What We Do

The UC Davis Humanities Institute (DHI) is the campus hub for research and outreach in the humanities, arts, and humanistic social sciences. Through grants, working groups, research clusters, and programs in the public humanities, we foster innovative initiatives in arts and humanistic fields undertaken by our faculty and students across disciplines, colleges, campuses, and communities. Our Graduate Public Scholars and PhD Unlimited series introduce and prepare graduates for meaningful careers inside and outside the academy, while our collaborations with campus and community partners enable us to host a robust set of public programs, including book chats, art events, film festivals, and conversations on topics of contemporary relevance. Through this multi-pronged approach, the DHI acts as the campus’ leading advocate for the value and relevance of the arts and humanities to our campus and non-campus communities.