Currently I am a 5th year double majoring in History and Psychology at the University of California Santa Cruz. My focus of interest for my history major is Asia and the Middle East. On the other hand, my main focus of study for psychology is based on cognitive science.
Over the past year I have had the opportunity to be a part of an academic research group called The Gail Project. It is a collaborative, international public history project that explores the founding years of the American military occupation of Okinawa. The project is inspired by a collection of photos taken in Okinawa in 1952 by an American Army Captain: Charles Eugene Gail. The photos were generously donated to Special Collections at McHenry Library by Charles' daughter, Geri Gail, and have since been made available for student research.
During my involvement in is project I have worked with audio materials such as soundscapes (ie environmental, militaristic, etc.) and cultural music from an anthropological perspective. Also, I have promoted social media for the project by introducing and organizing alternative methods to spread information about our group (instagram, wordpress, and many more). Lastly and more recently, my work has been centered around using video to portray our messages and goals to our intended audience.