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Summer 2016
From the Director Martín Sánchez-Jankowski
As the summer draws to a close and we prepare for the fall semester, I want to take this opportunity to share with you highlights from the past six months at ISSI.
 
These include new research projects and publications, the achievements of affiliated faculty and graduate students, and numerous events and trainings held throughout the spring. In addition to hosting the Native American Museum Studies Institute described below, we welcomed 15 students from the UK, Turkey and the US who participated in a six-week training in qualitative methods.
 
This fall we will welcome seven international and national visiting scholars, eight new Graduate Fellows, and 56 graduate students in residence, from more than a dozen disciplines, who are engaged in dissertation research and writing.
 
We have a full calendar of events planned for the fall semester, so please plan to join us. If you would like to keep track of the events we are sponsoring, please sign up for our listserv here or follow us on Facebook
In the News
School closures throughout the U.S. disproportionately hurt low-income African American students and neighborhoods. This is the finding of Ariel Bierbaum’s research (based on Philadelphia), which was featured in a recent article in The American Prospect, "School Closures: A Blunt Instrument.” Bierbaum, a doctoral candidate in City and Regional Planning and an ISSI graduate student in residence, explains that school closings constitute both literal and symbolic disinvestment: “Many of my interviewees tied school closures to urban renewal, to their parents’ experience, … [to] the Jim Crow south and migrating north … For them, these closures are not a ‘rational’ policy intervention to address a current fiscal crisis. School closures are situated in a much longer historical trajectory of discriminatory policymaking in the United States.”
The New 2016 Graduate Fellows
This fall, a new cohort of seven graduate students will participate in ISSI’s Graduate Fellows Program: Héctor Beltrán, Esther Cho, Cynthia Ledesma, Zawadi Rucks-Ahidiana, Jennifer Smith, Melody Tulier, and Kelechi Uwaezuoke. The Graduate Fellows Program provides two years of training and mentorship to an interdisciplinary group of advanced graduate students who are in the midst of dissertation research and writing. The new Fellows come from a range of fields: Anthropology, Sociology, Ethnic Studies, and Public Health. Their projects tackle a variety of pressing issues related to race and class in the US, including the relationship between gentrification and health in Oakland, the experiences of undocumented Asian young adults, and the role of discourses of Native and Nature in land claims settlements in Alaska. The new cohort of Fellows will join seven returning Fellows.  Read more about the Fellows here
Center Spotlight
In June, 18 professionals and volunteers from more than a dozen tribal museums and cultural centers gathered at ISSI for four days of intensive training in museum skills.  The Native American Museum Studies Institute is sponsored by ISSI’s Joseph A. Myers Center for Research on Native American Issues, in collaboration with the California Indian Museum and Cultural Center and the Phoebe A. Hearst Museum of Anthropology, with generous funding from the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians. The goal of the training is to develop the capacity of tribal community members to conserve and revitalize tribal cultural heritage, foster tribal representations and partnerships, and educate tribal and non-tribal community members through museum development exhibits. Participants received training in collections management, care and preservation; digitizing collections and sharing digital cultural heritage using an open source platform; curation and exhibit design; educational programming and community outreach; museum development, management and fundraising; and filing a NAGPRA claim. Instructors were drawn from a wide range of institutions (Phoebe A. Hearst Museum of Anthropology, Center for Digital Archaeology, Oakland Museum of California, Children's Discovery Museum of San Jose, California Association of Museums, California Indian Heritage Center Foundation, Huhugam Heritage Center, and more), and participants also had opportunities to share their knowledge and experiences with each other. Read more about NAMSI here
Videos of Spring 2016 Events
ISSI and its research centers sponsored colloquia and conferences throughout the spring semester, 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!
Theda Skocpol: "The Koch Effect: "The Impact of a Cadre-Led Network on American Politics"
Featured Video: "The Koch Effect: The Impact of a Cadre-Led Network on American Politics"

Theda Skocpol, Victor S. Thomas Professor of Government and Sociology, Harvard University

Professor Skocpol shared early results from a collaborative study (underway at Harvard University) of "The Shifting U.S. Political Terrain" and grassroots mobilizations orchestrated by the Koch Network. 


This event was sponsored by ISSI's Center for Right-Wing Studies and co-sponsored by the Scholars Strategy Network and Department of Sociology, UC Berkeley.
International Scholars in Residence at ISSI
This spring ISSI welcomed visiting scholars from the UK, Canada, Germany and India.  Among them was Christiane Heimann, who is completing a Ph.D. at the Bamberg Graduate School of Social Sciences (BAGSS) in Germany. When asked to reflect on her experiences so far at ISSI, Christiane expressed her gratitude for the warm welcome and enthusiastic support she has received since she arrived:
  • Since the very beginning, when I presented my first ideas at the ISSI, I have been receiving loads of constructive comments from everyone who attended my presentation. I am very grateful and strongly appreciate your feedback! Thanks to the support I received from my supervisor Chris Zepeda-Millán and the inspiring research environment at the ISSI, the Immigration Group, and VSPA, I was able to develop a Postdoc project during my stay and to get funding for it. So, my stay at ISSI was even more successful than expected. I am sad that I have to leave soon and will miss the next interesting colloquia series and the next ISSI Social! My special thanks go to Christine, Martín and Cynthia for providing me with the necessary resources as well as to Deborah for connecting me to members of the ISSI community and for helping me to manage UCB bureaucracy!
Other international visiting scholars at ISSI this past spring include:

Darlena David, Ph.D. Candidate, Department of Social and Environmental Health Research, Faculty of Public Health and Policy, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine
Rebecca Fan, Ph.D., University of Essex, UK
Torsten Heinemann, Professor of Sociology, University of Hamburg, and Marie Curie Fellow
Sandra Hyde, Associate Professor of Anthropology, McGill University
Harpreet Zoglauer, PhD, Political Science, Guru Nanak Dev University

More visiting scholars will arrive in the fall, and we will feature them in ISSI's weekly updates throughout the semester.
Awards and Prizes
The work of ISSI affiliates has been recognized in numerous awards and prizes over the last semester.  Here are a few:
Tina Sacks, affiliated faculty member at ISSI's Center for Research on Social Change and Assistant Professor in the School of Social Welfare, was awarded three new grants to fund her research: $50,000 from the UC Berkeley Hellman Faculty Fund for a study of the extended family members of the Tuskegee Syphilis Experiment; $50,000 from the Berkeley Food Institute for a study of intra-familial gender dynamics and barriers to food stamp enrollment among Latina immigrants in California; and $15,000 from Washington University of St. Louis for a study of upward mobility and high-effort coping strategies among the Black middle class in post-Ferguson St. Louis.
ISSI Senior Researcher Robin Marsh was awarded a new 18-month research grant from the non-profit organization Pathfinder International to lead the project "Academic Partnership on Research and Training Inputs to the PHE Learning Lab in East Africa (APRILL)". In her role as PI of the project, Dr. Marsh will  collaborate with units across campus to research and support integrated approaches to women's empowerment and sustainable livelihoods in East Africa (Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania), with the potential of scaling-up to other countries and regions.   
Kris Gutiérrez, ISSI faculty member in residence and Professor of Language, Literacy and Culture in the Graduate School of Education, was awarded the Medal for Distinguished Service by Teachers College, Columbia University, at their Convocation in May.
Jennifer Robin Terry, PhD candidate in the Department of History and ISSI graduate student in residence, was awarded the Quinn Fellowship from the Doris G. Quinn Foundation, as well as the Founder’s Dissertation Fellowship from the Western Association of Women Historians for her project, Making Believe: The Business of Denying Child Labor in America
Amani Morrison, PhD candidate in the Department of African American Studies and ISSI graduate student in residence, received the Bancroft Library Study Award, a fellowship to support summer archival research in The Bancroft Library, and her essay “Black Hair Haptics: Touch, Affect, and Transgressing the Black Female Body,” won first place in the 2016 National Council for Black Studies Graduate Student Essay Contest.
Raúl Chávez, PhD candidate in the School of Social Welfare and ISSI graduate student in residence, was awarded MDRC's Judith Gueron 2016 Summer Doctoral Fellowship and UC Berkeley's Center for Child and Youth Policy Doctoral Student Fellowship.
Seth Holmes’ book, Fresh Fruit, Broken Bodies: Migrant Farmworkers in the United States, was named the Community Reads Book for Samuel Merritt University and the One Book for Cosumnes River College for 2015-16. Dr. Holmes is Associate Professor of Public Health and Medical Anthropology and co-chair of ISSI’s Berkeley Center for Social Medicine.
Recent Publications
The following papers by ISSI Graduate Fellows and Visiting Scholars have been added to ISSI’s working paper series:

Heather Arata. Making Public Participation Meaningful: Assessing Twenty-Five Years of Community Strategies for Environmental Justice in Kettleman City, CA

Dani Carrillo. Unity out of Adversity: Non-Profit Organizations’ Collaborative Strategies to Serve Immigrants in Bay Area Suburbs.

Mara Chavez-Diaz. Social Justice Healing Practitioners: Testimonios of Transformative Praxis and Hope.

Olivia Chilcote. The Process and the People: Federal Acknowledgment and the San Luis Rey Band of Luiseño Indians.

Fithawee Tzeggai. Defining Racial Equity in Chicago’s Segregated Schools: The Complicated Legacy of Desegregation Reform for Urban Education Policy. 

Morten Hedegaard Larsen. Eating the Canary in the Coalmine: Thoughts and theories to explain the rising importance of food, events, and agriculture/place as symbols and media of community and identity in post-modern societies

Bernhard Weidinger. Equal Before God, and God Alone: Cultural Fundamentalism, (Anti)Egalitarianism and Christian Rhetoric in Nativist Discourse from Austria and the US.
 
Several ISSI affiliated faculty have new books out:

Charles L. Briggs and Daniel C. Hallin. Making Health Public: How News Coverage Is Remaking Media, Medicine, and Contemporary Life (Routledge). 

Charles L. Briggs and Clara Mantini-Briggs. Tell Me Why My Children Died: Rabies, Indigenous Knowledge, and Communicative Justice (Duke University Press). 

Tianna S. Paschel. Becoming Black Political Subjects: Movements and Ethno-Racial Rights in Colombia and Brazil (Princeton University Press). 

Tianna S. Paschel. Afro-Latin@s in Movement: Critical Approaches to Blackness and Transnationalism in the Americas, edited with Petra Rivera-Rideau and Jennifer Jones (Palgrave-MacMillan Press). 

Martín Sánchez-Jankowski. Burning Dislike: Ethnic Violence in High Schools (University of California Press). 
 

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

Raúl Chávez. Psychosocial development factors associated with occupational and vocational identity between infancy and adolescenceAdolescent Research Review (April 2016). 

Simon A. Cole and Troy Duster. Microscopic Hair Comparison and the Sociology of Science. Contexts 15(1): 28-35. 

Marcelo Felipe Garzo Montalvo. From qualitative research to research as quality time: When being 'in the field' is also 'coming home.' Center for Latin American Studies (June 28, 2016).   

Seth Holmes co-edited a virtual issue of American Ethnologist on Refugees and Immigrants

Carlos Penilla co-authored Preferred Child Body Size and Parental Underestimation of Child Weight in Mexican-American FamiliesMaternal and Child Health Journal (2016), 1-7. 

Laura Robinson and Jeremy Schulz. From Frontstage to Backstage: Eliciting Different Forms of Interview TalkSociological Methodology, 2016. 

Lawrence Rosenthal. Trump, the Tea Party, the Republicans and the OtherBelonging and Othering, The Haas Institute, University of California, Berkeley, Vol. 1:1 (July 6, 2016). 

Tina Sacks wrote an article that appeared in the New Yorker in which she reflects on a short film she executive produced. The film, “A Thousand Midnights,” is about the ongoing implications of the Great Migration. 
From the Archives
This summer we digitized working papers written by current and former faculty and graduate student affiliates Tomás Almaguer, Basil Browne, Margrit Brueckner, David Chandler, Jerome Karabel, Pedro Noguera, Rodolfo Torres, Larry Trujillo, Chris Wellin, David Wellman, Deborah Woo, and Roy Eric Xavier. While the papers date from the 1970’s, 80’s and 90’s, the work continues to be timely and relevant, with topics ranging from income inequality to affirmative action to the racial politics of political language, and we are pleased to make the papers available online.
Research Note
Map of ItalyDeborah Gordon is a faculty member in residence at ISSI, where she is affiliated with the Berkeley Center for Social Medicine (BCSM). She is also Assistant Adjunct Professor in the Department of Anthropology, History and Social Medicine and at the Institute of Health and Aging at UC San Francisco. We recently sat down to talk with her about her 40 years of research in Italy, the US, and Israel, where she has investigated topics ranging from palliative care to genetic testing.  The “meaning of knowing” has been a unifying thread throughout the wide-ranging projects.

In one of three current projects, Gordon is working with Dr. Barbara Koenig, who is also a BCSM faculty affiliate and an anthropologist and bioethicist at UCSF. Dr. Koenig is Co-PI on an interdisciplinary team investigating the disclosure of genetic research results to research participants and their family members. This Mayo Clinic-based project stems from questions about what genetic researchers should do when they discover so-called “incidental findings.” For example, when researchers are collecting data about genes implicated in pancreatic cancer, they may find genes implicated in breast cancer. While the individualistic, privacy-based model of US medicine asserts that if research results are released at all, they should only be released to the individual who was tested, Gordon and team analyzed interviews with research participants, “blood kin” (e.g., biological siblings), and “social kin” (e.g., spouses), and found that, in general, people want to know the results and share them among family members. While our currently accepted ethics about reporting imply a dichotomy between an individual and the family, Gordon found that families have their own “ethics of disclosure” and were comfortable managing situations where one person wants to know and another does not.

To Gordon, the strong desire to know genetic information, even about an incurable disease and even if the genetic finding is a poor predictor of actual health outcomes, reflects a particularly American cultural narrative that emphasizes individual autonomy and control. As one interviewee said, “How can you plan your life if you don’t know?” This belief in the ability to plan and control stands in sharp contrast to what Gordon encountered during her 18 years of research in Italy, where children are socialized to the unpredictability of life and where people with cancer should not be told of their diagnosis: “If you tell them, it’s over.” This extended immersion in Italian culture has added a cross-cultural frame to Gordon’s work, even when it does not involve an explicit comparison.

She brings this Italian perspective to her role as project ethnographer in another large-scale team project, again in collaboration with PI Koenig. This project is tracking the development and implementation of a UCSF-led clinical trial that compares a “risk-based” model for screening for breast cancer with annual mammograms. Again, her Italian experience and training as an anthropologist help her look beyond the surface meaning of a mammogram as a diagnostic tool and see its connections to broader patterns of access to care and signifiers of worth and control. For example, in a focus group about when to stop mammograms, one elderly participant was furious at the idea of not having an annual mammogram, feeling that would be like saying her life is over.  The lack of evidence of the usefulness of mammograms for women at a later age mattered little to her.

Rounding out her current research projects, Gordon is part of a third large-scale team project on military nurses and wounded soldiers in the Afghan/Iraq wars. She is currently analyzing the central metaphor of “shattered” in their interpretations and approaches to injury, rehabilitation and recovery.  She also contributed to an article looking at PTSD from a phenomenological point of view.

Gordon has been in residence at ISSI since the founding of the Berkeley Center for Social Medicine in 2013, but her involvement reaches back much further: “I remember coming to talks here as a student,” she explains, and Herbert Blumer, Aaron Cicourel, and Troy Duster were all key influences on her scholarship. She appreciates the “practical commitment” of ISSI and the “wonderful forum” for intellectual and social exchange that the institute provides.

In the future, she is hoping to develop an oral history project with aging domestic workers and their networks of care in Hunters Point, conduct a study of palliative care in the US to complement her book on palliative care in Italy, and edit a collection on anthropological approaches to interpreting data. We are glad Professor Gordon has found an intellectual home here at ISSI and look forward to her ongoing contributions.
Save the Date
Martinez book coverOn Thursday, September 29, from 4:00-5:30pm in the Wildavsky Room at ISSI, the Center for Ethnographic Research will host a colloquium entitled "The Neighborhood Has Its Own Rules: Latinos and African Americans in South Los Angeles" and featuring Cid Martinez, Assistant Professor of Sociology, University of San Diego.  Please join us!
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