2022 Spring

anijka_pai
Anjika Pai is a senior majoring in Environmental Sciences and minoring in Music. Throughout her time at Berkeley, she has developed experience in policy and communications with a strong focus on environmental justice. At Cal, Pai enjoys...
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Emily is a first-generation Chinese-American college student and a community college transfer. For the last six years, she has avidly volunteered for social and criminal justice centers, nonprofit organizations, homeless shelters, and...
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Tomi is an ethnic studies scholar and sociologist who is curious about her cultural and built environment. In her interdisciplinary honors thesis project, she is studying the politics of youth identity formation, the ethnic suburb, and...
Juliette is a fourth year Legal Studies Major, Public Policy Minor. Her concentration of study is in Constitutional Law and History. She received a Certificate of Commendation from the City of Los Angeles for her outstanding service in the...

2021

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Major:
Political Science and Business Administration
Nabeela is a senior at UC Berkeley studying Political Science and Business Administration. As a first-generation Indian American, she cares deeply about Asian American and Muslim American advocacy. Nabeela has previously interned for EMILY...
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Major:
Legal Studies
Lesly Avendaño is a proud Oaxaqueña and community-college transfer. She is a senior now studying Legal Studies. Throughout her life, she has advocated for minorities and even led a movement to support undocumented students. She is...
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Major:
Political Science, Psychology, and Legal Studies
Gracielle Li (she/her) is a second-year undergraduate student, studying Political Science, Psychology, and Legal Studies. Originally from the Philippines, she came to the United States at age fourteen. Upon matriculation, Gracielle has...
Major:
History and Political Science
Tara Madhav is a senior majoring in history and political science. Her research interests include twentieth-century American legal history, particularly with regards to the history of housing segregation and the history of educational...

2020

varsha
Major:
Political Science; History Minor; Public Policy Minor
Thesis: Leaders or Caretakers: Examining the Impacts of Ideological Diversity on California’s Legislative LeadersAs a UC Berkeley student, Varsha Sarveshwar dedicated herself to fighting for young people — in local politics, state politics...
jacob_levy
Major:
Political Science
In-Group Solidarity or Out-Group Resentment?: Measuring the Foundations of White Punitiveness
corinne
Major:
Political Science
Understanding the Modern Secession: The State of Jefferson
meanna_gray
Major:
Political Science
Black Evangelicals and the Democratic Party: Intersectionality and the Myth of the Monolithic Black Vote
lily_green
Major:
Political Science
Social Media and Democracy

2019

emily_breay
Major:
History; Peace and Confict Studies Minor
Mentors:
Anthony Gregory
"Beyond any Shadow of Doubt:" Cinema Newsreels and US Public Opinion, 1942-1944
katie_kaufman
Major:
Interdisciplinary Studies; Public Policy Minor
Mentors:
Sean Burns
REPURPOSED: A Documentary
Major:
Political Science; Public Policy Minor
Oakland Ceasefire: Evaluating Ceasefire's Impact on Youth Violence
ella_smith
Major:
Political Economy; Education Minor
Mentors:
Kristina Chew
Student Board Members in California: History, Impact, and Resources

2018

"E-Verify and Unauthorized Labor Force Participation"
Major:
Political Science
"Black Student Athletes’ Political Opinions on Colin Kaepernick's Silent Protest"
Major:
Sociology
"STAND UP FOR *THEIR* RIGHTS: An Exploration of the Motivations and Mechanisms Behind Non-identity Activism"
Major:
Political Science
"Trumpism vs. Conservatism: How the GOP Divide is Affecting the College Conservative Movement"
Major:
Sociology

2017

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“Measuring a Gerrymander”
Major:
Political Science and History; Minor: Political Economy
Research Interests:
American Politic; Southeast Asia; Democratic Accountability; Imperial Education Policy
My interests span the Pacific region, with most of my focus on the United States and various countries in Southeast Asia. I study redistricting and reform efforts targeting gerrymandering across the United States, as well as the...
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"Truman’s Airlift & The Wizard of Air Transport Logistics: William Tunner"
Major:
History
Research Interests:
World War II, Cold War, and Aviation Logistics
The Berlin Airlift was a moment in history upon which the United States defined its position in the world with regard to human dignity and respect. My research looked behind the scenes to illuminate the work of William Tunner and his role...
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"Across the Great Divide: How UC Students See American Politics in 2017"
Major:
Political Science
This research project aims to capture the political culture and climate on each UC campus after the 2016 presidential election. In the moments after the election, it became clear to me that there was more than an ideological divide...
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"History of Public Health in the United States. Communicable diseases and the federalizations of quarantine alongside government involvement in State affairs in the prevention and management of epidemics."
Major:
History
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"Does Ranked Choice Voting Live Up To Its Promises? An Evaluation of RCV in the Bay Area"
Major:
Political Science
The November 2004 election marked the first test of San Francisco’s Ranked Choice Voting (RCV) system, and the democratic innovation has since spread to neighboring Bay Area cities of Berkeley, Oakland and San Leandro. The original...

2016

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"Defining Arab American Political Attitudes"
Major:
Political Science
The U.S Census estimates that the Arab American population hovers around 2 million, while the Arab American Institute estimates that the population is around double that figure. This places the Arab American population at approximately 1....
urvashi
"The Great Shift: Analyzing the Effect of Public Safety Realignment on Crime Rates in California Counties"
Major:
Political Science
In 2011, the United States Supreme Court mandated California to reduce its severely overcrowded prison population. In an effort known as Public Safety Realignment, Assembly Bills 109 and 117 shifted the responsibility to house individuals...
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"Examining the Effects of Opinion Leadership on Legislation on the Municipal Level"
Major:
Political Science
This project aims to assess the effect of civic experience on voter behavior in local elections. My paper investigates whether voters will vote for a candidate endorsed by the opposing party because the other party's candidate is more...
holub
"Remembering the Alamo: Demographic change and Texas politics"
Major:
Urban Studies
I'm researching how demograhic trends of migration and aging are likely to lead to political change in U.S. border states. I've focused on Texas, and built a simulation to predict when increases in the voting populations of Hispanic/...
kevin_d._reyes
"Programming Strategy: Defense Policy, Computer Science, and the Strategic Defense Initiative, 1983-89"
Major:
History; Political Economy
Reyes is researching the debates that took place in the context of the 1980s Strategic Defense Initiative’s development between the traditional strategy establishment—those in foreign and defense policy as practitioners and scholars—and...
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"The Supreme Court, Public Opinion, and the Affordable Care Act"
Major:
Political Science
A conceptual research question of my project is "Can the Supreme Court change public opinion in a way that Americans support its decisions?" To answer this question, I have selected NFIB v. Sebelius, the 2012 Supreme Court ruling on...

2015

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"Revisiting the Hollow Prize: The Descriptive-Substantive Representation in City Government"
Major:
Political Science; Ethnic Studies
suhasini_ravi
Analysis of what consumers of internet news are learning about the Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI)
Major:
Public Health
james_mcvey_portrait
"A Text-Based Approach to Policy Groups' Influence on the Legislative Process"
Major:
Political Science
alex_mabanta
"The Effect of Disability and Gender Perception on Political Trust and Voting in the United States"
Major:
Political Science; Rhetoric
ava_mehta_lowres
"Forming a More Perfect Union: Election Law and Ballot Access in the United States"
Major:
Political Science
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"Zero-Day: The Theory and Politics of Security in America's Schools"
Major:
Political Science; History

2013

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"Financing US public higher education - a time series and comparative study on the sustainability of US higher education funding"
Major:
Economics
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"American Hypnosis: Understanding What American Film Policy Means for the Cold War"
Major:
History
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"Why They Voted: Youth Political Participation in the 21st Century"
Major:
Political Science
Double Majors: Environmental Science, Environmental Economics and Policy; Minor: Energy Resources
"Wetland Restoration and Sea Level Rise Risk for Coastal Communities: A Case Study of the Alviso Ponds Restoration Project."
History, UC Berkeley
"An Analysis of The 1902 Anthracite Strike."
History, UC Berkeley
"Direct Democracy and Statecraft in California, 1948-1958."

2012

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“A Comparative Analysis of the Framing of Legal Membership Before and After 9/11”
Major:
Sociology
james_0
"Historical Impacts of National, State, and Local Housing Policies and Practices on African American Residents of Alameda"
Major:
Political Science and African American Studies
kaufman
"Looking up Your Representative's Vote? C for Effort?"
Major:
Political Science
kim
"American Gaze at the American Gays: Interest Groups, Media, and the Political Elite's Impact on American Public Opinion of Gays"
Major:
Political Science
pelke
"Female Legislators and the ‘War on Women'"
Major:
Political Science
white
“Occupational Hazard: Ballot occupation as a proxy for party in low-information elections”
Major:
Political Science

2011

"Politify: The First Tool to Forecast Your Income for Political Scenarios"
Major:
Political Economy, Business Administration
"Assessing the Regulation of Medical Marijuana Dispensaries in California"
Major:
Political Science and Psychology
"Deinstitutionalization: The Scope and Magnitude of Criminalizing the Seriously Mentally Ill"
Major:
Anthropology
"African Americans and the Republican Party: Bridging the Gap Between Race and Partisan Identity"
Major:
Political Science and Environmental Economics and Policy
schwartzman_0
"American Labor from Left to Right: The Appalachian Pro-Coal Movement"
Major:
Geography
"Biodiversity and the courts: Endangered Species Law in the U.S., Australia, and Canada"
Major:
Political Science
"Civic & Political Engagement of Chinese Americans in Ethnic Suburbs"
Major:
Political Science and Sociology
"Defining Ethanol Policy: the Influence of the Media on Congressional Issue Framing"
Major:
Political Science
Program Services Coordinator
Northern California World Trade Center
"Narratives of the 2003 War: Iraqi Refugees & US Veterans (the NOW Project)"
Major:
Middle Eastern Studies

2010

"Subjects of Statelessness: The Impact of the Humanitarian Response and the U.S. Asylum Process on the Rights of Haitian Refugees"
"The Bloody Code’: Dueling and the Coming of the Civil War, 1850 – 1856"
"How Do Doctors Organize? A Study of ‘Organized Medicine’ from 2006 through 2010"
"Radicals for Capitalism: Ayn Rand and the Conservative Youth Movement of the 1960s"
"Female Gubernatorial Candidates 2002-2004: Utilizing Campaign Adverstising to Fight Gendered Perceptions of Viability"
"The Tea Party: A New Force in Republican Politic"

2009

"The Politics of Food Safety Regulation: Congress, the President, and the USDA"
Major:
Political Science
"The Americorn Way: An Analysis of the Farm Bill on the Price and Production of Corn"
Major:
Forestry and Natural Resources
"Congress, the Court, and the Corruption of Copyright"
Major:
Political Science
"The History of Mexican Immigrant Laborers: Post-WWI through the Bracero Program"
Major:
History
"United We Stand: Wiretapping and the Necessity of the Unitary Constitution in Foreign Affairs"
Major:
Political Science
"Power Shifts in Sacramento: The Effects of Term Limits on Legislative Staff"
Major:
Political Science