Tevin Phan Bui
Major: Global Studies
Mentor: Steven Brint, Sociology
Project: An Exploratory Study: Bridging Social Movement Theory to Student Protest At UC Riverside
Mentor: Georgia Warnke, Political Science
Project: Analyzing Objectophilia: An Examination of the Limits of Human Love
Sexuality and romantic expression are diverse and complicated. Perhaps the most bizarre to normative society is objectophilia, which is sexual and/or romantic interest in inanimate objects. Objectophiliacs are generally outcasted and disregarded by society for their non-normative relationship style. I’d like to explore this reaction by thinking through the following questions: What constitutes a valid and acceptable romantic relationship? Where do we draw the line between sexuality and sickness? What would a future with emotionally capable Artificial Intelligence look like for objectophiliacs?
Mentor: Ellen Reese, Sociology
Project: A Family of Unequals: The Hierarchical Formation of Grimmway Farm
My project looks at the inequality of workplace relationships with growers and farmworkers in order to explore the ethical implications of the current organization of the agriculture industry.
Mentor: Sherryl Vint, English
Project: Horror; or Dogma for the Damned
I argue for a more antagonistic view of the horror genre.
Major: English & Art History
Mentor: Jennifer Doyle, English
Project: My project focuses on the ephemeral Utopian and transgressive affect evoked in certain kinds of spaces.