly the translation of Latin American racial imaginaries of mestizaje, colorblindness and racelessness and its consequences in that black-African space and anti-colonial context.

Mentor:

Estelle Tarica, Professor of Latin American Literatures and Cultures, University of California, Berkeley

Education:

B.S., Computer Science and Mathematics, University of Portland; M.Ed., Educational Administration, University of Hawai’i at Mānoa; M.A., Higher Education, University of California, Los Angeles; Ph.D., Higher Education and Organizational Change, University of California, Los Angeles

Dissertation:

Indigenous Models of Higher Education: Understanding the Indigenizing and Decolonizing Processes

Thesis Advisor:

Mitchell J. Chang, Professor of Education, University of California, Los Angeles

Research Topic:

Hoʻonaʻauao: Indigenous Models of Higher Education

Mentor:

Samuel Museus, Professor of Education Studies, University of California, San Diego

Education:

B.S., Biochemical Engineering, Instituto Tecnológico de Los Mochis; M.S., Biochemistry, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México; Ph.D., Biochemistry, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México

Dissertation:

The Role of TFIIH During Germ Cell Differentiation and Zygotic Genome Activation in Drosophila melanogaster

Thesis Advisor:

Mario E. Zurita, Professor of Developmental Genetics & Molecular Physiology, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México

Research Topic:

Functions of the Nucleosome-Binding HMGN and Dsup Proteins in Oxidative DNA Damage Protection and Chromatin Dynamics

Mentor:

James T. Kadonaga, Distinguished Professor of Biology, University of California, San Diego

See Profile for Grisel Cruz-Becerra
Education:

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

Dissertation:

Convexity In Contact Geometry And Reeb Dynamics

Thesis Advisor:

Michael Hutchings, Professor of Mathematics, University of California, Berkeley

Research Topic:

Contact Spectral Sequences and Reeb Dynamics

Mentor:

Ko Honda, Professor of Mathematics, University of California, Los Angeles

See Profile for Julian Cruz Chaidez
Education:

B.A., History, University of Guadalajara; M.A., History, University of Guadalajara; Ph.D., Atlantic History, Vanderbilt University

Dissertation:

Becoming Citizens: Afro-Mexicans, Identity, and Historical Memory in Guadalajara, 17th to 19th Centuries.

Thesis Advisor:

Jane Landers, Professor of History, and Edward Wright-Rios, Professor of History, Vanderbilt University

Research Topic:

A Social and Cultural History of Free and Enslaved Afro-Mexicans from Colonial Guadalajara

Mentor:

Alex Borucki, Professor of History, University of California, Irvine

See Profile for Jorge E. Delgadillo Núñez
Education:

B.A., Child and Adolescent Development, California State University, Northridge; M.A. and MPhil, Environmental Psychology, City University of New York; Ph.D., Environmental Psychology, City University of New York

Dissertation:

A Poor Peoples Movement for A Better Los Angeles, 1960-2019

Thesis Advisor:

Cindi Katz, Professor of Earth and Environmental Sciences and Psychology, City University of New York

Research Topic:

Contested Development: A Poor Peoples Movement for A Better Los Angeles, 1930-2019

Mentor:

Kelly Lytle Hernandez, Professor of Urban Planning, University of California, Los Angeles

Education:

B.S., Chemistry, and B.S., Physics, University of California, Riverside; Ph.D., Chemistry, California Institute of Technology

Dissertation:

Transition Metal Complexes for Challenging Reductive Transformations: From Nitrogen Fixation Catalysts to Photoreductants

Thesis Advisor:

Harry B. Gray, Professor of Chemistry, California Institute of Technology

Research Topic:

Metal-Organic Frameworks Incorporating Dipolar Molecular Rotors as Platforms for the Development of Dielectric Materials

Mentor:

Miguel García-Garibay, Distinguished Professor of Chemistry, University of California, Los Angeles

See Profile for Javier Fajardo, Jr.
Education:

B.S., Astronomy, San Diego State University; M.S., Physics, University of California, Riverside; Ph.D., Physics, University of California, Riverside

Dissertation:

Evolution of z~2 Galaxies on Resolved Scales Using CANDELS/3D-HST Imaging and Emission Line Spectroscopy From the MOSDEF Survey

Thesis Advisor:

Naveen Reddy, Professor of Physics and Astronomy, University of California, Riverside

Research Topic:

Exoplanet Mass and Atmospheric Characterization Through Photometric Phase Analyses

Mentor:

Stephen Kane, Professor of Earth and Planetary Sciences, University of California, Riverside

See Profile for Tara Fetherolf
Education:

L.L.B., Centro Universitário de Brasília, Brazil; L.L.M., Criminal Law, Universidade de Brasilia, Brazil; Ph.D., International Criminal Law, American University Washington College of Law

Dissertation:

Nonnegotiable lives: international criminal justice and the denial of black genocide in Brazil and the United States.

Thesis Advisor:

Angela J. Davis, Distinguished Professor of Law, American University Washington College of Law

Research Topic:

Facets of Anti-Black Genocide: Toward a Theory of Rape as the Condition of Terror

Mentor:

Dylan Rodriguez, Professor of Media and Cultural Studies, University of California, Riverside

See Profile for Ana Flauzina
Education:

B.S., Chemistry, University of California, Berkeley; Ph.D., Chemistry, Northwestern University

Dissertation:

Uncovering the Origins of the Binding Properties of Spherical Nucleic Acids

Thesis Advisor:

Chad Mirkin, Professor of Chemistry, and George Schatz, Professor of Chemistry, Northwestern University

Research Topic:

Molecular Factors of Multi-Component Immunoreceptor Assembly

Mentor:

William F. DeGrado, Professor of Pharmaceutical Chemistry, University of California, San Francisco

Education:

B.A., Psychology, San Diego State University, Imperial Valley; M.A., Psychology, California State University, San Marcos; Ph.D., Psychological Science, University of California, Irvine

Dissertation:

Acculturative Stress and Health: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis

Thesis Advisor:

Ilona Yim, Professor of Psychological Science, University of California, Irvine and Belinda Campos, Professor of Chicano/Latino Studies, University of California, Irvine

Research Topic:

A social support SMS intervention for Latina victims of intimate partner violence

Mentor:

Adrian Aguilera, Professor of Social Welfare, University of California, Berkeley

Education:

B.A., English, The University of Texas at San Antonio; M.A., English, The University of Texas at San Antonio; Ph.D., Chicana/o Studies, University of California, Santa Barbara

Dissertation:

Reclaiming La Bruja: Rage, the Speculative, and Contemporary Border Tejanx Feminist Affects

Thesis Advisor:

Chela Sandoval, Professor of Chicana/o Studies, University of California, Santa Barbara

Research Topic:

Reclaiming La Bruja: Rage, the Speculative, and Contemporary Border Tejanx Feminist Affects; Brown Southern Feelings: Chicana/Latina Speculative Visions from and of the U.S. South

Mentor:

Shelley Streeby, Professor of Literature and Ethnic Studies, University of California, San Diego

See Profile for Magda Garcia
Education:

B.S., Botany and Environmental Studies, Minor in Chicanx and Latinx Studies, University of Wisconsin, Madison; Ph.D., Environmental Science, Policy, and Management, University of California, Berkeley

Dissertation:

From soil fungi to bees: fertile grounds for agroecology in the San Joaquin Valley

Thesis Advisor:

Claire Kremen, Professor of Environmental Science, Policy, and Management, and Timothy Bowles Professor of Environmental Science, Policy, and Management, University of California, Berkeley

Research Topic:

Enhancing agricultural resilience: how can arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi improve outcomes for small family farms?

Mentor:

Kathleen Treseder, Professor of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology, University of California, Irvine

See Profile for Aidee Guzman
Education:

B.S., Chemistry, National Autonomous University of Mexico; Ph.D., Earth Sciences, University of California, San Diego

Dissertation:

Santa Ana Winds of Southern California: Historical Variability and Future Climate Projections

Thesis Advisor:

Alexander Gershunov, Researcher of Climate, Atmospheric Science & Physical Oceanography, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, University of California, San Diego

Research Topic:

Regional Precipitation on the Dry Corridor of Central America and Southern Mexico: Connections with Forced Migration to the US

Mentor:

Leila Carvalho, Professor of Geography, and Summer Gray, Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies, University of California, Santa Barbara

See Profile for Janin Guzman-Morales
Education:

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

Dissertation:

On the homotopy theory of stratified spaces

Thesis Advisor:

Clark Barwick, Professor of Pure Mathematics, University of Edinburgh

Research Topic:

Exit-path categories in microlocal sheaf theory

Mentor:

David Nadler, Professor of Mathematics, University of California, Berkeley

See Profile for Peter Haine
Education:

B.A., Philosophy, Portland State University; M.A., Philosophy, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill; Ph.D., Philosophy, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

Dissertation:

Perceiving Through the Racial Veil: The Inner Moral Life of Racism

Thesis Advisor:

Susan Wolf, Professor of Philosophy, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

Research Topic:

Racism and Interpersonal Ethics

Mentor:

Aaron James, Professor of Philosophy, University of California, Irvine

See Profile for Matt Hernandez
Education:

B.A., Applied Mathematics, California State University, Fullerton; Ph.D., Biological Sciences, University of California, Irvine

Dissertation:

Scaffolding, Multisite Phosphorylation and Other Aspects of Regulation in Signal Transduction

Thesis Advisor:

Lee Bardwell, Professor of Developmental and Cell Biology, and German Enciso, Professor of Mathematics, University of California, Irvine

Research Topic:

Understanding Mycobacterium tuberculosis 20S proteasome assembly

Mentor:

Eric Deeds, Professor of Integrative Biology and Physiology, University of California, Los Angeles

See Profile for Leonila Lagunes
Education:

B.S. with Honors, Chemistry, Brown University; Ph.D., Chemistry, Princeton University

Dissertation:

Cobalt and Nickel Catalysts for Arene Borylation and Alkene Hydrofunctionalizations

Thesis Advisor:

Paul J. Chirik, Professor of Chemistry, Princeton University

Research Topic:

Unraveling Electric Field Effects in Catalysis: From Enzymes to Transition Metals

Mentor:

Jenny Yang, Professor of Chemistry, University of California, Irvine

See Profile for Nadia Léonard
Education:

B.A., Earth Sciences, Franklin & Marshall College; Ph.D., Geology, University of Utah

Dissertation:

Isotope Geochemistry Provides Insights to Groundwater Sustainability and Resource Resilience in Western North America

Thesis Advisor:

Brenda Bowen, Professor of Geology & Geophysics, University of Utah

Research Topic:

Application of a novel paleo-hydrologic proxy: How long can water resource managers continue to rely on groundwater as a buffer to diminishing supplies in western North America?

Mentor:

Aradhna Tripati, Professor of Earth, Planetary, and Space Sciences, University of California, Los Angeles

See Profile for Jory Lerback
Education:

B.A., Anthropology, University of California, Berkeley; M.Phil., Anthropology, New York University; Ph.D., Anthropology, New York University

Dissertation:

“Crawling over Broken Glass”: The Legal Experience of Child Reunification in a California Child Welfare Court

Thesis Advisor:

Sally Merry, Silver Professor of Anthropology, New York University

Research Topic:

Latinx Experiences in a California Child Welfare Court

Mentor:

Susan Coutin, Professor of Criminology, Law and Society, University of California, Irvine

See Profile for Jessica López-Espino
Education:

B.Eng., Computer Engineering, University of Mumbai; M.S., Computer Science, University of Toronto; Ph.D., Information Studies, University of Michigan

Dissertation:

Was That a Seizure? Diagnosis in Lived Experience and Medical Practice

Thesis Advisor:

Kentaro Toyama, Professor of Information, University of Michigan

Research Topic:

Pursuing Health Equity in Neural Implants

Mentor:

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

See Profile for Megh Marathe
Education:

B.A., Latin American Studies, and B.A., Film Studies, University of California, Berkeley; M.A., Sociology, University of California, Los Angeles; Ph.D., Sociology, University of California, Los Angeles

Dissertation:

Life Under Detention: Understanding the Consequences of Heightened Immigration Enforcement on Immigrants, Families, and Communities.

Thesis Advisor:

Stefan Timmerman, Professor of Sociology, University of California, Los Angeles

Research Topic:

The Effects of Immigration Detention on US-Citizen Family Members

Mentor:

Caitlin Patler, Professor of Sociology, and Erin Hamilton, Professor of Sociology, University of California, Davis

See Profile for Mirian Martinez-Aranda
Education:

B.A., Sociology, and B.A., Spanish Linguistics, University of California, Berkeley; M.A., Sociology, Stanford University; Ph.D., Education Policy, Sociology of Education, Stanford University

Dissertation:

Artifacts of Accountability: A Case Study of California’s Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF)

Thesis Advisor:

Woody Powell, Professor of Education, and Kenji Hakuta, Professor of Education, Stanford University

Research Topic:

Computer Science for English Learners

Mentor:

Megan Hopkins, Professor of Education Studies, University of California, San Diego

Education:

B.A., Chicana/o Studies, University of California, Santa Barbara; M.A., Sociology, University of California, Irvine; Ph.D., Sociology, University of California, Irvine

Dissertation:

The Role of Household Composition and Household Transitions in the Educational Performance of Latina/o Children of Immigrants

Thesis Advisor:

Kristin Turney, Professor of Sociology, University of California, Irvine

Research Topic:

Undocumented Latina/o 1.5th Generation Parents, Citizen Children, and First- Generation Grandparents During the Absence of Immigration Reform

Mentor:

Leisy Abrego, Professor of Chicana/o and Central American Studies, University of California, Los Angeles

See Profile for Daniel Millán
Education:

B.A., Middle Eastern Studies, University of California, Berkeley; M.A., Arab and Middle Eastern Studies, American University of Beirut; Ph.D., Ethnic Studies, University of California, San Diego

Dissertation:

Revolution Until Victory?: Decolonizing Land, Nation, and the People through Palestinian-Lebanese Transnational Resistance Praxis

Thesis Advisor:

Daphne Taylor-Garcia, Professor of Ethnic Studies, University of California, San Diego

Research Topic:

Gendering Revolution: Palestinian-Lebanese Transnational Resistance and Decolonial Feminisms

Mentor:

Suad Joseph, Distinguished Research Professor of Anthropology and Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies, and Kalindi Vora, Professor of Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies and Director of the Feminist Research Institute, University of California, Davis

See Profile for Jennifer Mogannam
Education:

B.S. (Honors), Astrophysics and Space Science, University of Cape Town; B.S., Physics, University of Pretoria; M.S., Theoretical Particle Physics, University of Kansas; Ph.D., Theoretical Particle Physics, University of Kansas

Dissertation:

Charting the Unknown: A Hunt in the Dark

Thesis Advisor:

Kyoungchul Kong, Professor of Physics and Astronomy, University of Kansas

Research Topic:

Illuminating Signals of Dark Matter at Current and Future Experiments

Mentor:

Tim Tait, Professor of Physics and Astronomy, University of California, Irvine

See Profile for Gopolang Mohlabeng
Education:

B.A., Aesthetics, Universidad Católica de Chile; M.A., Museum Studies, New York University; Ph.D., Information Studies, University of California, Los Angeles

Dissertation:

Unsettling Evidence: An Anticolonial Archival Approach/Reproach to Federal Recognition

Thesis Advisor:

Anne Gilliland, Professor of Information Studies, University of California, Los Angeles

Research Topic:

Unsettling Evidence: Imagining Anticolonial Conceptualizations of Evidence for Indigenous Sovereign Futures

Mentor:

Eve Darian-Smith, Professor of Global and International Studies, University of California, Irvine

Education:

B.S., Fisheries and Wildlife Sciences, North Carolina State University; M.S., Wildlife Conservation, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University; Ph.D., Ecology, Pennsylvania State University

Dissertation:

Examining how spatial-temporal interactions between multiple predators influence the distribution, vigilance, and survival of white-tailed deer (Odocoileus virginianus) fawns

Thesis Advisor:

Duane Diefenbach, Professor of Wildlife Ecology, and David Miller Professor of Wildlife Population Ecology, Pennsylvania State University

Research Topic:

How does development intensity influence wildlife responses to signs of human presence, such as voices and lights?

Mentor:

Chris Wilmers, Professor of Environmental Studies, University of California, Santa Cruz

See Profile for Asia Murphy
Education:

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

Dissertation:

Reading and Misreading: The Social Life of Libraries and Colonial Control in Vietnam, 1865-1958

Thesis Advisor:

Peter Zinoman, Professor of History, University of California, Berkeley

Research Topic:

History of libraries in Vietnam and colonial visual texts

Mentor:

John D. Blanco, Professor of Comparative Literature, and Claire Edington, Professor History, University of California, San Diego

See Profile for Cindy Nguyen
Education:

B.A., Classics and Archaeology, Stanford University; Ph.D., Ancient History, Brown University

Dissertation:

Vercingetorix in Vietnam: Classical Inheritance and Vietnamese Ambivalence

Thesis Advisor:

Johanna Hanink, Professor of Classics, Brown University

Research Topic:

Developing a book manuscript from my dissertation research on the racialization of classical antiquity by Western empires and its subsequent reappropriation by Vietnamese communities to counter (neo)imperialism from the mid-19th century to the present.

Mentor:

James Porter, Professor of Rhetoric, University of California, Berkeley

See Profile for Kelly Nguyen
Education:

B.A., Women’s Studies, University of Utah; M.A., American Studies, Purdue University; Ph.D., Comparative Ethnic Studies, University of California, Berkeley

Dissertation:

The Mana of The Tongan Everyday: Tongan Grief and Mourning, Patriarchal Violence and Remembering Va

Thesis Advisor:

Patricia Penn Hilden, Professor of Native American Studies, University of California, Berkeley

Research Topic:

Tongan/ Pacific Islander futurities in the East Bay, California. I look at Tongan va, relationalities to fonua, land, cosmologies that are delineated as feminine and located at the heart of what we defined as Sacred. My research centers Tongan va, relationality, to the Lisjan Ohlone, the Indigenous peoples and original stewards of the East Bay, and I examine the current work of Lisjan Ohlone women leaders in building an Arbor (prayer house) and Sacred site in East Oakland. Concomitantly, my research also examines the land that lies next to the Ohlone Arbor, which is currently owned by the Tongan Methodist Church. and in addition, my analysis also includes the narratives of the Tongan Mormon families living next to the Arbor and I examine the two Mormon Sacred sites located in Oakland that Tongan Mormons honor and utilize for their Sacred Ceremonies and rituals. These sites include the opulent Mormon Temple positioned center stage on top of the Oakland hills and a chapel located in a wealthy Oakland neighborhood miles away from the working class Tongan communities located in East Oakland. In my analysis, I track the prominent hand of the colonial institution, heteropatriarchy, in legislating the architecture of the respective Tongan Methodist and Mormon Sacred sites here in Oakland and I examine the complexities of Tongan women's roles in these sites of exorbitant power and authority.

Mentor:

Elizabeth Middleton, Professor of Native American Studies, University of California, Davis

Education:

B.A., Ethnic Studies, Columbia University; M.A., Ethnic Studies, University of California, Berkeley; Ph.D., Ethnic Studies, University of California, Berkeley

Dissertation:

Bordering the Nation: Land, Life, & Law in the US-Mexico Borderlands and on O’odham Jeved

Thesis Advisor:

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

Research Topic:

My project theorizes the US-Mexico borderlands from an Indigenous cultural, epistemological, and political standpoint.

Mentor:

Rachel St. John, Professor of History, University of California, Davis

See Profile for Fantasia Painter
Education:

B.S., Marine Biology, University of California, Los Angeles; Ph.D., Earth and Planetary Sciences, University of California, Davis

Dissertation:

Oceans and climate change in the Northeast Pacific through the Holocene

Thesis Advisor:

Tessa Hill, Professor of Earth & Planetary Sciences and Bodega Marine Laboratory, University of California, Davis

Research Topic:

Geochemical tracing of California wildfire: implications for paleofire reconstruction and wildfire pollutant distribution

Mentor:

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

See Profile for Hannah Palmer
Education:

B.A., Philosophy, The University of Texas at Austin; M.S., Secondary Mathematics Education, Pace University; M.A., Mental Health Counseling, City College of New York; Ph.D., Clinical Psychology, The University of Texas at Austin

Dissertation:

Data-driven Prediction of the Emergence of and Recovery from Posttraumatic Stress Disorder

Thesis Advisor:

Jasper Smits, Professor of Psychology, The University of Texas at Austin

Research Topic:

Machine Learning Applications in Posttraumatic Stress Disorder

Mentor:

Sonya Norman, Professor of Clinical Psychiatry and Murray Stein, Distinguished Professor of Psychiatry and Public Health, University of California, San Diego

See Profile for Santiago Papini
Education:

B.A., Hispanic Language and Literature, Universidad Michoacana de San Nicolás de Hidalgo; M.A., Indian-American Linguistics, Centro de Investigaciones y Estudios Superiores en Antropología Social; Ph.D., Linguistics, The University of Texas at Austin

Dissertation:

The Genius of Mocho’ (Mayan): Morphosyntactic Alignment and its Interaction with Grammatical Aspect and Information Structure

Thesis Advisor:

Nora C. England, Professor of Linguistics, The University of Texas at Austin

Research Topic:

Mocho’ Grammar

Mentor:

Ryan Bennett, Professor of Linguistics, University of California, Santa Cruz

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Education:

B.A., Astrophysics & Physics, Harvard University; M.S., Astronomy & Astrophysics, University of California, Santa Cruz; Ph.D., Astronomy & Astrophysics, University of California, Santa Cruz

Dissertation:

Microphysics of Protoplanetary Disks and Exoplanet Atmospheres

Thesis Advisor:

Ruth Murray-Clay, Professor of Astronomy & Astrophysics, and Xi Zhang, Professor in Planetary Science, University of California, Santa Cruz

Research Topic:

Origins: Relating Protoplanetary Disks to Planetary Atmospheres

Mentor:

Hilke Schlichting, Professor of Earth, Planetary & Space Sciences, University of California, Los Angeles

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Education:

B.S., Biology, California State University, Monterey Bay; Ph.D., Biological Chemistry, University of California, Los Angeles

Dissertation:

Primary miRNA production in humans: biology, disease, and biotechnology

Thesis Advisor:

Feng Guo, Professor of Biological Chemistry, University of California, Los Angeles

Research Topic:

How co-transcriptional splicing decisions are made in the cell

Mentor:

Manuel Ares Jr., Professor of Molecular Cell and Developmental Biology, University of California, Santa Cruz

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Education:

B.A., Urban Studies, San Diego State University; M.A., Ethnic Studies, University of California, San Diego; Ph.D., Ethnic Studies, University of California, San Diego

Dissertation:

Inafa’ maolek Restoring Balance through Resilience, Resistance, and Coral Reefs: A Study of Pacific Island Climate Justice and the Right to Nature

Thesis Advisor:

Yến Lê Espiritu, Professor of Ethnic Studies, and Ross Frank, Professor of Ethnic Studies, University of California, San Diego

Research Topic:

Indigenous Island Ecologies and Marine Justice in the Pacific

Mentor:

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

Education:

B.A., Linguistics and Cognitive Science, Pomona College; M.Phil., Theoretical and Applied Linguistics, University of Cambridge; Ph.D., Linguistics, University of Maryland, College Park

Dissertation:

Identity Conditions on Ellipsis

Thesis Advisor:

Maria Polinsky, Professor of Linguistics and Omer Preminger, Professor of Linguistics, University of Maryland, College Park

Research Topic:

Ellipsis in Mesoamerican Languages

Mentor:

Harold Torrence, Professor of Linguistics, University of California, Los Angeles

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Education:

B.S., Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, University of California, Merced; M.S., Quantitative and Systems Biology, University of California, Merced; Ph.D., Developmental and Cell Biology, University of California, Irvine

Dissertation:

The function of BMP signaling and dynamic transcription factor gene expression in pre-implantation mouse development

Thesis Advisor:

Ken W. Y. Cho, Professor of Developmental and Cell Biology, University of California, Irvine

Research Topic:

Exploring aged p16INK4a+ mesenchyme and its potential to drive age-related changes in lung stem cell epithelial niche

Mentor:

Tien Peng, Professor of Medicine, University of California, San Francisco

See Profile for Nabora S. Reyes de Barboza
Education:

B.A., Political Science, and B.A., Transborder Chicana/o and Latina/o Studies, Arizona State University; M.A., Arts in Education, Harvard University; Ph.D., Chicana/o and Central American Studies, University of California, Los Angeles

Dissertation:

Immigrant Children: Resilience and Coping with HeART

Thesis Advisor:

Leisy Abrego, Professor of Chicana/o Studies and Judy Baca, Professor Emeritus of Chicana/o Studies, University of California, Los Angeles

Research Topic:

Immigrant Students, Family Separation, and School & Community-Based Participatory Art Methods

Mentor:

Dolores Inés Casillas, Professor of Chicana and Chicano Studies, University of California, Santa Barbara

See Profile for Silvia Rodriguez Vega
Education:

B.A., Biological Sciences, and B.A., Psychology, Wellesley College; Ph.D., Ecology, Evolution, and Behavior, Michigan State University

Dissertation:

Socioecological Predictors of Microbiome Variation in Wild Populations of African Mammals

Thesis Advisor:

Kay Holekamp, Professor of Zoology, Michigan State University

Research Topic:

Evolution and function of Felid microbiomes and their impacts on host functioning

Mentor:

Jonathan Eisen, Professor of Evolution and Ecology, University of California, Davis

See Profile for Connie Rojas
Education:

B.S., Foreign Service, Georgetown University; M.A., Latin American Studies, Georgetown University; M.A., Anthropology, University of California, Irvine; Ph.D., Anthropology (w/ Graduate Emphasis in Asian American Studies), University of California, Irvine

Dissertation:

Dreaming Beside Progress: The Politics of Coalition and Racialized Identity in Korean American Immigrant Justice Activism

Thesis Advisor:

Eleana Kim, Professor of Anthropology, and Leo Chavez, Professor of Anthropology, University of California, Irvine

Research Topic:

I will revise and expand my dissertation, Contentious Solidarities: The Contemporary Politics of Racialized Identity and Korean American Immigrant Justice Activism, into a book manuscript. While my dissertation examined the relationship between undocumented political imaginations and commitments to multiracial solidarity, the fellowship will allow me to interrogate how the 501(c)(3)/(c)(4) non-profit, as the dominant form of U.S. immigrant justice movements, mediates diverse visions for immigrant justice and the political, financial, and logistical ability to pursue those goals.

Mentor:

Jennifer Jihye Chun, Professor of Asian American Studies, University of California, Los Angeles

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Education:

B.A., Linguistics, University of Chicago; M.A., Anthropology, University of California, Berkeley; Ph.D., Anthropology, University of California, Berkeley

Dissertation:

Accessible Ethics in Dhofar, Oman: Practices of Concealment Between this World and the Next

Thesis Advisor:

William F. Hanks, Professor of Anthropology, University of California, Berkeley

Research Topic:

Communicative Exposures: The Ethics of Interactional Space

Mentor:

Erin Debenport, Professor of Anthropology, University of California, Los Angeles

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Education:

B.S., Mathematics, Arizona State University; M.S., Mathematics, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; Ph.D., Mathematics, University of Washington

Dissertation:

Gaps of saddle connection directions for some branched covers of tori

Thesis Advisor:

Jayadev Athreya, Professor of Mathematics, University of Washington

Research Topic:

Paths on translation surfaces and renormalization dynamics

Mentor:

Amir Mohammadi, Professor of Mathematics, University of California, San Diego

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Education:

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

Dissertation:

Crafting the Mestizo State: Indigeneity, Customary Law, and Statecraft in Mexico

Thesis Advisor:

Matthew Vitz, Professor of History, University of California, San Diego

Research Topic:

The Value of Native Bodies: Indigeneity and the Logic of Elimination in Mexico

Mentor:

Shannon Speed, Professor of Anthropology, University of California, Los Angeles

See Profile for Luis Sánchez-López
Education:

B.S., Oceanography, Universidad Autónoma de Baja California; Ph.D., Oceanography, Oregon State University

Dissertation:

The Role of Submesoscale Features in Transporting Heat and Salt Across Ocean Fronts

Thesis Advisor:

Kipp Shearman, Professor of Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Science, Oregon State University

Research Topic:

Analysis of regional and global patterns of upper ocean spice and implications for acoustics

Mentor:

Jennifer MacKinnon, Professor of Oceanography, Scripps Institute of Oceanography University of California, San Diego

See Profile for Alejandra Sanchez-Rios
Education:

B.A., Mathematics, Bard College of Simon’s Rock; Ph.D., Mathematics, University of California, Berkeley

Dissertation:

On the combinatorics of cluster structures in positroid varieties

Thesis Advisor:

Lauren Williams, Dwight Parker Robinson Professor of Mathematics, Harvard University

Research Topic:

Algebraic combinatorics, cluster algebras, total positivity

Mentor:

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

See Profile for Melissa Sherman-Bennett
Education:

B.A., Political Science and Comparative Women’s Studies, Spelman College; M.A., Political Science, University of California, Los Angeles; Ph.D., University of California, Los Angeles

Dissertation:

No Strangers to Hardship: African Americans, Inequality, and the Politics of Resilience

Thesis Advisor:

Lorrie Frasure, Professor of African American Studies and Political Science, University of California, Los Angeles

Research Topic:

No Strangers to Hardship: African Americans, Inequality, and the Politics of Resilience

Mentor:

Michael Tesler, Professor of Political Science, University of California, Irvine

See Profile for Christine M. Slaughter
Education:

B.A., History, Reed College; M.Phil., American Studies, New York University; Ph.D., American Studies, New York University

Dissertation:

Dirty Money and Disorderly Homes: Civil Forfeiture, Vice Police, and Illicit Capital in Philadelphia

Thesis Advisor:

Michael Ralph, Professor of Social and Cultural Analysis, New York University

Research Topic:

Dirty Capital: Vice Police, Nuisance Property, and the Long War on Drugs in Philadelphia

Mentor:

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

See Profile for Jackson Smith
Education:

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

Dissertation:

Evolutionary Comparative Genomics and Analyses

Thesis Advisor:

Brandon S. Gaut, Professor of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology, University of California, Irvine

Research Topic:

Population Genomics of Structural Variation in 26 Zea mays Lines

Mentor:

Jeffrey Ross-Ibarra, Professor of Evolution and Ecology, University of California, Davis

See Profile for Edwin Solares
Education:

B.A., Physics, University of Colorado, Boulder; M.A., Astrophysics, University of California, Berkeley; Ph.D., Astrophysics, University of California, Berkeley

Dissertation:

The Growth & Transformation of Galaxies Across Cosmic Time

Thesis Advisor:

Mariska Kriek, Professor of Astronomy, University of California, Berkeley

Research Topic:

A Multi-Wavelength Understanding of the Multiple Pathways to Quenching

Mentor:

Brant Robertson, Professor of Astronomy and Astrophysics, University of California, Santa Cruz

See Profile for Katherine (Wren) Suess
Education:

B.A., Political Science, John Jay College of Criminal Justice, The City University of New York; Ph.D., Political Science, University of Massachusetts, Amherst

Dissertation:

Roadblocks to Access: Perceptions of Law and Socioeconomic Problems in South Africa

Thesis Advisor:

Frederic Schaffer, Professor of Political Science, and Lauren McCarthy, Professor of Legal Studies and Political Science, University of Massachusetts, Amherst

Research Topic:

What hinders legal mobilization for socioeconomic rights? Who makes claims, when, and on which issues? My dissertation begins to answer these questions by examining Black South Africans' perceptions of law, rights, and courts and how they impact people's willingness to use courts as a means to access constitutionally guaranteed basic services like housing, healthcare, water, and education. In particular, I investigate when it is "thinkable" for citizens to make rights claims in the formal legal sphere and when they actually do make claims. With the fellowship, I will revise my dissertation into a book manuscript by preparing a new chapter on roadblocks to health and education claims-making, a critical extension of my theory on the thinkability of legal mobilization for basic services. I will also publish two articles from the dissertation to increase my competitiveness on the job market.

Mentor:

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

Education:

B.S., Physics, and B.A., Mathematics, University of California, San Diego; M.A., Astronomy, Boston University; Ph.D., Astronomy, Boston University

Dissertation:

Low-mass Stars with Extreme Mid-Infrared Excesses: Potential Signatures of Planetary Collisions

Thesis Advisor:

Andrew West, Professor of Astronomy, Boston University

Research Topic:

Investigating Spectral Peculiarities in Ultracool Dwarf Planet Hosts

Mentor:

Adam Burgasser, Professor of Physics, University of California, San Diego

See Profile for Chris Theissen
Education:

B.A., Africana Studies, California State University, Dominguez Hills; M.S.Ed., Higher Education, University of Pennsylvania; Ph.D., Social and Cultural Studies in Education, University of California, Berkeley

Dissertation:

The (Good) Trouble with Black Boys: Investigating Black Transformative Agency and Political Meaning Making for Black Male Youth Activists in Los Angeles

Thesis Advisor:

Lisa Garcia Bedolla, Professor of Education, University of California, Berkeley

Research Topic:

Investigating Black Community Resistance to the Carceral Regime

Mentor:

Kelly Lytle Hernandez, Professor of African American Studies, University of California, Los Angeles

See Profile for David C. Turner III
Education:

B.A., Feminist Studies, University of California, Santa Cruz; M.A., Rhetoric, University of California, Berkeley; Ph.D., Rhetoric, University of California, Berkeley

Dissertation:

Technologies of Incapacitation: US Torture Regimes and the Captive Body

Thesis Advisor:

Samera Esmeir, Professor of Rhetoric, and Michael Mascuch, Professor of Rhetoric, University of California, Berkeley

Research Topic:

Suspended Animation: The Rise of Force-Feeding in Carceral Times

Mentor:

Banu Bargu, Professor of Humanities, University of California, Santa Cruz

See Profile for Michelle C. Velasquez-Potts
Education:

B.S., Molecular Biology with Industrial Experience, University of Manchester; Ph.D., Developmental Biology and Stem Cells, The Francis Crick Institute

Dissertation:

Extracellular Signalling and Stem Cell Self-Renewal

Thesis Advisor:

Kathy Niakan, Professor of Human Embryo and Stem Cell Laboratory, The Francis Crick Institute

Research Topic:

Building a nonhuman primate model for overcoming primary ovarian insufficiency with regeneration from pluripotent stem cells

Mentor:

Amander Clark, Professor of Molecular, Cell and Developmental Biology, University of California, Los Angeles

See Profile for Sissy Wamaitha
Education:

B.A., Modern Culture and Media, Brown University; M.F.A., Film Directing, Columbia University; Ph.D., Film & Media, University of California, Berkeley

Dissertation:

Moving Images/Modern Policing: Silent Cinema and Its Afterlives

Thesis Advisor:

Mary Ann Doane, Professor of Film & Media, and Kristen Whissel, Professor of Film & Media, University of California, Berkeley

Research Topic:

Moving Images, Policing, Abolition

Mentor:

Gina Dent, Professor of Feminist Studies, History of Consciousness, and Legal Studies; Faculty Fellow, Institute of the Arts and Sciences, University of California, Santa Cruz

Education:

B.S., Mathematics, Harvey Mudd College; Ph.D., Mathematics, University of California, Berkeley

Dissertation:

Metric Algebraic Geometry

Thesis Advisor:

Bernd Sturmfels, Professor of Mathematics, University of California, Berkeley

Research Topic:

Applications of algebraic geometry to differential geometry, distance optimization, and data analysis.

Mentor:

James McKernan, Professor of Mathematics, University of California, San Diego

See Profile for Madeleine Weinstein
Education:

B.S., Kinesiology, Fresno State University; M.A., Educational Leadership and Administration, Fresno State University; Ph.D., Higher Education Administration and Policy, University of California, Riverside

Dissertation:

Understanding the Racialized College-going Experiences of Black Foster Youth: A Multiple Perspective Critical Narrative Inquiry

Thesis Advisor:

Uma M. Jayakumar, Professor of Higher Education Administration and Policy, University of California, Riverside

Research Topic:

The Racialized College-going Experiences of Foster Youth

Mentor:

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

See Profile for Kenyon Lee Whitman
Education:

B.A., Political Science, Jackson State University; M.A., Political Science, University of Michigan; Ph.D., Political Science, University of Michigan

Dissertation:

The Politics of Place: How Southern Identity Shapes Americans’ Political Beliefs

Thesis Advisor:

Vincent Hutchings, Professor of Political Science, and Nicholas Valentino Professor of Political Science, University of Michigan

Research Topic:

Our work will investigate how the communal kinship of high Southern identifiers engenders distinct pathways to political behavior from expressions of politically relevant emotions such as pride, anger, hope and shame.

Mentor:

Davin Phoenix, Professor of Political Science, University of California, Irvine

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Education:

B.A., Anthropology, and B.A., Linguistics, Pitzer College; M.A., Linguistic Anthropology, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor; Ph.D., Linguistic Anthropology, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

Dissertation:

Khmer Honorifics: Re-emergence and Change after the Khmer Rouge

Thesis Advisor:

Judith T. Irvine, Professor Emerita of Linguistic Anthropology, and Michael Lempert, Professor of Anthropology, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

Research Topic:

Book Manuscript: Language, Equality, and Modernity in Contemporary Cambodia; New Project: My Great-Grandfather’s First Wife: Alternative Legacies of Chinese Migration

Mentor:

Penny Edwards, Professor of South and Southeast Asian Studies, University of California, Berkeley

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