Jaimey Fisher is Professor of German and Cinema & Digital Media
He studied at Stanford University, Freie Universität Berlin, and Cornell University, where he received his Ph.D. with an emphasis in German intellectual history as well as in Film and Video Studies. His primary research and teaching interests include film and media studies, German culture, and intellectual history. He has held fellowships from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation (its Federal Chancellor fellowship) and from the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD). He was Assistant Professor at Tulane University before arriving at UC Davis in 2004
Prof. Fisher is the author of two books: Christian Petzold (2013) and Disciplining
 Germany: Youth, Reeducation, and Reconstruction after the Second World War (2007). He has also edited or co-edited four books, including on film (Generic Histories of German Cinema: Genre and its Deviations [2013], and Collapse of the Conventional: German Cinema and its Politics at the Turn of the Twenty-First Century [2010]) as well as on literature and theory (Spatial Turns: Space, Place, and Mobility in German Literary and Visual Culture [2010] and Critical Theory: Current State and Future Prospects [2001]).
He has also published over 30 articles and book chapters, including in the journals New German Critique, The German Quarterly, Seminar, Iris, The Goethe Yearbook, and Zeitschrift für Germanistik, among others. He is currently working on a study of German war films from the first half of the twentieth century, is co-editing a volume on the Berlin School and global cinema, and is a member of an international research network on the denazification of cultural figures after World War II.
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.
Curriculum Vitae
x Eric is a physicist and independent technical and policy expert who works in energy policy and the nonprofit sector. An active philanthropist, Eric engages in many capacities with the Flora Family Foundation and is on the boards of the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation as well as the Land Institute.
x Bret is the Executive Director of Tuleyome, a volunteer advocacy-oriented nonprofit conservation organization. He has served on the boards of UCD’s Alumni Association and Foundation, on advisory councils for the College of Letters and Sciences, and the UC Davis Arboretum, and on the board of the Studio Theatre in Washington, D.C. Bret lives in Davis with his daughter Clare.
x Cyril is the Vice President of Business Development at Pearson, Inc. and has experience serving in board leadership positions with non-profit organizations and governmental/educational commissions. Cyril has served on boards of institutions such as: City of Davis Recreation and Park Commission; St. Joseph School Commission; The Tribes Project; and, Asian Bar Association of Washington. As a UC Davis undergraduate, Cyril studied with both Karl Shapiro and Alan Williamson, who helped him cultivate his understanding and appreciation of poetry. He has had his poetry published by The Seattle Review (University of Washington).
x Elizabeth is a writer and editor, working at BusinessWeek (media editor), New York magazine (media columnist), Brill’s Content (executive editor), Talk magazine (senior editor) and the nonprofit Bay Citizen, which produced the Bay Area section of the New York Times. She now lives near Washington D.C. and serves on the UC Davis regional volunteer board with her husband, also a UC Davis alum. Elizabeth also serves as a mentor to incoming refugee families through Lutheran Social Services.
x Nana is Chair of the Board of Trustees of The Presentation School (K-8), Co-Chair of the Sonoma Valley Hospital Foundation’s Celebration of Women Luncheon Gala, mentor with the Sonoma Valley Mentoring Alliance, and former University Counsel at California State University. She lives in Sonoma, California, with her husband Daniel and daughter Sophia.
xVikas is Senior Partner and Managing Director at The Boston Consulting Group, where he is their global leader for digital topics in Technology, Media, and Telecom practice. Prior to joining BCG, Vikas worked at ARCH Technology Partners where he evaluated and helped commercialize new technologies emerging from University of Chicago’s academic labs and medical school. He is a member of BCG’s executive committee and the Boston lead of Pratham, an India-based organization that has helped more than 4 million children achieve literacy and basic mathematics skills.
xLeslie Teicholz studied literature and history at Stanford University and the Freie Universitat Berlin. She worked in journalism and finance, managing international equity funds from London and New York. Now based in the Bay Area, she is writing her second novel.
x gayle is an award-winning broadcast journalist and documentary filmmaker who co-founded Bridge Media, Inc. She received her doctorate in Interdisciplinary Humanities in 2015. gayle has also co-authored two history books and is the CEO of a non-profit organization, Media Bridges, Inc. She has served on several media and arts boards.


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Jaimey Fisher

tel: (530) 752-1615
email: jrfisher

Stephanie Maroney
Interim Associate Director
Mellon Public Scholars Program Manager

tel: (530)754-4993
email: srmaroney

Becky Wilson
Event Coordinator

email: rjwilson

Gina Nunes
Event Coordinator

email: gmnunes


Amber Harden
Mellon Research Initiative Assistant

tel: (530)752-0518
email: adharden

Elliott Pollard

tel: (530)752-3099
email: eapollard


Graduate Student Researchers

Samantha Snively, English
Ashley Serpa-Flack, History
Mario Giron, English

2018-2019 Faculty Advisory Board

Larry Bogad, Professor of Theatre & Dance
Tarik Elhaik, Associate Professor of Anthropology
Robin Hill, Professor of Art 
James Housefield, Associate Professor of Design
Justin LeRoy, Associate Professor of History
Branwen Okpako, Associate Professor of Cinema & Digital Media
Ofelia Ortiz Cuevas, Assistant Professor of Chicana/o Studies
Margaret Ronda, Assistant Professor of English
Heghnar Watenpaugh, Associate Professor of Art History

2018-2019 Humanities and Arts Advisory Council (HAAC)

Eric Gimon, B.S., M.S. Stanford; Ph.D. UC Santa Barbara
Bret Hewitt, B.A., M.A. UC Davis; MBA Stanford
Cyril E.B. Juanitas Jr., B.A. UC Davis, J.D. Georgetown University Law Center
Elizabeth Lesly Stevens, B.A. UC Davis, M.S. Northwestern University
Nana Nakano Howell, B.A. Loyola Marymount University, J.D. Pepperdine School of Law
Vikas Taneja, B.A. Stanford, MBA University of Chicago
Leslie Teicholz, B.A. Stanford
gayla yamada, B.A. William and Mary, M.A. UF, Ph.D. UC Merced

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