Announcing the DHI’s 2021-22 Faculty Research Fellows

Sacco&Vanzetti, 2018, Fiamma Montezemolo, Photo courtesy Laboratorio Arte Alameda, Mexico
Sacco&Vanzetti, 2018, Fiamma Montezemolo, Photo courtesy Laboratorio Arte Alameda, Mexico

The UC Davis Humanities Institute is pleased to announce the 2021-22 Faculty Research Fellows. This diverse group of six faculty represents the breadth of the arts and humanities at UC Davis. From proverbs in pre-modern Arabic poetry to the afterlife of a Spanish musical composition, from autoimmunity as a topic of feminist science to settler colonial imaginaries in Asian diasporic films, from the making of identity in the Ming dynasty to the cultural underpinnings of American foreign policy toward China, their projects demonstrate the myriad ways in which arts and humanities scholarship can shed light on our world.

The Faculty Research Fellowship program at the DHI is aimed at helping faculty in the humanities, arts, and qualitative social sciences make progress on a major research or creative project. The purpose of the fellowship is to further the research or creative activity of the individual recipients and to enable faculty to meet and work with colleagues in other disciplines and departments. The fellows are awarded a single course release in spring 2022 to participate in a research seminar at the DHI where they share their work with the other fellowship recipients.

2021-2022 Faculty Research Fellows

Carol Hess, Professor, Department of Music

“Manuel de Falla’s El amor brujo (Love, the Magician): New Perspectives”

Kalindi Vora, Professor, Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies

“Autoimmune: Chronic Conditions and the Cost of Care in a Time of Uncertain Medicine”

Jocelyn Sharlet, Associate Professor, Comparative Literature

“Proverbs and Innovation in the Poetry of Abu Nuwas, Abu l-‘Atahiya, and Ibn ar-Rumi”

Beenash Jafri, Assistant Professor, Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies

“Lingering Attachments: The Settler Colonial Cinematic & Queer Asian Diasporic Possibility”

Yuming He, Associate Professor, East Asian Languages and Culture

“Wonder and Order: Human Kinds and Global Geography in the Making of Ming Identity”

Davis McCourt, Associate Professor, Sociology

“American Hegemony and the Rise of China: Experts, Culture, and U.S. National Security in the Asia-Pacific since 1972”