Working groups and faculty-led projects

That the subject, or the I, is not an object in the world is one of the most fundamental insights in philosophy. It is also one of the most difficult. It is an insight that is often associated with Kant, and with later German Idealism, but it is also prevalent in the French tradition and in early analytic philosophy. In this conference, participants will discuss the questions: How can we develop accounts of selfconsciousness and mutual recognition that do justice to this insight? What is it to be conscious of ourselves as subjects of thinking and of acting? And how do we recognize others as subjects? The questions will be approached through discussion of the history of philosophy and through its development in more recent approaches from contemporary philosophy. The conference is interdisciplinary in its reach, because it is only by answering these fundamental questions about selfconsciousness and mutual recognition that we can begin to understand the different ways in which we learn about ourselves and about others in the more specialized humanistic disciplines.

Faculty Coordinators

Alexandra Newton (Philosophy)
Andrews Reath (Philosophy)

The UCR Science and Technology Initiative will host a series of workshops to advance an interdisciplinary dialogue by UCR faculty across colleges about existing Science and Technology Studies (STS) knowledge and research. The participants will share interdisciplinary ways of knowing regarding STS and help to define the challenges, expectations, and possible future viability of a more integrative teaching and research model. The outcomes of these workshops will include creating new synergies across disciplines and with Island Empire communities. The workshops are intended to promote the collaborative research and problem solving that will support UCR’s goal to serve as a global partner and premier research institution in the international field of STS Studies.

Faculty Coordinators

Linda Hall (Anthropology)
Yolanda Moses (Anthropology)

The Horror of Color Working Group is a space for students and faculty to collaboratively engage research in horror studies with a specific focus on scholarship on horror and race and horror cultural productions by U.S.-based creators of color. The group brings together students and faculty across the humanities and social sciences to address topics ranging from the development and solidifying of genres such as Afro Horror, Indigenous Horror, and U.S. Latinx horror to fandoms of color with the goal of fostering intellectual exchange on the topic of EthnoHorror by 1) holding discussions of works in progress, 2) organizing conversations around shared readings, and 3) invited talks/panels.

Faculty Coordinators

Magda Garcia (English)

The project will explore the concept of style, together with related concepts, by comparing the roles they have played across a wide range of disciplines, from the arts and humanities all the way to the sciences and mathematics. The concept of style has a long history, especially in the visual arts, literature, and music. Under the name of “reasoning style” it has also played a significant role in the history and philosophy of science, as well as in the history and philosophy of mathematics. In those areas too, interest in the concept has increased noticeably over the last few years, both nationally and internationally. What is shared across all these disciplines, despite obvious differences in subject matters, basic methods, and goals, is the sense of an existing plurality of styles, which differ from each other in terms of varying ways of seeing and shaping their respective objects. Understood as such, the concept of style is closely related to a number of other concepts, including: episteme, discourse, structure, paradigm, methodology, way of making sense, form of explanation, and kind of knowledge.

Learn more: Concept of Style Website

Faculty Coordinators

Erich Reck, Philosophy
Johannes Endres, Art History and Comparative Literature

Over the past decade the Global 19th Century Workshop has achieved international standing for collaborative, interdisciplinary research on all aspects of the material, cultural, intellectual, and scientific intersections of practices and formations of knowledge in the long 19th century. Transgressing disciplinary and national boundaries while making connections to 21st century intellectual and political endeavors, we revitalize humanistic studies through conversation and publication, strengthening UCR’s international reputation in this area.

The 2022-23 working group will explore novel formats for sharing and revising path-breaking interdisciplinary research for publication. Turning inward to the UCR campus, the group will host three live roundtable events featuring UCR faculty and graduate students who study the nineteenth century; these cross-departmental collaborative events will bring scholars together to assess the state of the field, its new directions, and its importance for the future.

Addressing a collective need to reconnect following two years of Covid-19 isolation, the theme for 2022-2023 is “Coming Together: The Local in the Global.” The project solicit the work of UCR-based scholars who approach this theme in interdisciplinary and unconventional ways, in particular through migration, human rights, race, sexuality, and emotion.

Global 19th Century Workshop: “Global Circulations”

The UCR Global 19th Century Workshop’s program, supported by CIS since 2015, will host an intensive works-in-progress day, to take place in Fall 2023, convening noted scholars and graduate students to share work related to “Global Circulations.” This broad theme constellates work on the emergence of modern communication and transportation networks; the flows of capital, commodities, microbes, and species that they facilitated; the mass mobility of immigrants and other travelers; and the spread of ideas through vast new media apparatuses. A cohort of graduate students, “Global 19th-Century Graduate Student Fellows,” will have the opportunity to present dissertation works in progress, and read and comment on pre-publication faculty research.

Faculty Coordinators

Heidi Brevik-Zender – French and Comparative Literature
Jonathan Eacott – History
Fatima Quraishi – Art History
Susan Zieger – English

Funded by the UC Humanities Consortium, Summer “Pop-Up” awards support short-term collaborations between faculty from UCR and other UC campuses on a humanities-related topic of common interest over the course the summer.

2021 Projects:

Bodies and Infrastructures in Contemporary Japanese Fiction
Anne McNight, UCR, Comparative Literature & Languages (Convener)
Margherita Long, UCI, East Asian Studies
Daniel Cuong O’Neill, East Asian Languages and Cultures
Jon L. Pitt, UCI, Japanese Environmental Studies

Summer Pop-up + Humanistic Bioarchaeology
Sara K. Becker, UCR, Anthropology (Convener)
Elizabeth S. Berger, UCR, Anthropology
Beth Koontz Scaffidi, UC Merced, Anthropology and Heritage Studies
Christina Torres-Rouff, UC Merced, Anthropology and Heritage Studies


Conferences sponsored by the Center for Ideas and Society

The 2020s thus far have been defined by numerous and often interrelated crises, which have prompted widespread conversation on the urgent need to imagine and implement better, different, and innovative solutions for the future. Influenced by feminist, queer, decolonial, and critical race theories, speculative fiction writing and scholarship have likewise become increasingly invested in care, resistance, and liberation as strategies toward futurity. In accordance with these concerns, this project will relaunch the Eaton Conference of Science Fiction around the theme “Reimagining the Archive” in order to investigate reparative approaches to speculative fiction and its history, specifically with the archive. From the prominence of the Eaton Collection of Science Fiction and Fantasy to its Speculative Fictions and Cultures of Science program, the study of speculative fiction has deep significance to the University of California, Riverside. In seeking to revive the Eaton Conference, the organizers aim to bolster UCR’s prestigious reputation in the field and foster a network of new and emerging scholars and artists. Supporting emergent talent is an ongoing act of care that this version of the conference will prioritize as it addresses ongoing disparities in the field (and across academia) and (re)imagines the future of humanities research.

Faculty Coordinators

andré carrington (English), Loren Barbour (English), Chelsea-Mae Yuipco (Media & Cultural Studies), K Persinger (Media & Cultural Studies), and Liza Wemakor (English)

April 12-May 24, 2024

This conference on caste and corporeality brings together studies of caste, which have historically been the remit of the social sciences, with discourses of the body, which are rooted in the arts and humanities, to think about the body as a site of caste violence and caste reproduction as well as a site of refuge and healing from caste oppression. The conference will feature panels, workshops, and presentations by anti-caste scholars, artists, and activists.

4/12 @ 10-1pm — Workshop: Introduction to Caste, Intersectionality, and Allyship (hybrid)

4/19 @ 10-11:30am — Panel: Caste and Religion (virtual)

4/26 @ 10-11:30am — Panel: Caste and Food (virtual)

4/27 @ 6-9pm — Presentation: Come Eat With Me (in person)

5/10 @ 10-11:30am — Panel: Caste and Touch (virtual)

5/17 @ 10-11:30am– Panel: Caste and Space (virtual)

5/24 @ 10-11:30am– Panel: Caste and Performance (virtual)

Co-sponsored by UCHRI, CIS, Department of Dance, and Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Link to register:  https://bit.ly/Caste_Corporeality


Spring 2024

This symposium convenes an interdisciplinary research team of scholars (in education, gender and sexuality studies, Indigenous studies, performance studies, information studies, disability studies), community archivists, and independent oral historians to discuss community-grounded approaches to oral history with the UCR campus and broader public. Conceived by UCR’s Memory & Resistance Laboratory (MEM-RES) in collaboration with Separated: An Oral History Project, this gathering will be the research team’s first opportunity to share preliminary findings from an 8-month study that examines how practitioners across cultural contexts are engaging oral history in ways that challenge assumptions reproduced by professional bodies like the Oral History Association (OHA). This convening will seed a high-impact project: the development of a community-centered, location-sensitive toolkit that will serve as an alternative guide to OHA’s generalizable “best practice” policies.

Faculty Coordinators:
Crystal Mun-hye Baik (Gender & Sexuality Studies)

Care and Repair: 2024 UC Graduate Student Virtual Conference

The UC Riverside Center for Ideas and Society invites proposals for a virtual conference that explores UCHRI’s 2023-24 programming theme, Care and Repair.

Hosted on February 16, 2024, the conference will gather University of California graduate students in the humanities or humanistic social sciences or arts to illuminate the myriad ways of tending, mending and imagining new worlds and ways of being that arise from – and transform – current crises into new possibilities. Different epistemological, aesthetic, cosmological, and political traditions conceptualize “care” and “repair” in ways that inform, (re)produce, challenge, and critically depart from both disciplinary and interdisciplinary knowledge practices.

The Center invites and encourages proposals that reflect creative, critical engagement with the conference keywords, including:

  • Care for the self and others, care for objects and environments, care as resistance, skill or labor, care for care as a concept
  • Repair as restorative justice, as bearing witness, as reducing inequities, as imagining otherwise, as world-building
  • Repair as precursor, constituting dimension, and/or actualized practice of contemporary reparations (within and beyond universities and other institutional settings)
  • Vocations of care and repair in classrooms, research labs, humanities centers, archives, museums, hospitals, prisons, and parklands
  • Ethics of care and the hermeneutics of repair in humanistic inquiry and traditional knowledge practices
  • Frameworks for care and repair in feminist, Black, Indigenous, ethnic,  gender, and disability studies
  • Care and repair in the environmental humanities, environmental justice movement, health humanities and the post-pandemic world
  • Care, repair, and the value of resilience
  • Ethics and/as Aesthetics in creative production
  • Tensions, contradictions, and incommensurabilities between “care” and “repair” as world-making practices (e.g. in sites and communities constituted by collective trauma, decolonial and anti-colonial settings, mutual aid and abolitionist projects, intersectional sites of artistic and healing communities, etc.)
  • How care and repair create speculative and imminent possibilities for world-making, world-unmaking, and other-worldliness

Proposals invited for short presentations (10-15 mins).
Presentations will be organized into panels of 3-4 talks followed by a moderated Q&A.

Deadline: January 15, 2024, 11:59pm.

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For questions or more information: Katharine.Henshaw@ucr.edu

Spring 2024

This UCR conference will bring together a leading group of scholars studying dyes and related materials to shed light upon the vast and entangled networks that constituted a global world of colors. While this conference takes indigo as the primary case study, the goal of this conference is to engage with the transcultural histories of other prominent colorants that

circulated globally and appeared alongside textiles. The conference will be divided into three thematic sessions. The first, “Origins,” focuses on labor, examining knowledge of cultivating dyes and textile materials as both an embodied and intellectual practice. The second, “Mobility,” telescopes out to examine dyes in a global, connected world, charting the trajectories of materials and technologies across maritime and overland trade routes. Finally, the third theme, “Patterns of Use,” considers vibrantly colored dyed fabrics as they enfolded bodies and draped over structures. The conference will conclude with a tour of the UCR Botanical Garden.

Faculty Coordinators:
Yong Cho (History of Art), Jody Benjamin (History), Savannah Esquivel (History of Art), Fatima Quraishi (History of Art)

Call for Graduate Student Proposals: A Panoply of Colors, A World of Materials Conference

We invite proposals for 15-minute papers by current students in MA or PhD programs at UCR. The selected papers will be included in the program for a conference, A Panoply of Colors, A World of Materials: Global Connections of Early Modern Dyes, scheduled to take place on campus on April 13, 2024.

This CIS-sponsored conference will bring together scholars and artists studying dyes and related materials to shed light upon the vast and entangled historical networks that constituted a global world of colors, further explicated in our abstract below:

What kinds of histories do textiles and dyes tell? They represent not just culture, artistic expression, and ‘beauty’ but also science, technology, labor, and economics. Their histories are entangled in the histories of commerce, slavery, and colonialism, as well as resistance to them. As dyes come from plants and animals in different ecosystems, how did knowledge about processing and using dyes circulate in the early modern period (before 1850)? Can they help us gain insight into Indigenous forms of knowledge, cultural philosophies, histories of religious conversion, and cultural exchange? How do they expand our understanding of the histories of science and technology? When we foreground the materiality of textiles and dyes, what are the distinct cultural contexts that come into view? What are the spatial relationships, environmental conditions, and technological limitations that become important to understand?

We welcome contributions drawing from a range of fields, including but not limited to literature, history, anthropology, art and art history, and any geographical and cultural contexts. Interested contributors should send an abstract that describes their proposed topic, theme, texts, and/or materials. The short papers might take a range of critical, theoretical, or methodological approaches to accounting for the study of dyes and their conceptual and historical significance.

Please send an abstract (250 words) to savannae@ucr.edu by December 22, 2023.



Community Conversations

The popular Disciplines in Dialogue program pairs UCR faculty from different academic disciplines for a conversation on topics of interest to a public audience, primarily comprising Osher members and attendees at UCR Palm Desert Center events. The series reaches approximately 500 community members each year. The 2020-21 series will be hosted via Zoom webinar on Thursdays at 6 pm.

2021 Series: Pivotal Moment(s): “You should have been there!”

What recent or historical event or series of connected events would you claim has been crucially important and in what way? What moment or series of moments was world changing in ways well-known or overlooked? If you had a time machine and could travel anywhere in time, what moments would you not want to miss?

January 7: Pivotal Moments in Science Fiction:

  • Jonathan Alexander (English and Informatics and Associate Dean, Division of Undergraduate Education UC, Irvine)
  • Sherryl Vint (English and Media and Cultural Studies UCR)

February 4: Pivotal Moments in African Politics:

  • Ademide Adelusi-Adeluyi (History, UCR)
  • Kim Dionne (Political Science, UCR)

March 4: Pivotal Moments in Latin American Art:

  • Savannah Esquivel (Art History, UCR)
  • Aleca Le Blanc (Art History, UCR)

March 23: Pivotal Moments in Environmental History:

  • Philipp Lehmann (History, UCR)
  • Jade Sasser (Gender and Sexuality Studies, UCR)

Academic Book Club awards cover the purchase of books for virtual groups of faculty and/or graduate students who agree to meet up online to discuss sections of the book at least 5 times over the coming quarter. Though we ask that at least half the participants be CHASS faculty and/or graduate students, conveners and other club members may be from any school or college at UCR.

Club leaders convene meetings via Zoom or other online meeting room services. Selected titles should have the potential to engage multiple perspectives, disciplines and methods in critical inquiry. Inclusive, cross-disciplinary groups are encouraged. At the end of the quarter, groups will be asked to provide feedback on their experiences.

Apply Now!

2021 Summer Book Clubs:

White Kids: Growing Up with Privilege in a Racially Divided America (Flip Tanedo, Kalina Michalska, Annika Speer, facilitators)
We Do This ‘Til We Free Us: Abolitionist Organizing and Transforming Justice (Keith Miayke, facilitator)
We Do This ‘Til We Free Us: Abolitionist Organizing and Transforming Justice (Dana Simmons, facilitator)
Python for Linguists (Covadonga Lamar Prieto, facilitator)
Song of Achilles (Annie Ditta, facilitator)
Under Representation (Nancy Carranza, facilitator

2020-21 Book Clubs:

Spring Quarter Titles
New Age of Empire: How Racism and Colonialism Still Rule the World (Kim Dionne, facilitator)
New Black Sociologists: Historical and Contemporary Perspectives (Victoria Reyes, facilitator)
Coddling of the American Mind (Annie Ditta, facilitator)

Winter Quarter Titles
Strange Order of Things: Life, Feeling and the Making of Cultures (Liz Davis, facilitator)
Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*** / My Own Words (Annie Ditta, facilitator)
Culturally Responsive Teaching (Annie Ditta, facilitator)
Localism and the Ancient Greek City (John Haberstroh, facilitator)
Ministry of Utmost Happiness (Ruhi Kahn, facilitator)
The Lonely Letters (Melissa Wilcox, facilitator)
Engaging Contradictions: Theory, Politics and Methods of Activist Scholarship (Grecia Perez and Thelma Patnett, facilitators)
The Problem with Everything (Flip Tanedo, facilitator)
Conflict is Not Abuse (Dana Simmons and Setsu Shigematsu, facilitators)

Fall Quarter Titles
Marking Time: Art in the Age of Incarceration / What’s the Use / Ezili’s Mirrors (Crystal Baik, facilitator)
The Alchemist / The Great Influenza (Annie Ditta, facilitator)
Pedagogy of the Oppressed (Annie Ditta, facilitator)
Dark Matter (Sneha George and Andy Smith, facilitators)
White Reconstruction: Domestic Warfare and the Logics of Genocide (Lawrence Lan and Grecia Perez, facilitators)

Research and Publication

Research Writing Groups encourage sustained writing practices, productivity and networking through regularly scheduled writing sessions.

Writing Group awards provide $25 gift cards to participants who attend a majority of scheduled meetings. Groups of 4-8 participants agree to meet at least five times over the quarter. Though we ask that at least half the participants be CHASS faculty and/or graduate students, conveners and other group members may be from any school or college at UCR. Group leaders convene meetings via Zoom or other online meeting room services. At the end of the quarter, groups will be asked to provide feedback on their experiences.

Apply Now!

Summer 2021 Groups

Keith Miyake, convener (5 participants)
Rengin Firat, convener (6 participants)
stefan torralba, convener, group #1 (6 participants)
stefan torralba, convener, group #2 (8 participants)
Judit Palencia Gutiérrez, convener (6 participants)
Annie Ditta, convener (5 participants)
Elizabeth Kopacz, convener (4 participants)
Sophia Levine, convener (7 participants)
Magnolia Yang Sao Yia, convener, group #1 (7 participants)
Magnolia Yang Sao Yia, convener, group #2 (8 participants)
Savannah Esquivel and Yong Cho, conveners (8 participants)
Julio Orellana, convener (5 participants)
Jose Reynoso, convener (8 participants)

2020-21 Writing Groups

Spring Quarter
Jose Reynoso. convener (7 participants)
Magnolia Yang Sao Yia, convener (10 participants)
Heejoo Park, convener (4 participants)
Xiomara Forbez, convener (13 participants)
Yong Cho and Savannah Esquivel, conveners (8 participants)
Lindsay Rapport, convener (8 participants)
Cathy Thomas, convener (4 participants)

Winter Quarter
Magnolia Yang Sao Yia, convener, group #1 (10 participants)
Magnolia Yang Sao Yia, convener, group #2 (8 participants)
Magnolia Yang Sao Yia, convener, group #3 (5 participants)
Jennifer Vanegas Rocha, convener (4 participants)
Yong Cho and Savannah Esquivel, conveners (8 participants)
Amy Spencer, convener (6 participants)
Cathy Thomas, convener, group #1 (4 participants)
Cathy Thomas, convener, group #2 (5 participants)
Xiomara Forbez, convener (5 participants)
Annie Ditta, convener (5 participants)
Elizabeth Kopacz, convener (4 participants)
Grecia Perez, convener (4 participants)

Fall Quarter
Liz Berger, convener (5 participants)
Yong Cho and Savannah Esquivel, conveners (9 participants)
Kim Dionne, convener (10 participants)
Annie Ditta, convener (5 participants)
Marziyeh Kameli, convener (4 participants)
Lawrence Lan, convener (5 participants)
Jessica Masini, convener (9 participants)
Magnolia Yang Sao Yia, convener (12 participants)
Cathy Thomas, convener (6 participants)
Magnolia Yang Sao Yia, convener, group #2 (10 participants)

Project Development Workshop Awards provide funds for a CHASS faculty member to host scholars or subject matter experts for an open discussion of the faculty member’s book manuscript, film, play or substantial creative project with the aim of moving it towards completion and submission (to a press, film festival, theatre, gallery show etc.) Hosted online or in person, workshops can be private or open to pre-registered campus participants. Through an annual call, the Center provides small grants, matching funds and administrative support.

Apply now!

2023-24 Participants

Chikako Takeshita (Gender & Sexuality Studies) Radioactive Speak: The Science and Politics of Radiation Exposure in Fukushima

2020-21 Participants

Farah Godrej (Political Science) “Prison Yoga and Meditation: South Asian Text and Practice in the US Carceral System”
Anthony Jerry (Anthropology) “Chasing Blackness: Racial Economies and the Production of Citizenship in Mexico”
Richard Rodriguez (Media & Cultural Studies) “Undocumented Desires: Fantasies of Latino Male Sexuality”
Michele Salzman (History) “The ‘Falls’ of Rome: Transformations of the City in Late Antiquity (270-603 CE)”
Dana Simmons (History) “Hungry, Thinking with Animals” (Funded by a a grant from the University of California Office of the President Multi-campus Research Programs and Initiative Funding through the UC Humanities Research Institute.)
Victoria Reyes (Sociology) Academic Outsider
Annika Speer (Theatre, Film & Digital Production) Missing: A Musical Dramedy
Bronwyn Leebaw (Political Science) After Slumber: Transformative Justice, Memories of Resistance, and the Lessons of the Past

Helpful Resources

Faculty Book Workshop Guide by CISSR
Workshop Planning Guide by Matthew Salganick
How to Plan a Book Manuscript Workshop by Karen Tani

The “Hot off the Presses” series features presentations by CHASS faculty on their recently published books. While their book is still “hot off the press”, the authors give an informal talk about the publication’s themes and expected impact, and/or their experience of writing it. Each talk is followed by a question and answer session with participants. The Center adds these new titles to its growing collection of CHASS publications. Eligible titles may be nominated for the annual Emory Elliott Awards.

Book talks in 2022-23 will be hosted online.

Schedule Your Talk

2019-20 Events

2020-21 Events

Made possible by gifts from Emory’s family and friends, the Emory Elliott Book Award honors the book published by a CHASS faculty member during the previous academic year that, in the judgment of the selection committee, best exemplifies the values that characterized Professor Elliott and his contributions to life and letters.

Among these many contributions are the capacity to recognize complexity together with the passion to clarify, the ability to contribute to a conversation rather than to summarize agreements already established, and the intent to further a tradition of creative and scholarly munificence.

Call for Nominations

Award Winners

  • 2023: Alejandra Dubcovsky (History) – Talking Back: Native Women and the Making of the Early South
    Finalists: Philipp Lehmann (History) – Desert Edens: Colonial Climate Engineering in the Age of Anxiety and Jennifer Syvertsen (Anthropology) – Dangerous Love: Sex Work, Drug Use, and the Pursuit of Intimacy in Tijuana, Mexico
  • 2022: Allison Hedge Coke (Creative Writing) – Look at This Blue
    Sherryl Vint (English) – Biopolitical Futures in Twenty-First-Century Speculative Fiction
  • 2021: Anusha Kedhar (Dance) – Flexible Bodies: British South Asian Dancers in an Age of Neoliberalism
    Brandon Robinson (Gender and Sexuality Studies) – Coming Out to the Streets
  • 2020: Victoria Reyes (Sociology) – Global Borderlands: Fantasy, Violence and Empire in Subic Bay, Philippines
  • 2019: Jade Sasser (Gender & Sexuality Studies) – On Infertile Ground: Population Control and Women’s Rights in the Era of Climate Change
    Steven Brint (Sociology) – Two Cheers for Higher Education: Why American Universities Are Stronger Than Ever―and How to Meet the Challenges They Face
  • 2018: Sang-Hee Lee (Anthropology) – Close Encounters with Humankind: A Paleoanthropologist Investigates Our Evolving Species
  • 2017: Charmaine Craig (Creative Writing) – Miss Burma
  • 2016: Anthea Kraut (Dance) – Choreographing Copyright: Race Gender, and Intellectual Property Rights in American Dance
  • 2015: Conrad Rudolph (Art History) – The Mystic Ark: Hugh of Saint Victor, Art, and Thought in the Twelfth Century
  • 2014: Amanda J. Lucia (Religious Studies) – Reflections of Amma: Devotees in a Global Embrace
  • 2013: Maudemarie Clark (Philosophy) – The Soul of Nietzsche’s Beyond Good and Evil
    Perry Link (Comparative Literature) – An Anatomy of Chinese: Rhythm, Metaphor, Politics
  • 2012: Priya Srinivasan (Dance) – Sweating Saris: Indian Dance as Transnational Labor
  • 2011: Michelle Raheja (English) – Reservation Reelism: Redfacing, Visual Sovereignty, and Representations of Native Americans in Film

Student Research

Graduate student fellows in this program receive support for summer writing projects and the opportunity to connect with other UC graduate fellows in virtual meetings and workshops. The fellowships are funded through a collaborative grant from the UC Humanities Consortium.

2021 Fellows

Stephanie DeMora, Politcal Science, Who Supports Her? The Conditions of Gender Specific Voting
Grecia Perez, Anthropology
Evelyn Pruneda, Sociology, Navigating Multidimensional Borderlands: How Spatial Politics and Inequalities Shape the Working Conditions and Lived Experiences of Women Farmworkers in Rural California

2022 Fellows

Jeff Chu, History, Thracians among Others: Encounters with Greeks, Macedonians, and the Near East
Xiomara Forbez, Dance, Prima, ‘Olapa, Bachatera – Name Me Dancer: Expanding the Category of Dancer through Ballet, Hula, and Bachata
Deborah Nelson, Philosophy, The Reasoning of Economically-Disadvantaged People
Nattapol Wisuttipat, Music, Spicy: The (Un)making of Queer Presence in Thai Classical Music

2023 Fellows

Nicole Furtado, English, Galaxies like Islands, Islands like Galaxies: Envisioning Futurity in Seascape Technologies
Rotem Herrmann, Philosophy, Body and Memory: An Inquiry into Skill

The Humanities Graduate Student Research Grants assist CHASS graduate students involved in original research or creative projects in the humanities. Awarded funds are primarily intended for research proposals related to dissertation or MFA work, though other projects are considered as funds permit.

The award process is competitive. Applications are collected each fall and announced the following spring. Projects are judged according to intellectual merit, faculty support and justification for the proposal as it relates to completion of the dissertation or MFA project.

The Humanities GSR Awards are sponsored by UCR Graduate Division, the College of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences, and the Center for Ideas and Society.

Apply Now!

We congratulate the following award winners!

2024-25 Winners 2022-23 Winners
Jose Alvarez (Anthropology)
Sunshine Blanco (Anthropology)
Tiffany Bragg (History)
Paula Cucurella (Hispanic Studies)
Iliana Cuellar (Comp Literature)
Mai Do (Political Science)
Liseth Espíndola (Hispanic Studies)
Rory Fewer (Music)
Yun Ge (Anthropology)
Nicolas Hennig (Hispanic Studies)
Daisy Herrera (History)
Kate Huang (Comp Literature)
Marissa Hull (History)
Negar Kamali (Dance)
Ashley McNelis (History of Art)
Maria de losAngeles Aldana Mendoza (Hispanic Studies)
Ashley Miller (Psychology)
Marina Murillo (History)
Eun-A Park (Political Science)
Mark Reynolds (History)
Brenda Rincon (Psychology)
Sarah Salisbury (History of Art)
Isis Silva (Anthropology)
Hannah Snavely (Music)
Tara Westmor (Anthropology)
Lily Allen (History of Art)
Jose Alvarez (Anthropology)
Tiffany Bragg (History)
Kimberly Diaz (Religious Studies)
Fernando David Márquez Duarte (Pol Science)
Nicole Furtado (English)
Chi Yen Ha (Anthropology)
Koby Hansen (Hispanic Studies)
Kate Huang (Comp Literature)
Minhye Joo (Pol Science)
Ashley McNelis (History of Art)
Allison Moon (CWPA) Motherland
Othandwayo Mgqoboka (Anthropology)
Johanna Najera (Anthropology)
Sophia Rodriguez (Anthropology)
Brianna Simmons (Anthropology)
Chandler Spahr (Psychology)
Chun Chia Tia (Music)
Fulya Felicity Turkman (Pol Science)
Miriam Villazón Valbuena (Hispanic Studies)
Zhiyi Wang (Anthropology)
Rachel Wedemeyer (Anthropology)
Laysi Da Silva Zacarias (Anthropology)

Made possible by her children, one of whom is the third director of CIS, this fund provides support for graduate students seeking travel and dissertation support from the Center for Ideas and Society within the majors of History, Art History, and Political Science in the hope that it will help them realize their ambitions and make a contribution through their research to the world of ideas.

Jean Rowe Warnke raised five children in Washington, D.C. during the Post-WWII era and instilled in them, by word and steely example, a commitment to truth, progressive values and generosity of spirit, along with an aversion to anything that smacked of self-promotion, resting on one’s laurels or conceit. She pushed them, and herself, to make a difference, and she committed her formidable energies to bettering the lives of those less fortunate.

The 2019-20 award recipient was Camilla Querin (History of Art) for the project: Dialectics of Malandragem, When Arts Transform the Outcast into a Hero.

Award Recipients
2019-20:  Camilla Querin (History of Art) Dialectics of Malandragem, When Arts Transform the Outcast into a Hero
2020-21: John Haberstroh (History) The Sanctuaries of the Northeast Peloponnese: A Case of Epichoric Panhellenism
2021-22: Molly Bond (History of Art) Spaces of Relief: The “Recanati School” in the Sixteenth-Century Italian Marches
2022-23: Eun-A Park (Political Science) Incorporation and Belonging: An Intersectional and Comparative Study of Coethnic Migrants in South Korea

The Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship (MMUF) is a two-year program that provides financial support, research mentorship, and assistance with graduate school applications. The Mellon Mays program at UC Riverside is administered by the Center for Ideas and Society and is funded by an annual grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. The program is managed by the Center Director (PI) and the CHASS Dean (Co-PI.) Visit UCR’s MMUF website for more information on student eligibility and benefits: mellonmays.ucr.edu

Faculty Program Coordinator: Covadonga Lamar Prieto (Associate Professor, Hispanic Studies)
Administrative Program Coordinator: Katharine Henshaw (Associate Director, Center for Ideas and Society