Recent ISF Graduates

Lucina Alcala Navarro

Housing, Community, and Economic Development

Lucina Alcala Navarro is a graduate student of Urban and Regional Planning at the University of Michigan. Her concentration is in Housing, Community and Economic Development.  She received her BA from UC Berkeley in 2010 with a major in ISF and with an area of focus in Environmental Sustainability Planning and a minor in Urban and Regional Planning. Lucina wrote her thesis on the Greening of Detroit and became passionate about the opportunities for this shrinking city which inspired her to pursue her master’s degree in Michigan. Lucina is grateful for the ISF major because... Read More

Nathaniel Chi-Nhan Nguyen-Le

Globalization, Innovation, and Technology

After graduating in Spring 2015, Nathaniel Nguyen-Le will be attending UCLA’s School of Theater, Film, and Television as one of six Cinematography MFA candidates. During his time at UC Berkeley, Nathaniel minored in Public Policy and Creative Writing and was active in a variety of organizations. Beginning his sophomore year, he conducted undergraduate research for Professor Ananya Roy. Their team pioneered innovative educational media on the changing perspectives of global poverty. The #GlobalPOV project has garnered over half a million views. Additionally, Nathaniel was an active film... Read More

Kristen Norman

Cross Cultural Perspectives on Health and Illness.

Kristen graduated from ISF in 2012. As a Haas Research Fellow she conducted extensive research on microcredit and women's empowerment in rural Nicaragua. She later published her honors thesis entitled "Microcredit and the Discourse of Empowerment" in the Berkeley Undergraduate Research Journal

Since graduating, Kristen has become increasingly involved in social enterprise – creative, business-driven solutions to address complex social problems. Kristen now serves as the VP of Product Development at Global Family Farms, a social venture focused on building a marketing... Read More

Ejiro Ntukeme

Community Health Sciences, Physical Activity and Nutrition

After graduating from Berkeley in 2012, Ejiro had the opportunity to work in various settings with different organizations, to improve the health of children and adults in underserved communities. She worked as a health educator in East Oakland, where she created an after school physical activity program which utilized various forms of dance as a foundation to physical activity exercises. She also had the opportunity to intern at the San Francisco Department of Public Health through the Health Career Connections (HCC), and served as an AmeriCorps Member in Sonoma County with St. Josephs... Read More

Rodrigo Ochigame

Science and Technology Studies

Rodrigo majored in ISF with a concentration in Science and Technology Studies and graduated in the Spring of 2015. 

His research examines the computational regulation of social and political life. In the fall of 2016, he will join MIT as a PhD student in History, Anthropology, and Science, Technology, and Society.

His honors thesis investigated algorithmic filtering as a form of information control. Algorithmic filtering is the primary mechanism for selecting, distributing, and displaying information on social media platforms with feeds, such as Facebook, Twitter... Read More

Rebecca Olson

International Relations

After graduating in Spring 2015, Rebecca is planning to pursue a Master’s Degree in Europe in International Relations. Originally from West Virginia, she managed an environmental film festival before moving to California, where she managed an inn full-time and took community college classes before transferring to Cal. While at Cal, she continued to work as an inn manager while pursuing her Bachelor’s Degree in Interdisciplinary Studies with a research focus of Feminist Perspectives in International Relations. This focus has allowed her to explore relations between nations and the effects... Read More

Obinna Onyenedum

Urban Studies

Obinna Onyenedum graduated in Spring of 2015 and is currently living in New York City. After graduating from Cal, Obinna participated in the Alternative Break’s summer internship, Magnolia Project, in New Orleans. He interned with Neighborhoods Partnership Network (NPN Nola), a non-profit organization created Post-Katrina, which targets systemic inequities made apparent by the hurricane. Obinna worked with community organizers, city officials and fellow interns to analyze the impact new companies, like Uber and Air BnB, were having on low-income communities. The main question he brought to... Read More

Margaret Joy Perret

Science, Technology and Society

Meg was among the five finalists for the University Medal in 2015, and is presently choosing for graduate studies between History of Science at Harvard, Modern Thought and Literature at Stanford, and the History of Consciousness at UC Santa Cruz. Meg wrote her senior thesis on the queer biological forms that life takes in the anthropocene and the limits of traditional thought in thinking through the challenge that they pose. The thesis was published in the Berkeley Undergraduate Journal 27(2). Meg also majored in Gender and Women's Studies and Integrative Biology and plans... Read More

Rebecca Peters

Water and Political Ecology

Rebecca won the University Medal in 2014. Read about her here:

Jon Phillips

Psychology and the Self

Jon will be starting the Higher Education M.Ed. program at the Harvard Graduate School of Education in the Fall of 2016. Jon double majored in ISF and German. Using corpus linguistics software, Jon wrote his thesis on the new psychology of happiness and critically examined its linkages to historic self-help movements. He paid special attention to difficulties marginalized groups face in pursuing happiness while drawing on his philosophical training to interrogate the ideal of happiness itself.