Graduate Profiles

Cleavon Gilman - Diversity and Mobility in the U.S.

After graduating in 2009, Cleavon completed a post-Baccalaureate in Physiology at California State University East Bay. In 2016 he became of Doctor of Medicine after completing training at UCSF, and currently serves as an emergency medicine resident physician at New York Presbyterian Hospital.

Sociology 140: Political Sociology
African American Studies 159: Hip Hop
Peace and Conflict Studies 125AC: War, Culture, & Society
Chicano Studies 180:Topics in Chicano Studies
Ethnic Studies 103A: Racialization and Empire
Education 190:Current Issues in Education

Thesis Cleavon Gilman : - "William Nelson Colson: The Effects of Northernization and Francization on Southern Negroes in the Pursuit of Unequivocal Equality (1915-1922)" (Class of 2009)

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Through the life and social experience of United States Army Second Lieutenant William Nelson Colson Cleavon Gilman’s honors thesis examines the manner in which the Northernization and subsequent Francization of Southern Negro soldiers during the 1910s and 20s produced an unprecedented amount of conscientious objectors. A comparison between the post-Reconstruction and Civil War generations shows that the latter was more passive towards whites because they lived under slave rule. On the other hand, the Northernization of the post-Reconstruction generation produced conscientious objectors dissatisfied with southern living conditions; consequently, many Northernized Negroes chose to remain in the North where racism was much more negligible. Furthermore, the Francization of the Northernized Negro solider during World War I produced the unprecedented militant New Negro solider who militantly demanded equality when provoked or witnessed injustices towards other Negroes.

Jessica Gresham - Twentieth Century American Culture

Jessica graduated with honors in 2009, and she currently works as a Veterinary Assistant at the San Francisco SPCA.

American Studies 110: The History, Politics, and Landscape of Consumer Society
African American Studies 142AC: Race and American Film
Film 123: 1950s Film and Propaganda
Australian Studies: Australia and America
Letters and Science 180C: Social and Behavioral Science
Sociology 125: Urban Sociology

Thesis Jessica Gresham : - "The Female Shape of Jazz" (Class of 2009)

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The importance of women in jazz has been a severely neglected topic, despite active female participation throughout the genre’s history. To examine this, Jessica Gresham’s honors thesis underscores the importance of African American female instrumentalists throughout the early developments of jazz. Using Mary Lou Williams as an archetype, Jessica traces both music and event histories from blues up to the evolution of jazz fusion in the 1970s. The primary sources consist of original music recordings of the women examined, deconstructing them within a historical context. Combining both a music and event historyas well as personal event history of the artists mentionedthe combination of sources and insight reveal the historical and musical importance of African American female instrumentalists in jazz.

Adrienne Johnson - Consumer Society & Contemporary American Culture

The Departmental Citation Winner for 2009, Adrienne recently completed her PhD in the Modern Thought and Literature program at Stanford. Titled Diet and the Disease of Civilization, 1977-2008, Adrienne’s dissertation analyzes how instructional texts diet books, nutrition policy, medical research have measured civilization by the human costs of social progress. Other academic publications include articles on competitive eating, Paleo diet mythologies, dude ranches, locavorism, and grocery store couponing. She also writes for popular, non-academic audiences in BuzzFeed Food and Gastronomica.

Sociology 180: American Society
Anthropology 162: American Folklore
Geography 181: Urban Field Study
American Studies C112B: American Cultural Landscapes, 1900 to the Present
History of Art 192AC: American Folk Art
American Studies 250: Graduate Research Seminar in American Studies

Thesis Talking with Their Mouths Full: Competitive Eating and the Cultural Meaning of American Bodies

Talking with Their Mouths Full: Competitive Eating and the Cultural Meaning of American Bodies

Adrienne Johnson’s honors thesis is an examination of the story we tell ourselves about ourselves in an eating contest. While competitive eating today traces its roots back to early American pie-eating contests, the current level of prize money and professionalism point not to a flippant exercise in public ridicule, but to a performance of great cultural meaning. Using the three distinct scholarly approaches of history, anthropology, and gender studies, Adrienne’s research uncovers the tensions of American assimilation, consumerism, and patriarchy. The performative body of the competitive eater is just one of the many texts this research has drawn upon; a series of interviews with competitive eaters, fat activists, and audience members have offered personal understanding while the scholarship of theorists and anthropologists like Mikhail Bakhtin have grounded the research into the academic literature of cultural performance.

Everardo Mora - City Planning, Public Policy, and Minority Communities

As one of four recipients of the 2009 Judith Lee Stronach Baccalaureate Prize, Everardo Mora received $20,000 and a Visiting Scholar placement at UC Berkeley in order to continue his research on “cannery culture.” His goal was to produce a narrative infused with the voices, stories, and experiences of Latino cannery workers in order to better understand ethnic diversity, the culture of mass production, language and literacy, and identity construction on the shop floor of the last full-scale cannery to close in the Silicon Valley, a valley that once was known as the Valley of Heart’s Delight. Everardo currently works as a Project Manager at Orton Development, Inc.

American Studies H110:Methods, Histories, and Controversies (Honors Seminar)
American Studies C134:Information Technology & SocietyA
merican Studies 110:Sociology of Sister-Cities
Ethnic Studies 130AC:Multicultural America
Chicano Studies 150B:History of the Southwest
Native American Studies 102:Critical Native American Legal and Policy Studies

Thesis Everardo Mora : - "Life behind the 'Shield:' Cannery Culture and the 'Farandula' at Del Monte Plant 3" (Class of 2009)

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For more than a century, Del Monte’s red tomato “Shield” has represented the “Quality” of its products. Everardo Mora explains that Del Monte’s red tomato “Shield” also represents the “Quality” of its workforce. Based on the oral histories of Latino cannery workers, Mora documents and explores the meaning of “cannery culture” and the important contributions this “cannery community” made to California’s rich agricultural history.

Folasade Scott - The Mind, the Arts, and Education in America

Since 2009 Folasade has been privileged to enrich peoples lives as a minister, teacher, counselor, and mentor, serving in various parts of the US, as well as Jamaica and Haiti; she has also remotely served people in other countries such as Qatar, Pakistan, Kenya, and Canada. Folasade specializes in restoration and development of the whole person; authentic identity expression; basic and academic life skills development; global community awareness and service; sustainability; and creative expression. She also serves as a consultant and collaborator with organizations and individuals who desire to enrich peoples lives holistically. These services are expressed through two business entities that Folasade founded and directs: a non-profit corporation called Violent Faith Ministries International Inc. and a for-profit business called Redeeming the Time. Folasade is currently completing a Master’s program at Winston-Salem State University called Teaching English as a Second Language and Applied Linguistics; she plans to pursue a PhD in Educational Psychology at Georgia State University.

American Studies C174: Visual Autobiography
Sociology 150: Social Psychology
Psychology 150: Psychology of Personality
Education 197: Field Studies in Education
African American Studies 159: Special Topics in African American LiteratureMusic 128S: Contemporary Improvisational Music

Thesis Folasade Scott : - "The Pedagogy of Motivation Part 1: Motivating African-American Disadvantaged Adults Learning Basic Skills through Relationship and Relevance" (Class of 2009)

“The Pedagogy of Motivation Part 1” is about the benefits of utilizing relevant means and relational connection to motivate disadvantaged African-American learners of basic skills, many of whom came from troubled backgrounds, such as a broken home, abuse and neglect, drug and alcohol abuse, incarceration, etc. Many were not even encouraged much for success in school, let alone life. While the focus is on disadvantaged African-American adults, Folasade Scotts thesis is meant to provoke thought and consideration with regard to teaching anyone. Folasade emphasizes the need to view students as people firstvaluable, multifaceted human beings with interests, culture(s), personalities, learning styles, skills, experiences, etc.and to create and maintain an environment that is community-centered, restorative, and engages all these integral parts of them. In her thesis Folasade asserts that unconditional love and care must be the “basic skills” modeled through educators and cultivated within the classroom which, as a result, will produce favorable responses and encourage positive character outcomes, no matter how wounded a person is. “The Pedagogy of Motivation Part 2” is in progress, and will focus on the application of principles from “Part 1.”