Profile of Graduates

Class of 2013

Robyn Taylor : - Mind, Language, and Movement

After graduating in May 2013, Robyn Taylor took part in a professional six-week dance intensive workshop in Toubab Dialow, Senegal at Ecole des Sables.  The teaching at this dance workshop consisted of various traditional West African dance forms as well as contemporary dance and choreographic techniques.  Robyn is currently residing in Paris, France where she is studying contemporary dance at Menagerie de Verre.  Fascinated by the movement and ethos of Paris, Robyn observes the metro system, the grocery stores, and various art creations ranging from the highly commercialized to the subversive.  She writes about these observations on her blog.  She is currently collaborating with three dancers and four graffiti artists on a performance piece that will take place in a street artists’ squat December 14.  Next, Robyn will go to Salvador, Bahia, Brazil, where she will continue her dance studies in the Silvestre Technique.  Robyn applied this fall for the Fulbright Fellowship 2014, and in the upcoming year she hopes to continue her investigation of identity and dance in Senegal.  Her Fulbright proposal is titled: "Rhythm in Dakar: The Kinesthetic Exchange of Dance within a Globalized Context."

Eli Wirtschafter : - Visual, Literary, and Performance Cultures

The Departmental Citation winner for 2013 for both American Studies and Theater, Dance & Performance Studies, for his honors thesis Eli wrote a historical paper, and wrote and directed a play based on that research.  Eli is currently a reporter for San Francisco's public radio station, KALW.  Tune in to Crosscurrents, weekdays at 5 on 91.7.

Class of 2012

Wendy Bravo : - Health and Minority Communities

After graduating in December 2012, Wendy began working full-time with Brown & Toland Medical Group in San Francisco.  Her work mainly focuses on analyzing the implementation of accountable care organizations (ACOs)--a new payment method for doctors, where payments are determined by the overall health of a patient, rather than by how many tests or exams a patient received.  Wendy has also continued her volunteer work in community health and soon hopes to become a certified Covered California counselor to help people sign up for health insurance through the state’s health exchange.  Wendy plans on returning to school to complete the requirements for medical school and pursue a career as a primary care doctor.

Yi-Ning Chiu : - Race, Nation, and International Relations, 1945-Present

After graduating in 2012, Yi-Ning worked briefly for an online education startup before returning to the American Studies department, where she was a section leader for American Studies 10: "Hollywood: The Place, the Industry, the Fantasy."  After continuing to work as a Reader for American Studies courses and co-pastoring the college fellowship of Ark Ministries of Berkeley, a local non-denominational, multi-ethnic church, Yi-Ning joined the team at Year Up, an award-winning national 501(c)3 organization striving to close the Opportunity Divide by equipping urban young adults ages 18-24 to reach their potential through professional careers and higher education.  She works there as an Internship Services Specialist.

David Swatt : - Environmental Management and Policy

Since graduation in 2012, David returned to Los Angeles, and began a full-time career selling residential real estate with the highest grossing office in the United States, Coldwell Banker-Beverly Hills North.