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Tori Cabot
The Sexual Monster: How the Werewolf is a Lone Sexual Monster and Foil to the Vampire
College Writing R4B
Professor Jonathan Lang

Cabot's paper, completed for a College Writing program class called Monsters and Modernity, addresses werewolves and their role in current young adult literature. Her research focuses on how werewolves are portrayed as sexually deviant racial stereotypes in comparison to an increasingly pure monster, the vampire. Because she originally found few sources solely dedicated to analyzing the racial and sexual connotations of the werewolf, Cabot "identified the sources that best addressed the problems or issues that were interesting and followed an investigative trail," according to her faculty sponsor, Jonathan Lang. Mining citations from the most pertinent documents, Cabot used the Berkeley Libraries to discover Richard Dyer’s seminal scholarship on race and sexuality, as well as other the work of other scholars whose work is central to this field.

Rachel Cadman
A Pioneer In Health Care For "Families Who Follow The Crops": California and the Making Of the Migrant Health Act, 1949-1962
History 101
Professor Felicia Viator

Rachel Cadman's paper explores the genesis of the Migrant Health Act in the context of the emergence of migrant health care clinics in postwar California and shows the important role that activists and politicians played promoting this federal legislation. Her research made extensive use of the archival papers of Florence Wyckoff at UC Santa Cruz, Interlibrary Loan, and Berkeley's numerous electronic resources to compare government documents with news sources of the period. In the words of her instructor, Felicia Viator, Rachel "depended primarily on these archives, but has also utilized the UCSC Regional History Project interviews, UC Berkeley electronic archives, and the Bancroft collections that allowed her to access The Fresno Bee."

Li Duan
Fuzhou Shipyard at Fujian: Early Divergence in Late Qing Modernization
History 101
Professor George Lazopoulos

Li Duan's  honor's thesis was developed over the course of three semesters of independent study. It revisits a well-studied academic field, late Qing modernization of China. By focusing on the Fuzhou Shipyard in the Fujian province, this research explores the role of regional development at the provincial level during this national endeavor. To explore the delicate relationship between center and periphery, Duan compared the dual identity of Fuzhou Shipyard as a national arsenal and as a local factory. A lack of coordinated effort at the national level, conflict between center and region, and an uneven development in social transformation all suggest early divergences within Qing itself. These divergences imply that China's modernization originated from the bottom, and instead of a comprehensive plan from Beijing, these provincial experiences inspired future modernization. As described by his thesis advisor, George Lazopoulos, "Li is a skilled historian with a sophisticated understanding of historiographical methods, which he applies to a well-selected set of sources in this paper."

Matthew William Enger
Order from Chaos: Ethnogenesis, Direct Democracy and Statecraft in California,1948-1958
History 101
Professor Felicia Viator

Enger refutes the idea of California in the Fifties as being stable by analysing eleven initiatives appearing on the statewide ballots between 1948 and 1958. These initiatives, he posits, "either represented or catalyzed a modern statecraft and the social trends which transformed California and its self-identity." The first chapter covers bringing order out of political chaos with the defeat of cross-filing and the approval of salary increases for legislators. Enger weaves the results of several welfare initiatives with the ending of New Deal consensus in the State. A third step was a change in the racial demography of the State, the passage of an initiative requiring voter approval before allowing the construction of low-income housing, and the resulting inner-city ghettoization of the poor and black. Engel draws a connection between the defeat of four initiatives in 1958, one concerned with the "right to work" without joining a union, one proposing the reduction of the State sales tax, one ending blue laws and one ending the exemption from the payment of property taxes by parochial schools, and the alignment of labor and minorities with the Democratic Party. He concludes that "To study direct democracy in California in the middle of the twentieth century is to observe the ethnogenesis of both a white Californian nation on the West Coast and the emergence of a continent-wide conservative political and social movement."

Yessica Porras
Church of St. John the Baptist at Sutatausa: Indoctrination and Resistance
History of Art 195
Professor Todd Olson

Yessica Porras analyzes the relationship of the mural program found in the church of Sutatausa, Colombia as indoctrinating images imbedded with indigenous imagery. Porras argue that besides having a religious message the murals found in the church have direct visual connections with pre-conquest petroglyphs located near the area of Sutatausa. With the help of visual analysis, library resources, and guidance from her advisor Todd Olson, Porras was able to conclude that the church of Sutatausa allows us to recognize that the colonial indoctrinating process was not a smooth process. The imbedded indigenous imagery found in the murals of the church was a method of adaptation and resistance that allowed the preservation of local Muisca indigenous memory throughout time.

Jeremiah Trujillo
Posthumous Schubert: The Exhumation of the Solo Piano Works in Mid- and Late-19th-Century Transcription and Editing
Music 199
Professor James Q. Davies

In this essay, Jeremiah Trujillo examines ways in which Schubert’s image was shaped and the reception of his solo piano works changed in the mid-and late-1800’s, well after his lifetime. Trujillo argues that three individuals in particular influenced how Schubert’s music was performed throughout history and to the present day, all in different ways: Franz Liszt, in the 1840’s as a transcriber, performer, and editor; Johannes Brahms, in the 1860’s as a force toward the editing and publication of little-known Schubert manuscripts; and Julius Epstein, in the 1880’s as a music editor who influenced the performance of Schubert’s solo piano works throughout the 20th century. Describing the sophistication of Trujillo’s scholarship and research, Professor James Davies writes that Trujillo “was able to form a complex picture of the field of nineteenth-century Schubert reception by reading through a large number of early German piano editions.”