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Fellows 2023

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., Genomic Science, National Autonomous University of México; Ph.D., Computational Biology, University of California, Berkeley

Dissertation:

Adaptation and selection genomics of vertebrates

Thesis Advisor:

Rasmus Nielsen, Professor of Integrative Biology, University of California, Berkeley

Research Topic:

Natural selection on structural variants and transposable elements in canid populations of conservation concern

Mentor:

Kirk Lohmueller, Professor of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology, University of California, Los Angeles

Education:

B.A., History and Chinese, Bowdoin College; Ph.D., Information Systems and Management, University of California, Berkeley

Dissertation:

State-Firm Co-Production of China’s Social Credit System

Thesis Advisor:

Steven Weber, Professor of Information, University of California, Berkeley

Research Topic:

Islamophobia’s global influence over the development of surveillance technology

Mentor:

Safiya Noble, Professor of Information Studies, University of California, Los Angeles

Education:

B.S., Economics, University of Nevada, Reno; M.A., History, San Diego State University; Ph.D., History of Consciousness, University of California, Santa Cruz

Dissertation:

“The Storm in Kenya”: Mau Mau in Systems of Thought

Thesis Advisor:

Eric Porter, Professor of History of Consciousness and History, University of California, Santa Cruz

Research Topic:

Transnational understandings of African decolonization, with an emphasis on issues of historical consciousness and global political economy

Mentor:

Bettina Ng’weno, Professor of African American and African Studies, University of California, Davis

See Profile for Christian Alvarado
Education:

B.A., Political Science, University of California, Berkeley; M.A., Near Eastern Studies, New York University; Ph.D., History, Columbia University

Dissertation:

The Economic Nahda: Capital, Empire, and Economic Thought in the Modern Middle East, 1860–1920

Thesis Advisor:

Rashid Khalidi, Edward Said Professor of Modern Arab Studies, Columbia University and Marwa Elshakry, Professor of History, Columbia University

Research Topic:

Capitalism and economic thought in the modern Middle East, 1860–1970

Mentor:

Ussama Makdisi, Professor of History, University of California, Berkeley

See Profile for Nader Atassi
Education:

B.A., International Studies, Arabic and French, University of Mississippi; M.A., French Studies, University of Texas at Austin; Ph.D., Women’s and Gender Studies, Rutgers University - New Brunswick

Dissertation:

Producing Terror: Secularism, Islamophobia, and the ‘Anti-Terrorism’ Regime

Thesis Advisor:

Zakia Salime, Professor of Sociology, Rutgers University - New Brunswick

Research Topic:

No Dignity in Captivity: Immigration Detention and America’s ‘War on Terror’

Mentor:

Minoo Moallem, Professor of Gender and Women’s Studies, University of California, Berkeley

See Profile for Amir Aziz
Education:

B.A., Political Science, University of California, Los Angeles; M.Phil., History, Yale University; Ph.D., History, Yale University

Dissertation:

A Wind from the South: The Algerian Revolution, Settler Colonial Internationalism, and the Third World Radical Imagination

Thesis Advisor:

Rosie Bsheer, Professor of History and Odd Arne Westad, Professor of History, Yale University

Research Topic:

A Wind from the South: The Algerian Revolution, Settler Colonial Internationalism, and the Third World Radical Imagination

Mentor:

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

Education:

B.A., Biology, Wesleyan College; Ph.D., Cancer Biology, University of Alabama, Birmingham

Dissertation:

Molecular Regulation of Glioblastoma Spatial Heterogeneity and Therapeutic Resistance

Thesis Advisor:

Anita B. Hjelmeland, Professor of Cell, Developmental & Integrative Biology, University of Alabama, Birmingham

Research Topic:

Investigating the Interaction of Tumor Cells with Vascular and Immune Cells to Overcome Treatment Resistance in Glioblastoma

Mentor:

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

See Profile for Soniya Bastola
Education:

B.S., Physics, Georgia Institute of Technology; Ph.D., Physics, University of California, Irvine

Dissertation:

When Galaxies Go Quiet: Elucidating the Drivers of Environmental Quenching Across Cosmic Time

Thesis Advisor:

Michael Cooper, Professor of Physics and Astronomy, University of California, Davis

Research Topic:

Constraining the Cosmic Evolution of Environmental Quenching & Predicting Protocluster Populations

Mentor:

Alison Coil, Professor of Astronomy & Astrophysics, University of California, San Diego

See Profile for Devontae Baxter
Education:

A.A., Chemistry, Miami Dade Community College; B.A., Comparative Literature & Chemistry, Columbia University; Ph.D., Cognitive Neuroscience, Stanford University

Dissertation:

Situating theories of neural function within a biologically plausible optimization framework

Thesis Advisor:

Anthony Wagner, Professor of Psychology, Stanford University and Dan Yamins, Professor of Psychology and Computer Science, Stanford University

Research Topic:

Building and evaluating biologically plausible computational models of human memory

Mentor:

Alexei Efros, Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, University of California, Berkeley and Charan Ranganath, Professor of Neuroscience and Psychology, University of California, Davis

See Profile for Tyler Bonnen
Education:

B.A., Theater and Communication, Carthage College; M.A., Communication and American Indian Studies, University of Washington, Seattle; Ph.D., Culture and Performance, University of California, Los Angeles

Dissertation:

Wówayupike: Relational Practices Between Lakota Art, Land, and Culture

Thesis Advisor:

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

Research Topic:

Indigenous Arts and Culture: Lakota Creative Practices and the Continuum of Lakota Intellectual Traditions

Mentor:

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

See Profile for Clementine Bordeaux
Education:

B.A., Journalism-Public Relations and Psychology, University of Memphis; Ph.D., Communication Sciences and Disorders, University of Memphis

Dissertation:

A comparison of voice and gesture across the first two years of life

Thesis Advisor:

D. Kimbrough Oller, Professor of Communication Sciences and Disorders, University of Memphis

Research Topic:

Understanding the transition from canonical babbling to first words in language acquisition

Mentor:

Anne Warlaumont, Professor of Communication and Catherine Sandhofer, Professor of Psychology, University of California, Los Angeles

See Profile for Megan Burkhardt-Reed
Education:

B.A., Art, Hunter College; M.F.A., Art and Technology, California Institute of the Arts, M.A., Visual Studies, University of California, Irvine; Ph.D., Visual Studies, University of California, Irvine

Dissertation:

Refusing Spectacle: Trans Latinx Counter-Security Media

Thesis Advisor:

Lucas Hilderbrand, Professor of Film and Media Studies, University of California, Irvine Bliss Cua Lim, Cinema Studies Institute, University of Toronto

Research Topic:

trans Latinx activist media, creative strategies of resistance, and worldmaking.

Mentor:

Richard T. Rodríguez, Professor of English, University of California, Riverside

Education:

B.S., Molecular Environmental Biology, University of California, Berkeley; Ph.D., Environmental Science, Policy & Management, University of California, Berkeley

Dissertation:

Mechanisms of Resilience to Megafire in Californian Wildlife Communities

Thesis Advisor:

Justin Brashares, Professor of Environmental Science, Policy & Management, University of California, Berkeley

Research Topic:

Conserving California’s Wildlife Communities in the Age of Megafire

Mentor:

Morgan Tingley, Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of California, Los Angeles

See Profile for Kendall Calhoun
Education:

B.S., Physics and Math, Haverford College; M.A., Physics, University of California, Berkeley; Ph.D., Physics, University of California, Berkeley

Dissertation:

Transport in quantum materials: lessons from (almost) exactly solvable models

Thesis Advisor:

Joel Moore, Professor of Physics, University of California, Berkeley

Research Topic:

Prediction of spin-liquid signatures in trapped atom and spin transport experiments

Mentor:

Leon Balents, Professor of Physics, University of California, Santa Barbara

Education:

B.S., Psychology, minor in Molecular and Cellular Biology University of Arizona; Ph.D., Biology with a focus in Physiology, Arizona State University

Dissertation:

Examining the Effects of a High Fat Diet on the Development of Metabolic Syndrome and Intestinal Permeability in Male Sprague Dawley Rats

Thesis Advisor:

Karen L. Sweazea, Professor of Health Solutions, Arizona State University

Research Topic:

Evaluating the effects of Agricultural Dust LPS on Intestinal Barrier Function

Mentor:

Declan F. McCole, Professor of Biomedical Sciences, University of California, Riverside

See Profile for Meli'sa Shaunte Crawford
Education:

B.S., Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, University of California, Irvine; Ph.D., Metabolic Biology, University of California, Berkeley

Dissertation:

New methods and applications to measure the kinetics of low abundance proteins, including receptors, signaling molecules and hormones, using heavy water (2H2O) labeling and mass spectrometry

Thesis Advisor:

Marc Hellerstein, Professor of Nutritional Sciences and Toxicology, University of California, Berkeley

Research Topic:

Structural biology of antibiotic function on regulating translation in Mycobacterium tuberculosis

Mentor:

James Fraser, Professor of Bioengineering and Therapeutic Sciences, University of California, San Francisco

See Profile for Mohamad Dandan
Education:

B.A., English, Bowie State University; M.P.A., Public Administration, Bowie State University; Ph.D., Political Science, Howard University

Dissertation:

Unlocking the Power of the Sister(hood) Vote: Exploring the Opinions and Motivations of NPHC Sorority Black Women Supporting Black Women Candidates

Thesis Advisor:

Keesha M. Middlemass, Professor of Political Science, Howard University

Research Topic:

The Kamala Conversation: An Exploration of the Candidate Evaluation of Vice President Kamala Harris from Black Sorority Women

Mentor:

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

See Profile for Ashley C.J. Daniels
Education:

B.A., Sociology and Economics, Gonzaga University; M.A., Education, University of California, Berkeley; Ph.D., Critical Studies of Race, Class, & Gender; designated emphasis in Women, Gender, & Sexuality, University of California, Berkeley

Dissertation:

Antiblackness and Racialized Equity Labor at a Progressive and Elite Public University

Thesis Advisor:

Tianna Paschel, Professor of African American and African Diaspora Studies and Zeus Leonardo Professor of Education, University of California, Berkeley

Research Topic:

Administering Black Im/Possibilities: The Politics of Anti-Racist Institutional Change in a Prospectively Hispanic-Serving Context

Mentor:

Laura Hamilton, Professor of Sociology, University of California, Merced

Education:

B.A., Biology, Oberlin College; M.A., Geography, University of California, Davis; Ph.D., Geography, University of California, Davis

Dissertation:

Black lives unbounded: Policing, property, and the spatial practice of abolition in Sacramento

Thesis Advisor:

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

Research Topic:

Abolitionist approaches to housing justice: dismantling a revolving door between policing, incarceration, and housing instability

Mentor:

Kelly Lytle Hernández, Professor of History, University of California, Los Angeles

See Profile for Mia Karisa Dawson
Education:

B.S., Pure Mathematics and Statistics, University of Calgary; M.Phil., Computational Biology, University of Cambridge; Ph.D., Mathematical Genomics and Medicine, University of Cambridge

Dissertation:

Phylogenetic inference using ancient environmental DNA

Thesis Advisor:

Eske Willerslev, Professor of Zoology, Richard Durbin, Professor of Genetics, and John Welch, Professor of Genetics, University of Cambridge

Research Topic:

Quantifying long-term forest recovery after wildfire using ancient environmental DNA

Mentor:

Beth Shapiro, Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of California, Santa Cruz

Education:

B.S., Biomedical Engineering, Rowan University; Ph.D., Bioengineering, University of California, Berkeley

Dissertation:

Delivery and Applications for Small Molecule Drugs in Tissue Regeneration

Thesis Advisor:

Phillip Messersmith, Professor of Bioengineering and Material Science and Engineering, University of California, Berkeley

Research Topic:

Engineered Living Materials

Mentor:

Christopher Hernandez, Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery, University of California, San Francisco

See Profile for Kelsey DeFrates
Education:

B.A., Psychology, Saint Martin’s University; M.A., Social Ecology, University of California, Irvine; Ph.D., Psychological Science, University of California, Irvine

Dissertation:

Biological, Environmental, and Psychological Stress and the Human Gut Microbiome

Thesis Advisor:

Sarah D. Pressman, Professor of Psychological Science, and Jessica L. Borelli, Professor of Psychological Science, University of California, Irvine

Research Topic:

Attachment, Emotion, and Gut Microbial Composition in the Parent-Child Dyad

Mentor:

Emeran Mayer, Professor of Medicine, University of California, Los Angeles

See Profile for Desiree R. Delgadillo
Education:

B.S., Biology, The American University of Beirut; M.A., Journalism, The City University of New York; Ph.D., Film and Digital Media Studies, University of California, Santa Cruz

Dissertation:

Queer Film and Art Practice from Lebanon: New Political Imaginaries, Radical Aesthetics, and Utopian Futures

Thesis Advisor:

Peter Limbrick, Professor of Film and Digital Media, University of California, Santa Cruz

Research Topic:

Queer Film from the Arab Region and its Diasporas: New Decolonial Methodologies

Mentor:

Tarek Elhaik, Professor of Anthropology, University of California, Davis

See Profile for Raed El Rafei
Education:

B.A., Environmental Studies and American Studies, University of California, Santa Cruz; M.A., Historical Sociology, London School of Economics and Political Science; Ph.D., Africana Studies, Harvard University

Dissertation:

Carceral Marronage and Mutations in Colonialism

Thesis Advisor:

Biodun Jeyifo, Professor of Africana Studies and Vincent Brown, Professor of Africana Studies, Harvard University

Research Topic:

Historical Sociology of Anticolonial Insurgencies, Statecraft and Mass Incarceration

Mentor:

Eric Porter, Professor of History of Consciousness, University of California, Santa Cruz

See Profile for Armín Fardís
Education:

B.S., Marine Biology, Chemistry minor, University of California, Santa Cruz; M.S., Oceanography, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, University of California, San Diego; Ph.D., Marine Biology, University of California, San Diego

Dissertation:

Climate-fishery interactions in coastal ecosystems

Thesis Advisor:

Octavio Aburto-Oropeza, Professor of Marine Biology, University of California, San Diego

Research Topic:

The effects of upwelling and climate change on commercially important fishery taxa

Mentor:

Kristy Kroeker, Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of California, Santa Cruz

Education:

B.A., English, University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa; M.A., English, University of California, Riverside; Ph.D., English, University of California, Riverside

Dissertation:

Galaxies like Islands, Islands like Galaxies: Envisioning Futurity through Seascape Technologies

Thesis Advisor:

Michelle Raheja, Professor of English and Mark Minch-de Leon, Professor of English, University of California, Riverside

Research Topic:

Indigenous Futurisms, Native Hawaiian Virtual Art, & Oceanic Futurities

Mentor:

Stacy Kamehiro, Professor of History of Art & Visual Culture, University of California, Santa Cruz

Education:

B.A., Geography and International Studies, Macalester College; M.P.H., Epidemiology and Biostatistics, University of California, Berkeley; Ph.D., Epidemiology, University of California, Berkeley

Dissertation:

Impact of Historical Redlining and Contemporary Gentrification on Severe Maternal Morbidity Racial and Ethnic Inequities

Thesis Advisor:

Mahasin S. Mujahid, Professor of Epidemiology, University of California, Berkeley

Research Topic:

The Effects of Place-Based Mechanisms of Structural Racism on Racial Inequities in Pregnancy-Related Outcomes and Infant Health

Mentor:

Tracey Woodruff, Professor of Obstetrics Gynecology & Reproductive Sciences, University of California, San Francisco and Rachel Morello-Frosch, Professor of Environmental Science, Policy and Management and Public Health, University of California, Berkeley

See Profile for Xing Gao
Education:

B.S., Biological Science, University of California, Davis; Ph.D., Horticultural Biology, Cornell University

Dissertation:

Understanding the Influence of the Rhizosphere Microbiome on Horticultural Crop Traits and Production

Thesis Advisor:

Jenny Kao-Kniffin, Professor of Horticulture, Cornell University

Research Topic:

Potential for Organic Amendments to Promote Soil Health and Crop Productivity in Urban Agriculture

Mentor:

Cristina Lazcano, Professor of Land, Air and Water Resources, University of California Davis

See Profile for Joshua Garcia
Education:

B.A., Cultural Studies, Columbia College Chicago; M.A., Ethnic Studies, University of California, Riverside; Ph.D., Ethnic Studies, University of California, Riverside

Dissertation:

Advocacy as Punishment: Domestic Violence Victim Services, Anti-Black Punitivity, and the Production of Meaning

Thesis Advisor:

Alisa Bierria, Professor of Gender Studies, University of California, Los Angeles, and Dylan Rodriguez, Professor of Media and Cultural Studies, University of California, Riverside

Research Topic:

When Did Care Become Carceral? Surveillance and the Containment of Black Life

Mentor:

Rana Jaleel, Professor of Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies, University of California, Davis

See Profile for Romina Garcia
Education:

B.S., Biology, Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia; M.S., Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia; Ph.D., Genetics and Epigenetics and Cancer Biology, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center UTHealth Houston Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences

Dissertation:

p53 dimers elicit unique tumor suppressive activities through an altered metabolic program

Thesis Advisor:

Guillermina Lozano, Professor of Genetics, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center

Research Topic:

Investigating the role of NF-kB pathway inhibition in overcoming drug resistance in EGFR-driven Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer

Mentor:

Jennifer R. Grandis and Daniel E. Johnson, Professors of Otolaryngology, University of California, San Francisco

See Profile for Jovanka Gencel-Augusto
Education:

B.M., Music, Centenary College of Louisiana; M.M., Early Music, Indiana University; Ph.D., Historical Musicology, University of California, Riverside

Dissertation:

Luis A. Delgadillo and the Cultural Occupation of Nicaragua under U.S.-American Intervention

Thesis Advisor:

Leonora Saavedra, Professor of Music, University of California, Riverside

Research Topic:

Sound, Colonization, and California Indians

Mentor:

Benjamin Madley, Professor of History, University of California, Los Angeles

See Profile for Bernard Gordillo
Education:

B.A., English Literature and Anthropology, McGill University; Ph.D., English Literature, The University of Chicago

Dissertation:

Peons, Toilers, and Vagabonds: Labor and Literature in the Black Atlantic, 1900-1945

Thesis Advisor:

Kenneth Warren, Professor of English, The University of Chicago

Research Topic:

My research explores the relationship between historical processes of class formation, labor politics, and cultural production in the Black Atlantic world. My first book project is tentatively titled “‘The Voice of Coloured Labor’: Labor and Literature in the Black Atlantic, 1900-1960.” Building on my dissertation, this project aims to tell the story of how the “Black working class” (referred to in my archive variously as “Negro workers,” “coloured labor,” or the “Dark Proletariat”) emerges as a distinctive political and cultural force on the global stage from the early twentieth century to the era of decolonization. I am also engaged in archival research and writing on the literature of the Marcus Garvey movement.

Mentor:

Yogita Goyal, Professor of English, University of California, Los Angeles

Education:

B.A., Sociology, University of California, Los Angeles; M.P.H., Community Health Sciences, University of California, Los Angeles; Ph.D., Health Policy, Population Health Sciences, University of California, Berkeley

Dissertation:

Illegality, Racism, and Population Health: Mechanisms, Interventions, & Community-Engaged Research

Thesis Advisor:

Hector P. Rodriguez, Professor of Health Policy & Management, University of California, Berkeley

Research Topic:

Legal Status Disparities in the Management of Chronic Disease in LA County

Mentor:

Annie Ro, Professor of Public Health, University of California, Irvine

See Profile for Alein Y. Haro-Ramos
Education:

B.S., Biology, Universidad Autonoma Metropolitana; Ph.D., Plant and Microbial Ecology, Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico

Dissertation:

Impact of genetic diversity on the phenotype and ecological interactions of cultivated plants with emphasis on cotton

Thesis Advisor:

Ana E. Escalante, Instituto de Ecologia, Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico

Research Topic:

Plant-microbiome interactions

Mentor:

Brandon S. Gaut, Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, and Maria Rebolleda-Gomez, Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of California, Irvine

See Profile for Alejandra Hernandez-Teran
Education:

B.A., Philosophy, University of California, Berkeley; Ph.D., Anthropology and Asian Languages & Cultures, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

Dissertation:

Sikh Television: Sovereignty, Religion, and Diaspora

Thesis Advisor:

Arvind-Pal Mandair, Professor of Asian Languages & Cultures, and Webb Keane, Professor of Anthropology, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

Research Topic:

Race and Ethnic Studies, Asian American Studies, South Asian Studies, Religious Studies, Diaspora Studies, Media Studies, Socio-Cultural Anthropology, Linguistic Anthropology, Ethnography

Mentor:

Purnima Mankekar, Professor of Asian American Studies and Anthropology, University of California, Los Angeles

See Profile for Randeep Singh Hothi
Education:

B.A., Native American Studies, University of California, Riverside; M.A., Linguistics, University of Arizona; Ph.D., Linguistics, University of California, San Diego

Dissertation:

Topics in the Phonology and Morphology of Torres Martinez Desert (TMD) Cahuilla

Thesis Advisor:

Gabriela Caballero, Professor of Linguistics, University of California, San Diego

Research Topic:

A Pedigogical Grammar of Cahuilla

Mentor:

Wesley Y. Leonard, Professor of Ethnic Studies, University of California, Riverside

Education:

M.F.A., Art Practice, University of California, Berkeley

Dissertation:

Shared Bodies

Thesis Advisor:

Brody Reiman, Professor of Art Practice, University of California, Berkeley

Research Topic:

Shared Bodies is a constellation of sculptures and photographic works that bring attention to the aesthetic and political intersections between the historical subjects of the 1970s American sex worker rights organization COYOTE and contemporary racialized sexual subjects in the Bay Area.

Mentor:

Beth Stephens, Professor of Art, University of California, Santa Cruz

See Profile for Xandra Ibarra
Education:

B.A., English, University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa; M.A., English, University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa; Ph.D., American Studies & Ethnicity, University of Southern California

Dissertation:

Atmospheres of Relief: Air and Militarism in the Pacific Ocean

Thesis Advisor:

John Carlos Rowe, Professor of English, Comparative Literature and American Studies & Ethnicity, University of Southern California

Research Topic:

Atmospheres of Relief investigates air as a site of U.S.-Japanese inter-imperial violence across Asia and the Pacific Islands that is contested through movements for demilitarization and sovereignty built around breath and wind.

Mentor:

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

See Profile for Sam Ikehara
Education:

B.A., Philosophy, University of Ibadan; M.A., Philosophy, University of Ibadan; M.A., Philosophy, University of Leuven; Ph.D., Philosophy, Cardiff University

Dissertation:

Epistemology of Thought Experiments: The Reason-Responsiveness View

Thesis Advisor:

Alessandra Tanesini, Professor of Philosophy, and Liz Irvine, Lecturer of Philosophy, Cardiff University, and Mona Simeon, Professor of Philosophy, University of Glasgow

Research Topic:

Nepotism: What is it? What Distinctive Harm and Wrong does it Inflict? And how might we Ameliorate it?

Mentor:

Duncan Pritchard, Professor of Philosophy, University of California, Irvine

See Profile for Paul O. Irikefe
Education:

B.A., Sociology, The College of William & Mary; M.S., International Educational Development, University of Pennsylvania; Ph.D., Education, Culture, and Society, University of Pennsylvania

Dissertation:

Secondary Schoolgirls: Education and the Politics of Inclusion for Young Women in Sierra Leone

Thesis Advisor:

Krystal Strong, Professor of Black Studies in Education, Rutgers University, and Rand Quinn, Professor of Education, University of Pennsylvania

Research Topic:

Legacies of Gender and Colonial Secondary Schooling in Africa and the African Diaspora

Mentor:

Jemima Pierre, Professor of African American Studies, University of California, Los Angeles

See Profile for Christiana Kallon Kelly
Education:

B.S., Chemistry, United States Naval Academy; Ph.D., Chemistry, Chemical and Materials Physics, University of California, Irvine

Dissertation:

Innovative Approaches to NMR Instrumentation Design to Support Characterization of Complex Biomolecular Assemblies

Thesis Advisor:

Rachel Martin, Professor of Chemistry, University of California, Irvine

Research Topic:

Modeling the Dynamic Molecular Basis of Aggregation Disease Pathways

Mentor:

Douglas Tobias, Professor of Chemistry, University of California, Irvine

See Profile for Jessica Kelz
Education:

B.S., Mathematics, Stony Brook University; Ph.D., Mathematics, Columbia University

Dissertation:

A coproduct structure on symplectic cohomology.

Thesis Advisor:

Mohammed Abouzaid, Professor of Mathematics, Stanford University

Research Topic:

Trace methods in Floer theory

Mentor:

Roger Casals Gutiérrez, Professor of Mathematics, University of California, Davis

Education:

B.S., Science of Architecture, University of RomaTre; M.S. Science of Architecture; University of RomaTre, M.S., Geography and Urban & Environmental Studies, Concordia University; Ph.D., Culture & Theory, University of California, Irvine

Dissertation:

Palestine, and the Future of Home

Thesis Advisor:

Sora Han, Professor of Criminology, Law & Society, University of California, Irvine

Research Topic:

Palestine, Alienation, and the Question of Home

Mentor:

David Lloyd, Professor of English, University of California, Riverside

See Profile for Samiha Khalil
Education:

B.A., Geography, University of South Carolina; M.A., Media and Cultural Studies, University of Wisconsin Madison; Ph.D., American Studies, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities

Dissertation:

Wrestling with Blackness: Play, Precarity, and the Black Geographies of Pro Wrestling

Thesis Advisor:

Adam Bledsoe, Professor of Geography, and Elliot Powell, Professor of American Studies, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities

Research Topic:

Infinite Supply: Sportcraft, Black Athleticism, and the Disposability of The Black Athlete

Mentor:

Victoria Johnson, Professor of Film and Media Studies, University of California, Irvine

See Profile for Dewitt King
Education:

B.S., Biological Sciences, Konkuk University; M.S., Medicine, Neuroscience, Konkuk University; Ph.D., Medicinal Chemistry and Molecular Pharmacology, Purdue University

Dissertation:

Cellular mechanisms of GPCR signaling in the modulation of anxiety, fear, and pain

Thesis Advisor:

Richard van Rijn, Professor of Medicinal Chemistry and Molecular Pharmacology, Purdue University

Research Topic:

Glial mechanisms underlying sex differences in psychedelic medicine

Mentor:

Daniela Kaufer, Professor of Integrative Biology, University of California, Berkeley

See Profile for Mee Jung Ko
Education:

B.A., Classical Languages, and B.S., Molecular Environmental Biology, University of California, Berkeley; M.Phil. Classics, University of Cambridge, M.A., Classics, University of California, Berkeley; Ph.D., Classics, University of California, Berkeley

Dissertation:

Queer Futurities in Ovid’s Heroides

Thesis Advisor:

Kathleen McCarthy, Professor of Ancient Greek & Roman Studies, University of California, Berkeley

Research Topic:

Queer Futurities in Ovid’s Heroides

Mentor:

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

Education:

B.A., Philosophy, University of California, Los Angeles; M.A., Chicana and Chicano Studies, University of California, Los Angeles; Ph.D., Chicana/o and Central American Studies, University of California, Los Angeles

Dissertation:

Epistemic Haunting: Queer Latinx Ghosts in Academia

Thesis Advisor:

Alicia Gaspar de Alba, Professor of Chicana/o and Central American Studies, University of California, Los Angeles

Research Topic:

“Turning to the Ghosts: Latinx Scholars' Untimely Deaths, Hauntings, and Testimonios" intersects Latina feminist theory, queer archives, and cultural production to contend that Ethnic Studies has a cycle of queer Latinx scholars whose untimely deaths haunt (or reveal unsolved violence) in academia. By developing studies in Chicana feminism and hauntology as a framework to analyze repressed histories within this project, I argue that these hauntings have knowledge-based and deadly consequences.

Mentor:

Kirsten Silva Gruesz, Professor of Literature and Critical Race & Ethnic Studies, University of California, Santa Cruz

See Profile for Brenda Selena Lara
Education:

B.A., Archaeology and Social Anthropology, University of Edinburgh; M.A., Anthropology, San Francisco State University; Ph.D., Anthropology, Stanford University

Dissertation:

Japanese Diaspora in a WWII Incarceration Camp: Archaeology of Gila River

Thesis Advisor:

Barbara Voss, Professor of Anthropology, Stanford University

Research Topic:

Consuming the Japanese Diaspora: Nihonmachi and Beyond

Mentor:

Jason De León, Professor of Anthropology, University of California, Los Angeles

See Profile for Koji Lau-Ozawa
Education:

B.S., Biochemistry, University of Virginia; Ph.D., Microbiology & Immunology, The George Washington University

Dissertation:

Nanoparticle-based Photothermal Therapy to Treat Solid Tumors

Thesis Advisor:

Rohan Fernandes, Professor of Medicine, The George Washington University

Research Topic:

Generating and assessing virus-like particle vaccines against metastasis and atherosclerosis

Mentor:

Nicole F. Steinmetz, Professor of NanoEngineering, University of California, San Diego

See Profile for Debbie Kimberly Ledezma
Education:

B.A., Black Studies, Amherst College; M.A., Sociology, University of Pennsylvania; Ph.D., Sociology, University of Pennsylvania

Dissertation:

Feeling Communal Motherhood: Black Women's Navigations of Class, Gender, and Parental Status

Thesis Advisor:

Camille Charles, Professor of Sociology and Africana Studies, University of Pennsylvania

Research Topic:

This research uncovers dynamics often underrepresented in existing scholarship by examining the complex relationship between Black womanhood and communal mothering practices. Although current research about Black motherhood often attends to the severing of Black children from their mothers through slavery and its afterlives, as well as the mothering that transcends biological boundaries, which is commonplace in Black communities, little scholarship empirically considers these factors alongside Black women's experiences of gender inequality in the family. This study draws on semi-structured interviews with 80 Black mothers and childless women to ask how parental status and social class shape their experiences with communal motherhood. I employ affect theory to reveal the complex emotions and pressures accompanying communal mothering practices. By analyzing themes related to motherhood, caretaking, and class, the research contributes to a broader understanding of race, gender, emotion, and family.

Mentor:

Richard Pitt, Professor of Sociology, University of California, San Diego

Education:

B.A., African, African-American, and Diaspora Studies, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; M.A., African American Studies, Columbia University; M.A., American Studies, Yale University; Ph.D., American Studies, Yale University

Dissertation:

The Psychic Landscape of Slavery: Modern Consciousness and Damning Attachments

Thesis Advisor:

Saidiya Hartman, Professor of English and Comparative Literature, Columbia University, and Tavia Nyong’o, Professor of American Studies, Yale University

Research Topic:

My project examines the psycho-affective formations engendered and sedimented by New World slavery and colonialism.

Mentor:

Sora Han, Professor of Criminology, Law & Society, African American Studies and Law, University of California, Irvine

Education:

B.A., Native American Studies, University of California, Davis; Ph.D., Native American Studies, University of California, Davis

Dissertation:

After the Tree Spoke: Juan Banderas and the Yaqui Uprisings of 1825-1833

Thesis Advisor:

Ines Hernandez-Avila, Professor of Native American Studies, University of California, Davis

Research Topic:

The Expansion and Interactions of Nahuatl in Colonial Mexico

Mentor:

Andrés Reséndez, Professor of History, University of California, Davis

Education:

B.A., French and Middle Eastern Studies, Rutgers University, New Brunswick; M.A., Middle Eastern, South Asian and African Studies, Columbia University; Ph.D., Near Eastern Languages and Cultures, University of California, Los Angeles

Dissertation:

In Search of Purity: Language, Ideology and Global Intellectual Movements in Ottoman Armenian History, 1750-1915

Thesis Advisor:

S. Peter Cowe, Near Eastern Languages and Cultures, University of California, Los Angeles

Research Topic:

The Rise of Western Armenian in the Post-Ottoman Diaspora: A Social History (1915-1965)

Mentor:

Houri Berberian, Professor of History, University of California, Irvine

See Profile for Jennifer Manoukian
Education:

Ph.D., Resource Management and Environmental Studies, The University of British Columbia

Dissertation:

Indigeneity in urban communities: relationality, dualism, and the lived experiences of Indigenous persons who live in Vancouver and Nanaimo, British Columbia, Canada

Thesis Advisor:

Terre Satterfield, Professor of Culture, Risk and the Environment, Institute for Resources, Environment and Sustainability, The University of British Columbia

Research Topic:

Towards a New Social Democracy: Communal Resistance to Green Gentrification in Metro Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Mentor:

Julie Sze, Professor of American Studies, University of California, Davis, and Stephen Wheeler, Professor of Environmental Design, University of California, Davis

Education:

B.S., Aerospace Engineering, State University of New York at Buffalo; B.S., Mechanical Engineering, State University of New York at Buffalo; M.S., Aerospace Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology; M.S., Electrical and Computer Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology; M.S., Mathematics, Georgia Institute of Technology; Ph.D., Aerospace Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology

Dissertation:

Model-Based Life Extending Control for Rotorcraft

Thesis Advisor:

J. V. R. Prasad, Professor of Aerospace Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology

Research Topic:

Towards the Design of Safe-controllers for Novel Aerial Vehicles using Model-Based and Learning-based Control Strategies

Mentor:

Claire J. Tomlin, Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, University of California, Berkeley

See Profile for Chams Eddine Mballo
Education:

B.A., English Literature, Carleton University; M.A., British, American, and Postcolonial Studies, University of Münster; Ph.D., Culture & Theory, University of California, Irvine

Dissertation:

Blackness, Terminable and Interminable

Thesis Advisor:

Frank B. Wilderson III, Professor of African American Studies and Culture & Theory, University of California, Irvine

Research Topic:

The monetary structure of racial blackness in the political and libidinal economies

Mentor:

Robert Meister, Professor of History of Consciousness, University of California, Santa Cruz

See Profile for Taija Mars McDougall
Education:

B.A., Philosophy, American University; M.A., Social Policy, American University; Ph.D., Culture and Performance, World Arts and Cultures/Dance, University of California, Los Angeles

Dissertation:

Entre Flor y Fusil: Caribbean and Central American Cultural Memory in the Late and Post-Cold War Era (1968-2020)

Thesis Advisor:

Janet O’Shea, Professor of World Arts and Cultures/Dance, University of California, Los Angeles

Research Topic:

Entre Flor y Fusil/Between Flower and Rifle: Central American and Caribbean Arts Production capitalist-induced climate disasters, socially-engaged art productions, critical media studies, and oral histories

Mentor:

Keramet Reiter, Professor of Criminology, Law, and Society, University of California, Irvine

See Profile for Arón Montenegro
Education:

B.A., Psychology, University of California, Santa Cruz; M.P.A., Public Affairs, minor: Latinx Studies, Cornell University; Ph.D., Feminist Studies, University of California, Santa Barbara

Dissertation:

Possibilities for Radical Resurgence: New Generations of Indigenous Women and Queer Youth in Contemporary Oaxacalifornia

Thesis Advisor:

Grace Chang, Professor of Feminist Studies, University of California, Santa Barbara

Research Topic:

Envisioning Indigenous Futures: Indigenous Women and Indigiqueer Youth in Oaxacalifornia

Mentor:

Renya Ramirez, Professor of Anthropology, University of California, Santa Cruz

See Profile for Nancy Morales
Education:

B.A., Applied Linguistics, University of California, Los Angeles; M.A., Linguistics, University of California, Santa Barbara; Ph.D., Linguistics, University of California, Santa Barbara

Dissertation:

Racial Socialization and Black Undergraduates’ Community (Dis)Identification Talk in a Historically White Institution

Thesis Advisor:

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

Research Topic:

Community College Transfer Students and Black Community Socialization

Mentor:

Eddie Cole, Professor of Higher Education, University of California, Los Angeles

See Profile for Jamaal Muwwakkil
Appointment:

(former UCB-CPF)

Education:

B.S., Physics, Yale University; M.S., Physics, Stanford University; Ph.D., Physics, Stanford University

Dissertation:

Combining Spectroscopic and Imaging Galaxy Surveys for Improved Measurements of Large-Scale Structure

Thesis Advisor:

Steve Allen, Professor of Physics, Stanford University

Research Topic:

Cosmology with Galaxy Surveys

Mentor:

Uros Seljak, Professor of Physics, University of California, Berkeley

See Profile for Justin Myles
Education:

B.A., Communication, The University of Tampa; M.A., Communication, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee; M.A., Women’s and Gender Studies, Rutgers University – New Brunswick; Ph.D., Feminist Studies, University of California, Santa Cruz

Dissertation:

Re-membering Healing: The Tuskegee School of Midwifery and its Legacies for Reproductive Care

Thesis Advisor:

Gina Dent, Professor of Feminist Studies, University of California, Santa Cruz

Research Topic:

The Midwives Never Left: Tracing Healing Justice Solidarities from Tuskegee to Haiti

Mentor:

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

Appointment:

(former PPFP-Mellon Fellow)

Education:

B.A., Asian American Studies, University of California, Los Angeles; M.A., Asian American Studies (Gender Studies Concentration), University of California, Los Angeles; Ph.D., History of Consciousness (Designated Emphases in Feminist Studies and Critical Race and Ethnic Studies), University of California, Santa Cruz

Dissertation:

War Material: Vietnam and Transpacific Imaginaries of Capital and Transition

Thesis Advisor:

Eric Porter, Professor of History of Consciousness, University of California, Santa Cruz

Research Topic:

Loss in Perpetuity: Vietnam, Refugee Necrovalue and Permanent War

Mentor:

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

See Profile for Trung P.Q. Nguyen
Education:

B.A., Ethnic Studies, Cal Poly Humboldt; M.A., Political Science, California State University, Northridge; Ph.D., Ethnic Studies, University of California, Riverside

Dissertation:

The Political Economy of Contemporary Maya and Ladino Guatemalan Labor Migrations in Southern California’s Inland Empire (1980-2022)

Thesis Advisor:

Alfonso Gonzales Toribio, Professor of Ethnic Studies, University of California, Riverside

Research Topic:

Tejiendo Solidaridad/Weaving Solidarity Political Accompaniment Praxis with the Guatemalan Grassroots in Southern California and Mesoamerica

Mentor:

Ben Olguín, Professor of English, and Charles Hale, Professor of Anthropology, University of California, Santa Barbara

See Profile for Julio Orellana
Education:

B.A., History, California Polytechnic University, Humboldt; M.A., Public History, California State University, Sacramento; Ph.D., Native American Studies with designated emphasis in Human Rights, University of California, Davis

Dissertation:

This is our home, this is our land: Visualizing Decolonization on the Klamath River Basin

Thesis Advisor:

Beth Rose Middleton-Manning, Professor of Native American Studies, University of California, Davis

Research Topic:

In 2002, a massive fish kill led to a concentrated environmental justice movement to remove four dams on the Klamath River Basin that negatively impacted the health and sustainability of the river system. The project addresses how federal and state environmental policy on the Klamath River Basin relies on narrow definitions of genocide, time, and settler-colonial concepts of ownership to continue land dispossession of Indigenous people in California. In response, Hupa, Yurok, and Karuk artists and activists work beyond the scope of environmental policy to assert place-based epistemology through trans-Indigenous relationships against the state, centering decolonization through dam removal, ongoing environmental injustice, and human rights abuses.

Mentor:

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

See Profile for Brittani R. Orona
Education:

B.S., Oceanography, University of São Paulo; Ph.D., Oceanography, University of São Paulo and University of Massachusetts Dartmouth

Dissertation:

Physical-biological interactions in the Brazil Current meanders

Thesis Advisor:

Ilson C. A. da Silveira, Professor of Physical Oceanography, University of São Paulo and Amit Tandon, Professor of Mechanical Engineering, University of Massachusetts Dartmouth

Research Topic:

Nonlinear feedbacks between smaller scale physical and biological processes during harmful algal blooms

Mentor:

Jennifer MacKinnon and Drew Lucas, Professors of Physical Oceanography, University of California, San Diego

See Profile for Filipe Pereira
Education:

B.A., Political Science minor in Education, University of California, Los Angeles; M.S., Psychology, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor; Ph.D., Education and Psychology, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

Dissertation:

Pedagogy for Ethnic-Racial Identity Development: Reimaging Identities Rooted in Resistance

Thesis Advisor:

Deborah Rivas-Drake, Professor of Education and Psychology, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

Research Topic:

How educators, youth practitioners, and families can provide opportunities for Latinx adolescents to make meaning of their ethnic-racial identity in ways that are both culturally affirming and raise their critical social awareness.

Mentor:

Veronica Terriquez, Professor of Sociology, University of California, Los Angeles

Education:

B.S., Science Biology, UNA University Center; M.S., Animal Biology - Herpetology, Federal University of Viçosa; Ph.D., Genetic, Conservation & Evolutionary Biology, National Institute of Amazonian Research

Dissertation:

Testing diversification hypotheses in Neotropical rainforests based on amphibians and reptiles

Thesis Advisor:

Fernanda P. Werneck, Professor of Genetic, Conservation & Evolutionary Biology, National Institute of Amazonian Research

Research Topic:

Testing if ecological isolation promotes speciation in Amazonian amphibians.

Mentor:

Michael Alfaro, Professor of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology, University of California, Los Angeles

See Profile for Renata M. Pirani
Education:

B.S., Mathematics, University of California, Berkeley; Ph.D., Mathematics, University of Florida

Dissertation:

Arithmetic of Polynomial Semidomains

Thesis Advisor:

Scott Chapman, Professor of Mathematics, Sam Houston State University, Richard Crew, Professor of Mathematics, University of Florida, and Felix Gotti, NSF Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Mathematics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Research Topic:

Arithmetic of Monoid Semidomains

Mentor:

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

See Profile for Harold Polo
Education:

B.S., Environmental Science, California State University, Fresno; M.S., Environmental and Forest Sciences, University of Washington; Ph.D., Microbiology and Plant Pathology, University of California, Riverside

Dissertation:

Soil Microbial Successional and Functional Dynamics After a Chaparral Wildfire

Thesis Advisor:

Sydney I. Glassman, Professor of Microbiology and Plant Pathology, University of California, Riverside

Research Topic:

Assessment of cross-kingdom interactions during litter decomposition

Mentor:

Jennifer B.H. Martiny, Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of California, Irvine

See Profile for M. Fabiola Pulido-Chavez
Appointment:

(former UCLA-CPF)

Education:

B.A., Sociology, California State University, Fullerton; M.A., Sociology, University of Southern California; Ph.D., Sociology, University of Southern California

Dissertation:

Sieves in the Immigration Law Infrastructure: Immigration Attorneys’ Bounded Professionalism

Thesis Advisor:

Jody Agius Vallejo, Professor of Sociology, University of Southern California

Research Topic:

Latina Immigration Attorneys: Striving for Community Justice in an Unequal Profession

Mentor:

Amada Armenta, Professor of Urban Planning, University of California, Los Angeles

See Profile for Blanca Ramirez
Education:

B.A., Black Studies and Sociology, University of California, Santa Barbara; M.A., History, University of California, San Diego; Ph.D., History, University of California, San Diego

Dissertation:

Indigenous Worldmaking in a World of Crisis: Race and the Making of the Migrant Circuit between Southern Mexico and the US/Mexican Pacific Coast, 1968-1994

Thesis Advisor:

Luis Alvarez, Professor of History, University of California, San Diego, and Natalia Molina, Professor of American Studies and Ethnicity, University of Southern California

Research Topic:

The People Went Walking: How the Communal Lives of Indigenous Mexican Migrants Remade the North American West

Mentor:

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

See Profile for Jorge Ramirez-Lopez
Education:

B.A., Psychology, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México; B.A., Psychology, Florida International University; Ph.D., Clinical Psychology, University of California, Los Angeles

Dissertation:

App-based mindfulness meditation for people of color who experience elevated levels of race-related stress: A randomized controlled trial

Thesis Advisor:

Denise Chavira, Professor of Psychology, University of California, Los Angeles

Research Topic:

Design and test of a peer support program to improve engagement and outcomes in app-based mental health interventions for people of color

Mentor:

Stephen Schueller, Professor of Psychological Science, University of California, Irvine

See Profile for Giovanni Ramos
Education:

B.S., Biology, University of Nebraska, Omaha; M.S., Biological Sciences, California State University, Long Beach; Ph.D., Biological Sciences, University of California, Irvine

Dissertation:

From Individual to Ecosystem: Multi-Stressor Effects of Acidification and Warming on the Physiological Responses of Coastal Marine Invertebrates

Thesis Advisor:

Cascade J.B. Sorte, Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of California, Irvine

Research Topic:

Future-Proofing Shellfish Aquaculture In A Changing Climate

Mentor:

Kristy J. Kroeker, Professor of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology, University of California, Santa Cruz

See Profile for Racine E. Rangel
Appointment:

(former PPFP-Mellon Fellow)

Education:

B.A., English and Feminist Studies, University of California, Santa Barbara; M.A., Women’s & Gender Studies, Rutgers University; Ph.D., Feminist Studies, University of California, Santa Barbara

Dissertation:

Transcarceral Care: Racialized Girlhood, Behavioral Diagnosis, and California’s Foster Care System

Thesis Advisor:

Mireille Miller-Young, Professor of Feminist Studies, University of California, Santa Barbara

Research Topic:

Criminalization, Girlhood Studies, Youth Studies, Feminist Abolition, Abolition Feminism Women of color feminisms, Latinx Studies, Feminist methodologies, Chicana methodologies, Chicana studies, queer of color critique, medical oppression, pathologization

Mentor:

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

See Profile for Isabella C. Restrepo
Education:

B.A., English Literature, minor Africana Studies, University of Toledo; M.A., English Language & Literature, University of Michigan; Ph.D., English & Women’s and Gender Studies, University of Michigan

Dissertation:

Desired Bodies, Imagining Selves: Ideological Regimes and Creative Praxis in Black Trans Life Narratives

Thesis Advisor:

LaKisha Simmons, Professor of History and Women’s and Gender Studies, University of Michigan, and Ruby Tapia, Professor of Women’s and Gender Studies, University of Michigan

Research Topic:

Exploring Black Trans Insurgency through Oral History

Mentor:

Eric A. Stanley, Professor of Gender and Women’s Studies, University of California, Berkeley

See Profile for LaVelle Ridley
Education:

B.A., Neurosciences, Boston University; Ph.D., Cognitive Science, University of California, San Diego

Dissertation:

Hippocampal Inhibitory Interneuron Dynamics During Associative Memory Processing

Thesis Advisor:

Lara Rangel, Professor of Cognitive Science, University of California, San Diego

Research Topic:

Action Potential Waveform Variability and Neuromodulation

Mentor:

Bradley Voytek, Professor of Cognitive Science, University of California, San Diego

See Profile for Pamela Damaris Rivière Ruiz
Appointment:

(former UCLA-CPF)

Education:

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

Dissertation:

Equivariant Schubert calculus and applications

Thesis Advisor:

Alexander Yong, Professor of Mathematics, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Research Topic:

Computational Combinatorics and Schubert Calculus

Mentor:

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

See Profile for Colleen Robichaux
Education:

B.A., Comparative Literature, University of California, Berkeley; M.A., Comparative Literature and Translation, University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee; Ph.D., Theatre and Drama, University of California, Irvine and University of California, San Diego

Dissertation:

Colonizing and Decolonizing Latinidad with American Theatre

Thesis Advisor:

Daphne Lei, Professor of Drama, University of California, Irvine

Research Topic:

Yet Unknown Acts of Making Representations of Latinidad and Latinxs in Nineteenth Century and Early-Twentieth Century US Theatre

Mentor:

Alessandro Fornazzari, Professor of Hispanic Studies, University of California, Riverside

See Profile for Ricardo Ernesto Rocha
Education:

B.A., Political Science, Universidad Católica de Córdoba; M.A., Latin American Studies, Georgetown University; Ph.D., History, University of California, Irvine

Dissertation:

Mining Ecology: Capitalism and the Environment in Peru’s Central Highlands, 1884 – 1930

Thesis Advisor:

Heidi Tinsman, Professor of History, University of California, Irvine

Research Topic:

Veins of Conflict: Bodies and the Environment in Peru’s Copper Circuit, 1884 – 1930

Mentor:

Javiera Barandiarán, Professor of Global Studies, University of California, Santa Barbara

See Profile for Juan Manuel Rubio
Education:

B.A., Public Service/Political Science, University of California, Riverside; M.A., Political Science, University of California, Los Angeles; Ph.D., Political Science, University of California, Los Angeles

Dissertation:

Majority Rules: The Origins of Voter ID Laws and Their Role in Electoral Strategy Today

Thesis Advisor:

Matt Barreto, Professor of Political Science and Chicana/o Studies and Central American Studies, University of California, Los Angeles

Research Topic:

The origins of voter identification laws and impact of race/ethnicity and electoral competition in legislators’ support for voter identification bills

Mentor:

Thad Kousser, Professor of Political Science, University of California, San Diego

See Profile for Tye Rush
Education:

B.S., Geological Sciences with honors, Brown University; M.A., Earth and Planetary Sciences, Washington University in St. Louis; Ph.D., Earth and Planetary Sciences, Washington University in St. Louis

Dissertation:

Paleoclimate of the Peruvian Andean highlands during the late Holocene

Thesis Advisor:

Bronwen Konecky, Professor of Earth and Planetary Sciences, Washington University in St. Louis

Research Topic:

Reconstructing Southeast Asian Monsoon variability since the Late Pleistocene: a cross-archive regional-scale hydroclimate synthesis using an inverse modeling approach

Mentor:

Kathleen Johnson, Professor of Earth System Science, University of California, Irvine

See Profile for Jarunetr (Nadia) Sae-Lim
Education:

B.A., Art History, History, Global and International Studies, The Pennsylvania State University; M.L.A., College of Liberal & Professional Studies, The University of Pennsylvania; Ph.D. Culture and Performance, University of California, Los Angeles

Dissertation:

Decolonial Perspectives: Insights from Afro-Latin Museological Practice

Thesis Advisor:

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

Research Topic:

Afro-Diasporic Gaze in Art Spaces: The Power of Seeing and Being Seen in Blackness

Mentor:

Bridget R. Cooks, Professor of African American Studies and Art History, University of California, Irvine

See Profile for Brisa Marie Smith Flores
Education:

B.A., Psychology, California State University, San Marcos; M.A., Sociological Practice, California State University, San Marcos; Ph.D., Sociology, University of California, Santa Barbara

Dissertation:

La Mafia Global: Global Capitalism and the Struggle against Hyper-Incarceration

Thesis Advisor:

William I. Robinson, Professor of Sociology, University of California, Santa Barbara

Research Topic:

Digitalized Warfare: Global Capitalism, Digitalization, and the Spatial Social Control in Poor Barrios

Mentor:

Elliott Currie, Professor of Criminology, Law and Society, University of California, Irvine

Education:

B.S., Applied Mathematics, Autonomous University of Queretaro; M.A., Applied Mathematics, Autonomous University of San Luis Potosi; Ph.D., Mathematics, National Autonomous University of Mexico

Dissertation:

Ramsey-Type Theorems on Simplicial Complex Nerves

Thesis Advisor:

Deborah Oliveros Braniff, Professor of Mathematics, National Autonomous University of Mexico

Research Topic:

Discrete Geometry and Data Analysis

Mentor:

Jesús De Loera, Professor of Mathematics, University of California, Davis

See Profile for Antonio J. Torres
Education:

B.Tech., Information Communication Technology, Dhirubhai Ambani Institute of Information Communication; M.S., Information Science, Cornell University; Ph.D., Information Science, Cornell University

Dissertation:

Hidden in Plain Sight: Tracing Relations of Caste and Gender in Computing

Thesis Advisor:

Phoebe Sengers, Professor of Information Science and Steve Jackson, Professor of Information Science, Cornell University

Research Topic:

Computing Begumpura: Archival and ethnographic research of labor, gender and caste in global computing

Mentor:

Lilly Irani, Professor of Communications, University of California, San Diego

See Profile for Palashi Vaghela
Education:

B.S., Mathematics, Autonomous University of San Luis Potosi; M.S., Mathematical Sciences, National Autonomous University of Mexico; Ph.D., Mathematical Sciences, National Autonomous University of Mexico

Dissertation:

Unavoidable Patterns, Balanceability, and Amoebas

Thesis Advisor:

Adriana Hansberg, Professor of Mathematics, National Autonomous University of Mexico

Research Topic:

Ramsey-Turán Problems in Colored Structures

Mentor:

Jesús A. De Loera, Professor of Mathematics, University of California, Davis

See Profile for Denae Ventura
Education:

B.S., Computer Science and Math, Harvey Mudd College; Ph.D., Computer Science, Stanford University

Dissertation:

Embedding Space sand Implicit Representations for Recovering High Frequency Cloth Geometry

Thesis Advisor:

Ronald Fedkiw, Professor of Computer Science, Stanford University

Research Topic:

Neural Representations for Deformable Manifolds

Mentor:

Jitendra Malik, Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, University of California, Berkeley

See Profile for Jane Wu
Education:

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

Dissertation:

Structural and functional consequences of PTEN deletion in the adult central nervous system

Thesis Advisor:

Oswald Steward, Professor of Anatomy and Neurobiology, University of California, Irvine

Research Topic:

Exploring mechanisms of PTEN deletion-induced morphological and network modifications underlying the formation of a seizure-prone circuit in the adult brain

Mentor:

Oswald Steward, Professor of Anatomy and Neurobiology, University of California, Irvine