Graduate Fellow Bios
Lauren Fink, PhD Student, Neuroscience
Lauren Fink is a Ph.D. student in the Neuroscience Graduate Group. She received her B.M. in Percussion Performance from the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music and her M.Phil in Music & Science from the University of Cambridge. Her master’s thesis examined music’s ability to modulate eyeblink patterns. At Davis, Lauren uses eye-tracking, electroencephalography, and computational modeling to characterize the neural mechanisms underlying music’s ability to influence attention and motor behavior.
Gabi Kirk, PhD Student, Geography
Gabi Kirk is a second year Ph.D. student in the Geography Graduate Group. She has BAs in Environmental Studies and History from the University of California Santa Cruz. Her research will focus on the intersections of politics and ecology in Israel-Palestine, with a focus on agriculture and arid lands. She hopes to use a variety of critical theoretical approaches, pulling from feminist studies, science and technology studies, and indigenous studies.Her questions include how the occupation affects Palestinian agriculture, varied tactics and institutions for environmental conservation and sustainable agriculture used by Israelis and Palestinians, and competing narratives of the history of the landscape. She is also interested in comparative settler-colonial studies between the American West and Israel-Palestine.
Matthew Nesvet, PhD Candidate, Anthropology
Matthew Nesvet is an anthropologist, investigative journalist, and Ph.D. candidate in Anthropology, with designated emphases in African & African-American Studies and STS. Matthew is currently writing about labor, urban space, and extractive economies in North America and southern Africa. Matthew is especially excited by writing that engages public audiences, as well as writing directed at scholarly readers. Matthew loves to work with grad students from any discipline: not only does he learn new stuff this way, but clear, effective and engaging stories transcend academic divisions. Additionally, Matthew enjoys working with students who write in a non-native language.
Lina Reznicek-Parrado, PhD Candidate, Spanish Linguistics
Lina Reznicek-Parrado is a PhD Candidate in Spanish Linguistics. She holds a MA in Spanish and a Teaching Certification from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and has also completed studies abroad in France and Colombia. She is interested in issues at the intersection of Spanish sociolinguistics and education, specifically concerning speakers of Spanish as a heritage language in the US context. Her research explores the academic literacy practices of linguistically diverse students, and utilizes social approaches to literacy development to analyze how academic tutors mobilize innovative language practices which are different from those of the mainstream. She also enjoys consulting as a writing coach with the AB 540 & Undocumented Student Center and as a Teaching Assistant Consultant for the Center for Educational Effectiveness at UC Davis.
Julia Rebeiro, PhD Student, Human Development
Julia Ribeiro is a fifth-year Ph.D. candidate in the Human Development Graduate Group. She received B.A.s in Psychology and Liberal Studies (Elementary Education) from Loyola Marymount University, and a M.S. in Child Development from UC Davis. Her master’s thesis examined the factor structure of a mindset, a self-belief about how malleable one’s abilities are. Julia’s dissertation extends this research to understand the role of people’s beliefs about the malleability of their personality. Julia loves mentoring and teaching students from young children to adults.
Mitch Simon, PhD Student, Physiology
Mitch is in his fourth year with the Physiology Graduate Group. He works in a lab that studies the heart and its diseases at the cellular level. Meanwhile, he hopes his love for snacks isn't damaging his cardiac health. Mitch loves learning about all the research being done on campus, so come in and share yours with him!
Tori White, PhD Student, Comparative Literature
Tori White is a Ph.D. candidate in Comparative Literature, with a Designated Emphasis in Writing, Rhetoric, and Composition Studies. She specializes in the literary Renaissance, engaging questions of genre and Petrarchan imitation and focusing especially on literature on the borderline between “anti-” and “Petrarchan”: parody, satire, and burlesque. Tori is also researching the assessment of collaborative writing—a subject that brings together both her research and teaching interests. She is very glad to serve the UC Davis graduate community as a Writing Fellow!
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