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Current Board Members 2019-20

Ginger Alonso is a second year Ph.D. student in Political Science with an emphasis in American Politics. She primarily focuses on voting behavior, public health policy, and direct democracy and plans to conduct research on the politics of health care in California. Ginger is a 2018 CSU Chancellor’s Doctoral Incentive Program Scholar and a member of the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi. She serves as graduate vice-chair of the Health Fee Oversight Committee at UC Davis and is a member of the Butte Glenn Medical Society Drug Abuse Prevention Task Force. Since joining CGPSA in 2018, Ginger has worked primarily on improving graduate student mentorship at UC Davis.


Tory Brykalski is a seventh year Ph.D. student in sociocultural anthropology with an emphasis in science and technology studies and performance and practice. She is currently writing her dissertation on emergency education in Lebanon, focusing on the impact of extractive industries on humanitarian institutions serving refugee communities in Syria’s borderlands, s(u)rprising pedagogies, and feminist practice. Alongside her work with CGPSA, Tory is a Graduate Collaboratory Fellow at the Feminist Research Institute and a Mellon Public Scholar. She is also involved with the Group Improvisation Lab Labs, the Data Feminism Working Group, the Bioethics Working Group, and the Critical Refugee Studies Collective. She has a BA in international relations and theology from Wheaton College and MA in public policy and Middle East studies from Columbia University,


Allison (Ally) Fulton is a second-year Ph.D. student in English with an emphasis in Science and Technology Studies. Her research interests include 19th-century American science writing, queer theory, history of the book, ecocriticism, and the digital humanities. She is currently exploring the insect epistemologies articulated in the entomological images of the Early Modern natural historian, printer, engraver, and painter, Maria Sibylla Merian. Alongside her studies and the CGPSA board, Ally is involved in the Digital Humanities Research Cluster, serves as a Graduate Writing Fellow, and is a mentor for the Mentor-Mentee Program in Humanities, Arts, Cultural Studies and Social Sciences. Before coming to UC Davis, Ally earned a B.A. in English and Biology from Oberlin College. Outside of her graduate studies, Ally enjoys experimenting with book arts, playing ultimate frisbee, cooking and hiking. 


Dorothy Hoang is a second-year Ph.D. student in Epidemiology. Her research interests include looking at social determinants of health and how they modify associations between other risk factors and neurodevelopment (specifically autism spectrum disorder). Dorothy completed her B.S. in Neurobiology, Physiology & Behavior and her B.A. in Sociology--Organizational Studies at UC Davis. She has since been involved in autism research looking at prenatal and postpartum exposures and risk factors that may contribute to the development of autism. Aside from her work in STEM, Dorothy has also been involved in various committees targeting retention in middle school, high school, and college students in underserved communities. She has held workshops with aims of starting dialogue about issues involving unpacking privilege, mental health and ability, and equity among many other social justice topics. She hopes to bring these experiences into her work with CGPSA to advocate for her peers and improve campus climate.


Katti Crakes (Horng) is a DVM/PhD student in the School of Veterinary Medicine and the School of Medicine. She received her B.S. in Animal Science and Biology from Cornell University. Her research and clinical interests are focused on translational models and harnessing host-microbe interactions to optimize gut health across species. She is currently working on the role of probiotics in promoting gut mucosal responses against SIV and HIV infection by rescuing mitochondrial function. Since coming to UC Davis, she has been a student between the SVM and SOM and serves as the current student President of the Graduate Group of Integrative Pathobiology (GGIP) as well as a member of the Veterinary Scientist Training Program (VSTP) executive committee. In her free time, Katti enjoys learning about nutrition and fitness, going outdoors with her two furry dogs, and visiting National Parks around the US.


Jill Huynh is a PhD student in School Organization & Educational Policy. Building on a decade of professional experience at colleges and universities, Jill's research questions revolve around issues of diversity, equity, and inclusion in higher education. She obtained a BA in Sociology and BS in Psychology at the University of Washington and earned her EdM in Higher Education at Harvard University.


Gweyneth Manser is a second year Ph.D. student in the Geography Graduate Group. As a human geographer, her research interests include food systems, marketing, consumption, and sustainability. Gwyneth completed her B.A. in Anthropology and Environmental Studies at Emory University, and her M.S. in Geography at Portland  State University, where she did research on food access and urban agriculture. Prior to coming to UC Davis, she spent two years working in student affairs at Virginia Tech. 


Natalie Rojas is a second year Ph.D. student in Political Science studying American Politics and Quantitative Research Methods. She received her B.A. in Art from the University of California, Santa Cruz. Her research interests include race and ethnicity politics, gender politics, political psychology, voter behavior, and elections. She is currently working with Dr. Brad Jones examining the effects of discriminatory policies, political rhetoric, and political media on Latinos in America. Prior to her graduate work, Natalie worked as a Legislative Analyst for the State of California where she evaluated and proposed positions on policy to the Brown Administration. Natalie has also staffed several electoral campaigns and Democratic Party organizations, including Obama for America and the Democratic National Committee. Natalie is committed to promoting diversity in political careers and mentors undergraduate students from underrepresented backgrounds.


Samuel Pizelo is a third-year PhD student in English with an emphasis in Science and Technology Studies. His research focuses on the material histories of games, play, and strategy, with a particular focus on the postcolonial history of games in South Korea. Samuel completed his B.A. in English at the University of Washington, during which time he worked to promote interdisciplinary and humanities research at the Undergraduate Research Program. He continues this project at UC Davis with the CGPSA and as a GSR at the UC Davis DataLab. In his free time, he enjoys running (both to and from things) and playing the piano.

Breanne Weber is a third-year PhD student in English with a designated emphasis in Science and Technology Studies. Her work explores early modern women’s poetry via the intersections of early scientific and alchemical epistemologies, the materiality of the book, and the digital humanities. Prior to beginning her PhD, Breanne obtained an MA in English Literature and a BA in English Literature and History from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. Alongside her work with CGPSA, Breanne is involved with the English Graduate Student Association (EGSA), the Data Science Initiative’s Digital Humanities Cluster, the Data Feminism Working Group, and the Oecologies Research Cluster. In her free time, Breanne enjoys traveling, reading YA novels, experimenting with early modern recipes, and making books.