Dissertations

Past dissertations

2017

Oliveira, Gustavo De Lima Torres. “The South-South Question: Transforming Brazil-China Agroindustrial Partnerships.”

2015

Baca, Jennifer. “Liberating Forestry: Forestry Workers, Participatory Politics, and the Chilean Nation.”

Ballve, Teo. “Territorial Masquerades: Frontier State Formations in Northwest Colombia.”

Carlisle, Liz. “Pulses and Populism: Diversified Farming on the Northern Great Plains.”

Collins, Erin E. “Reanimated City: A Spatial Analysis of State Rule, Rupture, and Repurposing in Phnom Penh, Cambodia (1979-1993).”

Cram, Shannon. “Unmaking the Bomb: Waste Health, and the Politics of Impossibility at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation.”

deGrassi, Aaron. “Provisional Reconstructions: Geo-Histories of Infrastructure and Agrarian Configuration in Malanje, Angola.”

Fontes, Anthony. “Violent Itineraries: Maras and the Military in Guatemala City.”

Greenburg, Jennifer. “We’re an NGO with guns”: Haitian geographies of US militarized development.” (Postdoc, Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs, Brown University)

Klinger, Julie. “On the Rare Earth Frontier.”

Marchesi, Greta. “Conceiving Earths: Imagining Nature and Society in a Global Environment.”

Romero, Adam. “The Alchemy of Capital: Industrial Waste and Chemicalization of US Agriculture.”

Stehlin, John. “Business Cycles: Race, Gentrification, and Bicycle Culture in the San Francisco Bay Area.”

Tarr, Alexander. “Have Your City and Eat It Too: Los Angeles and the Urban Food Renaissance.”

2014

Cowart, Alicia. “Paleoenvironmental Change in Central California in the late Pleistocene and Holocene: Impacts of Climate Change and Human Land Use on Vegetation and Fire Regimes.” (Cartographer and Geography Instructor, UC Berkeley)

Friedman, Andrew Ronald. “Changes in the interhemispheric temperature difference: forcings, feedbacks, and impacts.” (Postdoc, L’Institut PierreSimon Laplace (IPSL), France)

Dillon, Lindsey. “Race, Waste, and Space: Brownfield Redevelopment, Environmental Justice, and the Transformation of the San Francisco’s Southeastern Waterfront.” (Dept. of Sociology, UC Santa Cruz)

Knuth, Sarah Elizabeth. “Seeing Green: Speculative Urbanism in the Green Economy.” (Assistant Professor, Geography, Durham University)

Liu, Yuwei. “Abrupt monsoon weakening and links to extratropical North Atlantic cooling.” (Vectra Networks, CA)

Negrin, Diana. “Colores Mexicanos: Racial Alterity and the Right to the Mexican City.”

Singh, Raj Shekhar. “Hyper-resolution Global Land Surface Model at Regional-to-Local Scales with observed Groundwater data assimilation.” (Consultant, McKinsey & Company, CA)

2013

Arbona, Javier. “After the Blast: Building and Unbuilding Memories of Port Chicago.” (Assistant Professor in American Studies and Design, UC Davis)

Devine, Jennifer A. “Tourism and Territory in the Mayan World.”

Guimond, Katy. “Battle for The Bronx: Urban Revitalization In a Gentrifying City.” (California Institute of Art, SF)

Kao, Shih-Yang. “The City Recycled: The Afterlives of Demolished Buildings in Postwar Beijing.”

Lunine, Seth. “Iron Oil, and Emeryville: Resource Industrialization and Metropolitan Expansion in the San Francisco Bay Area, 1850-1900.” (Lecturer, UC Berkeley)

Oh, Youjeong. “Spectacular Cities, Speculative Storytelling: Korean TV Dramas and the Selling of Place.” (Assistant Professor, Asian Studies, University of Texas at Austin)

Reidy, Liam. “Lake Sediments as Evidence of Natural and Human Induced Environmental Change from California and Nevada.”

Strange, Jason. “Seeking Higher Ground: Contemporary Back-to-the-Land Movements in Eastern Kentucky.” (Chair of Peace and Social Justice Studies, Berea College)

Woodworth, Max David. “Frontier Boomtown Urbanism: city buildings in Ordos Municipality, Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region, 2001-2011.” (Department of Geography, Ohio State University)

2012

Adachi, Yosuke. “A new model to construct ice stream surface elevation profiles and calculate contributions to sea-level rise.”

Brahinsky, Rachel. “The Making and Unmaking of Southeast San Francisco.” (Assistant Professor, Urban Affairs, University of San Francisco)

Brown, Sandra Lynn. “Fairness for whom? Regulating the socio-ecological relations of banana production through voluntary certification and labeling.”

Minkoff-Zern, Laura-Anne. “Migrations of Hunger and Knowledge: Food Insecurity and California’s Indigenous Farmworkers”

Sengupta, Dyuti. “Models of Five Climatically Sensitive Taxa in Central and Northwestern Mexico During the Present, the mid-Holocene and the Last Glacial Maximum.”

Thottathil, Sapna Elizabeth. “Incredible !ndia? The politics and possibilities of organic agriculture in Kerala.” (Senior Associate, Public Health Solutions)

2011

Bliss, Andrew Knisely. “Ablation on Taylor Glacier, Antarctica”

Casolo, Jennifer Jean. “Unthinkable Rebellion and the Praxis of the Possible: Ch’orti’ Campesin@ Struggles in Guatemala’s Eastern Highlands”

Doshi, Sapana Lisa Dilipkumar. “The Right to the Slum? Redevelopment, Rule and the Politics of Difference in Mumbai”

Jelly-Schapiro, Joshua Ian. “The Caribbean in the World: Imaginative Geographies in the Independence Age”

Johnson, Leigh Taylor. “Insuring climate change? Science, fear, and value in reinsurance markets”

Kinder, Kimberley A. “CHANNELING POLITICS”

McClintock, Nathan Crane. “Cultivation, Capital, and Contamination: Urban Agriculture in Oakland, California” (Department of Urban Studies and Planning, Portland State University)

Stabrowski, Filip Akira. “Housing Polish Greenpoint: Property and Power in a Gentrifying Brooklyn Neighborhood” (Department of Anthropology, LaGuardia Community College)

2010

Park, Hyo Seok. “The Impact of the Central Asian Mountains on Downstream Storminess and Monsoon Onset”

2009

De Lara, Juan. “Remapping Inland Southern California: Global Commodity Distribution, Land Speculation, and Politics in the Inland Empire”

Fredericks, Rosalind. “Doing the Dirty Work: The Cultural Politics of Garbage Collection in Dakar, Senegal”

Graham, Daniel. “Ghosts and Warriors: Cultural-Political Dynamics of Indigenous Resource Struggles in Western Honduras”

Guarin, Alejandro. “Old Links in a New Chain: The Unlikely Resilience of Corner Stores in Bogota, Colombia”

Han, Ju Hui Judy. “Contemporary Korean/American Evangelical Missions: Politics of Space, Gender, and Difference”

Lindenbaum, John. “The Industry, Geography, and Social Effects of Contemporary Christian Music” (University of Northern Colorado)

Van Ausdal, Shawn. “The Logic of Livestock: An Historical Geography of Cattle Ranching in Colombia, 1850-1950”

2008

Chiang, Lifang. “Hidden Innovation: A Reconsideration of an “Old Economy” Industry in a “New Economy” Region” (Office of the President, University of California)

Johnstone, James Andrew. “Climate Variability of Northern California and its Global Connections”

Lave, Rebecca Anne. “The Rosgen Wars and the Shifting Political Economy of Expertise” (Department of Geography, Indiana University)

Paglen, Trevor. “Blank Spots on a Map”

Schmidt, Daniel Paul. “A Palynological and Stratigraphic Analysis of Mangrove Sediments at Punta Galeta, Panama”

2007

Anderson, Rebecca. “Stable Isotope and Pollen Evidence for Late Quaternary Climate Change in Southern Coastal California”

Bryan, Joseph Henry. “Map or be Mapped: Land, Race, and Property in Eastern Nicaragua” (Department of Geography, University of Colorado, Boulder)

Carlisle, Heather Lynn. “Environment and Security in the Aral Sea Basin”

Gardner, Benjamin Richard. “Producing Pastoral Power: Territory, Identity and Rule in Tanzanian Maasailand” (Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences, University of Washington, Bothell)

Krupar, Shiloh Renee. “Shanghai’s Super Vision: Spectacular Spaces and Urban Planning Exhibition” (School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University)

Moore, Jason W. “Ecology and the Rise of Capitalism” (Department of Geography, University of North Carolina)

Niedt, Christopher William. “The Politics of Prosperity and Crisis in an Industrial Suburb: Dundalk, Maryland, 1920-2005” (Department of Sociology and the National Center for Suburban Studies, Hofstra University)

Rhee, Nari. “Searching for Working Class Politics: Labor, Community and Urban Power in Silicon Valley”

Schweikhardt, Peter. “Intra-annual to centennial scale variability in San Francisco Bay during the Holocene: Inferences from geochemical analysis of biogenic carbonate fossils” (Department of Geography, College of Alameda)

2006

Karacas, Cary Lee. “Tokyo From the Fire: War, Occupation, and the Remaking of a Metropolis” (Political Science, Economics and Philosophy, CUNY College of Staten Island)

Bailey, Jodi L. “The Limits of Largess: International Environmental NGOs, Philanthropy, and Conservation”

Watson, Elizabeth Burke. “Environmental Change in San Francisco Estuary Tidal Marshes” (Researcher, Hydrology Program, University of California, Davis)

2005

Hunter, Mark. “Building a Home: Unemployment, Intimacy, and AIDS in South Africa” (Prentice Hall, Boston)

Park, Jungjae. “Holocene Climate Change and Human Environmental Impacts in Guanajuato, Mexico”
(Department of Geography, Seoul National University, Korea)

Roark, Erin Brendan. “Biogeochemical Proxies of Environmental Change in Surface and Deep-sea Corals from the Pacific” (Department of Geography, Texas A&M)

Wahl, David. “Climate Change and Human Impacts in the Southern Maya Lowlands: A Paleoenvironmental Perspective from the Northern Peten, Guatemala” (U.S. Geological Survey, Menlo Park, CA)

Loyd, Jenna Morvren. “Freedom’s Body: Radical Health Activism in Los Angeles, 1963 to 1978” (Postdoc, Center for Place, Culture and Politics, CUNY)

2004

Guthey, Greig Tor. “Terroir and the Politics of Agro -Industry in Çalifornia’s North Coast Wine District” (Public Policy and Planning, California State University, San Marcos)

Howard, Jeanette Kay. “Freshwater Mussels in California’s North Coastal Streams:  Current Status and Geomorphic Controls” (The Nature Conservancy, San Francisco)

Leal, Claudia María. “Black Forests: The Pacific Lowlands of Colombia, 1850-1930” (Department of History, Universidad de los Andes, Bogotá, Colombia)

Rogers, Clinton Bryce. “The Re-Emergence of an Entrepreneurial Community in the Himalayan Highlands of Nepal:  Commercial Opportunity, Cooperative Venture Financing, and Competitive Private Enterprise in Manang (Nyishang)” (Business/Commercial Development, XOMA)

Smith, Francis James. “Coastal Geography of Rip Currents:  Pacific Ocean Beaches and Public Safety, San Francisco Area, California”

Starratt, Scott William. “Late Holocene Diatom and Geochemical Evidence of Freshwater Flow Variation in Northern San Francisco Bay, California” (U.S. Geological Survey, Menlo Park, CA)

2003

Bobrow-Strain, Aaron. “Rethinking Thuggery: Landowners, Territory, and Violence in Chiapas, Mexico” (Politics Department, Whitman College, Walla Walla, WA)

Conserva, MariaElena. “Long-term Climate and Vegetation Change on the Northern Frontier of Mesoamerica, Guanajuato, Mexico”

DeRubertis, Diana. “Severe Convective Storms and U.S. Climate Change in the Latter Half of the Twentieth Century” (Environmental Writer)

Dolhinow, Rebecca. “Borderlands Justice: Women’s Community Activism in the Colonias of Dona Ana County, New Mexico” (Women’s Studies, California State University, Fullerton, CA)

2002

Buck, Daniel. “Constructing China’s Capitalism, Connecting Shanghai’s Urban and Rural Industries” (Asian Studies and Geography, University of Oregon)

Davis, M. Kathryn. “Sardine Oil on Troubled Waters: The Boom and Bust of California’s Sardine Industry, 1905-1955” (Department of Geography, San Jose State University)

Kosek, Jon (Jake) Gregory. “The Political Life of Forests in Northern New Mexico” (Department of Geography, University of California, Berkeley)

Lamoureux, Elisabeth A. “‘I Can’t Participate and Do What I Want’: Female Labor Militancy in South Korea” (Graduate School of Education, University of California, Berkeley, CA)

Malamud-Roam, Frances. “A Late Holocene History of Vegetation Change in San Francisco Estuary Marshes Using Stable Carbon Isotopes and Pollen Analysis” (Department of Geography, College of Alameda)

Nichols, Sandra L. “Saints, Peaches and Wine: Mexican Migrants and the Transformation of Los Haro, Zacatecas and Napa, California” (Research Analyst, California Institute for Rural Studies, Davis, California.)

Oglesby, Elizabeth Ann. “Politics at Work: Elites, Labor and Agrarian Modernization in Guatemala 1980-2000” (Assistant Professor, Latin American Studies, University of Arizona)

Siegel, Stuart William. “Slough Channel Network and Marsh Plain Morphodynamics in a Rapidly Accreting Tidal Marsh Restoration on Diked, Subsided Baylands, San Francisco Estuary, California” (Wetlands and Water Resources, San Rafael, CA)

Weber, Peter Kilian. “Geochemical Markers in the Otoliths of Chinook Salmon in the Sacramento-San Joaquin River System, California” (Lawrence Livermore National Lab, Livermore, CA)

Freeman, James Patrick. “Face to Face but Worlds Apart : The Geography of Class in the Public Space of Rio de Janeiro” (Department of Geography, Concordia University, Montreal, Quebec, Canada)

Johnson, Katherine. “Federalism and the Origins of the Urban Crisis:  The Geo-Politics of Housing and Highways, 1916-1956”  (Department of Geography, University of Northern Colorado, Greely, CO)

Wanket, James. “Late Quaternary Vegetation and Climate of the Klamath Mountains” (Department of Geography, California State University, Sacramento)

2001

Davis, Diana K. “Overgrazing the Range? A Political Ecology of Pastoralism in Southern Morocco” (Department of History, University of California, Davis)

Dull, Robert Andrew. “El Bosque Perdido: A Cultural-Ecological History of Holocene Environmental Change in the Rio Paz Drainage Basin, Western El Salvador” (Department of Geography, Texas A&M University)

Teisch, Jessica Beth. “Engineering Progress: Californians and the Making of a Global Economy” (Associate, T.C. Hoffmann and Associates)

Wolford, Wendy Wei-Chen. “This Land is Ours Now: Social Mobilization and the Struggle for Agrarian Reform in Brazil” (Department of Geography, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill)

Acker, Robert. “The Geography of Political Fragmentation and Regional Integration in the Mekong River Valley” (University of California, Extension Program)

Churcher-Hoffmann, Tegan. “Reefs of Plenty to Reefs of Death: The Political Ecology of Coral Reef Health in Fiji and the Cook Islands” (T.C. Hoffmann and Associates, Oakland, CA)

Mena, Luz Maria. “No Common Folk: Free Blacks and Race Relations in the Early Modernization of Havana (1830s-1840s)” (Department of Women and Gender Studies, University of California, Davis, CA)

2000

Chari, Sharad. “The Agrarian Question Comes to Town: Making Knitwear Work in Tiruppur, South India” (Department of Geography and Environment, London School of Economics, England)

Malamud-Roam, Karl Patrick. “Muted Tidal Regimes in Marshes of the San Francisco Estuary: Theory and Implications for Ecological Restoration” (Wetlands Scientist, Contra Costa County Mosquito and Vector Control District, Concord, CA)

Guthman, Julie Harriet. “Agrarian Dreams? The Paradox of Organic Farming in California “(Community Studies, University of California, Santa Cruz)

Trist, Carolyn Rachel. “Changes in the Sea: The Political Ecology of Marine Management in Soufriere, St. Lucia”

Past dissertations