Faculty Mentor: James Rothman
Sunny Jones is a Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology major and Senior Bouchet Fellow in Branford College. She currently works with James Rothman in the Cell Biology Department at the Yale Medical School. Her research over the past three years has centered around SNAREs, proteins that fuel membrane fusion throughout the cell. Her current project focuses on the complex molecular machinery at play during membrane fusion at the neuronal synapse. For the next two years she will be teaching middle school English with Teach for China and plans to pursue a PhD upon her return to the states.
Faculty Mentor: Marcia C. Inhorn & Narges Erami
José-Alberto Navarro is a senior Bouchet Fellow in Berkeley College double majoring in Global Affairs and Anthropology. His current research project focuses on the way in which mobile social networking applications facilitate an invisible, informal and sometimes illicit economy in which the primary medium of exchange is not money but instead the male body. This past year, he has been conducting ethnographic research in San Francisco and New York.
Faculty Mentor: Stephen Pitti
Isabel Santos-Gonzalez, a Bouchet Fellow, is a rising junior in Silliman College. She is an American Studies major and is working with Professor Stephen Pitti in the American Studies/History departments. Her research for the summer of 2011 focuses on Chicano literature from the mid-twentieth century to the present. She is drawing from novels, short stories, and graphic novels from Sandra Cisneros, Arturo Islas, and Los Bros Hernandez (among other authors) to piece together a comprehensive picture of the Chicano experience in the United States and analyze representations of gender, family, and ethnicity in the Chicano community.
Faculty Mentor: Alicia Schmidt Camacho
Natalia Thompson is a rising junior Bouchet Fellow in Davenport College working with Professor Alicia Schmidt Camacho. A Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies major, Natalia’s research focuses on grassroots LGBTQ activism in Latin America. She will conduct ethnographic research this summer in Mexico City, focusing on organizing among queer young women.
Faculty Mentor: Stephanie Markovits
Catherine Dinh is a senior Bouchet Fellow in Pierson College working with Prof. Stefanie Markovits in the English Department. Her project is on temporal orientations of Jane Austen's heroines, in two novels: Pride & Prejudice and Persuasion. Essentially, she explicates how Lizzy Bennet and Anne Elliot come to engage with all three temporal orientations, and compares when the shifts occur in each novel. After graduation, she will be enrolling in a Master's of Education program at Harvard School of Education, in hopes of becoming a middle school English teacher.
Faculty Mentor: Kathryn Dudley
Jazzmin Estebane is a senior Mellon Mays fellow working with Professor Inderpal Grewal. She is a Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies major writing her senior thesis on the history and identity politics of Kitchen Table: Women of Color Press. Jazzmin spent the summer after her sophomore year studying Latino HIV/AIDS organizations and identity formation in the ONE National Gay and Lesbian Archives while volunteering at Bienestar, a Latino HIV/AIDS service provider. This past summer she focused on the work of Kitchen Table through her research and internship with the Lesbian Herstory Archives in Park Slope, Brooklyn. Through the help of the Mellon Mays fellowship and the Cohen fund she was also able to spend a week conducting research at the GLBT Historical Society of San Francisco and Stanford University's archives for her senior research.
Faculty Mentor: Matthew Frye Jacobson
Lawrence Lim is a senior in Ezra Stiles College working with Professor Matthew Jacobson and PhD candidate Talya Zemach-Bersin in American Studies. Drawing from history, anthropology, postcolonial and travel theory, his project explores the politics of race and class in 'anti-conquest' teaching narratives and their relationship to neoliberal imperatives of the contemporary "education reform" movement. Specifically, his research examines the ways in which imperial methods of description employed in late-20th century cultural texts about teaching have produced the troped narrative space of "the struggling inner-city school" while also securing innocence, epistemic authority, and aesthetic gain for the "heroic" teaching subject. His research also relates the production of teaching narratives to concerns in the social imaginary about the crisis of declining U.S. educational power and competitiveness on the world stage.
Faculty Mentor: Jafari Allen
Ryan Mendías is a Mellon Mays Fellow and senior Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies major in Branford College. Ryan is working with Professor Kathryn Lofton in the Religious Studies and WGSS departments. His research examines the intersections of religion, popular culture, and gender and sexuality. He is writing his senior essay on the religious underpinnings of Mary Kay Cosmetics, and the role of gender and faith in the company's rhetorical and business practices.
Faculty Mentor: Ned Blackhawk
Elizabeth Rule is a Senior in Pierson College and a Mellon Mays Fellow. She is majoring in American Studies with a concentration in American Politics and Communities. Elizabeth works with Professor Ned Blackhawk to explore the convergence of politics and culture within American Indian tribal museums in Southern California. She specifically focuses on the Agua Caliente Cultural Museum, Barona Cultural Center and Museum, and Cabazon Cultural Museum as hubs for cultural understandings of political sovereignty and rewriting Southern California histories.