Dissertations

2019

Ma, Hongxu. "Data-driven Approaches to Resolving Feedback Processes Driving the Earth System Over Multi-spatial and Temporal Scales."

Marston, Andrea. "Thieves of Patria: Vertical Politics in Plurinational Bolivia."

Rodenbiker, Jesse. "Ecological States: Science, Nature, and Cities in Contemporary China."

Shattuck, Annie. "Risky Subjects: Vulnerability and Uncertainty in the Global Pesticide Boom."

Tsai, Shu-Wei. "Heritage Modernity: The Preservation of the Grand Canal and Everyday Life in Hangzhou, China."

Werth, Alex. "Racial Reverberations: Music, Dance, and Disturbance in Oakland After Black Power."

Williams, Morgan M. "Pedogenic Process in Engineered Soils for Radioactive Waste Containment."

2018

Anton, Glenna. "The Cultural Politics of Water Privatization in an Arab Israeli Town."

Hawthorne, Camilla A. "There Are No Black Italians? Race and Citizenship in the Black Mediterranean."

Giglioli, Ilaria. "Unmaking the Mediterranean Border. Mediterraneanism, Colonial Mobilities, and Postcolonial Migration."

Tiberio, Alessandro. "Impossible Landings: Precarity, Populism, and Walling in a 'European' Refugee Crisis."

Van Gordon, Mollie M. "Land Cover, Climatology, and Hydrology in the West African Sahel: Inductive Data-driven Approaches in Data-sparse Environments."

2017

List, Nicole C. "Land Grabs in Urban Frontiers: Producing Inequality in Senegal's Dakar Region."

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

Potts, Shaina S. "Displaced Sovereignty: US Law and the Transformation of International Financial Space."

2016

Bhattacharya, Tripti. "Causes and Impacts of Rainfall Variability In Central Mexico on Multiple Timescales."

Courson, Elias E. "Spaces of Insurgency: Petro-Violence and the Geography of Conflict in Nigeria's Niger Delta."

Ekman, Peter. "Suburbs of Last Resort: Landscape, Life, and Ruin on the Edges of San Francisco Bay."

Owen, Lance. 

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.” 

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.” 

Friedman, Andrew Ronald. “Changes in the interhemispheric temperature difference: forcings, feedbacks, and impacts.” 

Dillon, Lindsey. “Race, Waste, and Space: Brownfield Redevelopment, Environmental Justice, and the Transformation of San Francisco’s Southeastern Waterfront.” 

Knuth, Sarah Elizabeth. “Seeing Green: Speculative Urbanism in the Green Economy.” 

Liu, Yuwei. “Abrupt monsoon weakening and links to extratropical North Atlantic cooling.” 

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.” 

2013

Arbona, Javier. “After the Blast: Building and Unbuilding Memories of Port Chicago.” 

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

Guimond, Katy. “Battle for The Bronx: Urban Revitalization In a Gentrifying City.” 

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.” 

Oh, Youjeong. “Spectacular Cities, Speculative Storytelling: Korean TV Dramas and the Selling of Place.” 

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.” 

Woodworth, Max David. “Frontier Boomtown Urbanism: city buildings in Ordos Municipality, Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region, 2001-2011.” 

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.” 

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!India? The politics and possibilities of organic agriculture in Kerala.” 

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” 

Stabrowski, Filip Akira. “Housing Polish Greenpoint: Property and Power in a Gentrifying Brooklyn Neighborhood” 

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” 

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” 

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” 

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” 

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

Gardner, Benjamin Richard. “Producing Pastoral Power: Territory, Identity and Rule in Tanzanian Maasailand” 

Krupar, Shiloh Renee. “Shanghai’s Super Vision: Spectacular Spaces and Urban Planning Exhibition” 

Moore, Jason W. “Ecology and the Rise of Capitalism” 

Niedt, Christopher William. “The Politics of Prosperity and Crisis in an Industrial Suburb: Dundalk, Maryland, 1920-2005” 

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” 

2006

Karacas, Cary Lee. “Tokyo From the Fire: War, Occupation, and the Remaking of a Metropolis” 

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

Watson, Elizabeth Burke. “Environmental Change in San Francisco Estuary Tidal Marshes” 

2005

Hunter, Mark. “Building a Home: Unemployment, Intimacy, and AIDS in South Africa” 

Park, Jungjae. “Holocene Climate Change and Human Environmental Impacts in Guanajuato, Mexico”

Roark, Erin Brendan. “Biogeochemical Proxies of Environmental Change in Surface and Deep-sea Corals from the Pacific” 

Wahl, David. “Climate Change and Human Impacts in the Southern Maya Lowlands: A Paleoenvironmental Perspective from the Northern Peten, Guatemala” 

Loyd, Jenna Morvren. “Freedom’s Body: Radical Health Activism in Los Angeles, 1963 to 1978” 

2004

Guthey, Greig Tor. “Terroir and the Politics of Agro -Industry in Çalifornia’s North Coast Wine District” 

Howard, Jeanette Kay. “Freshwater Mussels in California’s North Coastal Streams:  Current Status and Geomorphic Controls” 

Leal, Claudia María. “Black Forests: The Pacific Lowlands of Colombia, 1850-1930” 

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)” 

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” 

2003

Bobrow-Strain, Aaron. “Rethinking Thuggery: Landowners, Territory, and Violence in Chiapas, Mexico” 

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” 

Dolhinow, Rebecca. “Borderlands Justice: Women’s Community Activism in the Colonias of Dona Ana County, New Mexico” 

2002

Buck, Daniel. “Constructing China’s Capitalism, Connecting Shanghai’s Urban and Rural Industries” 

Davis, M. Kathryn. “Sardine Oil on Troubled Waters: The Boom and Bust of California’s Sardine Industry, 1905-1955” 

Kosek, Jon (Jake) Gregory. “The Political Life of Forests in Northern New Mexico” 

Lamoureux, Elisabeth A. “‘I Can’t Participate and Do What I Want’: Female Labor Militancy in South Korea” 

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

Nichols, Sandra L. “Saints, Peaches, and Wine: Mexican Migrants and the Transformation of Los Haro, Zacatecas and Napa, California” 

Oglesby, Elizabeth Ann. “Politics at Work: Elites, Labor and Agrarian Modernization in Guatemala 1980-2000” 

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” 

Weber, Peter Kilian. “Geochemical Markers in the Otoliths of Chinook Salmon in the Sacramento-San Joaquin River System, California” 

Freeman, James Patrick. “Face to Face but Worlds Apart: The Geography of Class in the Public Space of Rio de Janeiro” 

Johnson, Katherine. “Federalism and the Origins of the Urban Crisis:  The Geo-Politics of Housing and Highways, 1916-1956”  

Wanket, James. “Late Quaternary Vegetation and Climate of the Klamath Mountains” 

2001

Davis, Diana K. “Overgrazing the Range? A Political Ecology of Pastoralism in Southern Morocco” 

Dull, Robert Andrew. “El Bosque Perdido: A Cultural-Ecological History of Holocene Environmental Change in the Rio Paz Drainage Basin, Western El Salvador” 

Teisch, Jessica Beth. “Engineering Progress: Californians and the Making of a Global Economy” 

Wolford, Wendy Wei-Chen. “This Land is Ours Now: Social Mobilization and the Struggle for Agrarian Reform in Brazil” 

Acker, Robert. “The Geography of Political Fragmentation and Regional Integration in the Mekong River Valley” 

Churcher-Hoffmann, Tegan. “Reefs of Plenty to Reefs of Death: The Political Ecology of Coral Reef Health in Fiji and the Cook Islands” 

Mena, Luz Maria. “No Common Folk: Free Blacks and Race Relations in the Early Modernization of Havana (1830s-1840s)” 

2000

Chari, Sharad. “The Agrarian Question Comes to Town: Making Knitwear Work in Tiruppur, South India” 

Malamud-Roam, Karl Patrick. “Muted Tidal Regimes in Marshes of the San Francisco Estuary: Theory and Implications for Ecological Restoration” 

Guthman, Julie Harriet. “Agrarian Dreams? The Paradox of Organic Farming in California“

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

Past dissertations