UC Davis Faculty and Graduate Students Win Grants for UC Humanities Research

The latest round of UC-wide fellowships and grants has recognized the humanities at UC Davis with several awards in 2013-2014, including Multicampus Research Groups, UC President’s Fellowships, Humanities @ Work summer and residential research awards, and faculty and graduate conference support.  The distinctions affirm the campus’s prominent role in generating crucial humanities scholarship.

Multicampus Research Groups, funded by the UC Humanities Network, are intended to support long-term collaborative humanities research at any stage of development by UC faculty and advanced graduate students. The MRGs are intended to engage with the most innovative topics within the field of humanities research. The UC Davis faculty members participating in the 2013-2014 Multicampus Research Groups are:

  • “The Cloud and the Crowd,” convened by Anthropology professors Tim Choy of UC Davis and Cori Hayden of UC Berkeley.
  • “Urban Place-Making and Religiosity,” convened by Anthropology professor Smriti Srinivas of UC Davis and History professor Mary Hancock of UC Santa Barbara.
  • “Experimental Black Aesthetics: Performance, Politics, and Representation,” convened by English professors Danielle Heard of UC Davis and Uri McMillan of UCLA.
  • “Early Modern Patterns: Tracking Cultural Forms in the Digital Age,” convened by Art history professor Elizabeth Alice Honig at UC Berkeley and Linguistics professor Almerindo Ojeda at UC Davis.

The UC President’s Faculty Research Fellowships, also part of the UC Humanities Network, provides faculty with fellowship support to carry out an extended research project. Open to all active ladder-rank faculty members in the humanities, the award recognizes research projects that pay particular attention to the relevance of the humanities scholarship to human, social, and cultural issues. The recipients of the 2013-2014 UC President’s Faculty Fellowship are:

  • Flagg Miller, Religious Studies, “Sounding Out Al-Qa`ida: Islamic Militancy, Asceticism, and the Bin Laden Phenomenon through Osama’s Own Audiotape Collection”
  • Daniel Stolzenberg, History, “Orientalism in Early Modern Rome”

UC President’s Graduate Fellows in the Humanities, the graduate counterpart to the UC President’s faculty awards, recognizes students at UC campuses for their research projects and invites them to participate in the annual Society of Fellows meeting with recipients of the UC President’s faculty awards. The 2013-2014 UC President’s Graduate Fellows in the Humanities from UC Davis, also known as the UC Davis Humanities Institute’s Dissertation Year Fellows, are:

  • Magali Rabasa, Cultural Studies, “The Book in Movement: Radical Politics and the Recrafting of Books in Latin America”
  • Jieun Lee, Anthropology, “Vital Promises, Valuable Cells: An Ecology of Promise in Stem Cell Enterprise in Korea”

Funded by a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Humanities and Changing Conceptions of Work research initiative is a multi-campus, three-year project investigating the critical historical and contemporary transformations in the meaning and experience of work. The initiative supports a UC-wide program of research activities including competitively selected multi-campus working groups, graduate seminars, webinars and conferences, a summer institute and a residential research group at UCHRI. UC Davis faculty members who have received awards as part of the 2013-2014 Humanities @ Work initiative are:

Summer 2013 Faculty Research Grant

  • Kimberly Nettles-Barcelon, Women & Gender Studies, “Cooking up a Second Act: Narratives of Entrepreneurial Domesticity in a Postfeminist Neoliberal Economy”

Fall 2013 Residential Research Working Group: “The Work of the Humanities/The Humanities as Work”

  • John Marx, English, Convener

The UC Humanities Research Institute (UCHRI) supports a variety of individual and collaborative projects that are uniquely positioned to engage with emerging trends across the field of humanities scholarship. The UC Davis faculty, graduate students, and projects that have been recognized by UCHRI in 2013-2014 include:

2013-14 Conferences

  • “Unfixed Itineraries: Film and Visual Culture from Arab World”

Peter Limbrick, Film and Digital Media, UC Santa Cruz

Omnia El Shakry, History, UC Davis

Spring 2014 Residential Research Group, “Urban Ecologies”

  • Simon Sadler, Design, UC Davis

2014-14 Residential Research Group (Topic proposal)

Spring 2015, “Political Economy and the Creative-Industrial Complex”

  • Co-convener: Joshua Clover, English, UC Davis

2012-13 Graduate Event Co-Sponsorship Grants

  • Bicicultures Roadshow: A Critical Bicycling Studies Tour of California”

Sarah McCullough, Cultural Studies, UC Davis

  • “2nd Annual Native American Studies Graduate Student Symposium: Weaving the Roots of Knowledge”

Stephanie Lumsden, Native American Studies, UC Davis

Kayla Carpenter, Linguistics, UC Berkeley


For a complete list of awardees across the UC system, please visit http://uchri.org