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Summer 2018
From the Director Martín Sánchez-Jankowski

As the midpoint of summer draws near, I want to take this opportunity to share with you highlights from the past academic year at ISSI. They include new books and publications by affiliated faculty and students, new multi-year research projects, visits by international scholars, honors and awards for faculty and students, academic jobs and post-docs for our affiliated graduating students, and two new archival projects undertaken by our Center for Right-Wing Studies.
 
I am especially proud that, faced with another round of permanent budget cuts, we continued to offer a diverse array of programs, trainings, and events for the Berkeley community and beyond, fulfilling our mission as a leading social science institute and an intellectual home for scholars engaged in research on issues impacting social life in the U.S. and other parts of the world.
 
This summer is a busy one for ISSI.  In addition to planning events and activities for the next academic year, we are hosting a series of intensive workshops in qualitative methods, along with a four-day advanced training in museum skills and cultural preservation practices for staff and volunteers of tribal museums and cultural centers across the US.  We look forward to welcoming workshop and training participants to Berkeley and to sharing our resources and expertise with them.
 
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Videos of ISSI and Center Events
ISSI and its research centers sponsored colloquia and conferences throughout the year, and many of them are available for viewing here. If you would like to be notified as soon as we upload a new video, please subscribe to the ISSI YouTube channel!

Featured Video: "ISSI Social Change Awards: Thomas I. Yamashita Prize & KIDS FIRST: David L. Kirp Prize Award Ceremony"

ISSI honored Lauren Heidbrink, Elizabeth Clark-Rubio, Rassidatou Konate, Marisa L. Ahmed, Alankrita Dayal, and Yvonne Dorantes

Keynote: "Our Voice/Our Mobilization: The 21-foot Ladder for Life's 20-foot Borders"
by Dr. César A. Cruz, Co-Founder of Homies Empowerment and Bridge Fellow-TNTP

International Scholars in Residence at ISSI

This past year ISSI welcomed visiting scholars and visiting student researchers from the UK, Australia, Norway, Canada, Germany, Switzerland, Denmark, and Italy.  Among them were Anne Iversen and Johan Fredrik Rye, who are professors at Norwegian University of Science and Technology, in Trondheim, Norway. When asked to reflect on their experiences over the past year at ISSI, they said:
 
"For us, ISSI has provided an excellent, sheltered academic hide-out, providing the quiet work surroundings required to focus on our research during our sabbatical without any interruptions. At the same  time, we were able to be a part of the intellectual activities like the talks, research presentations and informal exchanges with the Institute's staff and students and international visiting scholars. Berkeley and ISSI have treated us well, thanks!"

More visiting scholars will arrive over the summer and in the fall and we will feature them in ISSI's weekly updates throughout the semester.
Awards and New Projects
Congratulations to all ISSI affiliated faculty and graduate students on their recent awards and new projects!  Here are a few:
Michel Estefan, PhD Candidate in Sociology and ISSI Graduate Student in Residence, was named a SMART mentor for Summer 2018 and Berkeley Connect Fellow for 2018-19. Michael was also selected to participate as a fellow in Stanford University's Hoover Institution Winter Workshop on Democracy and Authoritarianism in January 2018.

Matty Lichtenstein, PhD Candidate in Sociology and ISSI Graduate Student in Residence, received the Percy-Synar award from UC Berkeley's Institute of Governmental Studies in Spring 2018.

Josh Neff, MS, MD Candidate, UC Berkeley-UCSF, and ISSI Graduate Student in Residence, was awarded UCSF's Yearlong RAPtr (Resource Allocation Program for Trainees) grant to create a structural competency curriculum that is being implemented with medical students at UCSF and the Berkeley-UCSF Joint Medical Program (JMP).

Michael V. Singh, PhD Candidate in Education and ISSI Graduate Fellow, was awarded a Spencer Dissertation Fellowship (2018-19).
Research Note
Congratulations to Qing Zhou, Associate Professor of Psychology, UCB, and an affiliate of ISSI’s Center for Research on Social Change, on her $3 million grant from the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health & Human Development (National Institutes of Health). The Language and Emotion Development Project (LEAD) is led by Zhou and fellow PI Yuuko Uchikoshi (UC Davis) to investigate the bilingual and socioemotional development of children who are dual language learners. They will follow more than 400 preschool-age children and their parents from Mexican American and Chinese American families in Head Start communities over three years. Read more about Professor Zhou and her research here.
 
In the Public Sphere
ISSI's affiliated scholars are frequently asked to share their expertise with regard to current socio-political developments impacting California and the nation:
From the Archives 
This spring, the Berkeley Center for Right-Wing Studies added a collection of rare audio and video recordings to its archival holdings. Transferred from their original format to CDs and DVDs, the collection includes recordings of workshops, lectures, films, spot ads, and other educational materials used by the John Birch Society in the 1960s and early 70s to recruit and train new members and promote right-wing causes.  Christine Trost, CRWS Academic Coordinator and ISSI Associate Director, and Kelly Jones, UCB undergraduate research assistant, developed a detailed finding aid for scholars to use to search the collection.  Read more about the collection and download its finding aid here
Recent Publications
Papers by ISSI Graduate Fellows recently added to ISSI’s working paper series:

Zawadi Rucks-AhidianaRace and Class in the News: How the Media Portrays Gentrification

Héctor Beltrán:  Staging the Hackathon: Codeworlds and Code Work in México

Esther Y. Cho:  Engaging in Security Work: Selective Disclosure in Friendships of Korean and Mexican Undocumented Young Adults

Christyna Serrano:  Scaling a “Bite-Sized Implementation Strategy”: Promoting Educational Equity and Social Justice through a Farm to School Food Program

Jen Smith: 'Things are on a new scale, the standard one brings with him will not hold’: Land and Race in Edward Curtis’ Landscape Photography of the Harriman Alaska Expedition of 1899
New books by ISSI affiliated faculty and visiting scholars:

Joan R. Dassin, Robin Marsh, and Matt Mawer (Eds.),  International Scholarships in Higher Education: Pathways to Social Change (Palgrave Macmillan, 2018) 

Ellen MooreGrateful Nation: Student Veterans and the Rise of the Military-Friendly Campus (Duke University Press, 2017)

Michelle Perro, MD and Vincanne Adams, PhD, What's Making Our Children Sick? (Chelsea Green Publishing, 2017)

Stephen Small, 20 Questions and Answers on Black Europe (Amrit Publishers, 2017)

Other publications by ISSI affiliated faculty, researchers and graduate students:

Irene Bloemraad
O. Tewes and Christiane Heimann. "Reasons for Moving in Times of Crisis: The Motives Behind Migration of Highly-Skilled Spaniards to Berlin and London." (2018)

Seth Holmes. "Hospitals as Place of Sanctuary." BMJ (2018)

T.M. Trujillo, L.E. Hernández, and René Espinoza Kissell. “Enduring Dilemmas in Democratic Urban District Reform: The Oakland Case.” In The Shifting Landscape of the American School District: Race, Class, Geography, and the Perpetual Reform of Local Control, 1935–2015, edited by D.Gamson and E. Hodge. (2018)


Robin Marsh Laura McCreery. California Supreme Court Oral History Project. Interviews with the Honorable Kathryn M. Werdegar and the Honorable Marvin R. Baxter. Also available in manuscript form in the Bancroft Library. (2017)

Ellen Moore. "Pedagogy and Performance of Military Masculinity at Fort Knox." (2017)

Amani Morrison. "Black Hair Haptics: Touch and Transgressing the Black Female Body.” Meridians: feminism, race, transnationalism 17.1. (2017)


Lawrence A. Rosenthal. The Price of Internationalism”. Inference 3.2. (2017)
 
Nancy Scheper-Hughes. The Conversion of Pope FrancisBoston Review. (2018)

Benjamin Shestakofsky. "Working Algorithms: Software Automation and the Future of Work." Work and Occupation 44.4. (2017)

Michael V. Singh. "Role models without guarantees: Corrective representations and the cultural politics of a Latino male teacher in the borderlands." Race Ethnicity and Education 21:3, 288-305. (2017)

J. Kim, P. Chauhan, O. Lu, M. Patten, and Sandra Smith. “Unpacking Pretrial Detention: An Examination of Patterns and Predictors of Readmissions.” Criminal Justice Policy Review. (2018)
Farewell to our Former Graduate Students
Congratulations to our affiliated graduate students for completing their degrees! We wish them all the best in their new positions:

Héctor Beltrán: UC President's Postdoctoral Fellow, UC Irvine, and then Assistant Professor of Anthropology, MIT (Fall 2020)

Nora Broege: Postdoctoral Scholar, Cornwall Center for Metropolitan Studies, Rutgers University - Newark

Dani Carrillo: Postdoctoral Scholar, University of Michigan

Vicky Gomez: Assistant Professor of Public Health, San Jose State University

Zachary Levenson: Assistant Professor of Sociology, UNC-Greensboro

Yang Lor: Visiting Assistant Professor of Sociology, University of the Pacific

Amani Morrison: Postdoctoral Fellow, African and African American Studies, Washington University in St. Louis.

Adeola Oni-Orisan: Resident Physician, Family Medicine, UCSF

Carlos Penilla: Postdoctoral Scholar, UCSF

Zawadi Rucks Ahidiana: Provost's Postdoctoral Fellowship, New York University, and then Assistant Professor of Sociology, SUNY Albany (Fall 2019)

Christyna Serrano: Instructional Designer, Holy Names University

Miriam Solis: Assistant Professor, Community and Regional Planning, UT Austin

Ariana Thompson-Lastad: Postdoctoral Scholar, Osher Center for Integrative Medicine, UCSF

Melody Tulier: Postdoctoral Scholar, Yale University

Lily Walkover: Postdoctoral Scholar, Sociology, Drexel University 
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