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Fellows 2022

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

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Education:

B.A., Archaeology, Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú; M.A., Anthropology, Stanford University; Ph.D., Anthropology Stanford University

Dissertation:

Seeking rights to a city of Huacas: Cultural Heritage Management and Urban Citizenship in Lima, Peru.

Thesis Advisor:

Lynn Meskell, Professor of Anthropology and Historic Preservation, University of Pennsylvania

Research Topic:

Wasting away: Cultural Heritage and Environmental Destruction in Lima´s Urban Landscape.

Mentor:

Jon Daehnke, Professor of Anthropology, University of California, Santa Cruz

See Profile for Grace Alexandrino-Ocaña
Education:

B.S., Architecture, University of Jordan; M.A., Urban Design, University of Sheffield; Ph.D., Architecture, University of California, Berkeley

Dissertation:

Land, Camps, and Sanctuary: A Spatial History of Refuge, from Ottoman Migrants to the Syrian Refugee Crisis (1878-2011)

Thesis Advisor:

C. Greig Crysler, Professor of Architecture, University of California, Berkeley

Research Topic:

Land, Camps, and Sanctuary: A Spatial History of Refuge, from Ottoman Migrants to the Syrian Refugee Crisis (1878-2011)

Mentor:

Stacy Fahrenthold, Professor of History, University of California, Davis

See Profile for Heba Alnajada
Education:

B.S., Ecology & Evolution and B.S., Earth & Planetary Sciences, Yale University; Ph.D., Earth Sciences, University of Oxford

Dissertation:

Macroecological consequences of biotic and abiotic factors in marine ecosystems through time

Thesis Advisor:

Erin Saupe, Professor of Paleobiology and Tim Coulson, Professor of Zoology, University of Oxford

Research Topic:

Mapping evolutionary radiations of the Great Ordovician Biodiversification Event (485–444 million years ago) across oceans, environments, and phylogenetic trees

Mentor:

Mary Droser, Professor of Geology, University of California, Riverside

See Profile for Gwen Antell
Education:

B.S., Biology, Bennett College for Women; M.S., Biology, North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University; Ph.D., Applied Science, North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University

Dissertation:

Evolution of Copper Resistance in Escherichia coli

Thesis Advisor:

Joseph Graves Jr., Professor of Applied Science, North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University

Research Topic:

Examining the evolution and interaction of antibiotic and copper resistance in bacteria

Mentor:

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

See Profile for Sada Boyd-Vorsah
Education:

B.A., History, University of Puget Sound; Ph.D., History, University of California, Davis

Dissertation:

Tewa Pueblos at the Dawn of Atomic Modernity

Thesis Advisor:

Louis Warren, Professor of History, University of California, Davis

Research Topic:

Stories of Incursion and Patterns of Accommodation in Modern Pueblo History

Mentor:

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

Education:

B.A., Anthropological Archaeology, University of California, San Diego; M.A., Anthropological Archaeology, University of California, Santa Barbara; Ph.D., Anthropological Archaeology, University of California, Santa Barbara

Dissertation:

Becoming ’Amuwu: Socioeconomic Transformation and Persistence of the Chumash Community at Mission La Purísima Concepción, AD 1813-1848

Thesis Advisor:

Gregory D. Wilson, Professor of Anthropology, University of California, Santa Barbara

Research Topic:

Linking the Past to the Present: Narratives of Becoming and the Archaeology of a Post-Secular California Indigenous Community

Mentor:

Tsim D. Schneider, Professor of Anthropology, University of California, Santa Cruz

See Profile for Kaitlin Brown
Education:

B.S., Biology, California State University, Long Beach; Ph.D., Evolution, Ecology, and Organismal Biology, University of California, Riverside

Dissertation:

Early-Life Effects of Diet, Exercise, and Maternal Environment on Adult Activity Levels in Mice Selectively Bred for High Voluntary Wheel-Running Behavior

Thesis Advisor:

Theodore Garland Jr. Professor of Evolution, Ecology, and Organismal Biology, University of California, Riverside

Research Topic:

Epigenetics of Early-Life Effects on Adult Physical Activity in Mice

Mentor:

Soojin Yi, Professor of Neuroscience, University of California, Santa Barbara

See Profile for Marcell D. Cadney
Education:

B.A., Latin American & Latino Studies and Politics, University of California, Santa Cruz; M.A., Chicana/o Studies, University of California, Los Angeles; Ph.D., Chicana/o and Central American Studies, University of California, Los Angeles

Dissertation:

Mi Existir es Resistir: Trans Latinxs Lives and Strategies of Self-Preservation

Thesis Advisor:

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

Research Topic:

Illegality, Identity Formation, and Communities of Care in Trans Immigrant Lives

Mentor:

Brandon Andrew Robinson, Professor of Gender and Sexuality Studies, University of California, Riverside

See Profile for Jack Cáraves
Education:

B.A., English, Rice University; M.S., Civil Engineering​, Rice University; M.S., International Politics, Trinity College Dublin; Ph.D., Environment and Resources, Stanford University

Dissertation:

Coral refugia in the coastal zone: habitat conditions and governance strategies to increase coral resilience in the Hawaiian Archipelago

Thesis Advisor:

Greg Asner, Director, Center for Global Discovery and Conservation Science, Arizona State University, and Larry Crowder, Professor of Biology, Stanford University

Research Topic:

Freshwater impacts on ecosystem vulnerability to ocean acidification along the U.S. West Coast

Mentor:

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

Education:

B.A., English, University of Washington; Ph.D., English, University of California, Berkeley

Dissertation:

The Wikipedic Novel: Reading & Writing in the Open-Source Era

Thesis Advisor:

Dorothy J. Hale, Professor of English, University of California, Berkeley

Research Topic:

Signifyin(g) in Cyberspace: Digital Life in 21st Century Black Literature

Mentor:

Theodore Martin, Professor of English, University of California, Irvine

Education:

B.A., American Literature and Culture, University of California, Los Angeles; M.F.A., Creative Writing, University of California, Riverside; Ph.D., Communication, University of California, San Diego

Dissertation:

Manifest (Re)Destined: The Politics of Remembering and Forgetting in the American West

Thesis Advisor:

Valerie Hartouni, Professor of Communication, University of California San Diego

Research Topic:

Black Mariners of the Black Pacific: Reimagining Race, Migration, and Diaspora

Mentor:

David Igler, Professor of History, University of California, Irvine

See Profile for Caroline Imani Collins
Education:

B.S., Human Development, Northwestern University; M.A., Urban Education, University of Pennsylvania; Ph.D., Urban Education Policy, University of Southern California

Dissertation:

Fever Dreams: The Promise and Limitations of BIPOC Parent Organizing During the First Year of the COVID-19 Pandemic

Thesis Advisor:

Julie Marsh, Professor of Urban Education Policy, University of Southern California

Research Topic:

The role of BIPOC radical education imaginaries in school reform

Mentor:

Carolyn Sattin-Bajaj, Professor of Education, University of California, Santa Barbara

See Profile for Eupha Jeanne Daramola
Education:

B.A., Sociology, Texas Christian University; M.A., Sociology, University of California, Irvine; Ph.D., Sociology, University of California, Irvine

Dissertation:

Examining School Discipline Under Restorative Justice

Thesis Advisor:

Andrew Penner, Professor of Sociology, University of California, Irvine

Research Topic:

Evaluating the Long-Term Outcomes of Restorative Justice for Students and Schools

Mentor:

Jacob Hibel, Professor of Sociology, University of California, Davis

Education:

B.A., Psychology and Dance, Stanford University; M.A., Performance Studies, New York University; Ph.D., Performance Studies with a Designated Emphasis in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, University of California, Berkeley

Dissertation:

Chemical Diasporas: Legal, Aesthetic, and Cultural Performances of Agent Orange

Thesis Advisor:

SanSan Kwan, Professor of Dance and Performance Studies, University of California, Berkeley and Mel Chen, Professor of Gender and Women’s Studies, University of California, Berkeley

Research Topic:

Chemical Diasporas: Tracing Toxicity through Ecological Kinship investigates the relational networks that arise from the diasporic spread of Agent Orange through multispecies ecologies. Subjects: feminist science studies, disability studies, performance and media studies, environmental humanities

Mentor:

Rachel C. Lee, Professor of English and Gender Studies, University of California, Los Angeles

Education:

B.A., Mathematics and Philosophy, Oxford University; MMathPhil, Mathematics and Philosophy Oxford University; Ph.D., Philosophy, Rutgers University

Dissertation:

Bad Believers: Evidence-Resistance, Rational Persuasion, and Social Change

Thesis Advisor:

Elisabeth Camp, Professor of Philosophy, Rutgers University and Susanna Schellenberg, Professor of Philosophy Rutgers University

Research Topic:

Belief and Social Identity

Mentor:

Annalisa Coliva, Professor of Philosophy, University of California, Irvine and Kate Richie, Professor of Philosophy, University of California, Irvine

See Profile for Carolina Flores
Education:

B.S., Earth System Science, University of California, Irvine; M.S., Earth System Science, University of California, Irvine; Ph.D., Earth System Science, University of California, Irvine

Dissertation:

Constraints to Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation

Thesis Advisor:

Steven J. Davis, Department of Earth System Science, University of California, Irvine

Research Topic:

Limitations of biomass sourced climate change mitigation strategies, and their impacts on communities in tropical regions and local conservation efforts.

Mentor:

Elsa Ordway, Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of California, Los Angeles and Thomas Smith, Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of California, Los Angeles

See Profile for Robert A. Fofrich
Education:

M.S., Mathematics, National Institute of Science Education and Research; Ph,D., Mathematics, Texas A&M University

Dissertation:

Quantum coloring of quantum graphs

Thesis Advisor:

Michael Brannan, Professor of Mathematics, Texas A&M University

Research Topic:

Functional analysis, Operator algebras and Quantum information theory

Mentor:

Todd Kemp, Professor of Mathematics, University of California, San Diego

See Profile for Priyanga Ganesan
Education:

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

Dissertation:

Intoxicated by Jenni Rivera: The Erotics of Fandom, Sonic Pedagogies of Deviance, and the Politics of Pirujeria

Thesis Advisor:

Frances Contreras, Professor of Education Studies, University of California, San Diego

Research Topic:

Latinx Student’s Medical Dream (MD): Maintaining Culture and Community

Mentor:

Glenda Flores, Professor of Chicano/Latino Studies, University of California, Irvine

Education:

B.A., Chicana/o Latina/o Studies and Sociology, Pomona College; M.A., Sociology, University of California, Berkeley; Ph.D., Sociology, University of California, Berkeley

Dissertation:

Becoming Invisible: Aging and Stratification for Older Immigrants in the United States and Mexico

Thesis Advisor:

Irene Bloemraad, Professor of Sociology, University of California, Berkeley and Cybelle Fox, Professor of Sociology, University of California, Berkeley

Research Topic:

Becoming Invisible: Aging and Stratification for Older Immigrants in the United States of Mexico, shines a spotlight on Mexican immigrant men and women at the other end of the spectrum – people who have lived in the United States for decades – and their transition into late adulthood. How does immigration status affect older immigrants’ late adulthood experiences? And how does the experience of illegality change across the life course? This work has implications for public policy as well as for academic theories of immigration and integration and aging.

Mentor:

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

See Profile for Isabel García Valdivia
Education:

B.A., Ethnic Studies, University of California, Riverside; M.A., Chicana(o) and Latina(o) Studies, California State University, Los Angeles; Ph.D., Ethnic Studies, University of California, San Diego

Dissertation:

Intoxicated by Jenni Rivera: The Erotics of Fandom, Sonic Pedagogies of Deviance, and the Politics of Pirujeria

Thesis Advisor:

Yen Le Espiritu, Professor of Ethnic Studies, University of California, San Diego and Jillian Hernandez, Professor of Gender, Sexualities, and Women's Studies, University of Florida

Research Topic:

Performing Latinx Sexualities: A Feminist and Queer of Color Reading of Latinas in the Pornographic Archive.

Mentor:

Richard T. Rodriguez, Professor of Media & Cultural Studies, University of California, Riverside

See Profile for Yessica Garcia Hernandez
Education:

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

Dissertation:

Enhancing the Therapeutic Capacity of the MSC Secretome Using Engineered Biomaterials

Thesis Advisor:

J Kent Leach, Professor of Orthopedic Surgery, University of California, Davis

Research Topic:

Investigation into the effect of stress relaxation and cell binding domains in an engineered hiPSC cardiomyocyte model

Mentor:

Beth Pruitt and Ryan Stowers, Professors of Mechanical Engineering, University of California, Santa Barbara

See Profile for Marissa Gionet-Gonzales
Education:

B.S., Mathematics, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev; Ph.D., Mathematics, Weizmann Institute of Science

Dissertation:

On invariable generation in infinite groups and on groups of almost automorphisms of trees

Thesis Advisor:

Tsachik Gelander, Professor of Mathematics, Weizmann Institute of Science

Research Topic:

Geometric Group Theory

Mentor:

Tianyi Zheng, Professor of Mathematics, University of California, San Diego

See Profile for Gil Goffer
Education:

B.A., Interdisciplinary Studies Field, University of California, Berkeley; M.S.W., Social Welfare, University of California, Berkeley; Ph.D., Social Welfare, University of California, Berkeley

Dissertation:

The Legal Reproduction of Infant Health Inequities in Unincorporated Communities

Thesis Advisor:

Anu Manchikanti Gómez, Professor of Social Welfare, University of California, Berkeley

Research Topic:

Government systems and community resilience and adaptation to climate-change related health threats in unincorporated communities

Mentor:

A. Susana Ramirez, Professor of Public Health, University of California, Merced

See Profile for Cristina Gomez-Vidal
Education:

B.S., Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of California, Davis; MESc., Environmental Science, Yale University; M.S., Epidemiology and Clinical Research, Stanford University; Ph.D., Environment and Resources, Stanford University

Dissertation:

Upstream oil production, ambient air pollution, and adverse birth outcomes in California

Thesis Advisor:

Gary Shaw, Professor of Pediatrics, Stanford University and Marshall Burke, Professor of Earth Systems Science, Stanford University

Research Topic:

Wildfire smoke exposure and maternal health in Northern California

Mentor:

Rachel Morello-Frosch, Professor of Environmental Science, Policy, & Management, University of California, Berkeley

See Profile for David J.X. González
Education:

B.S., Psychology, Universidad de Chile, Chile; Ph.D., Basic Psychology, Universidade do Minho, Portugal

Dissertation:

Integration and use of information in the suboptimal choice task

Thesis Advisor:

Armando Machado, Professor of Psychology, Universidade do Minho, Portugal

Research Topic:

The role of frontal cortex in the suboptimal choice phenomenon

Mentor:

Alicia Izquierdo, Professor of Psychology, University of California, Los Angeles

See Profile for Valeria V. González Díaz
Education:

B.A., Physics, Carleton College; M.S., Applied Physics, Cornell University; Ph.D., Applied Physics, Cornell University

Dissertation:

Advances in Scanning Transmission Electron Microscopy for Materials Discovery and Innovation

Thesis Advisor:

Lena F. Kourkoutis, Professor of Applied and Engineering Physics, Cornell University

Research Topic:

Novel synthesis approach for atomically engineered designer halides

Mentor:

Kwabena Bediako, Professor of Chemistry, University of California, Berkeley, and Jeffrey Neaton, Professor of Physics, University of California, Berkeley

Education:

B.S., Biology, Hampton University; Ph.D., Plant Ecophysiology, University of California, Los Angeles

Dissertation:

The significance of the leaf surface during drought: insight into function of stomata and leaf hair

Thesis Advisor:

Lawrence Sack, Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of California, Los Angeles

Research Topic:

Evolutionary Climate Relationships of Leaf Traits Across the California and Hawaiian Flora

Mentor:

Bruce Baldwin, Professor of Integrative Biology, University of California, Berkeley and Felipe Zapata, Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of California, Los Angeles

Education:

B.A., Political Science, University of California, Los Angeles; M.A., Latin American Studies, University of California, Los Angeles; Ph.D., Geography, Florida International University

Dissertation:

Contested Natures, Insecurities & Territorialities: The Aerial Eradication of Coca in Colombia

Thesis Advisor:

Ulrich Oslender, Professor of Global and Sociocultural Studies, Florida International University

Research Topic:

Mythmaking and Environmental Justice Studies

Mentor:

Michael Mascarenhas, Professor of Environmental Science, Policy & Management, University of California, Berkeley

See Profile for Alexander Huezo
Education:

B.S., Civil Engineering, Universidad de Chile; M.S., Earthquake Engineering, Universidad de Chile; M.S., Geophysics, California Institute of Technology; Ph.D., Planetary Science, California Institute of Technology

Dissertation:

Earthquakes and the new paradigm of diluted cores in gas giant planets

Thesis Advisor:

David Stevenson, Professor Emeritus of Planetary Sciences, California Institute of Technology

Research Topic:

Structure and evolution of solar system Ocean Worlds

Mentor:

Francis Nimmo, Professor of Earth and Planetary Science, University of California, Santa Cru

See Profile for Benjamin Idini
Education:

B.A., African & Afro-American Studies & Anthropology, (Minor, Creative Writing), Brandeis University; M.A., African American Studies, University of California, Berkeley; Ph.D., African Diaspora Studies, University of California, Berkeley

Dissertation:

Indelibly Marked: Queer Articulations of Black femininity, Vernacular Aesthetics, & The Performance of Labor in the Dirty South

Thesis Advisor:

Brandi Catanese, Professor of African American/African Diaspora Studies, University of California, Berkeley

Research Topic:

Embodied Citation: A Genealogy of Black feminist Performance Methodology (on stage and in the streets)

Mentor:

Ni’Ja Whitson, Professor of Critical Dance Studies, University of California, Riverside

See Profile for Ra Malika Imhotep
Education:

B.A., Anthropology, University of California, Berkeley; MTS, Philosophy of Religion, Harvard University; Ph.D., Sociocultural Anthropology, University of California, Berkeley

Dissertation:

Who is the Subject of Civil Rights? Racialization, Police Power, and the Islamic Tradition

Thesis Advisor:

Stefania Pandolfo, Professor of Anthropology, University of California, Berkeley, and Charles Hirschkind, Professor of Anthropology, University of California, Berkeley

Research Topic:

The Carceral Mosque: Islamic Life within Confinement

Mentor:

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

Education:

B.A., Sociology, University of California, Merced; M.A., Sociology, Northern Illinois University; Ph.D., Sociology, University of California, Irvine

Dissertation:

Somebody Blew Up Oakland: Dispossession as a Praxis of Racial Order

Thesis Advisor:

Ann Hironaka, Professor of Sociology and Damien Sojoyner, Professor of Anthropology, University of California, Irvine

Research Topic:

The fight for the Right to Housing in Oakland, California as a case study to the dispossession of Black geographies.

Mentor:

João Costa Vargas, Professor of Anthropology, and Dylan Rodriguez, Professor of Media & Cultural Studies, University of California, Riverside

Education:

B.A., International Studies, Maryville College; M.A., Arab Studies, Georgetown University; Ph.D., Geography, University of California, Los Angeles

Dissertation:

Mapping Decolonized Futures: Indigenous Visions for Palestine and Hawaii

Thesis Advisor:

Adam Moore, Professor of Geography, University of California, Los Angeles

Research Topic:

Indigenous Mapping as Decolonial Praxis: The Algerian Counterstate

Mentor:

Jovan Lewis, Professor of Geography, University of California, Berkeley

See Profile for Nour Joudah
Education:

B.A., Music, University of California, Davis; M.A., Ethnomusicology, University of California, Santa Barbara; Ph.D., Ethnomusicology, University of California, Santa Barbara

Dissertation:

“Music is Here to Stay”: Hawaiian, Local, and Global in Reggae in Hawai‘i

Thesis Advisor:

David Paul, Professor of Music, University of California, Santa Barbara

Research Topic:

Reggae in Hawai‘i; Native Hawaiian, local, and Black identity in Hawai‘i; Native Hawaiian worldviews; food sovereignty

Mentor:

Jessica Bissett Perea, Professor of Native American Studies, University of California, Davis

See Profile for Sunaina Keonaona Kale
Education:

B.S., Radio and Television Journalism, San Jose State University; M.A., Business and Economic Journalism, New York University; Ph.D., Feminist Studies, University of California, Santa Cruz

Dissertation:

A Feminist History of Gender, Empire and Resistance in Afghanistan

Thesis Advisor:

Bettina Aptheker, Professor of Feminist Studies, University of California, Santa Cruz and Madhavi Murty, Professor of Feminist Studies, University of California, Santa Cruz

Research Topic:

Afghan American Digital Humanities Archive - Resisting Regimes of Erasure

Mentor:

Shelly Stamp, Professor of Film and Digital Media, University of California, Santa Cruz

Education:

B.A., Earth Systems, Environment, and Society, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; M.A., Asian American Studies, University of California, Los Angeles; Ph.D., Ethnic Studies, University of California, Riverside

Dissertation:

Molecular Longing: Adopted Koreans and the Navigation of Absence through DNA

Thesis Advisor:

Jodi Kim, Professor of Media and Cultural Studies, University of California, Riverside

Research Topic:

Navigating the Unknowable: Transnational Korean Adoption, Genetic Kinship, and the Community Archive

Mentor:

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

Education:

Integrated M.Sc (Hons) Physics, Birla Institute of Technology and Science, India; Ph.D., Physics, University of Maryland, College Park

Dissertation:

Uncovering patterns in complex data through novel networks and machine learning

Research Topic:

Developing mathematical and computational methods in network dynamics and generalizable machine learning applied to data-driven complex systems

Mentor:

Mason Porter, Professor of Mathematics, University of California, Los Angeles, and Jennifer Chayes, Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences, University of California, Berkeley

See Profile for Sanjukta Krishnagopal
Education:

B.S., Anthropology, Université Lumière-Lyon-II; M.S., Anthropology, École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales; Ph.D., Ethnomusicology, University of California, Los Angeles

Dissertation:

Deconstructing Hip Hop: Black Popular Music beyond the Politics of Ghetto Discourses

Thesis Advisor:

Timothy D. Taylor, Professor of Ethnomusicology, University of California, Los Angeles

Research Topic:

Reimagining Los Angeles Hip Hop: Black Musical Cultures and the Politics of Race, Gender, and Class

Mentor:

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

See Profile for Samuel Lamontagne
Education:

B.A., Religion and Comparative Literature, Boston University; MTS, Women, Gender, Sexuality, Religion, Harvard Divinity School; Ph.D., Brown University, English

Dissertation:

Unspectacular Violence: Narrating Trans/Queer Death in Contemporary American Culture

Thesis Advisor:

Ralph E. Rodriguez, Professor of American Studies and English, Brown University

Research Topic:

Developing a book manuscript on the trans and queer aesthetic strategies available to transform the politics of damage beyond carceral solutions and catastrophic reprisal. Research areas include trans literature and poetics, queer necropolitics, visual studies, critical prison studies, Asian American studies, and HIV/AIDS cultural studies.

Mentor:

Nigel Hatton, Professor of Literature and Philosophy, University of California, Merced

See Profile for Christopher Joseph Lee
Education:

B.A., Sociology, Morehouse College; Ph.D., Political Science, University of Chicago

Dissertation:

Visibility Pursuits: Black Gay and Lesbian Politics, 1987 - 1995

Thesis Advisor:

Cathy Cohen, Professor of Political Science, University of Chicago

Research Topic:

Black Politics and The History of Sexuality

Mentor:

Tianna Paschel, Professor of African American Studies, University of California, Berkeley

Education:

B.A., Women’s Studies, University of California, Santa Barbara; M.A., Performance Studies, New York University; Ph.D., American Culture, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

Dissertation:

Politics of Composure: Performing Asian/ American Femininities

Thesis Advisor:

Victor Mendoza, Professor of Women’s Studies and English, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, and Maria Cotera, Professor of Mexican American and Latino Studies, University of Texas, Austin

Research Topic:

Sound and media studies, critical race and ethnic studies, performance ethnography, and popular music writing

Mentor:

Roshanak Kheshti, Professor of Theater, Dance, and Performance Studies, University of California, Berkeley

See Profile for Peggy Kyoungwon Lee
Education:

B.A., Dance and Performance Studies, University of California, Berkeley; M.A., Performance Studies, New York University; Ph.D., Critical Dance Studies, University of California, Riverside

Dissertation:

“Get Well Soon!” Sick Bodied Performance in Chronic Conditions

Thesis Advisor:

Maria Firmino-Castillo, Professor of Dance, University of California, Riverside

Research Topic:

Centers artistic and intellectual work of 21st century chronically ill or unwell queer and trans contemporary performance artists to consider how chronic illness, sickness, and disability may enact alternative ontologies of political resistance and anti-capitalist possibility.

Mentor:

SanSan Kwan, Department of Theater, Dance, and Performance Studies, University of California, Berkeley

See Profile for Rosalia Lerner
Education:

B.A., Comparative Literature, King’s College, London; M.A., Media, Culture, and Communication, New York University; Ph.D., Communication, University of Southern California

Dissertation:

Sex Workers’ Networks of Support: Alternative Economic Practices and Kinship Structures

Thesis Advisor:

Manuel Castells and Cristina Visperas, Professors of Communication, University of Southern California

Research Topic:

Sex Workers’ Networks of Care

Mentor:

Amalia Cabezas, Professor of Media and Cultural Studies, University of California, Riverside

See Profile for Lauren Levitt
Education:

B.S., Biology and Evolutionary Anthropology, Duke University; M.A., Human Evolutionary Biology, Harvard University; Ph.D., Human Evolutionary Biology, Harvard University

Dissertation:

The cognitive foundations of social relationships in great apes

Thesis Advisor:

Martin Surbeck, Professor of Human Evolutionary Biology, Harvard University, and Erin Hecht, Professor of Human Evolutionary Biology, Harvard University

Research Topic:

The evolution of emotion perception in great apes

Mentor:

Alison Gopnik, Professor of Psychology, University of California, Berkeley, and Jan Engelmann, Professor of Psychology, University of California, Berkeley

See Profile for Laura Simone Lewis
Education:

B.A., Women’s Studies, Portland State University; M.A., Native American Studies, University of California, Davis; Ph.D., Gender Studies, University of California, Los Angeles

Dissertation:

Policing, Incarceration, and Dispossession: California Indians and Carceral Statecraft

Thesis Advisor:

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

Research Topic:

Examining the interrelated histories of California Indian dispossession, gendered and racialized criminalization, and statecraft via incarceration and policing in northwestern California.

Mentor:

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

See Profile for Stephanie Lumsden
Education:

B.A., Anthropology and B.A., Women’s and Gender Studies, University of Texas at Austin; Ph.D., Performance Studies, University of California, Berkeley

Dissertation:

Undisciplined Bodies: Race, Size and Sexuality in U.S. Media and Culture

Thesis Advisor:

Abigail de Kosnik, Professor of Performance Studies and JuanaMaría Rodríguez, Professor of Ethnic Studies University of California, Berkeley

Research Topic:

Body Talk: Race, Size and Sexuality in U.S. Media and Culture

Mentor:

Jennifer Tyburczy, Professor of Feminist Studies, University of California, Santa Barbara

See Profile for Caleb Luna
Education:

B.A., Philosophy, The University of Texas at Austin; M.A., Women’s and Gender Studies, The University of Texas at Austin; Ph.D., African and African Diaspora Studies, The University of Texas at Austin

Dissertation:

Queering the Archive: Re-Examining Narratives of U.S. Chattel Slavery

Thesis Advisor:

Daina Ramey Berry, Professor of History, and Matt Richardson, Professor of Feminist Studies, University of California, Santa Barbara

Research Topic:

Queering the Archive: Re-Examining Narratives of U.S. Chattel Slavery, a project that asks what types of stories it becomes possible to tell when the archive is approached without the base assumption of cisheteronormativity.

Mentor:

Daina Ramey Berry, Professor of History, University of California, Santa Barbara

See Profile for Candice Lyons
Education:

B.A., English, University of New Orleans; M.A., Education Policy and Management, Harvard University; Ph.D., Education, Harvard University

Dissertation:

Rewarding Equality, While Hoping for Equity: Unintended Consequences of Well- Intentioned Hiring Practices

Thesis Advisor:

Ebony Bridwell-Mitchell, Professor of Education, Harvard University

Research Topic:

Labor Inequality; Gender, Race, & Diversity in Organizations; Sociology of Evaluation

Mentor:

Jim Antony, Professor of Education and Elizabeth Campbell, Professor of Management, University of California, San Diego

Education:

B.A., Psychology (Minor, Dance and Performance Studies), University of California, Berkeley; M.A., Social Psychology, University of California, Los Angeles; Ph.D., Social Psychology, University of California, Los Angeles

Dissertation:

Black American Experiences in Healthcare: Past, Present, and (Improving the) Future

Thesis Advisor:

Kerri L. Johnson and Annette L. Stanton, Professors of Psychology, University of California, Los Angeles

Research Topic:

Dismantling Inequity in Healthcare: An Evidence-based Intervention to Improve Physician-Black Patient Interactions

Mentor:

Wendy Berry Mendes, Professor of Psychiatry, University of California, San Francisco

Education:

B.A., Psychology and Spanish, Amherst College; M.A., Latin American and Latinx Studies, University of California, Santa Cruz; Ph.D., Latin American and Latinx Studies, University of California, Santa Cruz

Dissertation:

Rethinking Structural Inequalities and Emotional Injuries within Oaxacan Communities

Thesis Advisor:

Catherine Sue Ramírez, Professor of Latin American and Latinx Studies, University of California, Santa Cruz

Research Topic:

Translocal Health: Imagining an Intercultural, Indigenous, and Community-Based Approach to Healing

Mentor:

David Delgado Shorter, Professor of World Arts and Cultures/Dance, University of California, Los Angeles

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Education:

B.A., Ethnic Studies, University of California, San Diego; M.A., Chicana and Chicano Studies, California State University, Northridge; Ph.D., Ethnic Studies, University of California, Riverside

Dissertation:

ICE on Fire: Incinerating Prison/Border Violence through Feminist Abolition Geographies

Thesis Advisor:

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

Research Topic:

Chicanx/Latinx studies, critical ethnic studies, abolition feminism theory/praxis, carceral studies, feminist migrant and refugee studies, migrant detention, abolition geography, chemical warfare, embodiment

Mentor:

Sylvanna Falcon, Professor of Latin American and Latino Studies/ University of California, Santa Cruz

See Profile for Cinthya Martinez
Education:

B.A., Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology, University of Washington; Ph.D., Plant Biology, Cornell University

Dissertation:

A morphological and phylogenetic comparative investigation into the evolution of reproductive branching architecture in Monocotyledons

Thesis Advisor:

Chelsea D. Specht, Professor of Plant Biology, Cornell University

Research Topic:

Developmental indeterminacy as an adaptation to a heterogeneous environment: An Evolutionary and Developmental approach to the characterization of distinct life history strategies in Monkey flower

Mentor:

Benjamin Blackman, Professor of Plant and Microbial Biology, University of California, Berkeley, and Yun S. Song, Professor of Computer Science and Statistics, University of California, Berkeley

See Profile for Jesús Martínez-Gómez
Education:

B.A., History, Universidade Nova de Lisboa, Portugal; M.S., Cultural Studies and Public Administration, Roskilde University, Denmark; M.P.P., Public Policy, Oregon State University; Ph.D., History and Science Studies, University of California, San Diego

Dissertation:

Configurations of the Human: Racializing Imperial Bodies and Natural Government in the Luso-Afro-Brazilian Atlantic 1500-1800s

Thesis Advisor:

Cathy Gere, Professor of History, University of California, San Diego

Research Topic:

Pathologizing Difference: Race, Sexuality, and the Making Inferior Humankinds in the Early Modern Portuguese Atlantic

Mentor:

Soraya de Chadarevian, Professor of History, University of California, Los Angeles

See Profile for Patrícia Martins Marcos
Education:

B.S., Physics, University of California, Los Angeles; M.S., Astronomy and Astrophysics, University of California, Santa Cruz; Ph.D., Astronomy and Physics, University of California, Santa Cruz

Dissertation:

Characterizing Brown Dwarfs and Directly Imaged Exoplanets in the Mid-Infrared

Thesis Advisor:

Andrew Skemer, Professor of Astronomy and Astrophysics, University of California, Santa Cruz

Research Topic:

Frontiers of Exoplanet Detection and Atmospheric Characterization

Mentor:

Stephanie Sallum, Professor of Physics and Astronomy, University of California, Irvine

See Profile for Brittany Miles
Education:

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

Dissertation:

Exploring galactic nuclei with tidal disruption events

Thesis Advisor:

Enrico Ramirez Ruiz, Professor of Astronomy & Astrophysics, University of California, Santa Cruz

Research Topic:

Tidal disruption events & dynamical interactions as probes of supermassive black hole binaries

Mentor:

Smadar Naoz, Professor of Astronomy & Astrophysics, University of California, Los Angeles

See Profile for Brenna Mockler
Education:

B.A., Japanese and Linguistics (High Honors), Swarthmore College; Ph.D., East Asian Languages and Cultures with Graduate Certificate in Science and Technology Studies (With Distinction), Stanford University

Dissertation:

The Social, Technical, and Musical Construction of Deafness in Japan

Thesis Advisor:

Indra Levy, Professor of East Asian Languages and Cultures, Stanford University

Research Topic:

Material Culture of Disability, Sound, and Media in Japan

Mentor:

Emily Merchant, Professor of Science and Technology Studies, University of California, Davis

See Profile for Frank Mondelli
Education:

B.A., Chicano/Latino Studies, University of California, Irvine; M.Ed., Higher Education Student Affairs, Iowa State University; M.A., Chicana and Chicano Studies, University of California, Santa Barbara; Ph.D., Chicana/o and Central American Studies, University of California, Los Angeles

Dissertation:

Miles Before the Bell: Race, Agency, and Sporting Entitlements in Boxing Ring Entrances

Thesis Advisor:

Gaye Theresa Johnson, Professor of Chicana/o and Central American Studies, University of California, Los Angeles

Research Topic:

Performance of Resistance and Activism in Sport, Racial Capitalism, and Political Economy of Boxing

Mentor:

Abel Valenzuela Jr., Professor of Chicano Studies and Urban Planning, Institute for Research on Labor and Employment, University of California, Los Angeles

See Profile for Rudy Mondragón
Education:

B.A., English, University of California, Davis; M.A., Education, University of California, Davis; Ph.D., Education, University of California, Davis

Dissertation:

A Critical Ethnography of Hmong American Students Navigating and Transforming Their University

Thesis Advisor:

Julia Menard-Warwick, Professor of Linguistics, University of California, Davis

Research Topic:

Race/Ethnicity, Gender, Education, Hmong American, and Epistemology and Methodology

Mentor:

Ma Vang, Professor of History & Critical Race and Ethnic Studies, University of California, Merced

See Profile for Kaozong Nancy Mouavangsou
Education:

B.A., History, Delhi University; M.A., History, Brown University; Ph.D., History, University of California, Los Angeles

Dissertation:

Race, Caste, and Modern Imaginaries of the Himalayas

Thesis Advisor:

Vinay Lal, Professor of History, University of California, Los Angeles

Research Topic:

Conservation from the Margins: Environmental Justice and Indigenous Resistance in the Central Himalayas

Mentor:

David Fedman, Professor of History, University of California, Irvine

See Profile for Nivedita Nath
Education:

B.S., Biology, California State University, Fresno; Ph.D., Biomedical Sciences, Sanford Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery Institute

Dissertation:

Lipocalin-2 mediates neuronal damage and behavioral deficits in HIV-induced brain injury

Thesis Advisor:

Marcus Kaul, Professor of Biomedical Sciences, University of California, Riverside

Research Topic:

Role of mGluR5 in protein aggregation-driven neurocognitive diseases

Mentor:

Christina Sigurdson, Professor of Medicine University of California, San Diego

Education:

Integrated B.S. and M.S., Physics, Indian Institute of Science Education and Research, Pune, India; Ph.D., Physics, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

Dissertation:

Bootstrapping Scattering Amplitudes in Effective Field Theories

Thesis Advisor:

Henriette Elvang, Professor of Physics, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

Research Topic:

Aspects of quantum field theories, their scattering amplitudes and solutions to general relativity

Mentor:

Mukund Rangamani, Professor of Physics and Astronomy, University of California, Davis

See Profile for Shruti Paranjape
Education:

B.A., Black Studies and Political Science, Amherst College; M.A., Comparative Literature, Columbia University; Ph.D., African and African American Studies, Harvard University

Dissertation:

Characterizing the Hypothetical: Black U.S. Presidents in Literary Popular Culture During the Late Jim Crow Era

Thesis Advisor:

Henry Louis Gates Jr., Professor of African and African American Studies, Harvard University

Research Topic:

Theorizing the Black U.S. Presidency

Mentor:

Yogita Goyal, Professor of African American Studies, University of California, Los Angeles

Education:

B.S., Biochemistry, Universidad Autónoma de Coahuila; M.S., Chemistry, Universidad Autónoma de San Luis Potosí; Ph.D., Environmental Science, Instituto Potosino de Invesitgacion Científica y Tecnológica A. C. (IPICYT)

Dissertation:

Study of Environmental Barriers based on Electrochemically Engineered Reduced Graphene Oxide for the Protection of Carbon Steel Against Corrosion

Thesis Advisor:

Jose Rene Rangel Mendez, Professor of Environmental Science and Luis Felipe Chazaro Ruiz, Professor of Environmental Science, Instituto Potosino de Invesitgacion Científica y Tecnológica A. C. (IPICYT)

Research Topic:

Exploring Anodic Redox Chemistry for Electrochemical Production of H2 from Waste Acid

Mentor:

Eric Hoek, Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of California, Los Angeles

Education:

B.A., Latin American Studies, San Diego State University; M.F.A., Visual Arts, University of California, San Diego Ph.D., Literature, University of California, San Diego

Dissertation:

Imagined California: emergency poetics and fronterizomatic art at the Tijuana/San Diego Borderlands

Thesis Advisor:

Luis Martín-Cabrera, Professor of Literature, University of California, San Diego

Research Topic:

Emergency Poetics and Transfronterhizomatic Gnosis and Praxis at the Tijuana/San Diego Borderlands from the Chicano Movement to contemporary practices.

Mentor:

Amy Sara Carroll, Professor of English, University of California, San Diego and Ben Olguin Professor of Literature, University of California, Santa Barbara

Education:

B.A., Art, University of California, Santa Cruz; M.A.T., Visual Arts, The University of the Arts; M.A., Latin American and Latino Studies, University of California, Santa Cruz; Ph.D., Latin American and Latino Studies, University of California, Santa Cruz

Dissertation:

Painting Central America: U.S. Central American Visual Art of San Francisco

Thesis Advisor:

Catherine S. Ramírez, Professor of Latin American and Latino Studies, University of California, Santa Cruz

Research Topic:

The politics of visibility, solidarity, and belonging in U.S. Central American visual art in and beyond San Francisco, California.

Mentor:

Sergio de la Mora, Professor of Chicana and Chicano Studies, University of California, Davis

See Profile for Mauricio E. Ramírez
Education:

B.S., English, University of California, Berkeley; Ph.D., English and Comparative Literature, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

Dissertation:

Unfamiliar Waters: Representations of Resource Extraction in Filipino Cultural Production, 1970s-Present

Thesis Advisor:

María DeGuzmán, Professor of English and Comparative Literature, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Research Topic:

Race and Environment in Filipino Visual Cultural Production

Mentor:

Sarita Echavez See, Professor of Media and Cultural Studies, University of California, Riverside

See Profile for Trisha Federis Remetir
Education:

B.A., International Relations, University of California, Davis; Ph.D., Sociocultural Anthropology, University of California, Davis

Dissertation:

Contested Care: Solidarity, Sect, and British Muslims in the Syrian War

Thesis Advisor:

Suad Joseph, Professor of Anthropology, University of California, Davis

Research Topic:

Convoys and Counterterrorism: Islamic Care in Times of (In)Security

Mentor:

Charles Hirschkind, Professor Anthropology, University of California, Berkeley

Education:

B.S., Kinesiology, New Mexico State University; M.S., Applied Physiology, University of Miami; Ph.D., Kinesiology, Auburn University

Dissertation:

The Effects of Exercise on LINE-I Regulation

Thesis Advisor:

Michael D. Roberts, Professor of Kinesiology, Auburn University

Research Topic:

Regulation of PAX7 in Skeletal Muscle Stem Cells in Development and Disease

Mentor:

April D. Pyle, Professor of Microbiology, Immunology and Molecular Genetics, University of California, Los Angeles

See Profile for Matthew A. Romero
Education:

B.S., Chemical Engineering, University of Puerto Rico, Mayagüez; Ph.D., Theoretical and Computational Chemistry, California Institute of Technology

Dissertation:

Path-space Markov chain Monte Carlo methods for molecular simulation

Thesis Advisor:

Thomas F. Miller III, Professor of Chemistry, California Institute of Technology

Research Topic:

Toward morphologically optimal disassembleable plastics with stochastic thermodynamics

Mentor:

David T. Limmer, Professor of Chemistry, University of California, Berkeley, and Eran Rabani, Professor of Chemistry, University of California, Berkeley

Education:

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

Dissertation:

The Destructive Birth of Massive Stars and Massive Star Clusters

Thesis Advisor:

Mark Krumholz and Enrico Ramirez-Ruiz, Professors of Astronomy & Astrophysics, University of California, Santa Cruz

Research Topic:

Towards a Complete Understanding of Stellar Feedback in Massive Star Formation

Mentor:

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

See Profile for Anna Rosen
Education:

B.A., Theater, and B.S., Computer Sciences, University of British Columbia; M.A., Performance Studies, New York University, Tisch School of the Arts; Ph.D., Media Arts and Technology, University of California, Santa Barbara

Dissertation:

Is Any-body There? [Re]envisioning Liveness through Digital Performance [Re]visit

Thesis Advisor:

Marko Peljhan, Professor of Media Arts and Technology, University of California, Santa Barbara, and Leo Cabranes-Grant, Professor of Theater and Dance, University of California, Santa Barbara

Research Topic:

Dancing into the Web of Techno-Social Spaces: Creative Application of AI in Interrogative Interaction Design

Mentor:

Ricardo Dominguez, Professor of Visual Arts, University of California, San Diego, and Memo Akten, Professor of Visual Arts, University of California, San Diego

See Profile for Sahar Sajadieh
Education:

B.A., Chicana and Chicano Studies, University of California, Los Angeles; M.A., Feminist Studies, University of Minnesota; Ph.D., Feminist Studies, University of Minnesota

Dissertation:

Racial Motherhood Ecologies: Towards a Mapping of Social Life, Violence & Resistance in the Southwest Borderlands, 1980-Present

Thesis Advisor:

Zenzele Isoke, Professor of Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies, University of Minnesota, and Edén Torres, Professor of Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies, University of Minnesota

Research Topic:

Critical Environmental Justice Studies / Racial Geographies / Black, Mexican immigrant, and Indigenous Communities / Women of Color Feminisms / Decolonial Ecologies / Public Policy and Planning

Mentor:

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

Education:

B.A., Psychology and Sociology, University of Southern California; M.S., Justice Studies, Arizona State University; Ph.D., Chicana/o and Central American Studies, University of California, Los Angeles

Dissertation:

Critical Latinx Foodways: Racial Formation, Regional Identity, and Placemaking in the San Gabriel Valley, 1900-1968

Thesis Advisor:

Genevieve Carpio, Professor of Chicana/o and Central American Studies, University of California, Los Angeles

Research Topic:

Developing a critical foodways lens in historical and contemporary investigations of identity, placemaking, and survival of Latinx people. My project, Critical Latinx Foodways: Food Politics, Race, and History in Southern California, 1900-2020, argues that historical and contemporary struggles of food workers are vital to our understanding of placemaking and survival of Latinx populations. I do so by focusing on food laborers and vendors that shape the places they work (labor), live in (placemaking), and their movement across regional boundaries (mobility).

Mentor:

Mario Sifuentez, Professor of History & Critical Race and Ethnic Studies, University of California, Merced

See Profile for Natalie Santizo
Education:

B.S., Behavioral Neuroscience, Lehigh University; Ph.D., Neuroscience, Brown University

Dissertation:

Local Network Activity in Three-Dimensional Neural Microtissues

Thesis Advisor:

Diane Hoffman-Kim, Professor of Neuroscience, Brown University

Research Topic:

Advancing Cortical Organoids as a Scalable Testing Platform for Neurodevelopmental Disorders

Mentor:

Sofie Salama, Professor of Biomolecular Engineering, Genomics Institute, and David Haussler, Professor of Biomolecular Engineering, Genomics Institute, University of California, Santa Cruz

See Profile for Jess L. Sevetson
Education:

B.A., International Studies, Spelman College, M.Sc., Migration Studies, University of Oxford; M.A., Sociology, University of California, Berkeley; Ph.D., Sociology, University of California, Berkeley

Dissertation:

Pursuit: How Black Tech Entrepreneurs Make Headway in Times of Racial and Economic Inequality

Thesis Advisor:

Cristina Mora, Professor of Sociology, University of California, Berkeley

Research Topic:

Black Tech Entrepreneurship in Silicon Valley and Atlanta

Mentor:

Darnell Hunt, Professor of Sociology, University of California, Los Angeles

See Profile for Alicia Myles Sheares
Education:

B.A., Asian Studies and History, Occidental College; M.A., Higher Education, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor; Ph.D., Urban Education Policy in Higher Education, University of Southern California

Dissertation:

Tempering transformative change: Whiteness and racialized emotions in graduate leaders' implementation of equity plans

Thesis Advisor:

Julie Posselt, Professor of Higher Education, University of Southern California

Research Topic:

Towards racially just organizations: Higher education leaders and their disruption of whiteness

Mentor:

Mitchell Chang, Professor of Higher Education and Organizational Change, School of Education and Information Studies, University of California, Los Angeles

Education:

B.A., Psychology, San Diego State University; M.A., Psychology, University of Arizona; Ph.D., Clinical Psychology, University of Arizona

Dissertation:

Relationships between cardiovascular risk factors, brain structure, and cognition in older Hispanics compared to non-Hispanic Whites

Thesis Advisor:

Lee Ryan, Professor of Psychology, University of Arizona

Research Topic:

Reproductive Health and cognitive aging among Latinas

Mentor:

Hector González, Professor of Neurosciences University of California, San Diego

See Profile for Ariana M. Stickel
Education:

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

Dissertation:

Women Who Leave and the Men They Leave Behind: The Gendering of Migration and Mobility from Vietnam

Thesis Advisor:

Raka Ray, Professor of Sociology, University of California, Berkeley

Research Topic:

Vietnamese Women as Fetishized “Others”: Racial Sexualization in East Asia and the U.S.

Mentor:

Abigail Andrews, Professor of Urban Studies and Planning, University of California, San Diego

See Profile for Phung N. Su
Education:

B.S., English, The State University of New York Brockport; M.A., Ethnic Studies, University of California, San Diego; Ph.D., Gender Studies, University of California, Los Angeles

Dissertation:

Rotisken’rakéte: Violence and the Anti-Colonial

Thesis Advisor:

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

Research Topic:

The relationality of Indigeneity and Blackness as understood through land.

Mentor:

Candace Waid, Professor of English University of California, Santa Barbara

See Profile for Laura Terrance
Education:

B.A., Psychology, minor in English Literature, McGill University; M.A., Psychology and M.P.H., Global Health and Human Rights, University of Southern California; Ph.D., Clinical Psychology, University of Southern California

Dissertation:

Minority Stress and Intersectionality: How are Identity, Discrimination, and Biological Stress related to Depression and Suicidality Among Multiple Minority Subgroups?

Thesis Advisor:

Stanley J. Huey, Jr., Professor of Psychology, University of Southern California, and Jeanne Miranda, Professor of Psychiatry, University of California, Los Angeles

Research Topic:

Intersectional Connectedness: Preventing Suicidality Among Sexual Minority Latinx Youth

Mentor:

Anna Lau, Professor of Psychology, University of California, Los Angeles

See Profile for Sylvanna Vargas
Education:

B.A., Anthropology, minor in Theater, Dance, and Performance Studies, University of California, Berkeley; Ph.D., Anthropology, University of Massachusetts, Amherst

Dissertation:

The Boundaries of Safety: The Sanctuary Movement in the Inland Empire

Thesis Advisor:

Sonya Atalay, Professor of Anthropology, University of Massachusetts, Amherst

Research Topic:

Abolition in the Inland Empire: Adelanto & the Prison to ICE pipeline

Mentor:

Adrián Félix, Professor of Ethnic Studies, University of California, Riverside

See Profile for Cecilia I. Vasquez
Education:

B.A., Political Science, University of Nevada, Las Vegas; M.A., Latin American Studies, University of California, San Diego; Ph.D., Ethnic Studies, University of California, San Diego

Dissertation:

Transborder Indigenous Education: Kumeyaay/Kumiai Education Sovereignty on the U.S./Mexico Border

Thesis Advisor:

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

Research Topic:

Transborder Indigenous Education on the U.S/Mexico Border

Mentor:

Shannon Speed, Professor of American Indian Studies and Anthropology, University of California, Los Angeles

Education:

B.A., Classics, University of California, Santa Barbara; M.A., Classics, University of California, Santa Barbara; Ph.D., Classics, University of California, Santa Barbara

Dissertation:

The Boy Whom Hector Called Scamandrius: The Natural World and Cosmic Time in the Iliad of Homer

Thesis Advisor:

Helen Morales, Professor of Classics, University of California, Santa Barbara

Research Topic:

Homeric Epic and the Environment

Mentor:

Alex Purves, Professor of Classics, University of California, Los Angeles

Education:

B.S., Civil Engineering, Corporación Universitaria Rafael Núñez, Specialization in Analysis and Design of Structures, Universidad del Norte; M.S., Structural & Geotechnical Engineering, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile; Ph.D., Engineering Sciences, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, Ph.D., Structural Engineering, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

Dissertation:

Evaluation of the influence of shear keys on the seismic behavior of Chilean bridges; Numerical modeling of composite systems: composite CFT connections, composite beams, and mixed CFT/SRC columns

Thesis Advisor:

Hernán Santa Maria, Professor of Structural and Geotechnical Engineering, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile and Roberto Leon, Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

Research Topic:

Replaceable Seismic Coupling Beams for Skyscrapers

Mentor:

Jose I. Restrepo, Professor of Structural Engineering, University of California, San Diego

See Profile for José Wilches
Education:

B.S., Human Biology, University of California, San Diego; Ph.D., Microbiology and Immunology, University of California, San Diego

Dissertation:

Staphylococcus aureus quorum sensing and the battle for control of epidermal proteases by the skin microbiome.

Thesis Advisor:

Richard L. Gallo, Professor of Dermatology, University of California, San Diego

Research Topic:

Streptococcal regulation of pediatric atopic dermatitis skin inflammation.

Mentor:

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

Education:

MBBS, Clinical Medicine, Shanghai Jiao Tong University; M.S., Chemistry, University of California, Los Angeles; Ph.D., Bioengineering, University of California, Los Angeles

Dissertation:

Development and Validation of pH- and Oxygen-Sensitive Magnetic Resonance Imaging for Metabolic Characterization of Glioma

Thesis Advisor:

Benjamin Ellingson, Professor of Radiological Sciences, University of California, Los Angeles

Research Topic:

Characterization of Iron Dysregulation and Demyelination in Premanifest Huntington’s Disease

Mentor:

Janine Lupo, Professor of Radiology and Biomedical Imaging, University of California, Los Angeles

See Profile for Jingwen Yao
Education:

B.A., English, Yonsei University (South Korea); M.A., English, Yonsei University; Ph.D., Literature (Designated Emphases: Critical Race and Ethnic Studies; Feminist Studies), University of California, Santa Cruz

Dissertation:

Cold War Disability: The Biopolitics of U.S. Military Empire in Post-1945 Asia

Thesis Advisor:

Christine Hong, Professor of Critical Race and Ethnic Studies and Literature, University of California, Santa Cruz

Research Topic:

Cold War Disability Narratives, Comparative Racialization, Disability Justice, and Grassroots Activism in Asia and Asian America

Mentor:

James Kyung-Jin Lee, Professor of Asian American Studies, University of California, Irvine

See Profile for Ka-eul Yoo
Education:

B.A., Art History, The University of Texas at Austin; M.A., Art History, The University of Texas at Austin; Ph.D., Art History, Southern Methodist University

Dissertation:

Chicano Art is Not Dead: The Politics of Curating Chicano Art in Major U.S. Exhibitions, 2008-2012

Thesis Advisor:

Roberto Conduru, Professor of Art History, Southern Methodist University

Research Topic:

Advancing to Web 3.0: Chicanx and Latine/x XR Immersive Environments, NFT Decentralization, and Experiential Visions in the Metaverse

Mentor:

Charlene Villaseñor Black, Professor of Art History, University of California, Los Angeles

See Profile for Claudia E. Zapata
Education:

B.A., Biology and Chemistry, Williams College; Ph.D., Biology, University of California, San Diego

Dissertation:

Genomic Admixture and Defensive Behavior in the Hybrid Africanized Honey Bee

Thesis Advisor:

Joshua R. Kohn, Professor of Ecology, Behavior, Evolution, University of California, San Diego

Research Topic:

Elucidating the role of supergene expression and genetic architecture in the regulation of ant social organization

Mentor:

Jessica Purcell, Professor of Entomology, University of California, Riverside