Humanities Faculty Awarded for Public Engagement and Network Collaborations

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The Davis Humanities Institute is pleased to announce the faculty awardees for the Public Engagement and Network-Collaboration fellowships. Interdisciplinary, collaborative, and socially committed, the applications submitted for these competitions all represent important new research that exceeds the boundaries of traditional academics, maintaining disciplinary rigor while pioneering new modes of collaborative and community-engaged scholarship. The DHI congratulates the winners and looks forward to seeing their projects unfold.

Public Engagement Fellows

The Public Engagement Fellowship supports the work of faculty members in the humanities, arts, and qualitative social sciences in a community-engaged research or creative project that has a substantive community tie-in. The selected projects connect California to the larger world and bring attention to the stories of communities made vulnerable by ongoing global politics. 

  • Jesse Drew (Cinema and Digital Media): "Creekside Stories"
  • Robert Irwin (Spanish and Portuguese): "Humanizing Deportation"
  • Robyn Rodriguez (Asian American Studies): "Going Viral: Racism, Asian Americans, and COVID-19"
  • Keith David Wattenpaugh (Human Rights Studies): "Genocide and Human Rights Studies for Twenty-First Century Californians: Summer Institutes for High School Educators"

Network-Collaboration Fellows

The Network-Collaboration Fellowship supports faculty in their collaborations with colleagues outside the UC system. This program awards high-impact projects that foster research or creative networks with the potential to seed future grant proposals.

  • Gina Bloom (English): "Educating Youth About Violence by Playing with Shakespeare: A Global Partnership between Educators in South Africa and California"
  • Howard Chiang (History): "International Consortium of Global Taiwan Studies"
  • Suzana Sawyer (Anthropology): "Energy, Matter, Ethos"

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