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May 22, 2021


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The annual conference promoted and recognized original research at the undergraduate level in Anthropology, Sociology, and related social sciences facilitating communication and professional exchange among students and faculty from colleges and universities throughout the United States.


Conference Schedule:


Welcome: Department of Sociology Chair Professor Enrique Pumar


Keynote: A Conversation with Reuben Jonathan Miller
Halfway Home: Race, Punishment and the Afterlife of Mass Incarceration
Reuben Jonathan Miller

Professor Miller joined the conference to discuss his book Halfway Home: Race, Punishment and the Afterlife of Mass Incarceration. Drawing on ethnographic data collected across three iconic American cities—Chicago, Detroit, and New York—Miller will explore what it means to live in a supervised society and how we might find our way out. Each year, more than half a million Americans are released from prison and join a population of twenty million people who live with a felony record. Miller examines the afterlife of mass incarceration, attending to how U.S. criminal justice policy has changed the social life of the city and altered the contours of American Democracy one (most often poor black American) family at a time. Reuben Miller, a former chaplain at the Cook County Jail in Chicago and now a sociologist studying mass incarceration, spent years alongside prisoners, ex-prisoners, their friends, and their families to understand the lifelong burden that even a single arrest can entail. What his work revealed is a simple, if overlooked truth: life after incarceration is its own form of prison. The idea that one can serve their debt and return to life as a full-fledged member of society is one of America’s most nefarious myths. Recently released individuals are faced with jobs that are off-limits, apartments that cannot be occupied, and votes that cannot be cast. They are subject to rules other people are not subject to, and shoulder responsibilities other people are not expected to shoulder. They live in a “supervised society,” a hidden social world we’ve produced through our laws, policies and everyday practices, and in fact, occupy an alternate form of political membership—what Professor Reuben Jonathan Miller calls “carceral citizenship.” His talk was followed by audience Q&A.

Keynote Biography: Reuben Jonathan Miller is a sociologist, criminologist and a social worker who teaches at the University of Chicago in the School of Social Service Administration where he studies and writes about race, democracy, and the social life of the city. He has been a member at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton New Jersey, a fellow at the New America Foundation and the Rockefeller Foundation, and a visiting scholar at the University of Texas at Austin and Dartmouth College. A native son of Chicago, he lives with his wife and children on the city’s Southside.


Lunch Break


Student Roundtables 1 and 2

Roundtable 1: THEME: Seeking Equity in California

Chair: Professor Enrique Pumar

Title: Decolonization and Cultural Persistence: Using Ceramic Consumption to Understand Gendered Labor Systems and Ohlone Experiences at Mission Santa Clara
Presenter: Trizha Aquino
Title: Asked too much, given too little: health risks and responsibilities of agricultural fieldworkers on California's Central Coast
Presenter: Riley Scherr
Title: Gendered Bodies, Identity Formation, and Coming of Age among Desi Girls in Silicon Valley’s Indian Diaspora
Presenter: Mallika Yeleswarapu
Title: Assessing Multicultural Competency Practices of UCSC-Based Campus Therapists
Presenter: Jasmine Lyng


Roundtable 2: THEME: Historical and Cultural Understandings of Societies

Chair: Associate Professor Matt Kroot

Title: Baha’i Persecution in Iran: An In-Depth Look at the Baha’i Faith through a Historical Institutionalist Lens
Presenter: Ciara Moezidis
Title: TEHE’s seduction: Embodiment and production of US empire in the 1953 Iranian coup d'état
Presenter: Olivia Popp
Title: The Significance of Osteobiographies: Building a Life Narrative for the Individuals Buried in the Royal Navy Hospital Cemetery (1793-1822) in Antigua
Presenter: Courteney Brown
Title: Power, Pragmatics, and Objective Law: How Language Reinforces Courtroom Workgroup Hierarchies and Systemic Inequality
Presenter: Emily Chung
Title: Kultura through Komiks: Philippine Mythology as Depicted through Filipino Comic Books
Presenter: Markus Faye Portacio



Student Roundtables 3 and 4

Roundtable 3: THEME: Social Justice in Times of Crises and Hopes

Chair: Assistant Professor Di Di

Title: An Engineer’s Sociological Observations on Remote Learning during the Covid-19 Pandemic
Presenter: Cinthya Jauregui
Title: How Public Narratives Impede Reproductive Justice: Reform for the Chemical Body Burdens of Children
Presenter: Erica Albino
Title: Sustainability Playbooks: Localized Solutions for a Global Climate in Crisis
Presenter: Alexander Varni
Co-author: Sandra Jamaleddine, Kaitlin Alayo, Nathan Otto
Title: Cal Poly Pomona Students Vs. Tempting Technology
Presenter: Thisuri Fonseka


Roundtable 4: THEME: Equity in Education

Chair: Associate Professor Patrick Lopez Aguado

Title: Ethics in research: An overview of universal ethics and the perpetuation of inequality in academia
Presenter: Brittany Wiseman
Title: Finding a Place: Involvement in College Social Justice Organizations and its Impacts
Presenter: Mika Abe, Megan Imai, Judith Li, Brooke Rose
Title: Looking Past Textbooks: Decolonizing our Knowledge Through Storytelling
Presenter: Trizha Aquino and Emily Chung
Title: Just What is Abolition and What’s it Doing in a “Nice” Field like Child Studies
Presenter: Maria De La Lima, McKenzie Mann-Wood, William Martinez, Liliana Regpala, Lauren Davis, Briana Bravo, Delilah Garza



Closing Remarks: Department of Anthropology Chair Lee Panich


Conference Committee (in alphabetical order)

Di Di
Matt Kroot
Patrick Lopez-Aguado
Enrique Pumar
Laura Robinson