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Previous Honors Theses

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Our students have written theses on a broad variety of topics, pursuing their unique passions within the broad field of Urban Studies.

Hard copies of these and other previous honors theses may be consulted in the Urban Studies office.


  • There Goes the Neighborhood: The Failure and Promise of Second Units as a Housing Source for the Midpeninsula (Selena Kyle, 2000) (pdf)


  • Beyond ‘Máquinas de Dinero’: A Case Study of a Low-Income Worker Cooperative (Alexandra Goldman, 2007) (pdf)
  • How Migrant Workers Find Housing in Beijing: The Role of Individual Agency in Differential Housing Access and Outcomes (Deland Chan, 2007) (pdf)


  • How Victim-Offender Mediation Impacts Juvenile Offenders: What it Offers and Who it Benefits (Stephanie Fagliano, 2008) (pdf)
  • Theme Park in the City: Disneyland and the Aesthetic of the ‘Anaheim Resort’ (Andrew Reovan, 2008) (pdf)


  • Participation, Politics and Planning: The Impact of Citizen Participation in Palo Alto, California (Katie Martinez, 2010) (pdf)


  • Getting Involved: How Summer Enrichment Programs Improve Social Development and Behavior (Annie Read, 2011) (pdf)
  • Re-Constructing Hayes Valley: Place Branding and Community in a Revitalizing Neighborhood (Gary Chan, 2011) (pdf)
  • Towards an Integrated Approach to Microfinance A Case for the Integration of Financial and Non-Financial Services in Microfinance Institutions (Eva Orbuch, 2011) (pdf)
  • Working Towards Sustainable Commutes: An Analysis of Cyclists on Caltrain and BART (George Carollo, 2011) (pdf)


  • California Dreamin’: Examining the Legacy of the Great Tax Revolt in Chula Vista, California (Gerad Hanono, 2012) (pdf)
  • Effects of Land Use Change and Urban Development on Biodiversity and Traditional Ecological Knowledge in a Maya Community in Yucatan (Erica Fernandez, 2012) (pdf)
  • The Impact of Rail on Economic Growth: A Case Study of the Los Angeles Red Line (Tamara Knox, 2012) (pdf)
  • The Waizhou Special: Exploring the Effects of Immigrant Diffusion on Chinese Restaurant Workers in McMinnville, Tennessee (Stephanie Chan, 2012) (pdf)


  • Arrival of the City: The Impacts of Urban Expansion on Periurban Agricultural Communities of Sangareddy, India (K Gibson, 2013) (pdf)
  • Exploring Perceptions of Asian Identity through Conversations with Asian American Mothers and their Mixed Asian-White Daughters (Jamie Yuen-Shore, 2013) (pdf)
  • Exploring the Broken Windows Theory: A Spatial Analysis of Graffiti and Crime in San Francisco (Natalie Dillon, 2013) (pdf)
  • From Dust to Dust: Mapping Race & Risk to PCB Exposure in West Oakland’s Soil, Food, and Water from 1940-2000 (Matthew Miller, 2013) (pdf)
  • Global Trends and Local Choices: A Comparison of Young Italian and American Food Choices (Taylor McAdam, 2013) (pdf)
  • Grantmaking Foundations' Use of Social Media (Rachel Heredia, 2013) (pdf)
  • High-Tech Urbanism: The Political and Economic Implications of the Smart City (Anna Ponting, 2013) (pdf)
  • Place-Based Corporate Social Entrepreneurship: A Case Study of Whole Foods (Paul Princen, 2013) (pdf)


  • Rainbow Junction:  South Africa’s Born Free Generation and the Future of Democracy (Stefan Norgaard, 2015) (pdf)
  • Re-Imagining Urbanity: Performance and Collective Disruption in Our Cities (Natasha Tamate Weiss, 2015) (pdf)
  • Traditional Malagasy Architecture and Its Influences on an Urbanizing Antananarivo (Laetitia Walendom, 2015)


  • Housing Works: Welfare, Work, and Leisure in America (Joshua Seawell, 2018) (pdf)
  • Is This My Home? How White Ethnic Organizations Shape Latinx Communities (Rocío Hernández, 2018) (pdf)


  • Urban Sanity: Examining Administrators' Perceptions of School-Based Mental Health Programs in Oakland Unified School District (Makaila Farrell, 2019) (pdf)
  • Early-Stage Gentrification in America's Heartland: Analyzing College-Age Experiences of Rapid Transformation inside Fayetteville, Arkansas (Sean Michael Volavong, 2019) (pdf)
  • Navigating the Hood Mentality: Exploring the Influence of Neighborhood Effects on At-Risk and Formerly Convicted Youth (Marisol Zarate, 2019) (pdf
  • 626 The Rise of an Asian American Suburb and the Future of Housing and Place in America (Terence Zhao, 2019) (pdf)