Jeanette Kohl – Co-Director
History of Art |
*on fellowship 2022-23

Jeanette Kohl is an Associate Professor for Italian Renaissance Art in the Department of the History of Art, with interests in deep interdisciplinarity, intellectual history, and medical humanities. She earned her PhD from the University of Trier in Germany. Before joining UCR in 2008, she was an Assistant Professor at the University of Leipzig/Germany and a Visiting Professor at the Friedrich-Schiller-University in Jena/Germany. She is the recipient of a number of international fellowships from the Getty Research Institute, the Kaete-Hamburger Center at Köln University, the NEH, the Max-Planck Institute for Art History in Florence/Italy, the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, and the Hamburg Institute for Advanced Study. Learn more about Jeanette.

Dylan Rodríguez- Co-Director
Media & Cultural Studies |

Dylan Rodríguez is an abolitionist teacher, scholar, and collaborator. He was named to a Freedom Scholar in 2020 and recently served as President of the American Studies Association (2020-2021). He has worked as a Professor at the University of California, Riverside since 2001. Prior to being elected by the faculty to two terms as Chair of the UCR Academic Senate (2016-2020), Dylan served as Chair of the Department of Ethnic Studies (2009-2016). Dylan is the author of three books, most recently White Reconstruction: Domestic Warfare and the Logic of Racial Genocide (Fordham University Press, 2021).


Katharine Henshaw – Executive Director
(951) 827-1555 |
*on campus Mondays/Thursdays or by appointment

Working closely with the CIS co-directors, Katharine serves as a strategic thought partner, translating the center’s mission and goals into tangible programs, events, workflows, and timelines. As the managing director of CIS, she collaborates with campus affiliates and administrators at other centers across the UC system to develop interdisciplinary projects that nurture research, intellectual community, and collegiality. Katharine also administers the UCR Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship Program, in close partnership with the faculty coordinator. Prior to assuming this position, Katharine worked in a variety of roles at CIS after graduating from UCR in Philosophy in 2013.

Jessica DiFilippo – Marketing & Project Coordinator
* on campus Mondays

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 manages the Center’s promotions, website content and digital media. She also helps coordinate project and travel planning for Center events.

Kathy Ann Hitchens – Grants & Finance Analyst
*on campus Tuesdays/Wednesdays

Kathy Hitchens received her Master of Business Administration from the University of Redlands and joined the Center in 2021 as the Grants and Finance Analyst.  Kathy manages the Center’s finances and contributes to faculty achieving their project goals through grant collaboration and financial analysis.

Bianca Lopez –  Administrative Assistant
(951) 827-1556 |
*on campus Monday/Thursday

Bianca Lopez joined the Center in 2023 and is a recent UCR graduate with a BA in Public Policy and a minor in Spanish. Having her formative years based in San Bernardino County, she is interested in community work and dialogue surrounding infrastructure within the Inland Empire.

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Paulo Chagas
João Costa Vargas
Kim Dionne
Political Science
Cathy Gudis
Tammy Ho
Gender & Sexuality Studies
Ruhi Kahn
Media & Cultural Studies
Matthew King
Religious Studies
Bruce Link
Public Policy/Sociology
Kris Neville
Art History
Vorris Nunley