Theories in Action 2017
Monday, May 1, 2017
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm, Petteruti Lounge, Campus Center, 75 Waterman Street
(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
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
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
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
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
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 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 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.
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 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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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 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.
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.
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 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 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 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.
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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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.
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 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 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 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 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 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 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.
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 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 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 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 is a senior, concentrating in Modern European History. She has particular interests in diaspora groups, nationalism, and religious organizing.
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 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.
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 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 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 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.