The 2013-14 Synar Fellows with IGS benefactors William Brandt and Patrice Bugelas-Brandt on the steps of South Hall, UC Berkeley.
Back row: Beth Pearson and Phil Rocco; middle row: Bobbie Lee, Tria Andrews, and Michael Dougal; front row: Patrice Bugelas-Brandt and Bill Brandt.
2023 Synar Graduate Research Fellows
Bonnie Cherry is a PhD candidate in Jurisprudence and Social Policy at Berkeley Law, with a Designated Emphasis in the Study of Religion. Bonnie is a recipient of the Berkeley Mentored Research Award and the Outstanding Graduate Student Instructor Award, and is currently a Berkeley...Read more about Bonnie Cherry
I am a doctoral candidate in sociology at UC-Berkeley. Across my work, I use an array of methods to understand how different actors within and outside of the criminal-legal system in the U.S. attempt to manage and make sense of violence, and how those efforts are intertwined with...Read more about Isaac Dalke
Christian Hosam is a PhD Candidate in the Department of Political Science at the University of California, Berkeley. His research interests include race and politics, with particular interests in Black elite politics, coalition and conflict between communities of color, public health, and...Read more about Christian Hosam
2022 Synar Graduate Research Fellows
Annie Benn is a PhD candidate in political science at UC Berkeley. She studies US political institutions, with a particular interest in executive branch policymaking. Prior to Berkeley, she worked for the energy and climate nonprofit Rocky Mountain Institute. She holds an MPA from New York...Read more about Annie Benn
I am a PhD candidate in the Travers Department of Political Science at UC Berkeley. Before coming to Berkeley, I graduated with a BA in political science and sociolegal studies from the University of Washington and earned a MSc in politics research at the University of Oxford (Nuffield College...Read more about Anna Mikkelborg
Luis Tenorio is a Ph.D. Candidate in Sociology as a Chancellor's Fellow and National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow. Luis's research explores the intersections of immigration, social policy, citizenship, and the law. While his current work explores the effects of obtaining legal...Read more about Luis Tenorio
2021 Synar Graduate Research Fellows
David’s work uses game theory to understand American political institutions. Its focus has been the opportunities for policy and political change that exist given gridlock in Congress. In particular, his dissertation examines presidential unilateral action. Before starting his PhD, he studied...Read more about David Robert Foster
I am a Ph.D. candidate in Sociology at UC Berkeley. My research examines the origins of socioeconomic and racial inequalities in the United States, drawing from urban sociology, sociology of the family, and the sociology of work. One strand of my research is geared towards understanding...Read more about Joe LaBriola
Mary Shi is a PhD Candidate in Sociology at UC Berkeley. Mary's research examines the intersection of society, space, and politics in multiple domains, from the political economy of the San Francisco Bay Area to the historical formation of the American state. Mary received her BA from Yale...Read more about Mary Shi
I grew up in Bethel, Alaska, where I exercised an interest in politics by serving as a student representative on the local school board. I later interned in the DC offices of Senator Lisa Murkowski and Congressman Don Young. Prior to UC Berkeley, I attended Reed College, where I majored in...Read more about Joseph Warren