2019 Schedule

All sessions in the Stephen Robert ‘62 Campus Center, 75 Waterman Street, Providence, RI.

Refreshments served at the Roundtables and Poster Session.

See this page for presenter biographies & their advisors

To download events to google calendar, go to the CRC Events page.

Tuesday 4.30


12:00-1:30 PM, Petteruti Lounge

Mark Liang - Botanisk Have: The Copenhagen Botanical Garden and Danish National Identity

Lily Meyersohn - The Deconstruction and Reification of Racial Categories through Genomic Science

Annie Savaria-Watson - Ethnoglaciology

Facilitator:  Dean Julie Lee, Ph.D., Dean of the College office

ROUNDTABLE: Sustainable Investing in China

12:00-1:30 PM, Kasper Multipurpose Room

Logan Atkins

Jennifer Mastrianni

Alexandra O’Donnell

Andrew Provost

Elizabeth Seid

Facilitator:  Janet Isserlis ’91 A.M.

Roundtable: Land, law, and security: reconsidering hegemonic frameworks

2:00-3:30 PM, Petteruti Lounge

Tal Frieden - Building Free Palestine: Freedom, Territoriality, and Sovereignty in Rawabi

Jennifer Kim - The U.S. War on Terror and Counterterrorism: A Cycle of Violence

Quinton Huang - State and Subject in the "Ulcer" of Hong Kong: The Clearance of Kowloon Walled City, 1987-1994

Facilitator: Lusine Galoyan ’14, Office of the President

Roundtable: Growing our souls: a conversation on healing justice

4:00-5:30 PM, Petteruti Lounge (note location change)

Helya Azadmanesh-Samimi - Access to Healing Justice in Working Class Communities

Lidwina Bell - Abolition + Alchemy: Transformative and Healing Justice for Prison Abolition

Jo-Ann Huynh - History and Interiority: Asian American Womxn’s Healing

Victoria Huynh - Resilient Roots: Vietnamese refugee gardening in Camden, NJ

Andy M.T. Pham - (Re)configuring Dirty Bodies: Early AIDS, Melodramas, and the Work of Remembering and Reimagining

Facilitator: Kelly Garrett, LGBTQ Center

Wednesday 5.1

Roundtable: blueprints for a sustainable future: national issues in local context   

12:00-1:30 PM, Petteruti Lounge

Penmai Chongtoua - State-led Green New Deal Mobilizations: Massachusetts and Rhode Island

Ruth Foster - Housing Justice, Bioethics, and Public Interest Lawyering

Charlotte Senders - Meat in the Sustainable Food Future

Facilitator: Jim Amspacher, CareerLAB

Roundtable: Aligning philosophy with practice in the open curriculum (Open Curriculum@50)

12:00-1:00 PM, Kasper Multipurpose Room

Rashid Zia ‘01 - Dean of the College

Sarah Mullen, ABD - Manager of Curricular Programs

The foundation of Brown's Open Curriculum is a philosophy of education that centers the individual student, active participation, and community. This conversation will explore how Brown lives out the different components of this philosophy, and what steps we can take to more closely align this philosophy with our policies and practices.

ROUNDTABLE: Collective Illnesses, Fragmented Stories: Meaning-Making Processes in Translation and Storytelling

2:00-3:00 PM, Petteruti Lounge

Maryam Ahmad - How We Got Sick

Devon Carter - The Cambridge Songs: A New Translation

Facilitator:  Dean Cynthia Ellis, Ph.D., Student Support Services

Roundtable: Remembering, Resisting, Reclaiming: Building Community in Artistic Spaces

4:00-5:30 PM, Kasper Multipurpose Room

Ahmed Ashour - Creating Sightlines: Surveillance in the Dramaturgy and Production of Yussef El Guindi's BACK OF THE THROAT

Aya Chiong-Bisbee - Moving and Being in Community: Narratives of Asian American Dancers from Seattle

Lina Lalwani - The Genki Spark: Community, Celebration, and Healing Among Asian Womxn in Taiko

Julianna Lee Marino - Indigenous Performance and Archival Memory: in Erica Lord’s Artifact Piece, Revisited

Yema Yang - (Re)Centering Collective Resistance and Healing: The "Crazy Asian Woman" Webcomic and Student Organizing

Facilitator: Matthew Branch, Student Activities Office


4:00-5:30 PM, Petteruti Lounge

Anna Fireman - Understanding Elementary Literacy: 3rd Grade Reading in Rhode Island

Hannah Santos - Addressing Religious Literacy in Rhode Island Public High Schools

Jessica Reisch - Pleasure & Communication: A Workshop for PPSNE's STARS

Facilitator: Christina Smith, Ph.D., Sheridan Center for Teaching & Learning

Thursday 5.2

Roundtable: perspectives on community health and healing 

12:00-1:30 PM, Petteruti Lounge

Eojin Choi - Full Circle: Parallels Between the Beginning and End of Life in Health Care

Nicole Comella - The Cuban Healthcare System: Lessons from an Integrated Model

Dorothy Jiang - Intersectional Suicide Prevention

Patricia Rodarte - Examining Primary Health Care Providers' perspectives on HIV Prevention in the U.S.-Mexico Borderland: Focus on El Paso, Texas

Maya Singh - Parent and Provider Perspectives on Emergency Department Care of Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders

Facilitator: Alex Vidmar ’18, Computing & Information Services

ROUNDTABLE: Technology and the Modern World

2:00-3:30 PM, Petteruti Lounge

Ebube Chuba - Rationality and Robustness

Nina Goetzen - How Do You Do, Fellow Kids?: Corporate Memes & Youth Resistance

Julian D Jacobs - Is This Time Different? Artificial Intelligence, Inequality, and the Future of Work

Evan Lehmann - Race and Recidivism Risk: Against the Technologization of Punishment, and Towards Abolition

Christine Shio Lim - Check Your Preferences: Desirability Politics and Contemporary Discourses on Sex, Dating, and Intimacy

Lucas Rosenblatt - An AI for My Life: Exploring the Consequences of Quantified-Self and Machine Learning from a Human Perspective

Facilitator: Dean Betsy Shimberg, Dean of the College office / Swearer Center

Roundtable: Narratives

4:00-5:30 PM, Petteruti Lounge

Soyoon Kim - Diversity and Inclusion: Student Responses to Institutionalization, Definitions, and Higher-Ed Futures

Sophie Rae Kupetz - Lessons from "Prisoners Against Rape": The Need for Anti-carceral Responses to Violence

Sarah Marion - Six Women: The Conditional Narratives of Women with Breast Cancer

Kyle Tildon - Black Ethnicity in the United States and African-American as Distinct

Facilitator: Lauren Galván ’16, Division of Advancement

Poster Session

6:00-7:30 PM, Leung FAMILY Gallery

(with 2018-19 independent study project presentations, in Petteruti lounge)

Jeremy Berman - Who Owns Providence?

Ashley Bang - Projected impacts of 2050 climate change on protected areas in Kenya

Jacob Cader - Exploring and Critiquing Community Experiences of Design at Brown

Grace Engelman - Skipping Desert: How to Respond to Crime when No One is at Fault— An Analysis of Free Will Skepticism and Punishment

Hana Estice - Walking at the Water's Edge: Place Attachment and Climate Change in Rhode Island

Elaine Jiang - Practicing in Virtual Reality Improves Mental Rotation Ability: Lower Scorers Benefit More

Zachary J. Neronha - Topological Data Analysis of the Epithelial-Mesenchymal Transition in 3D Microenvironments

Sophie Sandweiss - Trauma, Embodiment, and Healing: Qualitative Analysis of a Qigong Intervention for Cancer-Related Fatigue

Chloe So - How does Texture, Contours and Closure affect product appeal?

Curtis Stiles - GDPR: Level Playing Field, or Entrepreneurship Killer?

Shanze Tahir - The Resilience in the Health Journeys of Pregnant Patients of Color and Low-Income Patients

Jeremy Wolin - Against Bronzewashing: Contemporary Artists and the Remaking of Monuments

Angela Yang - Care in Conversation and Connection

Jennah Gosciak, Anna Messer, Jeremy Berman, Martin Benencia - Community Research Partnership: Mapping Housing Ownership in Providence, RI

Noa Machover, Harrison White - Collective Living Design Strategies for Rome

Crystal Zhang, Beatriz de Arruda, Yumeng Fan - Expanding Support for International Students with the Global Brown Center and International Mentoring Program


2019 Presenter Biographies



Mark Liang

Advisors: Harold Cook, Jennifer Johnson, Fred Jackson

Mark is a senior from Los Angeles, CA pursuing honors in Biology and STS (History of Medicine). His research is related to colonialism, botany, and the intersection between science and the humanities. He plans on conducting research abroad after he graduates before applying to medical school in the US.

Lily Meyersohn

Advisors: Lundy Braun, Nic John Ramos

I'm a senior studying Health & Human Biology and English. During my studies, I've used science and technology theories to understand histories of health, disease, and biomedicine. I hope to be able to continue to write about these ideas as I leave Brown, but I don't yet know in what specific capacity.

Annie Savaria-Watson

Advisors: Bathsheba Demuth ‘06, ‘07 A.M., Kai Bosworth

Annie is a senior from Portland, Oregon, studying Environmental Science (with a focus on health and inequality). After spending a year studying in Santiago de Chile, she wrote her senior capstone on the history of glacier politics in neoliberal Chilean Patagonia. Currently, she's on the Edward Giuliano '72 Fellowship, which she's using to spend more time studying glaciers and settler colonialism in Bolivia, Peru, and the Canadian Rockies.


Logan Atkins

Jennifer Mastrianni

Jennifer Mastrianni is a senior from San Diego, California concentrating in Business Economics. She is passionate about sustainable development and has been Head TA for Professor Hazeltine's Appropriate Technology course for two years. She loves all things outdoors and hopes to thru-hike the PCT!

Alexandra O’Donnell

Andrew Provost

Elizabeth Seid

Advisor: Cary Krosinsky, Brendan McNally


Tal Frieden

Advisors: Wendy Schiller, Sharon Krause, Parker VanValkenburgh

Tal is a Political Science concentrator interested in how our built environment affects our daily lives. Talk to Tal about the Middle East, Arabic literature, media studies, queer theory, or Tal's favorite sweet potato curry recipe.

Jennifer Kim

Advisor: Nina Tannenwald

Jenny was born in Seoul, Korea and raised in Whippany, New Jersey. Her senior International Relations capstone examines the circular nature of violence in the U.S. War on Terror through a political science lens. Her work is influenced by Third World nationalism, decolonization, and ethnic studies.

Quinton Huang

Advisor: Rebecca Nedostup

Quinton is a senior concentrator in History and East Asian Studies, and is actively involved in both departments as DUG leader. He studies Asian (anti-)colonial and diasporic histories, and has been active in Strait Talk Brown, Southeast Asian Studies Initiative and other dialogue/academic-focused groups at Brown concerned with Asia. He has worked at community organizations and museums in the past in the field of public and digital history, and is looking to apply his passions and experience towards public-facing history work in the future.


Helya Azadmanesh-Samimi

Lidwina Bell

Jo-Ann Huynh

Victoria Huynh

Victoria is an Ethnic Studies concentrator from San Diego, CA. Her academic, creative, and community commitments center on Vietnamese intergenerational healing and ancestral reconnection.

Andy M.T. Pham

Advisors: Debbie Weinstein ‘93, Nic Ramos, Kevin Quashie, Leticia Alvarado, Elena Shih, Drew Walker, Jih-Fei-Cheng

Andy concentrates in Ethnic Studies and Gender & Sexuality Studies with a focus in sociocultural understandings of health, healing, and disease, especially as they are informed by longstanding systems of oppression. He is interested in holistic healing, space-holding, empowering education, and his collection of reusable “good glass.” Andy hopes for his work, here and beyond/after, to contribute to larger conversations about reimaginings of new worlds where nobody is considered undeserving of compassion and care.


Penmai Chongtoua

Advisors: Michael Roles, Timmons Roberts

The Green New Deal: In inquiry into the potential for political mobilization led by local governments with the help of instituting green new deal transitions.

Ruth Foster

Advisor: Adaner Usmani

Ruth is from Saint Paul, Minnesota and is completing an independent concentration in Bioethics. Currently, she is interested in what the boundaries of the field of bioethics might be.

Charlotte Senders

Advisors: Elizabeth Hoover, Ross Cheit

Charlotte Senders is a senior who grew up in Ithaca, New York; her mom is a sheep farmer and her dad runs a wood-fired bakery. She is studying Ecology of Food, an independent concentration that explores the human and environmental ecologies of eating. Charlotte sings with ARRR!!! (Brown's only pirate acapella group), is a barista at the Underground, and loves instant ramen.


Maryam Ahmad

Advisors: Adam Golaski, Mary-Kim Arnold ‘95, ‘98 M.F.A., Kate Schapira

Maryam is a senior concentrating in Narrative Health. During her time at Brown, she has served on the editorial boards for bluestockings magazine and Clerestory Journal for the Arts, volunteered as a patient advocate for Connect for Health, and worked for the Brown Center for Students of Color in various capacities. She hopes to pursue a career in psychiatry and nonfiction writing.

Devon Carter

Advisor: Joseph Pucci

Devon is from Belmont, Massachusetts. At Brown, he's been active in student theater, acting in or directing a number of shows, and is on the board of Brown Opera Productions. The Cambridge Songs project grew out of both his deep interest in translation and in the role of music in poetry intended for oral performance.


Ahmed Ashour

Advisors: Sydney Skybetter, Patricia Ybarra

Ahmed Ashour is a Bahraini-Egyptian artist concentrating in Theatre Arts and Performance Studies. His work focuses on creating space where people who identify as Arab and/or Muslim can confront the various performances they have to put on for the disciplinary/surveillance state in a post-9/11 world. His senior thesis production, BACK OF THE THROAT, was presented in the TAPS Department's mainstage season in December.

Aya Chiong-Bisbee

Advisors: Patricia Ybarra, Robert Lee

Aya Chiong-Bisbee is a senior from Seattle, Washington concentrating in Ethnic Studies. She is interested in art and performance as a means of imagining a more just world and enacting social change. Her thesis project stems from the stories of four Asian American women and femme dancers in Seattle and their work to build community through dance and create dance spaces for people of color, women, and queer folks.

Lina Lalwani

Advisor: Bob Lee

Lina Lalwani is a senior concentrating in Ethnic Studies and Public Policy. Her project looks at how the Genki Spark, "multi-generational, pan-Asian women's arts and advocacy organization," uses Japanese taiko drumming to create spaces of self-love, community, and healing. Through her project, Lina reflects on her own experience as a member of Brown and RISD's Gendo Taiko for the past four years.

Julianna Lee Marino

Advisor: Theresa Warburton

Julianna Lee Marino is a senior from New York City studying anthropology, with a focus in Indigenous studies. She is passionate about education, arts and social activism. Over the past four years she has worked as a Sexual Assault Peer Education Coordinator facilitating community dialogues, danced with Brown Dance Extension, and produced independent work at the PW.

Yema Yang

Advisor: Debbie Weinstein ‘93

As a mental illness / Mad and disability justice scholar-activist, Yema is pursuing an independent concentration in Critical Mental Health Studies. During her time at Brown, she has been graced with the support and empowerment of both the mental health community and disability community; her peers are the village that raised her, and she owes her critical work and full spirit to their fierce, unwavering love. With these communities at the center of her praxis, Yema acted as Chapter Co-Coordinator of Project LETS at Brown as well as Founder / Lead Coordinator of Disability Justice at Brown, and she hopes to continue her scholar-activist career through more community-based work and possibly graduate studies in Critical Disability Studies.


Anna Fireman

Advisors: Anthony Levitas, Laura Snyder, Dilania Inoa ‘99

Anna is a senior at Brown University studying Public Policy. Anna has conducted independent research on Rhode Island education policy and works on evidence-based policymaking as an Undergraduate Research Assistant at the Brown Policy Lab. In Providence, Anna leads BEAM (Brown Elementary After-school Mentoring), an after-school program at William D’Abate Elementary School that serves over 250 elementary school students and engages 150 Brown student-volunteers. Anna has paired her coursework and activities with impact-oriented internships at the Heinz Endowments, the United Way of Southwestern Pennsylvania, and Deloitte's Government and Public Services consulting practice. Anna grew up in Pittsburgh, PA and enjoys making jewelry in her free time.

Hannah Santos

Advisor: Prof. Andre Willis

Hannah Santos is senior concentrating in Religious Studies and History. She is very interested in communal and individual perceptions of proximity to religion, especially within the student body as Brown. Born and raised in Rhode Island, her thesis work engages with the (in/ex)clusion of religious literacy education in RI public high schools. She is excited and proud to share her work with you!

Jessica Reisch

Advisors: Brittany Huffman, David Rangel

Jessica Reisch is a senior concentrating in Education Studies. Her work on and off campus reflects her interests in reproductive rights and health, educational equity, and social justice. She will be teaching elementary school in Brooklyn post-grad.


Eojin Choi

Advisors: Janet Cooper Nelson, Rebecca Nedostup

Eojin (Jin) Choi is a senior studying neuroscience and STS (science, technology, and society). Her honors thesis for STS is on the parallels between the beginning and end of life in medical care and perspectives. As a Social Innovation Fellow and a hospice volunteer, she is also working to create a program at HopeHealth to help hospice patients tell and record their life stories. After graduation, she plans to continue pursuing palliative and end-of-life care, not only through research but also through innovative and interdisciplinary ways that involve storytelling, design thinking, and intergenerational interactions.

Nicole Comella

Advisors: Patrick Vivier, Enrique Beldarraín

Nicole is a senior from Providence, RI concentrating in Public Health. Her studies have engaged with topics such as health disparities, traditional and alternative methods of healing, and health care systematics with a focus on Latin America and the Caribbean. She is passionate about the intersection of health and healing and the arts and often pursues projects with a creative lens.

Dorothy Jiang

Advisor: Brian Hayden

Dorothy studies Intersectional Mental Health, an independent concentration focused on how people's identities interact with their mental wellbeing. She wants to learn more about community care, racial justice, and different inherent ways of being. She hates being asked "where are you really from?" and loves being asked "where have you been and where will you go?"

Patricia Rodarte

Advisor: Don Operario

Patricia Rodarte is a Mexican-American and first-generation college student from El Paso, Texas studying Immunobiology. As a member of the Program in Liberal Medical Education (PLME), Patricia is passionate about the social context of health and disease and has been an undergraduate teaching assistant for for four biology classes at Brown and a humanities course at MIT. In her free time, Patricia enjoys singing, journaling, and mentoring others.

Maya Singh

Advisor: Rachel Balaban

Maya Singh is a senior concentrating in Contemplative Studies with an interest in Public Health and Cognitive Neuroscience. Maya will be presenting her Royce Fellowship research from the summer of 2018 investigating the barriers to Emergency Department care for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Future goals include pursuing MD/PhD training with a focus in Child Psychiatry.


Ebube Chuba

Advisors: Michael Littman, Thomas Serre, Adam Pautz

Ebube Chuba was born in Lagos, Nigeria and spent most of his childhood in Charlotte, NC. Ebube is currently a senior with an independent concentration in Computer Science, Rationality, and Thought. He is interested is studying learning and intelligence from many different perspectives.

Nina Goetzen

Advisor: Teddy Pozo

nina is a gemini. she is from san diego, but she likes providence better. in 2014, she made an offhand tumblr post about how she wanted to write a thesis on memes, and now in 2019 she's done it :-)

Julian D Jacobs

Advisors: Mark Blyth, John Tomasi, Daniel D'Amico

Born in Ithaca, New York, Julian is the Founding Editor in Chief of the Brown University Journal of Philosophy, Politics, and Economics (PPE) and a journalist. He has published more than 35 articles and essays in 15 publications and has conducted interviews with Bernie Sanders, David Cameron, Noam Chomsky, Peter Hitchens, Tom Perez, and Reza Aslan among others. For over a year, his work has focused on emerging technology and the effects of artificial intelligence on US income inequality and American democracy. His research on the topic is being used to support his senior thesis, which is being supervised by political economy scholar Mark Blyth. He has also worked as an intern at The Brookings Institution and in President Barack Obama's post-presidency office, where he supported the 44th President's correspondence, communications, and speechwriting teams.

Evan Lehmann

Advisor: Constantine Gatsonis

Evan Lehmann studies statistics and often feels bad about it. He is interested in how statistics and accompanying disciplines are used to surveil, police, and punish. In thinking how to combat these processes, he finds inspiration in his hometown of St. Louis, Missouri, and dreams of the better futures ahead.

Christine Shio Lim

Advisors: Elena Shih, Nic Ramos

Christine (or Shio) Lim, born in Yangon, Myanmar and raised in San Francisco, CA, is a senior and Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellow concentrating in Gender & Sexuality Studies and Ethnic Studies. Her research centers around desirability politics, intimate discrimination, and the rise of digital technology as a medium to find intimate relationships.

Lucas Rosenblatt

Advisors: Catherine Imbriglio, Michael Littman, Stuart Burrows

When not compressing his life into three succinct sentences, Lucas Rosenblatt expands his life into many, many verbose ones. That's sort of his entire thesis actually. With a healthy enough dose of Computer Science to (hopefully) keep Michael Littman happy.


Soyoon Kim

Advisors: Liza Cariaga-Lo, Lynn Hernandez, José Itzigsohn, Peggy Chang, Michael Kennedy, Prabhdeep Kehal, Tina Park, Amy Chin, Laura Garbes, Bob Lee, Adrienne Keene, Joshua Segui

Soyoon is from Seoul, Korea. She spends her time on campus working as a Leavetaking co-coordinator and peer advisor at the CRC and as a co-coordinator for Brown Asian Sisters Empowered. In her free time, she enjoys surfing the web, cooking with/hanging out with friends, and making crafts.

Sophie Rae Kupetz

Advisors: Françoise Hamlin, Naoko Shibusawa, Emily Owens

Sophie Rae Kupetz grew up in Los Angeles, California and includes her middle name in this bio as a shout out to her mom, who wanted her to have a sing-songy first and middle name (plus Sophie Rae is more fitting for her not-so-secret singer songwriter aspirations). She concentrates in History at Brown and her studies and work, both inside and outside of the classroom, focus on issues of carcerality. She believes in the importance of building a world that does not rely on prisons and policing to address interpersonal and societal problems. She strives to practice critical self-reflection and think deeply about the ways in which universities such as Brown are connected to and perpetuate the Prison Industrial Complex. Sophie feels grateful for the many communities with whom she builds, thinks, loves, learns, eats and laughs!

Sarah Marion

Advisors: Hannah Bansil, Paul DiSilvestro

Sarah Marion is a senior from Washington, D.C. She is independently studying narrative-based medicine, which explores the stories of people to inform our understanding of disease and facilitate empathy. Her capstone is a collection of narratives from women with breast cancer and particularly focuses on the role of spirituality in their lives.

Kyle Tildon

Advisors: Francoise Hamlin, Jonathan Collins

Kyle Tildon is a senior in the Africana Studies department interested in the intersections of Blackness and ethnicity in the United States. Kyle is from a suburb in Baltimore, MD and plans to return to the city to work with Baltimore City Public Schools in the Equity office, creating racial equity policy for the district. With a passion for music, Kyle has been involved with WBRU since the beginning of his time at Brown and is always open to music suggestions!


Ashley Bang

Advisors: Tyler Kartzinel, Jim Russell

Ashley is a geology-biology concentrator who grew up in Hong Kong and Singapore. She is interested in characterizing critical habitats in need of conservation, whether it be analyzing spatial data, ecological models, or field-based biodiversity surveys. Her senior thesis, which investigates the effects of climate change on Kenya's protected areas, has been a unique opportunity for her to develop ecological modeling skills that she will apply during her Fulbright research grant in Taiwan after graduation.

Jacob Cader

Advisors: Kym Moore, Paul Myoda, Ian Gonsher

Jacob is an independent concentrator studying human-centered design. His concentration explores the possibility of producing better creative work through a fundamental questioning of how users consume and interact with digital media.

Grace Engelman

Advisor: David Estlund

I'm a senior concentrating in philosophy, and I've gravitated toward courses in moral and political philosophy to coincide with my interest in reforming our criminal justice system. For my senior thesis, I'm assessing alternatives to retributive punishment, including ways of responding to crime that do not depend on blame. I plan on attending law school and becoming a public defender in the future.

Hana Estice

Hana is a senior from Ohio concentrating in Urban Studies. Outside of coursework, Hana has done work in digital media production, including photography, video, and design. Throughout her time at Brown, she has looked for ways to connect her interests in urbanism and visual storytelling.

Elaine Jiang

Advisor: David Laidlaw

I'm a current senior concentrating in computer science. In terms of technology, I’m interested in artificial intelligence (AI), virtual reality, and ethical software design. Outside of computer science, I can be found teaching and mentoring students in STEM, going to spin classes, and exploring Providence's delicious brunch options.

Zachary J. Neronha

Zach is a biomedical engineering concentrator from Jamestown, Rhode Island. His research with Professor Ian Wong focuses on using quantitative techniques to uncover signatures of carcinoma metastasis in 2D and 3D cell culture. Outside of the lab he can be found backpacking in the mountains or spending time on the water.

Sophie Sandweiss

Advisor: Chloe Zimmerman ‘15

Sophie is a Contemplative Studies and Cognitive Neuroscience concentrator from Tucson, Arizona. She is passionate about mindfulness and embodiment as they relate to mental health and well-being. She is also the workplace coordinator and a mindfulness instructor for local non-profit Center for Resilience, where she will continue to work after graduation.

Chloe So

Advisors: Christopher Bull, Bill Warren

I am an Independent Concentrator (Design & Cognition) and Engineering double major. My concentrations have allowed me to develop interdisciplinary learning through quantitative methods and creativity. My capstone project investigates how psychology principles influence product appeal. Through designing various iPhone cases and carrying out a two-part experiment, I was able to explore the intersections between psychology and design.

Curtis Stiles

Curtis Stiles is a Senior Concentrating in Global Entrepreneurship and Environmental Studies. He is particularly interested in automotive electrification and entrepreneurship in the developing world.

Shanze Tahir

Advisors: Elizabeth Hoover, Adrienne Keene, Beth Cronin, Daniel Kim

Shanze Tahir is an Ethnic Studies and Biology concentrator from Indiana by way of Washington D.C. She is broadly interested in health equity, reproductive justice, and resilience studies. She also loves creative writing, and she will soon be pursuing a Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship in Indonesia.

Jeremy Wolin

Advisors: Samuel Zipp, Steven Lubar, Beverly Haviland

Jeremy Wolin is a fifth-year Brown-RISD student, studying American Studies and Interior Architecture. His senior thesis in American Studies examines contemporary artists working on the topic of monuments through discursive proposals, participatory public art, and interventions onto existing monuments. He has previously interned in museums and architecture practice, and is interested in adaptive reuse, vernacular architecture, and the construction of public space.

Angela Yang

Advisor: Elena Shih

Angela is a senior from Hong Kong, doing an independent concentration in Humanitarian Studies. With this concentration, she is primarily interested in exploring the concept and practice of care - what does care mean on a global scale, what does it mean to be identified as a subject of care, and what historical, political, and media influences our understanding of care.

Jennah Gosciak, Anna Messer, Jeremy Berman, Martin Benencia

Advisors: Marijoan Bull, Yesim Sungu-Eryilmaz, Lynn Carlson

This project, a joint effort from both Jennah, Anna, Jeremy, and Martin, represents the conclusions of our research over two semesters through a Departmental Independent Study Project in Urban Studies. Fall 2018, we formed an interdisciplinary team to identify and analyze data on property ownership in Providence, RI. We continued this work through the spring, and have explored the following questions: What are the major categories of ownership in Providence in 2005 and currently? Who are the biggest individual and corporate owners of residential property? How has residential ownership changed between 2005 and 2017?

Noa Machover, Harrison White

Advisors: Kurt Teichert, Kai Bosworth, Lorena Bello

Noa studies the way bodies shape space and space shapes bodies. Her work probes the intersection of urbanization and technological development, environmental change, and indigenous epistemologies. Noa explores potential forms of collaboration and cooperation, proposing speculative and practical departures.

Crystal Zhang, Beatriz de Arruda, Yumeng Fan

Advisor: Christina Bonnell

Crystal is biochemistry and molecular biology concentrator from Beijing, China. At Brown, she participates in plant genetics research in the Johnson Lab, and serves as a coordinator for the International Mentoring Program, which aims to support incoming international students at Brown.






Andre Willis, Willard Prescott and Annie McClelland Smith Assistant Professor of History and Religion, Assistant Professor of Religious Studies


12:00 - 1:30 PM, PETTERUTI LOUNGE    


Julia Tompkins - Empire, Limited; advisors - Elizabeth Taylor, Catherine Imbriglio, Jonathan Readey

Clemencia Garcia-Kasimirowski - Reshaping the Refugee Camp: Makeshift Islamic Architectures in Ritsona, Greece; advisors - Sheila Bonde, Itohan Osayimwese

Vandhana Ravi - anarchives: building community narrative; advisors - Michael Kennedy, Carrie Spearin

Nicole Martinez - Thrice Upon A Time; advisor - Laura Colella

Facilitator:  Jenn Steinfeld, Swearer Center


3:00 - 4:30 PM, PETTERUTI LOUNGE    


Brett Halperin - Simulating Political Economy & World History 1700 - Present; advisors - Daniel_D'Amico, John Tomasi, Isaac Schlecht

Anne Prusky - Accessibility, Community, and History: Adapting a Deaf-Friendly Museum; advisors - Timothy Riker, Carrie Taylor

Conor Regan - When to Act:  U.S. Intervention in the Balkans as a Framework for Syria Policy and the Limits of State Sovereignty; advisors - David Estlund, Omer Bartov

Facilitator:  Peggy Chang '93 AM'13, Curricular Resource Center




Lianne Cho - Recognizing and addressing the need for international student support: The development of a community support system; advisors - Christina Phillips, Shontay Delalue

Beatrice Bugane - Recognizing and addressing the need for international student support: The development of a community support system; advisors - Christina Phillips, Shontay Delalue

Andrew Stamboulidis - Rhode Island Adult Drug Court Internship; advisor - Wendy Schiller

Alina Joharjian - Understanding Undergraduate Attitudes Towards Public Service to Create a More Diverse Workforce; advisor - Anthony Levitas

Adrian Grant-Alfieri - Accelerating the Transition to a Sustainable Food System; advisor - Dawn King

Trang Duong - Penta Prosthetics Group; advisors - Alan Harlam, MJ Kaplan, Lizzie Pollock, Jenn Steinfield

Camila Ruiz Segovia - Catalyst: Youth voices rethinking the War on Drugs; advisor - Theo di Castri | slides from Camila's presentation

Facilitator:  Christina Phillips, International Student Experience


12:00 - 1:30 PM, PETTERUTI LOUNGE      


Anna Schwartz - The Effects of Timbre Distortion and Arousal on Memory for Vocal and Instrumental Melodies; advisors - Elena Festa, Peggy Chang

Gabriel Reyes - Neural Correlates of Racial Bias and Discrimination; advisor - Monica Linden

Clayton Sanford - Robust and Bounded Machine Learning; advisor - Eli Upfal, Michael Littman

Facilitator:  Mary Wright, Sheridan Center for Teaching and Learning




Alex Vidmar - Modernizing the Urban Waterscape: Depictions of Water in Early Modern Mexico City; advisor - Iris Montero-Sobrevilla

Alicia DeVos - Designing and developing clear, consistent, and inclusive grammar and style guides; advisor - Carol DeBoer-Langworthy

Grace Monk - Voices of the Concrete Jungle: Street Art in Valparaíso and Athens; advisor - Johanna Hanink

Emily Sun - Rock Art: Trends in Womxn of Color Photography and Performance; advisors - Leticia Alvarado, Anthony Cokes


Facilitator:  Jim Amspacher, CareerLAB


12:00 - 1:30 PM, PETTERUTI LOUNGE      


Carol Shi - “To see somebody that looks like you is to know that you exist”: A Qualitative Study of Asian Representation in Media and Young Asian American Women’s Sexual Agency and Behavior; advisor - Don Operario

Nikkie Ubinas - Afrodominicanas Speak: On Blackness, Identity Formation, and Black Liberation; advisors - Keisha-Khan Perry, Anani Dzidzienyo, Warren Harding

Sholei Croom - Reorganizing the Brown University Queer Alliance; advisor - Je-Shawna Wholley

Isabella Kres-Nash - Pathologies of Power: Disentangling the Social Constructions of Blackness and Disability within the System of Antebellum Slavery; advisors - Emily Owens, Naoko Shibusawa

Edward Kai Yan Tie - Gay Pulp Fiction, 1950-1980: Queer Testimonies of Psychiatric Resistance; advisors - Debbie Weinstein, Jennifer Lambe

Facilitator:  Marquis Gatewood, Office of Student Support Services




Liliana Sampedro - Lessons from Student Organizing: Understanding Mistakes, Overcoming Challenges, and Mapping Possibilities

Erin West - The "Savior State" and the Violence of U.S. Humanitarian Immigration Law; advisor - Amy Howe

Natalie Lerner - Watching/Being Watched: A Brief Guide to Observing, Documenting, and Challenging Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE); advisor - cata@prysm

Kaya Salem - With Whom Do You Ally?: Advocacy Coalitions and Policy Change; advisor - Timmons Roberts

Facilitator:  Besenia Rodriguez '00, Office of the Dean of the College


12:00 - 1:30 PM, PETTERUTI LOUNGE      


Michelle Cruz - Developing Culturally Responsible Science Curriculum for English Language Learners; advisor - Diane Silva Pimentel

William Martin - The Importance of Providence in Your Brown Education

Gwendolene Mugodi - #WeNeedDiverseBooks: How the lack of representation in children's literature is affecting how well children learn; advisor - Anani Dzidzienyo

Facilitator:  Janet Cooper Nelson, University Chaplain




William Lee - Video Games at Brown

Joshua Lu - Video Games at Brown

Robin Manley - Digital Leviathan: the Cybernetic Enlightenment of the Alt-Right; advisors - Paul Nahme, Wendy Chun

Facilitator:  Yolanda Rome, Office of the Dean of the College


12:00 - 1:30 PM, PETTERUTI LOUNGE      


Alex Vidmar - Making Meaning with Alchemical Aesthetics: Theory, Practice, and the Divine in Michael Maier’s 1618 Atalanta Fugiens; advisor - Tara Nummedal

Brigitte Dale - Radical Actors: the Women's Social and Political Union's Staging of the Suffrage Campaign; advisor - Kelly Colvin

Jordan Waller - Regional Identity and the Development of the Central Asia Nuclear-Weapon-Free Zone; advisors - Nina Tannenwald, Jordan Branch

Mika Matsuno - St. Helena and the British Empire 1861-1901; advisor - Rachel Franklin

Sarah Novicoff - Establishment and Civil War at the Government Hospital for the Insane; advisor - Jennifer Lambe

Facilitator:  Kelly Garrett, LGBTQ Center


5:30 - 7:00 PM, LEUNG GALLERY      


Ari Bard - On the Rhetorical and Bioethical Dimensions of Prelingual Cochlear Implantation; advisor - Jeffrey Poland

Rachael Cholak - Brown Donut Club

Martha Epstein - An Original Play about Theater in Prison; advisors - Elmo Terry-Morgan, Peggy Chang

Jason Goettisheim - The Impact of State Laws for Minor Consent on Prenatal Care; advisor - Gary Wessel

Yuna Hur - The Effectiveness of the Flipped Classroom Model on Students’ Learning; advisor - Kathryn Spoehr

Anthony Mei - Life-course Associations between Access to Green Space and Blood Lipid Levels; advisor Eric Loucks

Aliyah Olaniyan - The Importance of Resources; advisors - Kevin Bath, Meghan Gallo

Christian Suarez - Holy are the Immonde: Farm Sanctuaries and the Countercultural Contours of Interspecies Devotion; advisors - Thangam Ravindranathan, Iris Montero Sobrevilla, Nancy Jacobs

Dara Wais, Dorinda Fong, Annika MacEwan - Stormwater Management Design Plan for Parking Lot at Fort Adams; advisor - Ian Gonsher

Michele Winter - Comparative Analysis of CNNs and DoG Filters to Model Mouse Visual Cortex; advisor - Thomas Serre

7:00 - 8:00 PM, LEUNG GALLERY      


Roundtable Presenters

Julia Tompkins
Julia is from Brooklyn, New York and concentrates in English on the nonfiction track. During her time at Brown, she has written and edited for The College Hill Independent, and danced on the Poler Bears. In Brooklyn, Julia first became interested in trains and the individuals who ride them. This interest led her to write her nonfiction thesis on long-haul Amtrak trains.

Clemencia Garcia-Kasimirowski
Clemencia is a concentrating in History of Art and Architecture. Her senior thesis on makeshift Islamic architectures in the Ritsona, refugee camp in Greece, combined her interest in refugee and migration studies with her background in architectural studies. Outside of her academics, Clemencia is a DUG leader for the History of Art and Architecture Department and is Co-President of the Brown French House.

Vanhana Ravi
Vandhana is a senior from Bangalore, India. She is an engaged scholar in Sociology and double-concentrates in Literary Arts. Through her time at Brown, she's been really interested in different forms of co-creating and documenting knowledge with communities as a form of activism. She created her senior capstone on the importance of public libraries in building digital justice in Providence.

Nicole Martinez
Nicole is a Literary Arts concentrator who watches way too much TV. Luckily, she discovered her passion for screenwriting sophomore year and could justify all this TV watching as "important research."

Thrice Upon a Time, her thesis, a sci-fi/fantasy comedy, is extremely meaningful to her, as it stars a diverse, inclusive cast of characters as they attempt to navigate the wackiness of time travel gone wrong. She conceived of it during her Advanced Screenwriting class when she was torn between writing a show set in the Renaissance era or one set in the distant future (complete with sci-fi space elements). She decided to go with both and call it a day.

Brett Halperin
Brett is a senior from the Boston area, studying an independent concentration, Government and Economics. Applying theory to practice within Providence, he has interned for the Rhode Island Office of Management & Budget and co-created a virtual tour of Providence that dynamically retrieves U.S. census data. Through the open curriculum, he has studied computational arts at the Rhode Island School of Design and Spanish at the Universidad de Granada, Spain. On campus, he is actively involved with Brown Innovation for Health, Brown/RISD STEAM and Ivy Film Festival. For his senior capstone, he has worked on the data, design, and dynamics of an economic simulation game under development at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Personal website: http://www.bretthalperin.com

Annie Prusky
Annie is concentrating independently in Socio-Cultural Linguistics. She is a DUG leader for the Linguistics DUG, and she has been working since the summer of 2017 on her deaf-accessible exhibit at the Lippitt House Museum in Providence.

Conor Regan
A concentrator in Philosophy, Politics, Economics, Conor's thesis applies lessons learned from the Clinton administration's intervention in the Balkans to contemporary U.S.-Syria foreign policy. Conor hails from Massachusetts and plans to pursue a career in law and politics.

Lianne Cho
Lianne was born and raised in Toronto, Canada. Her concentration at Brown University is Neuroscience, and she plans to pursue a career as a physician-scientist. She is passionate about mental health, and in addition to exploring the unknown in brain science, she is also interested in the ways institutions play a role in promoting well-being on a structural level.

Beatrice Bugane
I am an international student from Brazil and Italy, and I study English Literature. Much of my international identity has been shaped by the International Mentoring Program and the work that it does---IMP has helped me make a home of Brown, and this has in turn propelled me into becoming active in student groups on campus. At Brown I've spent my time rehearsing in Brown's oldest all-female a Capella group, The Chattertocks, and engaging in mental health advocacy through Project LETS. This summer, I'll be working at W. W. Norton & Company in New York City in a publishing internship, and in the fall I'll pursue an MFA in Fiction at the University of Oregon.

Andrew Stamboulidis
Andrew is a senior at Brown University majoring in an independent concentration in Politics, Philosophy, and Economics. He is from Long Island, New York and enjoys fishing, traveling, and playing basketball. Having spent a semester abroad in Thessaloniki, Greece, Andrew enjoys meeting new people and exploring the culture of his ancestry. After graduation, Andrew plans to attend law school and work on criminal justice reform in the United States.

Alina Joharjian
Alina is a senior at Brown University studying Public Policy. She lead Brown’s Public Policy Undergraduate Group from 2016-2018, where she organized inclusivity initiatives for first generation and low-income college students in the department. During her time at Brown she has also worked with Design for America and a student-run social venture, Tink Knit. Alina interned at Governor Gina M. Raimondo's Office and at an education technology startup, Kinvolved, which aims to solve chronic absenteeism. These experiences have shaped Alina’s interest in data-driven, innovative government that is representative of its citizens.

Adrian Grant-Alfieri
As a Social Innovation concentrator, Adrian is passionate about studying entrepreneurs seeking to drive positive change through a social or environmental lens. For his senior thesis, Adrian developed a customized investment criteria framework through which to analyze the mass adoption potential of alternative protein companies. Adrian is currently weighing job opportunities upon graduation to join seed-stage startup operations or venture capital analyst programs.

Trang Duong
Trang Duong is a senior at Brown University, majoring in Applied Mathematics and Development Studies. She is the CEO of Penta Prosthetics Group, a social venture that has repurposed $3M worth of used prosthetic limbs for amputees in developing countries. Trang is currently a Social Innovation Fellow at Brown's Swearer Center and a Yale Entrepreneurship Institute fellow. Trang has been awarded the Clinton Global Foundation one-year grant, McKinsey 2017 Women’s Impact Award, Yale’s Rothberg 4catalyzer award and Brown Venture Prize.

Camila Ruiz Segovia
Camila Ruiz Segovia is a senior from Mexico City double concentrating in Political Science and Latin American and Caribbean Studies. She is a passionate advocate against the War on Drugs in her home country and in Latin America. She worked as a research assistant at the Watson Institute, interned with the Drug Policy Alliance, and served as a civil society representative at the United Nations Special Session on Drugs. She is the Assistant Director of Catalyst, a pilot educational program about the War on Drugs for high school students from across the Americas.

Anna Schwartz
Anna Schwartz is concentrating in music cognition, an independent concentration that intersects her passion for music as an oboist in the Brown University Orchestra with her interest in clinical neurology. On campus, Anna is an independent concentrations co-coordinator at the Curricular Resource Center, where she advises students who are interested in pursuing a personalized field of study, and she is a site-leader of the Partnership for Adult Learning Program through the Bonner Community Fellows Program. Anna aspires to integrate her artistic skills in her future medical career.

Gabriel Reyes
Gabriel Reyes is a native of Albuquerque, New Mexico graduating this May with a concentration in Cognitive Neuroscience. He is one of the lead Coordinators for the New Scientist Collective, an organization at Brown aimed at support minorities in science, and is a passionate proponent of diversity and inclusion in science. Gabriel aspires to attain a graduate degree in Cognitive Neuroscience and Education.

Clayton Sanford
Clayton Sanford is an Applied Math-Computer Science concentrator graduating in May. For the past year, he has researched machine learning with computer science professors Michael Littman and Eli Upfal, and he wrote a senior thesis about that research. While at Brown, he has worked as a computer science TA and HTA and been a leader of the Brown Outing Club and the Applied Math DUG. After graduation, he plans to return to California to work as a data scientist at LinkedIn and to escape Providence's cold weather.

Alex Vidmar
Alex Vidmar '18 is a senior double-concentrating in an independent concentration called Western Esoteric Studies and Renaissance and Early Modern Studies. He is dedicated to thinking about the past and present in a dynamic, interdisciplinary way, even when that means getting himself in over his head. More than anything, his senior year has taught him the value of working with other people and the power of dedicating oneself to service and accessibility, especially when it comes to academic communities. He is excited and proud to share his work with you today!

Alicia DeVos
Alicia DeVos prefers the Oxford comma but understands the logic behind omitting it. She likes to run in circles and eat blueberries for fun, but not simultaneously. She concentrates in computer science but concentrates on reading stories a lot of the time as well. She wonders how the power grammar and style guides hold can be wielded to encourage inclusive language use as well as consistency and clarity.

Grace Monk
Grace Monk is a senior concentrating in Classics and Comparative Literature with Spanish, English, and Latin. While abroad in Valparaíso, Chile, Grace became interested in street art and organized a mural series named Memorias del Territorio; she then continued her work with street art in Athens. Grace is an undergraduate fellow at the Cogut Institute for the Humanities and Brown’s Center for Latin American and Carribean Studies. She is from New York City, and next year she will be teaching in Bogotá.

Emily Sun
Emily is concentrating in Ethnic Studies. She will start work at the Metropolitan Museum of Art after graduation.

Alana Felton
Alana will be graduating from Brown with an A.B. in Slavic Studies. This was not her intention when she came to Brown, but after being introduced to Russian language and literature, there was no turning back. During Spring 2017, she studied abroad in Yaroslavl, Russia where she did a Global Independent Study Project about the role of the Russian Orthodox Church in post-Soviet Russia. This research led her to her thesis topic which explores how art in post-Soviet Russia has become a medium through which artists, Orthodox believers, and the Church try to define post-Soviet Russian culture and national identity. Next year, Alana will begin to pursue a PhD in Slavic Languages and Literatures at Yale University.

Carol Shi
I am a senior concentrating in public health. I grew up in Northern California, and since a young age, have wanted to pursue medicine as a career. When I came to Brown and started studying public health, I realized how important it is for doctors to understand social determinants of health when treating their patients. I will be attending Alpert Medical School next year. I love traveling, cooking and baking, and playing with my dog Chester!

Nikki Ubinas
Nicole Ubinas is an Africana Studies and Latin American and Caribbean Studies concentrator from the neighborhood of Washington Heights in New York City. As a Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellow, her research engages African diaspora studies, Black feminist theory and praxis, and race discourses in Latin America and the Caribbean. She is an avid dancer, and she will soon be pursuing a Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship in the Dominican Republic.

Sholei Croom
Sholei Croom is a senior from Morristown, NJ studying cognitive science. Their project concerns reorganizing the Queer Alliance at Brown after it went on hiatus in 2015. Beginning in the summer of 2016, this continuing process involved assessing the needs of LGBTQ+ students on campus and developing sustainable and equitable leadership/programming structures. In addition to their service towards queer and trans students on campus, Sholei is also passionate about visual perception research and plans to pursue a PhD in cognitive science in the near future.

Isabella Kres-Nash
Isabella Kres-Nash is a Senior studying Political Science and History. Originally from Seattle, Washington, Isabella has spent her time at Brown studying American politics and the history civil rights with a focus on of American slavery. Her thesis project harnesses the potential of disability theory to deepen understandings of power structures that protected the institution of slavery in the Antebellum South.

Edward Kai Yan Tie
Edward Tie is a senior concentrating in Science, Technology, & Society. His honors thesis—supported by a Cogut Undergraduate Fellowship and an Undergraduate Teaching and Research Award—brings queer studies, literary theory, and the history of science to bear on gay pulp fiction, a neglected queer archive that testifies to the twined histories of psychiatry, surveillance, and sexual politics from 1950–1980. Edward plans to attend Brown's Warren Alpert Medical School in the fall, where he hopes to pursue his burgeoning interests in psychiatry, the health humanities, and medical journalism.

Liliana Sampedro
Liliana is concentrating in ethnic studies and sociology. She currently works for the Curricular Resource Center advising students on fellowships, internships, and research opportunities and producing an undocumented and DACAmented student resource guide. She is the daughter of Mixtec immigrants from Oaxaca and throughout her time at Brown has been a part of MEChA, Brown Student Labor Alliance and helped to revive Brown Immigrant Rights Coalition. After graduation, she plans to take a year off and live in her hometown of Eugene, Oregon before applying to ethnic studies Ph.D. programs.

Erin West
Erin is a senior concentrating in Development Studies and Gender & Sexuality Studies. Her work at Brown both in and outside the classroom centers around sexual violence and other forms of interpersonal harm. As someone invested in feminist critique, Erin is concerned with what happens when states and other large institutions adopt feminist politics. She explores these concerns in her thesis, which ultimately aims to uncover the inherent contradiction in USCIS’ purported humanitarian aims to protect immigrants from violence and immigration applicants’ actual experience of the US immigration system as a violent apparatus of state power.

Natalie Lerner
Natalie grew up in Portland, Oregon and will always have her heart in the West. She is interested in a lot of things including health equity, immigration justice, anti-gentrification work, and interfaith organizing. At Brown, she studies Ethnic Studies and Latin American Studies and does some pre-med stuff. She doesn't really know what she wants to do with all of that, but hopefully some kind of direct service within an organizing framework. Natalie is invested in living her life Jewishly and in building radical, loving Jewish community wherever she goes.

Kaya Salem
Kai Salem is a graduating senior who uses state energy policy to fight for climate justice. At Brown, she is an Engaged Scholar in Environmental Studies, blending her extracurricular activist work with her academic research in environmental policy. In Rhode Island, she represents the Rhode Island Student Climate Coalition on the Environment Council of RI and in the EnergizeRI Coalition for carbon pricing. When taking a break from fighting against climate change, Kai enjoys working with local musicians at WBRU and cooking vegetarian food in the Environmental Program Houses.

Michelle Cruz
I am from Miami, Florida. I identify as Cuban-American and enjoy dancing to all kinds of music. My favorite thing to do is organize events on campus for the community and I have been able to do so through the BCSC (Brown Center for Students of Color) as a Latino Heritage Series Programmer. In May, I am graduating in Materials Chemistry and I'm so proud for being able to say this because it was not easy... at all.

William Martin
William Martin is a senior at Brown University studying English.

Gwendolene Mugodi
Gwen Mugodi is an international student from Zimbabwe graduating from Brown this May with a degree in Africana Studies and Literary Arts. A storyteller at heart, she's always thinking of how to engage with the world through visual, oral or written stories. She is the founder of Tareva, a publishing venture that produces quality children's storybooks written by Zimbabwean writers and centering the range of Zimbabwean experiences, cultures and languages.

William Lee
Willy Lee is the President of Brown Esports Team and is currently a senior at Brown University preparing for a 5th Year Master’s Degree in Psychology. Originally a recruited varsity athlete on Brown’s Swimming and Diving Team, Willy quit after his second year and founded Brown’s Esports Team. Today, Willy teaches a class on video games and leads research that uncovers mechanisms that drive or inhibit partner selection.

Joshua Lu
Joshua Lu is the president and cofounder of Brown Esports Team and is concentrating in English and Computer science. He is a former section editor of Post- Magazine at Brown and helps lead a GISP on video games.

Robin Manley
Robin is concentrating in Modern Culture and Media.

Brigitte Dale
Brigitte Dale wrote her honors history thesis on the British women's suffrage movement. Her work challenges the notion of what was radical about the female suffrage campaigns of the early 20th century and considers the implications for women advancing to public office today. At Brown, Brigitte is on the Musical Forum theatre production board and is a senior editor for the Brown Journal of History. Most recently, she choreographed MF's spring musical, Heathers.

Jordan Waller
Jordan Waller is a senior double concentrating in Political Science and History. At Brown, she has been involved in Model United Nations, the Political Science Department Undergraduate Group, and has worked as a research assistant for a faculty member in the Political Science department. She is originally from Chicago, IL.

Mika Matsuno
Mika Matsuno was born in Oakland, California. She concentrates in history and sociology, and her favorite cake is carrot cake.

Sarah Novicoff
Sarah Novicoff is a senior concentrating in History from Los Angeles, CA. She currently leads the History Departmental Undergraduate Group and coordinated the Brown Refugee Youth Tutoring and Enrichment Program in her sophomore year. Sarah still works as a tutor in that program and continues to work on improving the Providence Schools as a Research Assistant for Dr. Matthew Kraft in the Department of Education.

Poster Presenters

Ari Bard
I'm pursuing an independent concentration in bioethics and have particular interest in the ethics of disability, enhancement, and animal exploitation.

Rachael Cholak
I am the Founder and Presidonut of Brown Donut Club. My love for donuts was born at my dad's restaurant, Mike's Donuts and Chicken, in Kenosha, WI. I am also affectionately known as The Donut Queen.

Martha Epstein
Martha was born and raised in New York City. She is doing an independent concentration called The Art and Science of Human Behavior, which primarily uses theater and psychology to study human behavior and the development of character. She plans on moving back to New York after graduation to pursue theater and film acting.

Jason Goettisheim

I am a senior studying computer science and biology with significant coursework in economics. I'm interested in the intersection of technology, education, and public health, and in the ways that my scientific background can inform my research in the social sciences and policy-adjacent fields. In my time at Brown, I've taken classes in 15 departments, interned for the RI governor, conducted research for the history department, and directed a musical. I've been fortunate at Brown to have had the opportunity to use such diverse coursework to bring topics from different fields into conversation with one another, and have found such interdisciplinary academic work to be extremely fulfilling.

Yuna Hur
Yuna is a senior from Long Island concentrating in cognitive science and education studies. This project came about after having taken both CLPS courses her junior year and was inspired to blend her research interests in the cognitive aspects of how humans learn to real-life applications. In her free time, Yuna enjoys spending time with her family, watching sports, and the outdoors. She is so grateful for being part of the CRC community the past few years!

Anthony Mei
Anthony is a senior studying Health and Human Biology. As the first in his family to attend college, he is interested in how social factors influence people's experiences. He developed this project in order to assess the relationship between a person's neighborhood and their health. He hopes this project will contribute to knowledge on structural determinants of cardiovascular health.

Aliyah Olaniyan
I am concentrating in Cognitive Neuroscience with a strong interest in how it can be applied to public health. I am interested in the developmental changes that occur when people are in environments that lack resources. I am also interested in using this research to create and evaluate public health programs.

Christian Suarez
Christian is a Latinx senior from Visalia, California, just west of Sequoia National Park. Influenced by his passion for animals, he has spent his four years at Brown thinking with animals as an Animal Studies IC concentrator (along with French) and is co-founder of Brown's Animal Rights Coalition. He is particularly interested in the crossroads of intersectional animal rights, spirituality, and Latin American studies and his thesis is the product of an animal care internship for Farm Sanctuary. In the future, Christian will continue working with and for animals.

Dara Weis, Dorinda Fong, Annika MacEwan
This is Dara, Dorinda, and Annika's senior capstone together. We are all engineering students in the Engaged Scholars Program so finding a community partner to work with initially was an important focus for us.

Michele Winter
I am a graduating senior from North Providence, Rhode Island. My passion for neural modeling stems from a fascination with both math and neuroscience, leading me to pursue an independent concentration in Cognitive Neuroscience. In my free time, I enjoy baking.

Theories in Action 2017

view all video of roundtable sessions here

Monday, May 1, 2017

12:00 pm - 2:00 pm, Petteruti Lounge, Campus Center, 75 Waterman Street

Roundtable: Imagining Identities in Movement: How do cultural texts embody and illuminate history and identity?

(video here) - Facilitator: Kelly Garrett, Director, LGBTQ Center

  • Laura Valle-Gutierrez, From El Barrio to la Banlieue: Fictions of Identity in Nuyorican and Beur Literature; advisors - Emily Drumsta, Leticia Alvarado

  • Noah Fields, Writing Nightlife: A Queer Poetics; advisors - Drew Walker, Micah Salkind, Elmo Terry-Morgan

  • Sam Lin-Sommer, Navigating Cape Town: a Poetic Cartography; advisors - Stefano Bloch, Colleen Daniher

  • Sofia Rower, Reconstructions of the Past in the Present for the Future: The Music and Videos of M. Lamar; advisors - Francoise Hamlin, Ralph Rodriguez, Leticia Alvarado, Mónica Martínez

  • Stefania Gomez, “this sense of heaven”:  Political Imaginary in Jamila Woods’s HEAVN; advisors - Micah Salkind, Mónica Martínez, Virginia Thomas, Leticia Alvarado


Tuesday, May 2, 2017

12:00 pm - 2:00 pm, Petteruti Lounge, Campus Center

Roundtable: Reimagining Power in Education (video here) - Facilitator: Nirva LaFortune, Program Manager & Advisor, Presidential Scholars Program, Dean of the College office

  • Anne Fosburg, Toward a Radical University: Critical Pedagogy in Higher Education; advisors - Christina Villareal, Ravit Reichman, Sebastian Ruth

  • Bruna Lee, Teaching and Learning for Social Justice at Breakthrough Providence; advisors - Andrea Flores, Marisa Chock, Nicholas Bernardo

  • Katya Barrett, A Case Study on Immigrant Adolescents in the French Public School System; advisor - Rachel Kantrowitz

  • Sarah-Eve Dill, Migrant Schools, Social Networks, and Strategies for Assimilation in China's New Urbanization; advisors - Elena Shih, Julia Chuang

  • Yuval Yossefy, In Pursuit of Holistic Academics: Feminist Economists' Critiques of Objectivity; advisor - Lukas Rieppel


Wednesday, May 3, 2017

12:00 pm - 2:00 pm, Petteruti Lounge, Campus Center

Roundtable: Moving Beyond Health Inequality (video here) - Facilitator: Jenn Steinfeld, Program Manager, Swearer Center for Public Service

  • Molly Gibson Hawes & Stefanie Kaufman, Listening to the Patient: Mental Illness from a Social Model of Disability; advisors - Alan Harlam, Lizzie Pollock

  • Nancy Truong, This is How We Win: A Qualitative Study of Vietnamese Nail Salon Workers in the Bay Area; advisor - Elena Shih

  • Ryan Segur, Sex-linked Trait Brain Heterogeneity: Debunking an Inherently Male or Female Brain; advisor - Monica Linden

  • Sage Fanucchi-Funes, “Can we just have the babies?”: An Analysis of Midwifery in Rhode Island and the Treatment of Low Income Patients and Patients of Color; advisor - Debbie Weinstein

  • Sarah Hsu, Improving Prisoners Health in Rhode Island: A Two-Front Educational Intervention to Reduce Barriers to Prisoners’ Health; advisors - Susan Short, Brad Brockmann

  • Vi Mai, Contesting HIV/AIDS in Cuba: The Stories Behind the Headlines; advisor - Daniel A. Rodriguez


12:00 pm - 1:30 pm, MEMORIAL ROOM 229, Campus Center

Roundtable: Developing and Sustaining International Partnerships for Research and Design- Facilitator: Peggy Chang, Associate Dean of the College & Director, Curricular Resource Center

  • Macklin Fluehr, Designing International Student Product Design Programs: A Field Guide; advisors - Christopher Bull, Alan Harlam, Lili Hermann

  • Miranda Olson, From Palliative Care Capacity Building to Community-level Service Provision: St. Luke Hospital Case Study; advisor - James Egan


Thursday, May 4, 2017

12:00 pm - 2:00 pm, Petteruti Lounge, Campus Center

Roundtable: Racialized State Violence - Facilitator: Yolanda Rome, Associate Dean for First-Year and Sophomore Studies

  • Myacah Sampson, Policing the Homeless in New Mexico; advisor - Jordan T. Camp, Mónica Martínez

  • Phoebe Young, (Re)Imagining Brown 250+: Colonization, Enslavement, and the Making of an American University; advisor - Mónica Martínez

  • Victor Bramble, Watts 1965: (Un)Dominating Photography of Protest, Riot, and Rebellion; advisor - Ariella Azoulay


Friday, May 5, 2017

12:00 pm - 2:00 pm, Memorial room 229, Campus Center

Roundtable: BurningMac (Group Independent Study Project) - Facilitator: Janet Isserlis AM & MAT alumna, Adult Literacy Specialist, Community Partner

  • Eren Can Ileri, BurningMac

  • Liz Gaccione, BurningMac

  • Michael Petro, BurningMac

  • Oscar Dupuy d’Angeac, BurningMac

  • Sonia Geba, BurningMac

    • GISP Advisors - Erik Ehn, Alan Flam


12:00 pm - 2:00 pm, Petteruti Lounge, Campus Center

Roundtable: Social Innovation and Community Engagement (video) - Facilitator: Alan Harlam, Adjunct Professor and Director, Social Innovation Initiative, Swearer Center

  • Jonathan Yakubov, Interactive Techniques for Teaching Math and Science to Minority Elementary Students; advisors - Jori Ketten, Dilania Inoa

  • Kaori Nagase, Building the RI Food System Through Engaged Scholarship; advisor - Dawn King

  • Maya Faulstich-Hon and Viraj Sikand, Kulisha: Bugs and Fish and Social Innovation; advisors - Alan Harlam & Lizzie Pollock

    • www.kulishafeed.com

  • Mia Gold, Art as Activism: Exploring Community Engagement through Visual Culture; advisors - Jori Ketten, Gloria Greenfield, Sherine Hamdy

  • Ruby Goldberg, Computer Science, Social Impact, and Social Responsibility; advisors - Andries van Dam, Kerri Heffernan


4:00 pm - 6:00 pm, Petteruti Lounge, Campus Center

Roundtable: Globalization, Development, and the Digital Age - Facilitator: Gelonia Dent, PhD'99, Director, Science Center

  • Andrea Zhu, Ruthless Fantasies: Infrastructural Development and Gendered Immobility at the China-Myanmar Border; advisors - Elena Shih, Evelyn Hu-DeHart

  • Elaine Wang, Forbidden Cities: A Study of (De)gated Communities in Beijing; advisors - Dietrich Neumann, Itohan Osayimwese

  • Melodi Dincer, Holy Internet: Creating God for the Digital Age; advisor - Paul Nahme, Kerri Heffernan

  • Paula Martinez Gutierrez, Explaining Variations in Violence: Civil Allyship and Drug War Outcomes in China and Mexico; advisors - Rahul Mediratta, Janice Gallagher, Claudia Elliott


4:00 pm - 6:00 pm, Leung Family Gallery, Campus Center

Poster Session - Facilitator: Peggy Chang, Associate Dean of the College & Director, Curricular Resource Center

  • Angela Marie Teng, Colonialism and Contact: Continuity and Change in Philippine Ceramic Trade from the 14th through 18th Centuries; advisors - John Cherry, Katherine Brunson

  • Andrew Vann, A Three Dimensional Analysis of Sustainable Development in Providence; advisors - Kurt Teichert, Martina Haggerty

  • Brandon Louis Frilot Dale, An Ethnobotanist's Journey: The Intersection of Chemistry, People and Plants; advisors - Fred Jackson, Amit Basu

  • Danielle Perelman, Documentary Film & Trauma; advisor - Keith Brown

  • Jieyi Cai, Intergenerational Trauma and Mental Health in Asian American Immigrant Families; advisors - Don Operario, Brian Hayden

  • Kimberly Meilun, Negotiation and Strategic Communication: Intersections and Divisions of Social Change Communication and Business Communication; advisors, Barrymore Bogues, Jack Simony, Zachary Metz, Sheila Ennis, Brown University Mediation Project

  • Leah Jones, Queer People and Allies for the Advancement of Medicine: Progress from four years of health advocacy; advisor - Timothy Empkie

  • Neil Wathore, Enhancing Usability of Popular Health and Wellness Apps; advisors - John G. Thomas, Rena Wing

  • Pia Ceres, Diversity and the Representation in Children's and Young Adult Literature; advisor - Laura Snyder

  • Radhika Singhal, Income Inequality and Infant Mortality in India; advisor - Andrew Foster

  • Sakura Nakada, Attenuation of apoptosis in hypoxic-ischemic neonatal rat brains with Inter-Alpha Inhibitor Proteins; advisor - Barbara Stonestreet

  • Tia Heywood, Feels Like Home: a Touchable Art Exhibition; advisors - Paul Myoda, Theresa Ganz


Saturday, May 6, 2017

1:00 pm - 3:00 pm, Petteruti Lounge, Campus Center

Roundtable: Reclaiming Identity - Facilitator: Peggy Chang, Associate Dean of the College & Director, Curricular Resource Center

  • Anna Stacy, Beyond Color-Blind Casting: Inclusivity and Accessibility in Shakespearean Theater

  • Ayomide Omobo, Invoking Osun: Writing Representation and Resistance for Black Women; advisor - Chika Unigwe

  • Charlie Scott, Experiential Aesthetic(s): Storytelling & Photography; advisor - José Itzigsohn

  • Lisa Borst, Between the Books and the Living: Gender, Genre, and Queer Autotheory; advisors - Catherine Imbriglio, Kate Schapira

  • Mae Verano, Performing A Homeland: An Analysis of the Use of Filipino Folk Dancing in Filipino American Identity Building; advisor - Naoko Shibusawa


3:00 pm - 5:00 pm, Petteruti Lounge, Campus Center

Roundtable: Politics of Representation and Social Change - Facilitator: Jim Amspacher, Career Counselor & Director, Careers in the Common Good, Career LAB

  • Arely Diaz, Cease to Resist: How Policy Perpetuates Respectability within Marginalized Groups; advisor - Mónica Martínez

  • Christine Baltazar, The Impact of Social Media on Government-Constituent Interactions: The Egyptian Revolution and Chinese Censorship; advisor - Wendy Schiller

  • Liz Gaccione, Conceptualizing Time in Recovery; advisors - Irene Glasser, Bhrigupati Singh

  • Renata Mauriz, (Re)Envisioning Immigrant Narratives: Organizing for Dignity – Not Inclusion; advisors - Kevin Escudero, Yalidy Matos, Mónica Martínez

  • Samuel Rubinstein, The Profit Motive and Policing: How Legislation in Missouri After Ferguson to Curb Towns’ Reliance on Court Fine Revenues Changed Policing and Enforcement; advisors - Ross Cheit, Paul Testa


Tuesday, May 9, 2017

12:00 PM - 2:15 PM, Memorial Room 229, Campus Center

Roundtable: Independent Concentrations and the Spirit of the Open Curriculum - Facilitator: Peggy Chang, Associate Dean of the Dean & Director, Curricular Resource Center

  • Dolma Ombadykow, What Only the Corpse Might Know; advisor - Lundy Braun

  • Jasmine Liu, State and Citizen Dynamics in Energy Transitions; advisor - Bathsheba Demuth

  • Madeline Chin, "Ill-Conditioned" Bodies: Negotiating Public Health Citizenship Along the U.S.-Mexico Border, 1945-1970; advisors - Daniel A. Rodriguez, Katherine Mason, Andrea Flores

  • Morgan Cheatham, Lasso Investing; advisors - Kareen Rozen, Tim Kraska, Danny Warshay, Jonas Clark


2017 Senior Exchange Presenters


Andrea Zhu

Andrea is a senior from Brookline, MA concentrating in Development Studies. Next year she will be working for the New York City government as an Urban Fellow.

Anna Stacy

Anna Stacy is an anthropology concentrator focusing on science and technology, evolutionary biology, and museum studies. Outside of the classroom, she is an actress, director, and chair of Shakespeare on the Green, as well as a graphic designer.

Anne Fosburg

I am a first-semester senior concentrating in an IC in Critical Pedagogy. I'm originally from Park City, Utah, and began studying Critical Pedagogy after taking a series of independent study courses in experimental education models. I hope to teach in some capacity after graduating from Brown, but I don't yet know what that context will be.

Ayomide Omobo

Ayomide Omobo is a Nigerian-American first generation immigrant. She is graduating with an AB in Anthropology and intends to be a doctor. She is passionate about social justice especially as it pertains to race, gender and queerness and their many intersections.

Brandon Dale

Brandon is a senior pursuing honors in an independent concentration Ethnopharmacognosy (Chemistry and Anthropology) with a focus on medicinal plants. Additionally, Brandon is an Engaged Scholar and is also pre-med. Throughout his time at Brown, Brandon has devoted much of his energy to community engagement, research and service in various capacities. Brandon has served in an organization called HOPE, Housing Opportunities For People Everywhere, that mobilizes students to combat issues of homelessness in Rhode Island, leading the group in his final year. Brandon has also served as an EMT for Brown Emergency Services for two years, while also being involved with chemical and biological research here at Brown since freshman year. Following graduation, Brandon hopes to conduct research for a year through before matriculating to the Mount Sinai Ichan School of Medicine in New York.

Bruna Lee

I am a Comparative Literature and Education Studies double concentrator. My capstone project in Education Studies has allowed me to explore my interests in culturally relevant teaching, problem-posing methodology, and critically conscious pedagogy through the lens of curriculum development. This project has allowed me to strengthen my relationship with Breakthrough Providence, a local non-profit organization that successfully couples educational theory and praxis.


Charlie Scott

My English Pronouns are they/them/theirs. With my traditional moccasins on, I am on the path of revitalizing Diné understandings of knowledges and being(s) while trying to reclaim the medium of photography for empowerment. I’m still learning ways to be resilient, accessible, and compassionate alongside my communities' and my own trauma.



Andrew Vann

I am a senior from the Gold Coast, Australia, I am an amateur astronomer, a lover of the outdoors and a card-carrying geek. Having grown up in a coastal city where an urban lifestyle is 5 minutes away from the beach and 30 away from the mountains, sustainable development was always an interest of mine. My passion for sustainability is driven by my desire to see my children put their physical and intellectual resources into their dreams, rather than cleaning up after the dreams of others.

Jieyi Cai

I am a senior concentrating in Psychology and History. I am particularly interested in the mental health needs of underserved communities, such as communities of color. Around campus I have been involved in various Asian American student groups and I am a staffer at the Brown Center for Students of Color and the Sarah Doyle Women's Center.

Leah Jones

Leah is a senior public health concentrator and helped start the club Queer People and Allies for the Advancement of Medicine as a first-year. Since then, QPAAM has been a central part of her time at Brown. She has loved working with Brown students and Providence community members on health advocacy projects, and has partnered with diverse groups including Psychological Services, Bwell, Project Weber, Sage RI and Youth Pride RI.

Neil Wathore

Neil is a concentrator in Applied Mathematics and an independent concentrator in Nutrition and Health; it's an odd combination. He intends to make an impact in the health and wellness space, and math will likely be a tool employed in doing so. This goal has guided his work in granting speech recognition and automation capabilities to popular health and wellness apps.

Pia Ceres

As a double-concentrator in Education Studies and Comparative Literature, Pia is passionate about the intersection of language and educational equity. A course in Adolescent Literature taught by Prof. Laura Snyder sparked her interest in the significance of books that are representative of the diverse youth who read them, a fascination she continued to pursue as an intern in the children's book publishing industry. She is excited by research youth ethnic identity development, home-cooked Filipino food, and the thrill of opening a new book.

Sakura Nakada

At Brown, Sakura discovered a passion for molecular biology and human physiology. For the past two years she has assisted in Dr. Stonestreet's research on Inter-Alpha Inhibitor Proteins (IAIPs) and their potentially beneficial anti-inflammatory properties to decrease brain injury in neonatal rats. She believes in fostering the potential of each child, and hopes to continue to contribute towards the day when every child will achieve its full potential.


Christine Baltazar

Christine Baltazar is a senior from Sacramento, California concentrating in Political Science. She serves as a Community Advisor at Hope, Co-Chair of Filipino Alliance, sings with the Alef Beats, and is on the boards of Alexander Hamilton Society and Asian American Student Association. Beyond enjoying her extracurriculars and frequenting the Rockefeller Library, she is interested in law, international relations, furthering women empowerment, and chilling on the green with her ukelele. With her independent research on social media's impact on constituent-government interactions in Egypt and China, she hopes to share more insight in how millennials have the potential to change the world around them.

Elaine Wang

Elaine is majoring in Urban and Architectural Studies, with a focus on urbanization in China. She is passionate about community development, ceramics, and traveling the Trans-Siberian Railway.

Eren Can Ileri

because we are defined by our academics in this closed off universe(it), let's start with the basics: class of eighteen, five year ab theatre arts~scb cognitive neuroscience // born in boston, moved to istanbul when nine, lived intermittently in paris--ask me how i feel about the state of global politics // speaking of which, i am particularly interested in how narratives build political movements, and how movements in thought are catalysed by performance.

Jasmine Liu

Jasmine is an independent concentrator because she wants to be a specialist and generalist at the same time. She will be moving home to Singapore after graduation to become a government bureaucrat. Apart from environmental things, she is also interested in theatre, ballroom dancing and translated Russian literature.

Jonathan Yakubov

I am a senior biomedical engineering student. I am fluent in Russian and English. Fun fact: I had my first part-time job at the age of 13.

Katya Barrett

Katya is from Port Washington, New York and concentrates in Education Studies and Comparative Literature. She has spent most of her time at Brown thinking about learning and teaching in different contexts, including as a 4-year BRYTE tutor and as a teaching assistant for a GED class at the Rhode Island ACI. Her research focuses on understanding youth as educational experts and on the gaps between policy and practice. Following graduation, Katya will teach English for a year in a high school in Strasbourg, France, before returning to Brown to pursue a Masters of Arts in Teaching.

Kimberly Meilun

Kimberly is an English Nonfiction and Africana Studies concentrator. She specializes in strategic communication and negotiation in policy development and advocacy. She hopes to pursue a career in business communication, law, or NGO advocacy.

Laura Valle-Gutierrez

Laura is a senior concentrating in Comparative Literature with French and English, born in Puerto Rico and raised in Boulder, CO. She is interested in social justice and advocacy and and has worked with Generation Citizen over the past four years to empower youth in Providence to address community issues through action-based civics. Next year, Laura will be pursuing a 5th-year Masters in Public Affairs at the Watson Institute and plans to attend Law School in the future.

Lisa Borst

Lisa is a .5er, graduating next December, although she finished her thesis for the English Nonfiction Writing Program this spring. Lisa's thesis bridges topics and methodologies in queer theory and queer activism, journalism and cultural criticism, and literary studies. A Senior Editor at the College Hill Independent, she's interested in writing and publishing work that is accessible, personal, and politically actionable.

Liz Gaccione

Liz is a senior double concentrating in anthropology and public health. Her academic interests include addiction and recovery, homelessness, and social equity. She will be teaching middle school in Wahiawa, Hawaii as a corps member of Teach for America.

Macklin Fluehr

Macklin is pursuing an Independent Concentration in Engineering Design. He is particularly interested in program design for international development. When he’s not sailing for Brown he likes to play guitar.

Madeline Chin

Madeline Chin is a senior from Los Angeles, CA. Through her Independent Concentration in Medical Humanities, she is interested in exploring how people understand, make meaning out of, and convey the human experiences of illness and healing. She is also the Managing Director of Ivy Film Festival, one of the largest student-run film festivals in the world, based at Brown University.

Mae-Richelle Verano

Mae Verano is a senior studying both Ethnic Studies and Public Health who grounds both their academic and personal work within their experience as the child of two Filipino immigrants. Their work explores colonization and diasporic histories as they map onto their own body and the world around them. Mae considers their research an ongoing project of radical self-love in the imagined remains of U.S. and Spanish imperialism.

Maya Faulstich-Hon

Maya studies Environmental Studies and is from San Jose, Costa Rica. During her time at Brown, she's been involved with SCRAP (the composting club), the Engaged Scholars Program, and the Social Innovation Initiative. After graduation, she plans to continue working on Kulisha - a social venture that grows insects off of organic waste as a more sustainable alternative to fishmeal for use in animal feeds.

Melodi Dincer

I'm a Senior concentrating in Religious Studies and Classics (Latin). My project represents the culmination of my research as a Royce Fellow last summer and my senior thesis for Religious Studies. In it, I critically engage a Swedish religious movement, founded by atheist internet pirates, which creates a theology and ethical code from and for the Internet.

Mike Petro

Mike is a senior from Norwood, MA. He concentrates in Anthropology and Latin American and Caribbean Studies, is a member of the Engaged Scholars Program, and is an Undergraduate Fellow at the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies. His time at Brown has been focused on fostering religious community, engaging academically and personally with homelessness in Providence, and studying the intersection of faith, policy, and transnational migration.

Miranda Olson

Miranda is a senior AB-ScB Candidate in Global Health Narrative (IC) and Biomedical Engineering. While at Brown, her research experiences have included: Public Health research working with a community partner in Port-au-Prince, Haiti on palliative care development; User Experience research in the BrainGate2 neuroengineering lab; and audio narrative art installation design with the English National Ballet and the University of Roehampton in London, England. Miranda is also currently working as a Coordinator for the New Scientists Collective, a Health Career Peer Advisor, an EMT with Brown EMS, and an ENGN0040 Senior TA. Miranda is a Framework in Global Health Scholar (2017), Royce Fellow (2016), and LINK/SEW recipient (2016).

Nancy Truong

Nancy is a queer Asian-American from San Francisco, California. She has spent the past four years at Brown connecting her interests in health and medicine with social justice frameworks, labor organizing, social movements, and questions of the archive. In her free time, she enjoys eating donuts and dreaming about justice and liberation.

Noah Fields

Noah Fields is a queer witchboi language conjurer in the arcane arts of poetry, theatre, and music. Originally hailing from SoCal, he's graduating from Brown with degrees in Literary Arts and Gender and Sexuality Studies. He is fond of avocados and techno.

Oscar Dupuy d'Angeac

Oscar Dupuy d'Angeac is a senior graduating with a degree in Urban Studies. Through filmmaking he has explored the ways in which academic scholarship can contribute to - or hinder - grassroots political action and community organizing.

Paula Martínez Gutiérrez

Paula Martínez Gutiérrez is a senior concentrating in International Relations and History. She was born and raised in Mexico City, and finished high school in Hong Kong before coming to Brown. Paula is interested in international drug policy, and after graduation she will pursue a Masters in Public Policy as a Schwarzman Scholar in Tsinghua University, China.

Ryan Segur

Ryan is a non-binary transfemme student in Neuroscience who hopes to go to medical school in order to provide trauma-informed psychiatric care to transgender adolescents. Central to their work is theory which valuates gender-diverse persons as normative despite scientific and societal viewpoints which often claim otherwise. This presentation represents the culmination of their independent undergraduate research into the neural substrates of sex-linked trait heterogeneity in the human brain; using recent data to show that the human brain is naturally gender diverse.

Sage Fanucchi-Funes

Sage is a senior at Brown concentrating in American Studies and Gender and Sexuality Studies. She is a student staffer at Sarah Doyle Women's Center and is involved with a project aimed to reducing the rates of c-sections at Woman and Infants Hospital. She is interested in birth justice and plans to become a midwife.

Sam Lin-Sommer

I'm an extrovert from the suburbs of New York. I'm passionate about literature and justice and identity; this project was a combination of all of these things. Ask me about writing or food or wandering.

Sarah Hsu

Sarah Hsu is a senior from Los Angeles concentrating in Sociology. Over the past four years, she has focused on social change through community activism and the arts, and has served as the community fellow for Housing Opportunities for People Everywhere and the artistic director of Fusion Dance Company. After graduation, she will be spending a year at home with her family, teaching dance, and doing social justice work before returning to Brown for medical school.

Sarah-Eve Dill

Sarah-Eve Dill is a graduating senior in Development Studies. Her research focuses on rural-to-urban migrants and the effects of urbanization on legal and social categories. This presentation is a product of 15 months living and teaching at a school for migrant youth in Beijing, China.

Sofia Rower

Sofia Robledo Rower is a junior concentrating in Africana and Ethnic Studies, she is a white Latina who loves to write about music videos. She is a prison abolitionist with interests in gender self-determination, farming and healing work. You can catch her watching the Real Housewives of Atlanta whenever possible.

Sonia Geba

Sonia is a senior, concentrating in Modern European History. She has particular interests in diaspora groups, nationalism, and religious organizing.

Stefania Gomez

Stefania Gomez was raised on Chicago's South side and was lucky enough to come up through the city's incredible spoken word community. She is pursuing degrees in Literary Arts and Ethnic Studies and hopes to someday be an arts educator.

Tia Heywood

Tia Heywood is a senior double-concentrating in Visual Art and Ethnic Studies. She's interested in finding ways to create interactive experiences for art viewers, which has influenced her to make art that is meant to be touched. Another large influence on her art is nostalgia for her life growing up in Southeast Alaska.

Vi Mai

My name is Vi, and I was originally born in Vietnam but was raised in the States since the age of 9. I am interested in learning about international development, specifically the relationship between geopolitics and economic and social development, and plan to go to law school after graduation.

Victor Bramble

Victor is a senior Double Concentrating in Ethnic Studies and Modern Culture and Media. Victor's research focuses on digital media technologies, the construction of identity in America, and the continuation of colonial violence in the 21st century. In the Fall, Victor will begin a Ph.D. program in American studies at the University of Maryland.

Viraj Sikand

Viraj is from Nairobi, Kenya. After seeing the environmental destruction first hand caused by the demand for fishmeal near where he grew up, he decided to start a company with Maya to find a sustainable alternative. He plans to work on Kulisha full time upon graduation.

Yuval Yossefy

Yuval Yossefy hails from Long Island, NY and is extremely excited to be participating in Theories in Action this year! At Brown, he concentrates in the History of Economic Theory, an independent concentration that studies mathematical economic theories within their historical, social, and cultural contexts. Following graduation, Yuval will begin a two-year fellowship with Venture for America, which connects recent graduates to opportunities in cities with emerging entrepreneurial eco-systems.


Watch the 2016 Roundtables!

Check out the posters here.



Friday, April 29th:

  • "Artists in Action" Roundtable with Courtney Bowles and Mark Strandquist, 12:00PM, Stephen Robert '62 Campus Center, 75 Waterman Street, Room 229 (Memorial Room)
  • Senior Public Art Night (feat. Class Coordinating Board 2016), 6:00-8:00PM, Leung Family Gallery (Campus Center)
    • Check out Alif Ibrahim's video here.

Saturday, April 30th:

  • 10:00-11:20AM:
    • Roundtable: From Campus to Nation, Cities, and Migration, Kasper Multipurpose Room (Campus Center)
      • Anamaria Meneses Leon, Housing Rights and Resistance: A Comparative Study in Kathmandu and Santiago
      • Aida Patricia Palma Carpio, Chinese "Paisanos" in Guadalajara, Mexico: A South-South Perspective on Transnational Migration; faculty advisor: Matthew Gutman
      • Aanchal Saraf, Safe Space Map
    • Roundtable: Narratives in Social Innovation, Petteruti Lounge (Campus Center)
      • Fiora MacPherson, Student Language Exchange; advisor: Lizzie Pollock
      • Jessica Brown, 1vyG
      • Stanley Stewart, 1vyG
      • Neharika Goyal, Intellectual Property Laws in Social Innovation: What Does it Mean to Own an Idea? faculty advisor: Mark Suchman
      • Kavia Khosla, Social Innovation Fellow
    • Roundtable: Multimedia, History, and Narratives, Memorial Room (Campus Center)
      • Isabelle Thenor-Louis, In Our Own Words: The Production of Black National News; faculty advisor: Sherine Hamdy
      • Pia Brar, Artivism and India; faculty advisor: Michelle Bach-Coulibaly
      • Michelle Johnson, "Who Speaks for Chicago?" Civil Rights, Community Organization and Coalition, 1910-1971; faculty advisor: Françoise Hamlin
      • Charlotte Biren, Representational Strategies of Andean Indigeneity in the Global Digital Sphere; faculty advisor: Elena Shih
  • 11:30-12:50PM: 
    • Roundtable on Fiction, Representation, and Imagination, Kasper Multipurpose Room
      • Paige Aniyah Morris, Race, Memory, and the Magical Real; faculty advisor: Joanna Howard
      • Mollie Forman, Children of (wo)Men: Motherhood in Apocalypse Film and Television; faculty advisor: Beverly Haviland
      • Lo Smith, Bid Lot 1951; faculty advisor: Leigh Tarentino
    • Roundtable: Scientists Critiquing Science: Grounding Our Research in Subjectivity, Petteruti Lounge
      • Ryan Greene, Figures: visual poetry rooted in infectious disease biology; faculty advisor: Thalia Field
      • Sophie Duncan, Towards a more inclusive herbarium specimen: What botanical specimens can tell us about the history of colonialism; faculty advisor: Iris Montero Sobrevilla
      • Tariq Cannonier, How Are We Embodied?; faculty advisor: Catherine Kerr
  • 1:00PM-2:20PM:
    • Roundtable: Engaging Bureaucracy, Kasper Multipurpose Room
      • Yousef Hilmy, Underground Coffee Co.; advisor: Tim Shiner
      • Katharine Murphy, Underground Coffee Co.; advisor: Tim Shiner
      • Oludolapo Akinkugbe, And Then There Was One...; faculty advisor: Arlene Cole
      • Ashley Batson, Sexual health knowledge and care among LGBTQ students at Brown University: A mixed-methods analysis; faculty advisor: Cynthia Rose
      • Morayo Akande, Promoting Smoking Cessation within the Rhode Island Homeless; faculty sponsor: Patricia Cioe
    • Roundtable: Whose Story, Whose Voice? The Power and Importance of Storytelling, Petteruti Lounge
      • Niamh Sheehan,  Making Sense of the Difficult Past; faculty advisor: Magdalena Gross
      • Jonatan Perez, Public Humanities: Bridging Academia and the Public Education of History; faculty advisor: Monica Martinez
      • Emma Hall, Funny Face Productions; faculty advisor: Laura Snyder
      • Anna Martin, Brown University Storytelling
  • 2:30PM-3:50PM:
    • Roundtable on Student Activism, Institutional Change, and "Diversity," Petteruti Lounge
      • Kristina Lee, "You Can't Stop the Revolution" Group Independent Study; faculty advisors: Naoko Shibusawa & Elena Shih
      • Aanchal Saraf, "You Can't Stop the Revolution" Group Independent Study
      • Sana Teramoto, "You Can't Stop the Revolution" Group Independent Study
      • Naomi Varnis, "You Can't Stop the Revolution" Group Independent Study
      • Jessica Brown, "You Can't Stop the Revolution" Group Independent Study
      • Justice Gaines, "You Can't Stop the Revolution" Group Independent Study
      • Alissa Rhee, "You Can't Stop the Revolution" Group Independent Study
    • Roundtable: Reading, Living, and Resisting the New Curriculum: Revisiting Brown Conversation, Kasper Multipurpose Room
      • Wayne Byun, Brown Conversation
      • Jenna Anders, Brown Conversation
      • Manuel Contreras, Brown Conversation; advisor: Shane Lloyd
  • Poster Session, 4:00-6:00PM, Memorial Room
    • Hannah Anokye, Examining the Correlation between Obesity and Baseline Executive Function Using Objective and Subjective Measures; faculty advisor: Rachel Galioto
    • Lauren Galvan, To Be Catholic
    • Tammy Jiang, The psychological and emotional responses to traumatic injuries among urban Black men: A qualitative study; faculty advisor: Don Operario
    • Anna Pierobon, Governing the Refugee Crisis in a Divided Europe; faculty advisor: Nina Tannenwald
    • Emily Schell, China's Invisible Children: The Role of Civil Society in Migrant Education; faculty advisor: Kerry Smith
    • Alexx Temeña, Mindfulness-Based Coaching and Education; faculty advisors: Harold Roth & Alan Harlam

Sunday, May 1st:

Senior Exchange 2016 Presenters:


Paige Aniyah Morris

Paige Aniyah Morris is from Jersey City, New Jersey, and is double-concentrating in Literary Arts and Ethnic Studies. Her capstone in Ethnic Studies examines Black participation in the Korean pop culture (K-pop) fandom as it is informed by Black Americans’ relationships to race, history, and culture, while her honors thesis in Literary Arts is a collection of short stories in the magical realist tradition that follows four young women of color navigating violence, womanhood, and diaspora with the help of witchcraft, ghosts, killer bees, and other forms of magic. Paige wants to link conversations about race and history with creative practices like writing and other art-making. She also wants to talk about K-pop, always.


Anna Martin

Anna is from Bethesda, Maryland and concentrates in history. She's spent the majority of her time at Brown learning how to listen: leading the Brown University Storytellers, Brown's first and only performance storytelling group, with inspiring co-presidents and storytellers for the past three years, she's constantly in awe of the power of connecting through narrative. She also tells stories herself, and next year will join storytelling nonprofit The Moth as a producer.


Emma Hall

Emma is an Education Studies concentrator from Sheridan, Wyoming. She serves as a Lead Peer Educator for Brown Health Promotion's Sexual Assault Peer Education program and tutors a six-year-old through Brown Refugee Youth Tutoring and Enrichment. Outside of school, she runs her own theatre production company for middle and high schoolers, which harnesses the performing arts as a tool to foster positive learning communities; she's excited to share the work of Funny Face Productions at Theories in Action 2016. Her interests include frolicking in the Big Horn Mountains with her doggy, riding horses, singing to her cat, playing and attempting to play the violin and mandolin, respectively, and making good food to eat with good friends. Following graduation, she will work for The Global Education and Leadership Foundation, located in Gurgaon, Haryana.


Ryan Greene

My name is Ryan and I'm a senior studying Health and Human Biology and Literary Arts. "Figures" has been a way for me to think about how to poetically examine both the science and history of infectious disease biology. Working on this capstone project has allowed me to simultaneously explore aspects of biology that I find beautiful while grappling with the ways in which biological research has been (and continues to be) used as a tool of violence. Some of the questions I've been thinking about are: -How can I adopt biological mechanisms as poetic constraints? -What does poetry look like when it looks how "science" is supposed to look? -How does imagining science as "objective" mask the personal histories associated with research and discovery? -Does poetry have an answer?


Morayo Akande

I have worked closely with the Rhode Island homeless community for two years. My project is a culmination of the research lessons I've learned in the classroom and communication skills I have gained from being a part of the homeless-serving community.


Aanchal Saraf

Aanchal is from Houston,TX but has made Providence her home these past few years. She is double concentrating in Geography and Ethnic Studies, which may explain her deep commitments to spatial and racial justice. She continues to imagine a better, more inclusive world and hopes that her work can contribute to that vision.


Colin Blake  

Colin is from Richmond, Virginia concentrating in Africana Studies. His project focuses on Queer Rights in Jamaica, analyzing the issue through spatial boundaries, queer theory, and a human rights framework. With this research, he hopes to converge his personal life and academic pursuits in a way that will be beneficial to himself and those like him.


Mollie Forman  

Mollie is a senior from New York City concentrating in American Studies with a focus on gender and sexuality in popular culture. She is a Writing Fellow who has served on the editorial board of both Post- and bluestockings magazine, and dreams of programming the Edinburgh Film Festival at some indeterminate point in the future. Her honors thesis explores the role of the mother in apocalypse film and television, attending to issues of repression and representation in one of the oldest genres of them all.


Jonatan Pérez

Jonatan Pérez ’16 is a Tejano from Fort Worth studying History and Ethnic Studies. In the fall he will commence a Ph.D. in Latin American History at Stanford University, where he plans to study the long history of Mexican-U.S. relations to chart how diplomatic policies influence the daily life of migrants.


Sana Teramoto

Sana studies an independent concentration in Educational Neuroscience. As a member of the GISP "You Can't Stop the Revolution," Sana approaches the discussion on institutions of higher education from their studies of neurocognitive development as well as their experiences of navigating the university administration. They like to think about the impacts of injustices on people's holistic development and how to realize a school where everyone's development is fully supported.


Aida Patricia Palma Carpio

Aida is an immigrant to the United States originally from Guadalajara, Mexico. She is concentrating in International Relations with a particular interest in China and Latin America and the Caribbean, social justice movements, human rights advocacy, and migration. Consolidating these interests, she seeks to understand the flow of Chinese immigration to Mexico as a case that speaks to South to South migratory flows over long distances that encourage immigrant long-term settlement in the Global South.


Yousef Hilmy

Yousef is graduating with a BA in English and is participating in a round table about Engaging with Bureaucracy, in which he'll present his experience co-founding and managing The Underground, a not-for-profit, student-run coffee shop.


Charlotte Biren

Charlotte Biren is a senior from Los Angeles concentrating in Development Studies and Latin America Studies. Her research focuses on the intersection of digital media and indigenous identity construction in the neoliberal era. After spending time in Ecuador, Charlotte became interested in exploring methods of indigenous self-representation and movements of revisionist history that have emerged through digital platforms.


Fiora Macpherson

Fiora is an English concentrator, who has spent her time at Brown working in cultural engagement and language learning. As co-founder and current director of the Student Language Exchange, she has advocated for greater diversity and representation in college language learning and global studies. She also founded folkmade.org, a platform for students to sell their art and tell their story. Her greatest achievement at Brown was a solo hike across Spain.


Sophie Duncan

Sophie really loves plants and thinking about their context and history. She is really interested in questioning scientific practices accepted as standard and the narratives of exploration and discovery that form the foundation of natural history.


Ashley Batson

Ashley is from Glen Gardner, NJ and is a Public Health concentrator. For her senior thesis, she investigated sexual health knowledge and behaviors as well as interactions with health care providers among LGBTQ undergraduates at Brown.


Hannah Anokye

Hannah is a New York native with a love for the intersection of psychology and neuroscience. She studies Science and Society with a focus on “Culture and the Brain," and Africana Studies. After failing at an attempt to turn a public health fellowship into a psychology research opportunity, she found herself instead interning in Neuropsychology department of Rhode Island Hospital. Through this experience she has been able to apprentice and conduct research with the director of the program at Brown Medical School and gain valuable experience in a rare clinical practice. Her poster called “Examining the relationship between executive dysfunction and body mass index among adults with obesity,” is based on a preliminary study that aims to contribute to more specific and effective weight loss solutions that can improve overall health and quality of life for individuals with obesity.


Naomi Varnis

Naomi is an Africana Studies concentrator from Houston, Texas. Her work has been focused on empire, alternative histories and the politics of Black women's hair. She is preoccupied with Black imagination, the power of radical love and queer young adult fiction.


Lauren Galvan

Poster Title: To Be Catholic...Four Years of My Life's Project

Born and raised in South Texas, Lauren is pursuing an Independent Concentration in Mental Health and Healing. Her TiA poster depicts her journey as a young Catholic woman at Brown. In the Fall of 2016, Lauren will matriculate into Brown's Warren Alpert Medical School as a member of the M.D. Class of 2020. She is excited to integrate her faith into her studies and also asks for your prayers as she continues discerning her vocation.


Tammy Jiang

Tammy is a public health concentrator from Brooklyn, NY. She is interested in examining how social and economic conditions shape mental health conditions. Following graduation, Tammy will pursue a Master of Public Health at Brown and plans to pursue a PhD in social epidemiology afterwards.


Anna Pierobon

I am originally from Ronchi dei Legionari, a small town in the North East of Italy. I left home at sixteen to go to UWCSEA, in Singapore. Since a young age, I have been very interested in migration, both for the proximity of a center for the detention of illegal immigrants next to home and because I am a travelling soul myself. During my time at Brown I started being progressively interested in when migration is not a voluntary decision, as my moving around the world as always been. Therefore, in these past years at Brown I have focused on forced migration and international protection in Europe. My thesis in political science looks at how the European governance divide is hindering the region's effectiveness in providing effective international protection to individuals in need during the current refugee crisis.


Alexx Temeña

Alexx focuses on understanding ~how to live a fulfilled life~ from the perspectives of neuroscience, psychology, contemplative studies, and education. This year, she developed a mindfulness-based mentoring and curriculum design platform with a mission to help others live lives of purpose and fulfillment, and to create experiences that allow practices of wellbeing to be accessible to all.


Emily Schell

My thesis, "China's Invisible Children: The Role of Civil Society in Migrant Education," focuses on the intersection of civil society (as well as the state-civil society relationship) with migrant educational inequality in China. This thesis is a culmination of many years of work with children, particularly from migrant backgrounds and at the early childhood level, and many late nights struggling over my Chinese textbooks (on the bright side, that was really worth it). While this thesis focuses on China and a specific marginalized community, many of the trends and broader takeaways apply to those working in the nonprofit sector to combat unequal education across many national contexts. Whether you are interested in China or just in hearing me talk about the thing that has kept me locked in the Scili for this long, I hope to see you at TiA!





Watch the 2015 Roundtables!

TiA: The Senior Exchange 2015

Saturday, April 25

  • 5:00PM - 6:00PM: Theories in Action Opening, with Remarks from Dean Maud Mandel, Professor of History & Judaic Studies and Dean of the College, Petteruti Lounge, Campus Center 
  • 6:00PM - 8:00PM: All-Senior Class Public Art Night, Petteruti Lounge & Leung Family Gallery, Campus Center

Sunday, April 26

11:30AM - 12:45PM 

  • Diversity is Not Enough: Concrete Steps to a More Inclusive Brown, Petteruti Lounge, Campus Center

    • Abby Plummer, Race and Gender in the Scientific Community (Advisor - Cornelia Dean)

    • Mara FreilichRace and Gender in the Scientific Community (Advisor - Cornelia Dean)

    • Jamelle Watson-DanielsRace and Gender in the Scientific Community (Advisor - Cornelia Dean)

    • Destin SisemoreOnward, Upward: Tracing the Gaps Between First Generation Students and Career Attainment at Brown (Advisor - Gregory Elliot)

    • Darian Surratt, Race in Sociology: Towards a More Inclusive and Critical Curriculum (Advisor - Michael Kennedy)

    • Mara McCrickardRace in Sociology: Towards a More Inclusive and Critical Curriculum (Advisor - Michael Kennedy)

  • Individual & Institutional Transformations: Common Narratives Across Four Radically Different Projects, Room 102, Wilson Hall

    • Kyle AlbertRacial Microaggressions on TrevorSpace: Constrained Support in an Online LGBTQ+ Youth Community (Advisor - Carrie Spearin)

    • Natasha BlackadarRecentering Development Discourse (Advisor - Michael Kennedy)

    • Jules KortenhorstWhat is a Nietzschean Self? (Advisor - Bernard Reginster)

    • Sam GilmanCommon Sense Action (Advisor - Alan Harlam)

  • Community Engagement, Community Disruption, Kasper Multipurpose Room, Campus Center

    • Hannah Duncan, Friends of Children: Organizing for Head Start in Mississippi (Advisor - Francois Hamlin)

    • Ivy Sokol, Radicalizing Environmentalism: Towards Multicultural Environmental Education (Advisor - Margary Martin)

    • Divya Bhatia, Interfaith Exchange: Using Interfaith Collaboration for Community Service in Providence (Advisor - Alan Flam)

    • Sara Winnick, Based on Love: BRYTE's work in the Providence Community (Advisor - Alan Flam)

1:00PM - 2:15PM 

  • Student Voice: Students Forging Paths in the University, Petteruti Lounge, Campus Center

    • Katherine Byron, Survivor-Centered Sexual Assault Policy Recommendations (Advisor - Gail Cohee)

    • Will Furuyama, Survivor-Centered Sexual Assault Policy Recommendations (Advisor - Gail Cohee)

    • Maahika Srinivasan, Undergraduate Council of Students Leadership (Advisors - Russell Carey and Margaret Klawunn)

    • Marguerite Joutz, The Brown Conversation (Advisor - Luther Spoehr)

  • Diasporic Narratives: Belonging and Access, Room 102, Wilson Hall

    • Angie Ocampo, The Experiences of Undocumented Latino College Students at Elite Universities (Advisor - José Itzigsohn)

    • Kendra Cornejo, Examining Access to Higher Education for Children of Latino Immigrants Living in the Suburbs (Advisor - Monica Martinez)

    • Olutoye Adegboro, Give Me Your American, Your Multicultural, Your Hilarious Masses: Examining How Contemporary Immigrant and First-Generation Stand-up Comedians Engage Ethnic Humor (Advisor - Robert George Lee)

    • Colin Blake, Queer in the Carribean and the United States: An Exploration of Relationships Between Space and Citizenship (Advisor - Anani Dzidzienyo)

  • Cultivating A Better Food System, Kasper Multipurpose Room, Campus Center

    • Benjamin CheslerFood Systems Thinking (Advisor - Dawn King)

    • Lauren BehgamFood Systems Thinking (Advisor - Dawn King)

    • Taylor Lanzet, Food Systems Thinking (Advisor - Dawn King)

    • Austin Draycott, Food Systems Thinking (Advisor - Dawn King)

2:30PM - 3:45PM 

  • Writing Identity, Petteruti Lounge, Campus Center

    • Kalena Crafton, Trimmed with Salt (Advisor - Forrest Gander)

    • Sienna Zeilinger, Writing with Empathy (Advisor - Doug Brown)

    • Emily Fu, Writing with Empathy (Advisor - Kate Schapira)

  • Narrating Stories Across Borders, Bodies, and Minds, Room 102, Wilson Hall

    • María Eugenia Pabón, Multilingual Writing and the "Mother Tongue (Advisor - Esther Whitfield)

    • Nora Aimee McDonnell, Where Personal and Political Merge: A Comparative Study of Women's Slave and Prison Memoirs (Advisor - Francois Hamlin)

    • Eliza Cohen, Leo Baum's Guide to Articulating a Skeleton (Advisor - Lukas Rieppel)

    • Ria Mirchandani, Wrong Place, Wrong Time: Understanding Why We Migrate, through an Independent Concentration (Advisors - Vazira Zamindar)

    • Antonia Piccone, The King of Clowns: Benjamin de Oliveira and the Politics of Race, Class, and the Traveling Circus in Transitional Brazil, 1870 - 1930  (Advisor - Patricia Sobral)

  • Reimagining Learning Environments, Kaspr Multipurpose Room, Campus Center

    • Ardra Hren, Changing the Face of Computer Science

    • Lukas WinklerPrins, Math & Creative Pedagogy

    • Kate Nussenbaum, The Role of Distractor Suppression in Selective Attention and Recognition Memory (Advisor - Dima Amso)

    • Amelia Grant-Alfieri, Visual Art for Environmental Education: An Exploration of Rainforest Biodiversity and Change (Advisor - Fulvio Domini)


4:00PM - 6:00PM 

  • Poster Session, Leung Family Gallery, Campus Center

    • Chanelle Adams - Mapping the Knowledge Economy of Medicinal Plants in Northern Madagascar: Information and Resource Flow in Traditional Health Practices (Advisor - Geri Agusto)

      Nia Campinha-Bacote Predictors and Characteristics of HIV Mortality among the Adult In-Patient Population of Korle Bu Teaching Hospital in Accra, Ghana (Advisor - Awe Kwara)

      Sarah Day Dayon Student Voices in a Worker's Movement: Navigating Student Experiences with Engaged Scholarship, Organizing and Solidarity 

      Leah Eickhoff - Strides Towards Reintegration: An Athletic Approach for Community Connectivity of U.S. Veterans on Team Red White & Blue (Advisor - Denise Tyler)

      Elaine Hsiang Mapping (Un)Safe Spaces: Trans* Health and the Affordable Care Act (Advisor - Amy Nunn)

      Samuel Kase Understanding Metaphor within the Medical Setting: Militarizing Cancer (Advisor - Debbie Weinstein)

      Erin Kelley Towards Energy Justice: Investigating Utility Termination in Rhode Island (Advisor - Dawn King)

      Hannah Kerman - Lessons from the Emergency Department: Evaluation and Care of Sexual Assault Victims on Campus (Advisor - Elizabeth Cronin)

      Sydney Mondry - The Eyes Eat First: Food culture in the age of social media (Advisor - Kate Schapira)

      Anna Plumlee A Better World by Design 

      Allison Reilly - Climate Change and the Coast: Community Level Adaptation to the Risks of Climate Change in New Jersey and Rhode Island (Advisor - Caroline Karp)

      Adriana Saavedra - Predictors and Characteristics of HIV Mortality among the Adult In-Patient Population of Korle Bu Teaching Hospital in Accra, Ghana (Advisor - Awe Kwara)

      Jordan Shaw - Theory of Mind and Joint Attention in Non-clinical Adults (Advisor - John R. Pruett)

      Benjamin Siranosian - A multi-scale ensemble approach to 3D chromatin conformation (Advisor - Nicola Neretti)

      Leigh Thomas - Activist Narratives and ACT UP: Rights, Sovereignty and Responsibility in AIDS Treatment Organizing (Advisor - Debbie Weinstein)

      Sophia Tsang Some Times Life Knocks You Down: Growth Rates in Christchurch, New Zealand Before and After the September 2010 and February 2011 Canterbury Earthquakes

      Alexandra Urban - Neuroscience in the Classroom: How Mathematics Teaching in New Zealand Reflects the Science of Learning (Advisor - Michael Paradiso)

      Jie Ying Wu Teaching Engineering in Providence High Schools: the Brown Engineering After School Team

Senior Exchange 2015 Presenters:


Olutoye Adegboro  

A double American Studies and Literary Arts concentrator, Toye hails from Chicago, IL, and studies the narratives of immigrants and diasporic groups in the United States. Fueled by his family's own immigrant background and his interest in media, Adegboro developed "Give Me Your American, Your Multicultural, Your Hilarious Masses" for his senior thesis project which examines the way stand-up comedians Margaret Cho, Maz Jobrani, and Trevor Noah engage immigrant and ethnic humor in their comedy.


Nora Aimee McDonnell

Nora is from Bucks County, Pennsylvania concentrating in Africana Studies and Comparative Literature.  Her thesis, "Where Personal and Political Merge: Locating Women’s Prison Narratives in a Legacy of Female Slave Memoir," compares the autobiographies of enslaved and incarcerated authors in order to examine the history of policing female voices in America as well as the personal and political impacts of these narratives.


Kyle Albert  

Kyle is from outside Chicago studying Sociology and Gender & Sexuality Studies. They are passionate about community building (online and off), LGBTQ+ youth movements, and intramural soccer. Their project is entitled, " Racial Microaggressions on TrevorSpace: Constrained Support in an Online LGBTQ+ Youth Community ."


Lauren Behgam  

Lauren is concentrating in Environmental Studies originally from the Dallas area. For her senior capstone project, she partnered with a local non-profit, Farm Fresh Rhode Island, to interview various producers around the state about ugly fruits and vegetables. The goal of the project is to better understand what happens to ugly produce and future opportunities for better utilizing them. 


Divya Bhatia  

Divya is concentrating in Health and Human Biology with a focus on global health and development. She has coordinated the Interfaith Exchange, a mentorship program for high school students rooted in interfaith literacy and social responsibility, since her freshman year and considers it one of her most challenging, influential, and inspiring experiences at Brown. 


Natasha Blackadar  

Natasha is from Warwick, Rhode Island concentrating in Development Studies. Her project is her senior thesis, "Recentering Development Discourse: Social Capital, Expertise, and Knowledge Production at BIARI."


Colin Blake  

Colin is from Richmond, Virginia concentrating in Africana Studies. His project focuses on Queer Rights in Jamaica, analyzing the issue through spatial boundaries, queer theory, and a human rights framework. With this research, he hopes to converge his personal life and academic pursuits in a way that will be beneficial to himself and those like him.


Katherine Byron  

Katie is from New Jersey and a dual concentrator in Computational Biology and Gender and Sexuality Studies. She is an activist who promotes survivor-centered, trauma-informed approaches to sexual violence. Her project looks at sexual violence policy recommendations based on interviews she and Will Furuyama did with survivors of sexual violence.


Benjamin Chesler  

Ben is an Economics concentrator from Newton, Massachusetts.  At Brown, he has devoted himself to reducing food waste wherever it can be found.  He will be presenting with three other wonderful people on the topic of Food Systems Thinking.  


Eliza Dexter Cohen  

Eliza is concentrating in Science and Society, focusing in the History of Biology. She is interested in research that integrated diverse methodologies to ask questions about large and small processes at the same time. Her favorite word this semester has been "resonance."


Kendra Cornejo  

Kendra is concentrating in History and Ethnic Studies. She is from Brentwood, New York. Her project is titled, "Examining Access to Higher Education for Children of Latino Immigrants Living in the Suburbs."


Kalena Crafton  

Kalena is double-concentrating in International Relations and Literary Arts.


Austin Draycott  

Austin is from Brooklyn, New York and concentrating in Biology.


Hannah Duncan  

Hannah is a Classics concentrator.


María Eugenia Pabón

Maru is a from Puerto Rico concentrating in Comparative Literature. Her project, "Multilingual Writing and the Mother Tongue," examines the metaphor of the "mother tongue" in relation to Caribbean authors who write in more than one language. 


Mara Freilich  

Mara is an applied math concentrator from Kennett Square, PA. After Brown, she will pursue a PhD in physical oceanography. She was a member of the GISP: "Race and Gender in the Scientific Community".


Emily Fu  

Emily is double concentrating in English and Neuroscience. She will be starting medical school at Brown in the fall.


Will Furuyama  

Will is concentrating in chemistry in the Chemical Biology track. He is from Los Angeles and is co presenting with Katie Byron on a project they worked on together. She probably has a better description of their project. 


Sam Gilman  

Sam is a public policy and history concentrator from Washington, DC. He is presenting on Common Sense Action (CSA), which is the first bipartisan advocacy group and think tank of and for Millennials based on 40 campuses across the country. CSA recently joined forces with Run for America to recruit and work to elect 12 candidates to the house of representatives in 2016. Sam is also an avid Yankees fan, history buff, and runner.


Amelia Grant-Alfieri  

Amelia is excited to graduate with the Class of 2015! She is from Miami, Florida and is studying Visual Art and Perception, an Independent Concentration. At TiA she will be discussing her capstone project titled Visual Art for Environmental Education. 


Ardra Hren  

Ardra is a Computer Science concentrator who’s baffled that she’s programming at all. She’s interested the importance of personal networks in learning -- especially how relationships with peers impact learning outside the classroom. She’ll draw from her work creating inclusive communities and promoting diversity in CS through TAing and Women in Computer Science.


Jules Kortenhorst  

Jules is a philosophy concentrator from The Hague, The Netherlands. A Nietzsche fanatic from the moment he first picked up The Antichrist in freshman year, Jules wrote a senior philosophy thesis on Nietzsche's concept of selfhood. He is convinced Nietzsche can provide invaluable guidance to college students looking to shape their own identity.


Taylor Lanzet  

Taylor is an Environmental Studies concentrator from West Orange, NJ. She is passionate about fixing our national food system, which she believes, marginalizes and exploits farmers, workers, and the act of eating itself. For her senior practicum, she helped the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management write and improve state food policy. 


Marguerite McCray Joutz

Marguerite is a concentrating in Education Studies: History and Policy from Bethesda, Maryland. The Brown Conversation is (was) a group of students dedicated to asking big questions about Brown, the purpose of education, and life – over dinner on Saturday night. 


Mara McCrickard  

Mara is from Cleveland, Ohio concentrating in Sociology. Her project is entitled, "Race in Sociology: Towards a More Inclusive and Critical Curriculum."


Ria Mirchandani  

Ria is from Mumbai. She has been an Independent Studies Co-Coordinator at the Curricular for the past two years. She is double concentrating in Computer Science and Migration Studies (an independent concentration).


Kate Nussenbaum  


Angie Ocampo  

Angie Ocampo is double-concentrating in Sociology and Ethnic Studies. She was born in Bogotá, Colombia but was raised in White Plains, New York. Angie's project is her senior thesis for Sociology titled "The Experiences of Undocumented Latino College Students at Elite Universities."


Antonia Piccone  

Antonia is from Washington D.C. and "graduated" in 2014.5, though she chose to remain in frigid Providence this spring to finish her Thesis. Her project, completed for her concentration in Latin American and Caribbean Studies, is titled "King of Clowns: Benjamim de Oliveira and the Politics of Race, Class, and the Traveling Circus in Transitional Brazil, 1870-1930." As indicated by its too-lengthy title, her project attempts to evaluate the political and racial realities that both enabled and restricted the black clown, Benjamim de Oliveira's rise to fame in Brazil at the end of the nineteenth century. 


Abigail Plummer

Abby is from Madison, Connecticut and is concentrating in Mathematical Physics. Last year, she helped create a GISP called Race and Gender in the Scientific Community.


Destin Sisemore  


Ivy Sokol  

Ivy is pursuing an independent concentration in Social Innovation with a specific focus on racial inequality in education. She is also the co-founder of Moving Mountains, an organization that provides multicultural environmental education programs to urban youth in Providence. Her thesis paper -- Radicalizing Environmentalism: Toward Multicultural Environmental Education -- explores how people of color interact with environmental issues and argues for the implementation of multicultural environmental education.


Maahika Srinivasan  

Maahika is a apparently (!) a senior, concentrating in the weird Brown-esque amalgamation of Science and Society. Maahika is currently the President of the Undergraduate Council of Student- Brown's equivalent of Student Government- and has spent the year exploring the role and form of student voices within the framework of University governance. 


Darian Surratt  

Darian is from Antioch, California and is concentrating in Social Analysis Research. Outside of the classroom, Darian has been involved in Health Leads, Meiklejohn Advising, a Matched Advising Program for Sophomores (MAPS) mentor, the Kappa Delta Sorority and Bruin Club. Her project is entitled, "Race in Sociology:  Towards a More Inclusive and Critical Curriculum."


Jamelle Watson-Daniels  

Jamelle is a combined degree Africana and Physics major from the St. Louis area.


Lukas WinklerPrins  

Lukas is a mathematician and dilettante. He is in Applied Math, class of 2015.5, and likes a lot of things, especially mathematics and pedagogy. These two interests rolled themselves together into a variety of projects over his time at Brown, and he will discuss ways to improve mathematics education for future generations. 


Sara Winnick  

Sara Winnick has spent the past four years tutoring and coordinating Brown Refugee Youth Tutoring and Enrichment (BRYTE). As a double History and Education Studies concentrator, her academic studies focus on racial inequality in America. Providence is her favorite small city in the country.


Sienna Zeilinger  

Sienna ("Writing with Empathy") hails from Cleveland, Ohio, though she's making the transition to becoming a real Rhode Islander. As an English/Nonfiction Writing concentrator and one of the student directors of the Writing Fellows Program, she has spent much of her time at Brown engaging with words and those who write them. Most of the time, you can find her outside.


Chanelle Adams

Chanelle '15.5 is a Science and Technology Studies (STS) concentrator originally from Montclair, NJ. This project, "Imagining Circulation & Situating Justice," is an attempt to co-create methodology for studying epistemologies with a community of traditional health practitioners in Northern Madagascar.


Nia Campinha-Bacote

Nia is a fun-loving girl hailing from Cincinnati, Ohio.  During her four years at Brown she has studied Health and Human Biology with a focus on race and ethnic disparities in health and disease.  Her project is entitled "Predictors and Characteristics of HIV Mortality among the Adult In-Patient Population of Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital in Accra, Ghana".


Sarah Day Dayon

Sarah Day is from Carol Stream, IL double-concentrating in Ethnic Studies and Biology. Her project "Student Voices in a Worker's Movement" analyzes student oral histories from the Summer for Respect: Voices of Walmart Program and explores concepts of Engaged Scholarship, Organizing, and Solidarity.


Leah Eickhoff

Leah is a Community Health concentrator from Hanover, NH. She fell in love with running as an escape when she wanted a break from writing college applications during the summer before senior year of high school. Now a senior at Brown, she is a distance runner and captain on the Women's Cross Country and Track & Field teams. The concept for this research came about while she was on a run, surrounded by a group of teammates. As she ran, she realized that running with the group, she had found a mobile, supportive space where she was able to productively output negative emotions and where she was able to both think in silence or process her thoughts out loud. She visualized team membership and active space as a natural solution to the isolation and integration issues that presently plague multitudes of U.S. veterans in transition.


Elaine Hsiang

Elaine is from Arcadia, California, studying Health and Human Biology with a focus in Global Health Disparities. Her senior honors thesis is titled "Mapping (Un)Safe Spaces: Trans* Health and the Affordable Care Act."


Samuel Kase

Originally from New York City, Sam is pursuing an Independent Concentration called Medical Humanities. his concentration explores the socio-cultural factors that influence health, healing, and illness with an emphasis on the individual patient. His project looked at the use of military metaphor within the context of cancer - from newly diagnosed patients to terminally ill patients.  


Erin Kelley

Erin grew up in and often talks about San Antonio, Texas. Now, she is a senior concentrating in Environmental Studies, with a focus on environmental health and housing. She has collaborated extensively with the Rhode Island Center for Justice here in Providence and hopes to work in the field of social justice lawyering.


Hannah Kerman

Hannah is a Health and Human Biology concentrator.


Sydney Mondry

Sydney is a nonfiction writing concentrator from Aspen, CO. Her thesis, "The Eyes Eat First," explores food culture in the age of social media, specifically how photo-sharing platforms have changed society's relationship with food. Follow her on Instagram: @smondry 


Anna Plumlee

Anna is a political science concentrator from Brooklyn, NY. She will be presenting on A Better World by Design, and the work she did during her three years on the planning committee. Anna hopes to take what she learned from ABWxD into the real world to keep making things better.


Allison Reilly

Allie is concentrating in Environmental Studies from Lawrenceville, New Jersey.  Her project is titled "A New Era of Living on the Coast," which focuses on community level adaptation to climate change-related risks in New Jersey and Rhode Island.  Allie's work comments on the tensions between different levels of government and the resilience of human systems in light of climate change.    


Adriana Saavedra

Adriana is a first-generation senior from Edinburg, Texas. She is concentrating in Health and Human Biology. She is pleased to present on a global health project that she commenced last summer thanks to a grant from the National Institutes of Health. She will be presenting on "Predictors  and Characteristics of HIV mortality among the Adult In-patient Population of Korle Bu Teaching Hospital in Accra, Ghana." 


Jordan Shaw

Jordan is concentrating in Neuroscience. She is from Dallas, TX. Jordan has been working on a project aimed at elucidating the relationship between two social cognitive processes, Theory of Mind and Joint Attention, in a non-clinical sample of adults. 


Benjamin Siranosian

Ben is concentrating in Computational Biology.  He will be using his computational biology knowledge for a job in the Boston area after graduation.


Leigh Thomas

Leigh is from Irvington, New York and  double concentrating in Gender and Sexuality Studies and Public Health. Her project, "Activist Narratives and ACT UP: Rights, Sovereignty and Responsibility in AIDS Treatment Organizing" served as a Capstone Project for her Gender and Sexuality Studies concentration.


Sophia Tsang

Sophia is a Geological Sciences concentrator from Redmond, WA. She is really excited to share some of experiences from her year abroad in Christchurch, New Zealand in "Some Times Life Knocks You Down: Land Use Change And Lessons From The Christchurch Earthquake Sequence In Christchurch, New Zealand."


Alexandra Urban

How does mathematics teaching reflect the science of learning? With the Brown International Scholars Program Fellowship, Alexandra traveled to New Zealand to observe their high-performing secondary school math classes and analyzed these findings in her thesis for her Independent Concentration in Educational Neuroscience. Talk with Alexandra to find out what neuroscience-based factors these teachers are using and the implications for US schools!


Jie Ying Wu

Jie Ying is a computer engineering concentrator from Toronto, Canada. She is interested in the application of technology in the medical field, and plans to pursue a PhD in medical robotics after graduation. For Theories in Action though, she is excited to present her work with Brown Engineering After School Team to teach engineering to Providence high school students.

Theories in Action 2010 -2014

Check it all out at the link above!