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Humanities Institute


Core Staff

Jaimey Fisher

jftel: (530) 752-1615
email: jrfisher

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
Associate Director

tel: (530) 754-0331
email: molmccarthy
Curriculum Vitae

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.

Amineh Helalianamineh
Program Manager

tel: (530) 754-4993
email: ahelalian

Amineh Helalian joined the UC Davis Humanities Institute with a background in program management, fellowship management, and curriculum development.  She received her B.A. in Theatre Arts from UC Santa Cruz and worked as a theatre director in San Francisco before coming to UC Davis.  Amineh serves as program manager for the Chancellor’s Colloquium Speaker Series, and manages many fellowship and programmatic opportunities within DHI.

Becky Wilson
Event Coordinator

email: rjwilson

Becky Wilson comes to the UC Davis Humanities Institute with a background in event planning and program management. She received her B.A. from UC Davis in Communications and Sociology. Becky serves as the DHI’s event coordinator, managing the logistics and planning for its Mellon Research Initiatives, research clusters, and stand-alone events. Please email Becky with requests to reserve the DHI conference room.

Amber Harden
Mellon Research Initiative Assistant

tel: (530)752-0518
email: adharden

Amber Harden arrived at the UC Davis Humanities Institute in February of 2014 with a background in event planning and program management, recruitment, payroll, and accounting. She is currently working on her Associates degree in Social and Behavioral Sciences. Amber serves as the Mellon Research Initiative Assistant managing logistics and coordinating events.

Rachel Reeves
Mellon Public Scholars Program Manager

email: rlreeves

Rachel Reeves recently finished her Ph.D. in British History after having served in several public policy positions during her graduate program. She is universally interested in the ways social structures are actively maintained.  She has held research fellowships with Yale, UCLA, and the University of London’s Institute for Historical Research, as well as a Mellon fellowship through their UC Davis Research Initiative in Early Modern Studies. She has also written for the UC Davis Center for Poverty Research, consulted for Congressman John Garamendi’s rural Grants Initiative, and served under State Senator Lois Wolk’s legislative consultant on her  End of Life Option Act, 2015. She served briefly with the CIA (Culinary Institute of America).  As the Program Manager for the Mellon Public Scholars Program, Rachel is proud to bring diverse, engaged work opportunities to UC Davis humanities graduate students.

Elliott Pollard

elliott.jpgtel: (530)752-3099
email: eapollard

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.

Stephanie Maroney
Graduate Student Researcher

email: srmaroney

Stephanie Maroney is a Ph.D. Candidate in Cultural Studies with a Designated Emphasis in Feminist Theory and Research. She works at the intersection of food studies and food science to examine the cultural work of dietary health. Her dissertation project explores how the science of the human microbiome shapes advice about what to eat and the discourse of good health. Stephanie hones her public communication writing and website skills as a graduate student researcher with the UC Davis Humanities Institute – building on years of experience as a web content writer and editor. She considers herself a humanities generalist interested in collaborative and transdisciplinary inquiry into complex social problems.

Michael Accinno
Graduate Student Researcher

email: maccinno

Michael Accinno is a Ph.D. Candidate in the Music department. Before coming to Davis, he completed an M.A. in musicology at the University of Iowa. His current research explores the intersection of nineteenth-century American music and disability studies. His dissertation investigates the personal and institutional lives of blind musicians in the nineteenth-century United States. In addition to his work at the Humanities Institute, Michael currently serves as the Secretary of the UC Davis Graduate Student Association.

Meg Sparling
Graduate Student Researcher

email: msparling

Meg Sparling is a PhD candidate in English at UC Davis. Her dissertation explores how nineteeth-century American literature uses visual and sonic methods to represent slave labor. Before she came to UC Davis, Meg worked as a public relations coordinator at an urban agriculture nonprofit, a donations coordinator at a large national corporation, a writing instructor, a bookseller at six bookstores across the country, and a children’s swim instructor. Meg now brings her communication skills to the UC Davis Humanities Institute, where she will generate and edit web content, and connect UCD faculty and graduate students to funding and collaboration opportunities.

Kevin Bryant
Computer Support

tel: (530) 752-2716

The tech guru for the Voorhies unit, Kevin Bryant helps the DHI with programming, computer repair, and computer related purchasing.

This page was last updated: October 4, 2016



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