Close Mobile Menu

California Magazine Archive

Cara Houser

After graduating with a degree in Political Science, Cara Houser spent 20 years learning how to survive and ultimately thrive in the ultra-male, pressure cooker real estate development business. During that time, her teams produced over 3,000 homes in the San Francisco Bay Area, creating over $1.5B in value. Now she is a career strategist […]

Jerrine Tan

Jerrine Tan (2011), writes about her brushes with sexual aggression and her surprising journey towards healing in The New York Times’s Modern Love column (15 September 2023). In the essay, titled, “Pinned Under the Bodies of Men,” she reflects on her recuperative experience taking FemSex classes and participating in The Vagina Monologues at Cal.

Anna Santos

Anna L. Santos de Dios, a graduate of Air Force ROTC at Cal, has been promoted to Deputy Director of the 844th Communications Group at Joint Base Andrews near Washington, DC. A member of the Civil Service, Anna separated from active duty after eight years and is thrilled to lead the Group, with three subordinate […]

David Olson

David Olsen, ’65, Chemistry, published The Lost Language of Shadows, his fifth full-length poetry collection, with Dempsey & Windle in the UK. He has lived in or near Oxford, England, since 2002. See

Buzzy Jackson

Historian and award-winning author of three nonfiction books, Buzzy Jackson brings to life the incredible true story of World War II hero Hannie Schaft in her debut novel, TO DIE BEAUTIFUL (Dutton: 2023). Following Hannie’s harrowing journey as a member of the Dutch Resistance from 1940-1945, the novel is a riveting tale of love, loyalty, […]

Adam Hill

Trinity College recently appointed Adam D. Hill assistant professor of chemistry, one of 10 new tenure-track faculty members this year. Hill first became interested in the chemistry of metals through high school art courses. As an undergraduate at Trinity, he worked with Associate Professor of Chemistry Maria L. Parr ’90 to study ancient potshards using […]

Hannah Shearer

Daily Cal alum Hannah Shearer has a new action-adventure novel, Fortune’s Son, that was just released on Amazon. It’s about a detective whose world is turned upside down when his 9-year-old son – who had visions of bad things happening to him – is kidnapped. This is Shearer’s first book, and she’s already working on […]

National Gun Violence Awareness Day Press Conference / Courtesy of Jesse Gabriel

‘A very big deal’: Proposed legislation would tax California gun sales to fund violence prevention

By Leah Worthington

“I joined the gun violence prevention movement because of school shootings like Uvalde and Parkland. Shootings that left me terrified to go to school. Shootings that left me worried that I was going to be the next headline,” the Oakland 9th grader told the senators emphatically. “I am here today pleading for a change.”

Rebekah Shirley

Want to Solve the Climate Crisis? Invest in Africa

By David Silverberg

As Deputy Director of World Resources Institute Africa, Shirley is on a mission to accelerate the continent’s clean energy industry and spread awareness about the paltry financing the sector currently attracts.

San Quentin / Pat Joseph

Stuck in the Middle

By Glen Martin

Kevin Sawyer is a man of many parts. He's a certified commercial and residential electrician. A trained paralegal. A skilled guitarist and pianist. He's also an inmate at San Quentin State Prison serving an indeterminate life sentence for burglary and sexual assault.

Giobbi in a signature Grateful Dead t-shirt / Tomas Morgan

Hippie House Music: DJ Puts a New Spin on the Dead

By Leah Worthington

Around 11 p.m., a curly-haired woman, twinkling in a black, sequined pantsuit, took to the stage to roaring applause. A tie-dye Dead shirt peeked out underneath her jacket as she fit headphones over her ears and hit play.

Eric Carter

Eric Carter recently published his second book, “In Pursuit of Health Equity: A History of Latin American Social Medicine,” with the University of North Carolina Press. Since 2012, he has been teaching at Macalester College in Minnesota, where he is the Edens Professor of Geography and Global Health. Eric lives in Saint Paul with his wife and two […]