Recent ISF Graduates

Silvia Bruckback

Human Rights, Law and Social Justice

Having graduated in 2013, Silvia was a member of Phi Beta Kappa and the National Honor Society. Siliva will be entering Georgetown Law School in 2017.

She received her BA in ISF: Human Rights, Law and Social Justice and African Diaspora Studies and a minor in Disability Studies. As an undergraduate she completed two honors theses in addition to serving as an intern and then TA for both the Health Service Internship and Field Study Internship, and as the University of California in DC Student Director. She interned at the Disability Rights Education and Defense Fund, both in... Read More

Jason Budge

Workers and Organization

In the Fall of 2016 Jason Budge wil begin graduate studies at the University of Wisconsin, Madison in the PhD program in Sociology. He plans on focusing on the Department's famous "Class Analysis and Historical Change" field of study, with an emphasis on "Marxist and other radical traditions of sociology".

Jason's thesis was a study of worker cooperatives. Here is the abstract from his thesis:

"This research paper compares the experiences of workers from cooperatively and conventionally owned firms in order to examine... Read More

Adam Oriel Cohen

Education and Public Policy

After graduating in 2014, Adam Oriel Cohen became a Fellow in Public Affairs at CORO which is a highly selective, full-time, nine month, graduate-level experiential leadership training program that prepares diverse, talented and committed individuals for effective and ethical leadership in the public affairs arena. Adam's thesis was a comprehensive comparative investigation of the history and effectiveness of remedial programs in the CUNY and the California State University systems. As an undergraduate Adam was a Research Apprentice to Professor David Kirp at the Goldman School of Public... Read More

Emily Cohen

Education and Disability Studies

Emily will begin her Master's degree in Occupational Therapy at USC in the Fall of 2015 and may continue for a third year to receive a Ph.D. As part of her admission package, Emily has been awarded a research opporunity in the Pediatric Department with Professor Sharon Cermak.

Emily summarizes her 2014 thesis: “In 1975 the Education for All Handicapped Children Act, addressed the inaccessibility of education for children with disabilities by requiring that all children with disabilities be provided a free appropriate public education (FAPE) (Individuals with Disability... Read More

Emma Crane

Race, Gender, and Political Economy

Emma Shaw Crane won the University Medal in 2009. 

After graduating from UC Berkeley in 2009, she was a Judith Lee Stronach Baccalaureate Fellow in Southern Mexico and Central America, where she helped to coordinate a series of popular education and community radio workshops for indigenous and Garifuna people’s organizations. The following year, she was a Fulbright Scholar to Colombia, where she worked with the Critical Medical Anthropology Group at the National University in Bogotá. With her colleague Camilo Ruíz, she did a yearlong ethnography of the young families of former... Read More

Stephanie Delaney

Cross-cultural Perceptions of Health and Illness

After graduating from UC Berkeley in 2011, Stephanie went on to pursue a Master's degree at SDA Bocconi School of Management in Milan, Italy. Her  degree was in International Healthcare Management, Economics and Policy, with a specialization in Global Health and Development.  In her final term, she had the opportunity to intern at the Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI) in New York. During her internship, she worked extensively with the malaria team, learning about seasonal malaria chemoprevention (SMC) and the pilot study CHAI was launching in Nigeria to determine the most... Read More

Varada Gavaskar

Technology and Society

Graduating in Spring 2016, Varada will be joining Facebook as a product designer with the business applications team, where she hopes to work on the platform used by news media outlets and other publishers. Her senior thesis was about the future of journalism and how social media news coverage affected public perception of the ongoing Syrian civil war and the resulting migrant crisis. Varada examined the way filtering and ranking algorithms as well as the low barrier to participation in news via sharing and commenting polarized opinion and ultimately affected foreign policy in Canada... Read More

Tali Gires

Human Rights and NGO’s

While also winning the Florence Palmer Prize in Political Science in 2014 for her work on NGO’s, Tali wrote her ISF thesis on constructions of gender relations among different ethnicities living in rural communities in the San Martin region of Peru in order to understand how gender and ethnicity play a role in survival strategies for these communities and how gender and ethnic constructions relate to the development of economic and political structures. Based on fieldwork conducted in this region, she analyzed the ways in which these mestizo and indigenous communities have... Read More

Gianni Glick

Medicine and Society

Gianni will enter Brown Alpert Medical School in the Fall of 2015.Gianni writes that he began the ISF major at Berkeley without a clear sense of direction but eventually decided to concentrate his studies around the question “What makes people heal?”.  He took courses in cognitive science, psychology, social theory, and anthropology. Gianni writes: “In my junior year, I stumbled on the placebo effect and devoted my thesis research to exploring and expanding an evolutionary explanation for why and how people heal when there is no active intervention administered. A few weeks... Read More

Christina Gomez-Vidal

Political Sociology and Organizational Studies


Cristina’s interests in organizational theory and framing sprang from her work in public service and her academic studies. Cristina has served as Senate Public Member on the Physician Assistant Board of the State of California for the last ten years. She spent over twelve years in nonprofit management before returning to UC Berkeley to finish her B.A.  Her honors thesis was an examination of how Congress has used human rights to advance its own foreign policy agenda through bureaucracies like the Congressional Executive Commission on China.... Read More