The UC Davis Humanities Institute’s Faculty Research Fellowship helps faculty make progress on a major research or creative project. The purpose of the fellowship is to further the research/creative work of the individual recipients and to enable faculty within the humanities and humanistic social sciences to meet and work with colleagues in other disciplines and departments and provides recipients with a single course release. All Faculty Research Fellows take their fellowship in the same quarter and meet weekly at the UC Davis Humanities Institute to informally discuss their work.

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Juan Diego Diaz,

Africanisms in Action: Essentialism and Agency in the Musical Performance of Africa in Bahia, Brazil

Jenny Kaminer,
German & Russian

Precocious Dreams: Fantasies of Adolescence in Post-Soviet Culture

Justin Leroy,

Freedom’s Limit: Slave Emancipation and Racial Capitalism in the Long Nineteenth Century

Sheldon Lu,
Comparative Literature

Deterritorialization or Re-territorialization? Rewriting Chinese Film History

Kimberly Nettles-Barcelon,
Gender, Sexuality &
Women’s Studies

All the Men are Chefs, All the Women are Cooks, But Some of Us are Brave: Black Women Chefs as Cultural Workers

Joseph Sorensen,
East Asian Languages & Cultures

The Untitled Book and the Beginnings of Literary Criticism in Japan

Julie Wyman,
Cinema & Digital Media

Dwarf Interventions

For a complete list of DHI Faculty Research Seminars from 1997-2017, please visit the Archives page.

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Graduate Fellows

Our Graduate Fellowships support students enrolled in graduate programs in the Humanities, Arts, and Cultural Studies as they work on their research or creative projects over the summer months. In 2019-2020, the $5,000 awards are supported by a bequest of Robert and Margrit Mondavi, by the Dean of the College of Letters and Science, and the Templeton Endowment for Arts and Letters. The 2019 Graduate Fellows and their projects are listed below.

2019 Margrit Mondavi Graduate Fellows

Jessica Rattner,
Art Studio

An American Life/The Crone Project

Mangai Arumugam,
Creative Writing

Finding Space, and other stories

Maurice Moore,
Performance Studies

Drawing While Black,
aka Black Boy Joy

Deserea Langley,
Native American Studies

Removal and Reclamation in Susanville, CA

2019 L&S Dean’s Graduate Fellows


Jonathan Parris,

Building Non-Hierarchical Furniture

Saba Keramati,
Creative Writing

Daughter of the Silk Road, a poetry collection

Jessa Rae Growing Thunder,
Native American Studies

Beaded Histories


Xiaolong (Dorothee) Hou,
Comparative Literature

Reimagining China’s “Rust Belts”

Serena Yang,

“John Cage Shock” and Its Aftermath


2019 Templeton Graduate Fellow

Manasvin Rajagopalan,
Comparative Literature

Alankara in 17th century South India

This page was last updated: July 1, 2019



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