Congratulations to the 2020-21 DHI Faculty Research Fellows

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The UC Davis Humanities Institute is pleased to announce the 2020-21 Faculty Research Fellows. This diverse group of seven faculty represents the breadth of the arts and humanities at UC Davis. From Syrian textile workers and Indian poets to the migration of Black Californians, their projects demonstrate the value of rigorous humanities scholarship to tell compelling global stories about the human experience.

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 2021 to participate in a research seminar at the DHI where they share their work with the other fellowship recipients.


2020-2021 Faculty Research Fellows

Ryan Cartwright, Assistant Professor, American Studies
Friendless and Infirm: Material Relations of Care and the Gendered Emergence of Chronic Illness in the Twentieth Century U.S.”

Stacy Fahrenthold, Assistant Professor, History
Working Class Cosmopolitans: Syrian Textile Workers in the Arab Atlantic, 1890-1934”

Liza Grandia, Associate Professor, Native American Studies
Kernels of Rebellion: Maize, Food Citizenship, and Political Agency”

Milmon Harrison, Associate Professor, African and African American Studies
The Sunset Limited: California Stories of the Great Migration, 1940s-1980s”

José Juan Pérez Meléndez, Assistant Professor, History
Amazon Bounty: State Power and Extractive Capitalism in Nineteenth-Century Brazil"

Archana Venkatesan, Associate Professor, Religious Studies and Comparative Literature
Poetry Makes Worlds: The Festival of Recitation in Tamil Nadu, India”

Gina Werfel, Professor, Art and Art History
Excavation and Aggregation”