English majors are making waves with their cutting edge research, fulfiling UC Merced's promise of granting access to undergradauate student researchers. Read more about these programs here.
Savie Luce ('21) graduated with High Honors in the English program after completing their brilliant honors thesis, “Asexual Erasure Undone: A Short History of Asexuality in 19th- to 20th-Century Literary Classics."
We also congratulate the record-breaking honors class of 2022, who will be writing their theses next academic year (2021-22):
Brandon Cooper, “Romanticism and the Modern Era of Conspiracy”
Cathryn Flores, “Digital Theatre: A Musical Process”
Viviana Gomez, “Becoming La Virgen de Guadalupe: Coatlicue’s Journey and Her Influence on Modern Chicanx and Indigenous Communities”
Kaylin Insyarath, “The Effects of Literary Fiction on Empathy”
Arianna Mengel, “Blurring Lines to Broaden Perspective: Gender Expression in Past and Present Shakespeare”
Isaac Gallegos Rodriguez, “Contrasting Creation: Analyzing Mesoamerican and Abrahamic Creation Narratives”
Remy Sumida-Tate, “Echo: Audio Horror in Podcasting”
Darah Carrillo Vargas, “Analyzing the Lyrical Composition of Popularized ‘Protest Songs’ from 1990 to 2020”
Ying Wei Zhang, “Wangxian in the West: English Fan Translations and Reception of Chinese Boys’ Love in Western Fandoms”
And, in summer 2021, six English majors are conducting original research with faculty mentorship. Remy Sumida-Tate and Miranda Rosas are conducting research on poetry and podcasts with Dr. Fatima Burney, and Sofia Andom, Isaac Gallegos Rodriguez, Serena Johnson, and Mahea LaRosa will be conducting research on the LA Women's Shakespeare Company and Harlem Shakespeare Festival with Dr. Katie Brokaw. These projects are sponsored by the Undergradaute Research Opportunity Center - Humanities (UROC-H) program, which provides undergraduate research opportunities to Engish majors.