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.
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Jaimey Fisher

tel: (530) 752-1615
email: jrfisher

Molly McCarthy
Associate Director

tel: (530) 754-0331
email: molmccarthy

Becky Wilson
Event Coordinator

email: rjwilson

Gina Nunes
Event Coordinator

email: gmnunes

Stephanie Maroney
Mellon Public Scholars Program Manager

tel: (530)754-4993
email: srmaroney

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 Advisory Board

Larry Bogad, Professor of Theatre & Dance
Tarik Elhaik, Associate Professor of Anthropology
Robin Hill, Professor of Art Studio
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/0 Studies
Margaret Ronda, Assistant Professor of of English
Heghnar Watenpaugh, Associate Professor of Art History

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