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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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 6/30/2020
Michelle Raheja
Term: 7/1/2017 to 6/30/2020
Alejandra Dubcovsky
Term: 7/1/2018 to 6/30/2021
Matthew Mahutga
Term: 7/1/2018 to 6/30/2021
Conrad Rudolph
History of Art
Term: 7/1/2018 to 6/30/2021
John Fischer
Term: 7/1/2018 to 6/30/2021
Nalo Hopkinson
Creative Writing
Term: 7/1/2019 to 6/30/2022
Christina Schwenkel
Term:  7/1/2019 to 6/30/2022