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Georgia Warnke – Director
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Georgia Warnke is a professor in the Political Science Department and holds a Ph.D. in Philosophy. Her research interests include critical social theory, hermeneutics, democratic theory, and issues of race, sex, and gender. She is the author of five books: Gadamer: Hermeneutics, Tradition and Reason (Polity Press and Stanford University Press (1987, 1994); Justice and Interpretation (MIT Press 1993); Legitimate Differences (UC Press 1999); After Identity: Rethinking Race, Sex and Gender (Cambridge University Press, 2007) and Debating Sex and Gender (Oxford University Press, 2010). Professor Warnke’s graduate courses have focused on the Frankfurt School, Hermeneutic Political Theory and issues of identity. Undergraduate courses include political philosophy, feminism, and democratic theory.

Renee DeGuire – Events Manager
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Renee DeGuire joined the Center for Ideas and Society staff in 2010 and organizes the Center’s day to day logistics, including international scholars, CIS grant applications, proposals, lectures, events, and conferences. Renee’s employment started at UCR in 1989 with the Department of Sociology.

JessicaJessica DiFilippo – Media & Travel Coordinator
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Jessica DiFilippo is a graduate from UCR with a BA in Studio Art and holds a Master’s in Library and Information Science. Jessica joined the Center in 2015 and handles financial transactions, event support, and website management. She also manages the Center’s archive of photos, videos, and flyers of events.

Katharine HenshawAssociate Director
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Katharine Henshaw received her BA in Philosophy from UC Riverside and joined the Center in 2013. As Associate Director, Katharine manages the Center’s programming, outreach, funding and financial transactions, provides contract & grant support, and handles logistics for special projects. She is also the Administrative Coordinator for the UCR Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship Program.

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Senior Fellows, 2017-2020

Farah Godrej (Political Science)
Farah Godrej is Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of California, Riverside. Her areas of research and teaching include Indian political thought, Gandhi’s political thought, cosmopolitanism, globalization, comparative political theory, and environmental political thought. Her research appears in journals such as Political Theory, The Review of Politics, and Polity, and she is the author of Cosmopolitan Political Thought: Method, Practice, Discipline (New York: Oxford University Press, 2011).

George Haggerty (English)
George E. Haggerty (A.B. Holy Cross; Ph.D. Berkeley), specializes in 18th-Century English Literature and Queer Studies. His books include Gothic Fiction/Gothic Form (Penn State, 1989); Unnatural Affections: Women and Fiction in the Later Eighteenth Century (Indiana, 1998); Men in Love: Masculinity and Sexuality in the Eighteenth Century (Columbia, 1999); Queer Gothic (Illinois, 2006) and Horace Walpole’s Letters: Masculinity and Friendship in the Eighteenth Century (Bucknell, 2011).

Stephen Sohn (English)
Stephen Hong Sohn, a former University of California President’s Postdoctoral fellow (2006-2007), has edited or co-edited a number of different works and special issues, including Transnational Asian American Literature: Sites and Transits (Temple University Press, 2006); Studies in the Literary Imagination (SLI, Vol. 37.1, Spring 2004) on Asian American Literature; MELUS (Winter 2008) on the topic of “Alien/Asian”; and Modern Fiction Studies on the topic of “Theorizing Asian American Fiction” (2010).

Second Project Fellows, 2017-18

Anthony Jerry (Anthropology)
Anthony Russell Jerry holds a Ph.D. in anthropology from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.His primary research interests are in theorizing the relationships between race and citizenship and investigating the influence that regional discourses of race and racism have on citizenship practices and overall access to citizenship. He is the recipient of a Fulbright Garcia Robles Fellowship, a Ford Foundation Dissertation Fellowship, and a University of California Chancellor’s Postdoctoral Fellowship.

Rachel Wu (Psychology)
My developmental cognitive neuroscience research studies how attention and learning interact from infancy to aging adulthood when finding and learning relevant information. My guiding hypothesis is that infants are more input-driven and adults are more knowledge-driven in the way they take in information. Input-driven learning is based on salience and frequency-of-occurrence with a weak distinction between relevant and irrelevant. By contrast, the knowledge-driven approach relies on processing only relevant or necessary events as defined by previous experience.

 Senior Fellows, 2016-2019

Paulo Chagas (Music)
Project: Sonic Imaginations: Sound Studies, Sound Practices and Sound Creativity | Paulo C. Chagas is a Brazilian composer, active in Europe, Brazil and the USA. He studied composition at the University of São Paulo (1973–9), earning a bachelor’s degree. He then studied composition, orchestration and analysis at the Liège Conservatoire (1980–2), and electronic music composition at the Academy of Music in Cologne (1982–9). His works have resulted from numerous commissions and fellowships from 1977 to the present and have been performed in Russia, Germany, Belgium, France, South Korea, the USA, and Latin America to public and critical acclaim.

Christine Schwenkel (Anthropology)
Project: The Afterlife of Solidarity: Vietnamese Reanimation of Urban ‘Ruins’ in Eastern Germany | Professor Schwenkel’s current work examines the legacies of socialist humanitarian practices and transnational mobilities between Vietnam and former East Germany, in particular, Vietnamese contract labor programs in German factories and East German architectural/urban planning projects in Vietnam. In 2010-2011, Professor Schwenkel conducted historical and ethnographic research in Vinh City, Vietnam on postwar socialist urbanization and postsocialist/neoliberal urban renewal.

Jason Weems (History of Art)
Project: Inventing the Americas: Art, Archaeology, and the Modern Making of a Pre-Columbian Past | “My approach to American art is shaped by the study of works of art, visual objects and instances of cultural interplay that are often overlooked in more mainstream art historical scholarship. I am an active supporter of the integration of visual culture into the study of American art. But I also perceive a need for continued refinement of our models for thinking across frameworks of knowledge and expression, and for the balanced integration of interdisciplinary interests into the already rich methodologies of art history.”

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Catherine Allgor Distinguished External Fellow
After a career in the theatre, Catherine Allgor attended Mount Holyoke College in South Hadley, MA, as a Frances Perkins Scholar and graduated summa cum laude in History. She received her Ph.D. with distinction from Yale University, where she also won the Yale Teaching Award. Her dissertation on women and politics in early Washington garnered the George Washington Egleston Prize for the best dissertation in American History at Yale University and the Lerner-Scott Prize for the best dissertation in U.S. Women’s History in the country.

Goldberry LongWriter in Residence
Goldberry Long holds an MFA in Fiction from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop at the University of Iowa and is an award-winning writer and teacher. She is the recipient of a Stegner Fellowship from Stanford University, a James Michener Fellowship, and numerous residencies including at The Ucross Foundation and the Virginia Center for the Creative arts. Her novel, Juniper Tree Burning was compared by the New York Times to Thomas Wolfe, and called “a big, fiery howl of a novel; and The San Francisco Chronicle said it “balances risky, ambitious storytelling with delicate narrative craftsmanship.”

Jennifer Hughes – Institute for the Study of Immigrant Religions
Jennifer Hughes’ research and teaching focuses on Latin American and Latino religions, religion and art (including especially religious images), the role of religion in colonialism and decolonization, Christianity in the Southern Hemisphere, and immigrant religions. Professor Hughes’ first book, Biography of a Mexican Crucifix: Lived Religion and Local Faith from the Conquest to the Present (Oxford University Press, 2010), is a history of popular devotion to artistic images of the suffering Christ in Mexico.

Alicia Arrizón
Gender & Sexuality Studies
Term: 7/1/2017 to 6/30/2021

Peter Graham
Term: 1/7/2015 to 6/30/2019

Rickerby Hinds
Term: 7/1/15 to 6/30/2019

Bruce Link
Sociology and Public Policy
Term: 7/1/2017 to 6/30/2021

Benjamin Liu
Hispanic Studies
Term: 7/1/14 to 6/30/18

Goldberry Long
Creative Writing/School of Medicine
Term: 7/1/2016 to 6/30/2020

Yolanda Moses
Term: 7/1/2016 to 6/30/2020

Michelle Raheja
Term: 7/1/2017 to 6/30/2021

Sarita See
Media & Cultural Studies
Term: 7/1/2017 to 6/30/2021