tel: (530) 752-1615
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
Pam Nardinelli arrived at the Humanities Institute in April of 2014 to take up the role of Program Manager. Pam has a background in program management, development, marketing and retail. Pam manages the Chancellor’s Colloquium Speaker Series and runs all of the Humanities Institute’s funding competitions, including the Faculty Research Fellowships, Dissertation Year Fellowships, Margrit Mondavi Summer Fellowships, the HArCS Dean’s Summer Fellowships, Research Clusters and Co-sponsored events.
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.
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.
Graduate Student Researcher
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.
Graduate Student Researcher
Katja Jylkka is a PhD student in the English department. Before she came to Davis, she received her MA in English from Boston College. Her current research is in the fields of nineteenth-century British and American literature and the environmental humanities. Alongside the writing she does for the DHI, she continues to work as a freelance writer for venues outside the university.
tel: (530) 752-2716
The tech guru for the Voorhies unit, Kevin Bryant helps the DHI with programming, computer repair, and computer related purchasing.