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Welcome the 2019 Mellon Public Scholars

The Davis Humanities Institute is pleased to announce the 2019 Mellon Public Scholars, the fourth cohort in the program. The scholars represent nine departments and programs, and their interests address arts access, education, and performance, as well as organizing in the Sacramento area among gender non-confirming musicians, Black communities, Asian American and Pacific Islander women, and incarcerated people. The 2019 cohort includes four scholars who are working on set projects with established community partners including the California Arts Council, California Food Policy Advocates, Imagining America, and the California Department of Education.

The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation renewed the three-year grant for the Mellon Public Scholars program, which brought increased funding to expand the cohort from ten to twelve. Also new this year, the program welcomes Stephanie Maroney as program manager, who was a member of the inaugural cohort of Mellon Public Scholars in 2016 and recently completed her Ph.D. in Cultural Studies at UC Davis.

In the spring 2019, members will participate in a seminar taught by Beth Rose Middleton, Associate Professor and Chair of Native 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.

This year’s scholars and their projects are:

  • Hannah Adamy (Music), Building Alliances Among Women and Gender Non-Conforming Musicians in Sacramento
  • Tory Brykalski (Anthropology), Authors of Our Lives: Studying Gender and Liberation with the Gharsah Center in Al-Marj, Lebanon
  • Tracy Corado (Design), Imagining America: Genealogies of Practice in the Public Humanities Project
  • Mia Dawson (Geography), Expanding the Research Capacities of Black Lives Matter Sacramento through Partnership with the UC Davis Center for Regional Change
  • Lizbeth De La Cruz Santana (Spanish & Portuguese), Who Are the Real Childhood Arrivals to the U.S.?
  • Rebecca Hogue (English), Pacific Islands Rise: A Digital Archive of Climate Change Activism
  • Gwyneth Manser (Geography), California Food Policy Advocates: Faces of California Hunger Project
  • Kristin McCarty (Sociology), California Arts Council: Arts & Culture Landscape Framework Project
  • Marlené Mercado (Cultural Studies), Expanding the Network and Reach of the Incarcerated Workers Organizing Committee Chapter in Sacramento
  • Katherine Nasol (Cultural Studies), Rise, Resist, Unite: The Stories of AAPI Women and Girls
  • Ante Ursic (Performance Studies), Prescott Circus Theatre
  • Jasmine Wade (Cultural Studies), California Department of Education: Native American Model Curriculum Project

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 $7,500 support over the summer as they carry out a community-engaged project.

Interested in learning more about the program and our scholars’ projects? Contact program manager Stephanie Maroney for more information at srmaroney@ucdavis.edu.


This page was last updated: February 4, 2019



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