National Endowment for the Humanities: Narrative in Tandem

Faculty Coordinators

Juliet McMullin, Ph.D
Dr. Juliet McMullin is an Associate Professor in the Department of Anthropology at the University of California, Riverside specializing in Cultural and Medical Anthropology. Dr. McMullin has had an enduring interest in the production of health knowledge and inequalities. The central focus of her work has been to understand the social organization and practice of medical knowledge as it is created and constrained within a political economy of health. Her research examines the contexts in which political struggles over health embody inequality and reflect efforts at reconfiguring individual subjectivities and social structures. These issues are explored through the topics of cancer, cultural meanings of health, and pediatric injury. Importantly, she has a passion for translating that interest to her work with local communities and students. Her current research examines the field of graphic medicine, the social and material role of graphic novels in narrative medicine and health inequalities.

An advocate of community based participatory research, Dr. McMullin worked with the Pacific Islander Health Partnership and Christen Marquez on Talk Story, a Cal Humanities Community Story Project Grant in which stories from Southern California’s Pacific Islander community were collected. In 2011, she help to establish the Medical Narratives Colloquium at University of California, Riverside, a multi-disciplinary group of scholars with interests in the intersections of humanities and medicine. The colloquium has become an active workgroup on campus funded through the UC Riverside’s Center for Ideas and Society, Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Award.

Tiffany López, Ph.D
Dr. López is a Professor in the Department of Theatre, and Tomás Rivera Endowed Chair at the University of California, Riverside. She has over twenty years of experience as a leading scholarly voice that fosters dialogue and programming among academics, artists, practitioners, and audiences and a national reputation for her work within Chicana/o and Latina/o arts communities. Dr. López’s research, teaching, and creative activities focus on issues of trauma and violence and the ways that theater, literature, and art provide avenues for cultural healing and community building. As a hybrid scholar and creative artist, Dr. López has dedicated her career to expanding opportunities in higher education through the arts and staging conversations about their role in fostering personal transformation and social change.

Dr. López is editor of the anthology Growing Up Chicana/o (William Morrow & Co., 1993) and Chicana/Latina Studies: The Journal of Mujeres Activas en Letras y Cambio Social (2005-2012). She has published numerous essays, articles, chapters, and reviews in books and journals. She is presently completing a book project, The Alchemy of Blood, about art as a form of engaging with issues of trauma and violence, and collaborating on a biography with visual artist Barbara Carrasco. Her play adaptation of Tomás Rivera’s And the Earth Did Not Devour Him was recently performed at UCR with plans for it to be performed at the University of Texas in 2013. Her publication activity includes co- editorship of Chicana/Latina Studies (2005-2012), and her writing has appeared in numerous journals and books, including Theatre Journal; Art Journal; The Panza Monologues; Real Women Have Curves & Other Plays; Performing the U.S. Latina and Latino Borderlands; and Captive Audience – Prison and Captivity in Contemporary Theater. She is a founding member of the Latino Theater Alliance of Los Angeles and serves on the national advisory committee of the Latina/o Theatre Commons and the editorial board of American Studies.

Paul Lyons, Ph.D
Dr. Lyons is a physician, educator and published author currently serving as the Senior Associate Dean of Education at the University of California, Riverside School of Medicine. He has worked collaboratively for well over a decade with multiple educators exploring the intersection of literature and medicine. Dr. Lyons’ research interests in issues involved in health and wellness have resulted in collaborative educational offerings in medical ethics, nutrition, Public Health, Emergency Preparedness and Disaster Response and green space development. His work in education and medical education has been recognized regionally and nationally by the American Association of Medical Colleges’ Humanism in Medicine Award, American Medical Student Association’s National Golden Apple for Teaching Excellence Award, a Lindback Foundation Award, Temple University’s Great Teacher Award, and the Russell and Pearl Moses Endowed Medical Award for Outstanding Teaching.

He has served as a media medical expert for a wide variety of news organizations including Vogue, Cosmopolitan, CNN, NBC’s Today Show, Prevention magazine, USA Today and local television, newspaper and radio outlets. Dr. Lyons has constructed a unique core curriculum for the University of California, Riverside School of Medicine that reflects the emerging needs of future physicians facing a healthcare system that is rapidly evolving in new and unusual ways.

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