About Us

The Social Rules Project is a nonprofit public outreach initiative directed by Dr. Paul Steinberg, Professor of Political Science and Environmental Policy at Harvey Mudd College.

The Social Rules Project is the result of efforts by over 100 students from the Claremont Colleges and the California Institute of the Arts.  Artists, computer programmers, environmental studies majors, musicians, and many others contributed countless hours to make these materials available.  The goal of the project is to raise awareness about the institutional underpinnings of environmental problems and what it will take to solve them.  This is accomplished by using innovative multi-media approaches to translate insights from the social science literature and make them accessible to a broad public.

Meet the students:

Animated Film: Who Rules the Earth?

Animators
Rose Brauner
After growing up in Milwaukee, Rose Brauner received her BFA in Film/Animation/Video from the Rhode Island School of Design in 2009. Her work in visual development and animation has been used in projects ranging from documentaries to feature-length animated films. She is currently working toward her MFA in Experimental Animation at CalArts.


Jessica “JAC” Chen
JAC was born with a unique ethnic background of Chinese, Filipino, and Spanish blood mixed with Brazilian culture in the city of San Francisco. She graduated in May 2009 from Parsons New School for Design with a BFA in Design + Technology, in an Animation Track, and received her MFA in Experimental Animation from CalArts in 2012. Her goal is to create narratives through filmmaking by executing visions with organized direction and an acute sense of fluid design.


Katherine Clark
Katherine is an illustrator and animator focusing on design and character. She is interested in promoting social change and using art as a medium for building a deeper appreciation of human character. She has a background in fine art and studied at Parsons New School, the Art Student’s League, California State Long Beach, and the Animation Art Institute. www.kbcArt.BlogSpot.com


Ethan Clarke
Ethan makes animated films and works freelance as a compositor/animator in Los Angeles. www.animatorethanclarke.com


Trevor Knapp Jones
Trevor Jones is an animator/designer working in the Los Angeles area. He attended CalArts where he received a BFA in character animation. You can check out his stuff on his blog http://trevorknappjones.tumblr.com/ http://trevorjonesportfolio.blogspot.com/


Gabriel Lin
Gabe is an artist from Chicago currently attending the CalArts Character Animation program. He loves to draw and tell stories. He is training to become a storyboard artist and hopes to create his own studio one day.


Taylor Price
Taylor was born in Vancouver, but is now located in California where she attends CalArts as a character animation student. She loves film making and has strong interests in design and art direction. http://t-price.tumblr.com/


Nic Sweet
Nic is a self-described “kick-ass Alaskan artist.” He holds a degree from CalArts
in character animation. Currently he is working on a graphic novel and arts education.


Vanessa Sweet
Vanessa “Vee” Sweet is an animator, illustrator and mom residing in Anchorage, Alaska. She graduated in 2009 with a BA in Animation from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, and 2012 with an MFA in Experimental Animation at CalArts. Her work typically embraces character acting and majestic environments, with an emphasis on naturalism in design.


Melissa van der Paardt
Melissa is an artist interested in character design in the animation industry. She has always been interested in the field of zoology, which has inspired much of her artwork centered around wildlife and animals.


Writer and Producer
Dr. Paul F. Steinberg

Paul Steinberg is Professor of Political Science and Environmental Policy at Harvey Mudd College, where he directs The Social Rules Project. His research and teaching focus on global environmental politics, with a special interest in biodiversity conservation and policymaking in developing countries. His books include Environmental Leadership in Developing Countries (MIT Press), Comparative Environmental Politics (MIT Press), and Who Rules the Earth? (Oxford University Press). His work in ‘real world’ settings includes positions with Conservation International, IUCN, The World Bank, the Natural Resources Defense Council, Pesticide Action Network and the United States Peace Corps (Liberia).


Voice ActorsA’raelle Flynn-Bolden
A’raelle is student at CalArts where she majors in Theatre. She has a special interest in voiceover and Shakespeare. Upon graduating with a B.A. in Fine Arts, she plans on moving to the East Coast and auditioning her heart out. This was her first voiceover experience, and she enjoyed every minute of it!Trevor Knapp JonesRichard OlsonKevin Varela-O’HaraStory consultantRobert LenceSoundTrevor Knapp JonesJames SadlerPaul Stamler

Videogame: Law of the Jungle

Programming and game designMy Ho
My is a first generation college student, majoring in Computer Science at Harvey Mudd. She is interested in computer security and will be working for Proofpoint after graduation. She enjoys cooking and shows her affection for friends and families with food.


Azubuike Ndefo-Dahl
Buike Ndefo-Dahl is a computer science student at Harvey Mudd College. He has graduated from playing games to making them, and his professional interests include game design, graphics programming and user interface design. In his spare time he likes to research other games and experiment with 3D art/animation.


Brian Matsumoto
Bryan is a computer science major currently attending Pomona College. He hopes to use his degree to find work as a programmer in the video game industry.


Jacob Rosenbloom
Jacob is studying videogame design and software development at Harvey Mudd College. He plans to become a game designer after he graduates in 2015. Although he grew up in Dallas, Texas, he finds it hard to conjure a southern accent despite his ease at emulating other international accents. He is deeply interested in the affairs and culture of South Korea and hopes to visit Busan soon.


Russell Transue
Russell is a software developer from Seattle. He graduated in 2012 from Harvey Mudd College with a BS in Computer Science. His interests include game development, graphic design, animation and reality TV. www.russelltransue.com


Carl Walsh
Carl graduated from Harvey Mudd with a degree in Computer Science in 2013. In addition to the many class hours spent designing processors or reciting Shakespeare, he enjoys spending time outside on hikes and bike rides. He hopes that his work can play a role in preserving our natural resources for generations to come.


Yoyo Zhang
Yoyo was born in China where she spent the first 15 years of her life. She now lives in Redmond, Washington and works as a program manager at Microsoft. She attended Harvey Mudd College, where she earned her B.S. in Computer Science in 2012.


Character artAdam Chung
Adam is a student at Pomona College majoring in studio art. In his free time, he works as a freelance illustrator. After college, he hopes to work as an illustrator for children’s books and films. You can view his work at adamchungart.tumblr.com


Scenery artRachel Lee
Rachel graduated from Pomona College in 2012 with a double major in neuroscience and art. She illustrates, designs, paints, and can make a mean cup of tea. She is interested in the ways that art mediates shifts in perspective and encourages nontraditional learning, particularly in the STEM fields, and she hope to someday work at the intersection of her two passions.


Writer and producer
Dr. Paul F. Steinberg

Paul Steinberg is Professor of Political Science and Environmental Policy at Harvey Mudd College, where he directs The Social Rules Project. His research and teaching focus on global environmental politics, with a special interest in biodiversity conservation and policymaking in developing countries. His books include Environmental Leadership in Developing Countries (MIT Press), Comparative Environmental Politics (MIT Press), and Who Rules the Earth? (Oxford University Press). His work in ‘real world’ settings includes positions with Conservation International, IUCN, The World Bank, the Natural Resources Defense Council, Pesticide Action Network and the United States Peace Corps (Liberia).


Programming and design consultant
Dr. Elizabeth “Z” Sweedyk
Z teaches software development and game design at Harvey Mudd College. She is a founding member of The Games Network, partnering with middle schools in the design and use of educational games in order to increase interest in computer science among underrepresented groups.


Web Development

Braden Neufeld
braden
Braden is an engineering major who graduated from Harvey Mudd College in 2013. He currently works as a Technical Consultant at Growth Concerns in Vancouver.

Apoorva Sharma
Apoorva
Apoorva is an engineering major currently attending Harvey Mudd College. He has a passion for design, photography, and music. More information can be found at www.apoorvasharma.com.

MinhTrang Vy

Trang is a computer science major currently attending Harvey Mudd College. She first became interested in programming while programming in C++ on her high school FIRST Robotics team. See her personal website to learn more.

Shannon Lin

Shannon is a computer science major currently attending Harvey Mudd College. After she graduates in 2016, she plans to become a software developer. In her spare time, she enjoys programming, mentoring, and drawing. For more information, visit her website at www.shannonclin.com.

 

Sponsors

Harvey Mudd College
HMC Architects Designing Futures Foundation
MA Engineers
Lewis Stewardship Foundation
The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation