tel: (530) 754-8459
David Biale, the Emanuel Ringelblum Professor of Jewish History, is a leading scholar of Jewish intellectual and cultural life and the author and editor of 10 books and 74 articles over his 36-year career. He is a three-time winner of the National Jewish Book Award and has held fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and the National Endowment for the Humanities. His most recent book is titled Not in the Heavens: The Tradition of Secular Jewish Thought (Princeton University Press, 2011). A faculty member at UC Davis since 1999, Biale founded the Jewish Studies Program and most recently served as chair of the History Department. In 2011, he received the UC Davis Prize for Undergraduate Teaching and Scholarly Achievement, the highest honor the university bestows on its faculty. In the last two decades, Biale has pioneered collaborative projects in the humanities. Currently, Biale is serving as Project Director of an international team of nine scholars writing A New History of Hasidism. The team meets every summer in Leipzig, Germany, and is experimenting with collective writing.
Molly McCarthy comes to the UC Davis Humanities Institute with experience in the academy and the world of journalism. As a teacher and working scholar, she has held faculty positions at Stanford, Wellesley College, and Queens College CUNY. Her teaching and research interests include U.S. women’s history, immigration, print culture and consumption. She is the author of The Accidental Diarist: A History of the Daily Planner in America. Before returning to Brandeis University to complete a Ph.D. in American History, McCarthy, a graduate of Columbia’s School of Journalism, worked as a daily reporter for Newsday where she shared in the 1997 Pulitzer Prize for Spot News Reporting for coverage of the tragic crash of TWA Flight 800. In October 2010, the New York Times Week in Review editors selected her essay, published by the digital history journal Commonplace, comparing the early American almanac to the iPhone as a “must-read” of the week. As the DHI’s chief communicator and grant writer, McCarthy seeks to continue to advocate broadly for the importance and relevance of humanities research.
tel: (530) 754-4993
Sharon comes to the Davis Humanities Institute with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications and Psychology from UC Davis. Prior to working for the DHI, she worked for Genentech, Inc. in the seed labs and Training and Development, and most recently, for the San Francisco law firm, Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP in Human Resources. Sharon supports the Chancellor’s Colloquium Series and core funding programs for the DHI.
tel: (530) 752-3099
Before becoming a Californian, Elliott worked in Drury University’s web office, in Springfield, Missouri, where he graduated with a bachelor’s degree in math, computer science, and physics. Elliott divides his time between the DHI and the University Writing Program. At the DHI, he is responsible for website maintenance and production.
tel: (530) 752-2716
The tech guru for the Voorhies unit, Kevin Bryant helps the DHI with programming, computer repair, and computer related purchasing.
Lisa Carvajal provides administrative support to the Mellon Research Initiative in Early Modern Studies and the Mellon Research Initiative in Environments & Societies.