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Introducing the 2018 Cohort of Mellon Public Scholars


The Davis Humanities Institute is pleased to announce the 2018 Mellon Public Scholars, the program’s third group of scholars. This year’s cohort represents seven departments and programs, and their interests address issues and problems in hunger, gender-inclusive theater, community archives, and access to the arts and education.
Each of the ten members of the 2018 Mellon Public Scholars cohort will participate in a quarter-long, two-credit seminar in spring 2018 taught by Susette S. Min, Associate Professor of Asian American Studies, that will introduce students to the intellectual foundations of public scholarship and provide guidance on working with community partners. Over the summer, each public scholar will work one-on-one with a faculty mentor to develop and carry out a community-based research project. The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation awarded the UC Davis Humanities Institute $400,000 to inaugurate the program, which introduces graduate students to the intellectual and practical aspects of identifying, addressing, and collaborating with members of a public through their scholarship.
This year’s scholars and their projects are:
  • Carrie Alexander (History) – California Humanities Infographic
  • Dmitri Brown (History) – Engaging Pueblo Histories: Community-Based Archival Development at the Poeh Cultural Center
  • Nina Cole (Cultural Studies) – Center for Sacramento History: Sacramento Ethnic Community Survey Update
  • Esther DeLozier (Music) – California Arts Council Program Review
  • Sarah Haughn (Performance Studies) – Indigenous Knowledge Generation as Scholastic Method: Preliminary Research toward an Ecological, Pan-Afrikan Primary School in Mayenze Town, Manafwa District, Uganda
  • Sawyer Kemp (English) – Hidden: A Gender; A Trans/Gender Inclusive Theater Project
  • Hannah Poore (Sociology) – CA Food Policy Advocates: Faces of American Hunger
  • Zachary Psick (Sociology) – We Are All Students
  • Anuj Vaidya (Performance Studies) – California Department of Education: Visual and Performing Arts Curriculum Reform
  • Danae Valenzuela (Spanish and Portuguese) – South-to-South Collective: Haitian Migration Narratives in Latin America
This competitive program introduces graduate students to the intellectual and practical aspects of identifying, addressing and collaborating with members of a public through their scholarship. Participants take part in an interdisciplinary seminar and receive funding support over the summer as they carry out a community-engaged project.
Interested in learning more about the program and our scholars’ projects? Join us for our Mellon Public Scholars Project Showcase on February 22.

This page was last updated: February 20, 2018

 

 

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