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


  • 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, 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!




Theories in Action 2015 Projects


SUNDAY 4/26, Various times and Locations

11:30AM - 12:45PM

"Community Engagement"

Kasper Multipurpose Room



Petteruti Lounge


Wilson Hall 102

Sunday, 4/26, 1:00PM - 2:15PM

"Food Justice"

Kasper Multipurpose Room

"Student Governance & Voice"

Petteruti Lounge

"Immigration and Access"

Wilson Hall 102

Sunday, 4/26, 2:30PM - 3:45PM


Kasper Multipurpose Room

"On Writing"

Petteruti Lounge

"Interdisciplinary to the Max"

Wilson Hall 102

Poster Session

Sunday 4/26, 4:00PM-6:00PM, 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 Augusto)

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 - M. 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: Impact and Importance

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


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

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