Faculty Fellow 2017

Caitlin Patler

Davis

Dr. Patler’s research explores citizenship and legal status as axes of stratification that significantly shape opportunities for mobility. She...

Areas of Expertise: I am an expert on the rise and consequences of the U.S. system of immigration detention. I am also an expert on the social consequences of legal...

UCI

Tara Prescott

Dr. Tara Prescott

Los Angeles

Tara Prescott is a Lecturer in Writing Programs and Faculty in Residence at the University of California, Los Angeles. She is the author of Poetic...

Areas of Expertise: Neil Gaiman is a contemporary British author living and writing in the United States. He is most famous for his...

UCSC

Matthew Dworkin

Faculty Fellow

Irvine

In 2016 I received a PhD in philosophy from the University of California, Irvine, and I am currently a Mellon Humanities Faculty Fellow (MHFF) at the same...

Areas of Expertise: My dissertation is concerned with special topics in the philosophy of mind, specifically focusing on the relationship between consciousness and empathy....

UCI

Christine Balance

Associate Professor

Irvine

Christine Bacareza Balance is Associate Professor of Asian American Studies and Gender & Sexuality Studies at UC Irvine. Her first book, TROPICAL...

Areas of Expertise: My areas of expertise are race, performance, and U.S. popular culture; the histories and cultural aftermath of U.S.-Philippine relations; and queer/...

UCI

Maylei Blackwell

Associate Professor

Los Angeles

Maylei Blackwell is the author of the landmark ¡Chicana Power! Contested Histories of Feminism in the Chicano Movement (2011). Her forthcoming books...

Areas of Expertise: Women's organizing in Mexico and the U.S., indigenous social movements and migration in Mexico and its diaspora, cross border migrant civil society,...

UCI

Setsu Shigematsu

Associate Professor

Riverside

Professor Shigematsu is an Associate Professor in the Media and Cultural Studies Department at the University of California, Riverside. She completed her...

Areas of Expertise: I am a scholar of gender liberation, state violence, social movements, and alternative media. My research has focused on Japanese feminism, gendered state...

UCI

Emily Hue

Post Doctoral Scholar

Riverside

Emily Hue is a UC Chancellor’s Postdoctoral Fellow at UC Riverside based in the Departments of Comparative Literature and Foreign Languages and...

Areas of Expertise: I earned my doctoral degree in American Studies from the Department of Social and Cultural Analysis at New York University. My teaching and research are...

UCI

Jeffrey Sacha

Postdoctoral Fellow

Davis

Dr. Sacha is a postdoctoral fellow in the Sociology department at UC Davis. He received his PhD in Sociology from the University of Southern California,...

Areas of Expertise: Methodologically, I am a mixed-method researcher who specializes in using interview data to illuminate trends that I've documented in survey data. My...

UCI

Annette Schlichter

Associate Professor

Irvine

Annette Schlichter is Associate Professor of Comparative Literature at the University of California Irvine. Her fields of interest include feminist and...

Areas of Expertise: Using discourses on gender and sexuality as paradigmatic examples, I engage with the question of what constitutes a current cultural, social and political...

UCI

Jennifer Kelly

Postdoctoral Fellow

San Diego

Jennifer Kelly is a University of California President’s Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Communication at University of California, San...

Areas of Expertise: My central area of expertise is U.S. foreign policy in the Middle East, specifically in Israel/Palestine. In my work, I consider questions of U.S. policy...

UCI

Liz Przybylski

Assistant Professor

Riverside

An Assistant Professor of Ethnomusicology at the University of California, Riverside, Liz Przybylski specializes in Indigenous hip hop practices in Canada...

Areas of Expertise: I am a hip hop scholar with area expertise in Indigenous popular music in the U.S. and Canada. I work with urban First Nations, Native American, and Inuit...

UCI

Namrata Poddar

Lecturer

Los Angeles

Namrata Poddar writes fiction, non-fiction, and translates Francophone writers of Afro-Asian diaspora into English too. She holds a Ph.D. in French from the...

Areas of Expertise: As an academic, my doctoral and postdoctoral research, teaching, and writing have focused on contemporary and alternative narratives of multiculturalism...

UCI

Ana Elizabeth Rosas

Associate Professor

Irvine

Ana Elizabeth Rosas is an associate professor of history and Chicano/Latino Studies at the University of California, Irvine (UCI). She holds a doctorate...

Areas of Expertise: Immigration Studies and History, Chicana/o History, Latina/o Studies, Gender Studies, History of Mexico, and Oral History

UCI

Steven Helfand

Associate Professor

Riverside

Steven Helfand is Associate Professor of economics at the University of California, Riverside. He was Chair of Latin American Studies at UCR from 2002 to...

Areas of Expertise: Economic development, poverty, inequality, agriculture Brazil, Latin America

UCI

Julia Lee

Associate Professor

Irvine

Julia H. Lee is an associate professor of Asian American Studies at UC Irvine. She is the author of Interracial Encounters: Reciprocal Representations in...

Areas of Expertise: Asian American Literature and Culture, Ethnic American Literature, Early twentieth-century American Literature

UCI

Joseph Darda

Postdoctoral Fellow

Irvine

Joseph Darda is an assistant professor of English and Comparative Race and Ethnic Studies at Texas Christian University and a Mellon Sawyer Seminar fellow...

Areas of Expertise: Twentieth- and twenty-first-century American literature and media, critical race and ethnic studies, American cultural studies

UCI

Caren Walker

Assistant Professor

San Diego

Caren Walker is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of California San Diego. Dr. Walker received her Ph.D. in...

Areas of Expertise: My research explores how children learn and reason about the causal structure of the world. In particular, I am interested in how even very young learners...

UCI

Muhamad Ali

Associate Professor

Riverside

Muhamad Ali is an associate professor in Islamic Studies, Religious Studies Department, and Director of Middle East and Islamic Studies Program at the...

Areas of Expertise: My area of expertise include the questions of jihad, violence and peace, Islam and the West, Islam and education, Islam and politics, Islam and law, and...

UCI

Amelia Glaser

Associate Professor

San Diego

Amelia Glaser is Associate Professor of Russian and Comparative Literature at UC San Diego. She is also currently the director of UCSD's Russian, East...

Areas of Expertise: Russian Literature (19th and 20th Century); Modern Yiddish Literature; Comparative Literature; Cultural Studies; Transnational Jewish Literature; The...

UCI

Sherryl Vint

Professor

Riverside

Sherryl Vint is Professor of Media and Cultural Studies and English at the University of California, Riverside, where she directs the Speculative Fictions...

Areas of Expertise: There are two main focuses in my research: on how science and popular culture intersect, and on how speculative fiction is part of a utopian tradition of...

UCSC

Roxanne Varzi

Associate Professor

Irvine

Roxanne Varzi was born in Tehran, Iran to an Iranian father and an American mother and moved to the US just after the Revolution. She is an Associate...

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David Pan

Professor

Irvine

David Pan is currently Professor of German and Chair of the Department of European Language and Studies at the University of California, Irvine. He is...

Areas of Expertise: German literature and intellectual history, political theory

UCI

Zeb Rifaqat

Zeb Rifaqat

Santa Cruz

Zeb Rifaqat is a core course instructor at Stevenson College, UC Santa Cruz. In this role, Zeb introduces incoming freshmen to both secular and religious...

Areas of Expertise: My academic training is in social anthropology. I graduated from the anthropology program at UC Santa Cruz in 2011. My doctoral dissertation was titled...

UCSC

Melissa Sanders-Self

Melissa Sanders-Self

Santa Cruz

Melissa Sanders-Self lives in Santa Cruz, California and is a continuing lecturer in Literature and Creative Writing, at the University of California,...

Areas of Expertise: My area of expertise is in writing fiction, personal essays and memoir and in teaching the intricacies of craft involved in each of those forms. An...

UCSC

Tabassum "Ruhi" Khan

Associate Professor

Riverside

Tabassum “Ruhi” Khan is Associate Professor Media and Cultural Studies at University of California, Riverside. She received her PhD in Media...

Areas of Expertise: My area of expertise is in media studies, cultural studies, postcolonial studies and cultural anthropology. My research examines production of media texts...

UCSC

Amber West

Writer & Educator

Los Angeles

Amber West is a writer, educator, theater maker, and nonprofit-Jill-of-all-Trades originally from California with roots in Tennessee. West’s...

Areas of Expertise: I am an interdisciplinary thinker and an intersectional feminist scholar and artist. I have developed an expertise in blending approaches from the...

UCSC

David Brundage

Professor

Santa Cruz

David Brundage is Professor of History at the University of California, Santa Cruz. He has published widely in the fields of U.S. immigration, labor and...

Areas of Expertise: A specialist in the areas of U.S. immigration, labor, and Irish diaspora history, I also teach courses on social movements in U.S. history, with a...

UCSC

Mia McIver

Lecturer

Los Angeles

Mia L. McIver teaches literature and writing at UCLA. She received a Ph.D. in English literature with a specialization in critical theory from UC...

Areas of Expertise: I study how writers during and between the two World Wars used experimental narrative form to contemplate anti-democratic concentrations of...

UCSC

Annapurna Pandey

Lecturer

Santa Cruz

Dr. Annapurna Devi Pandey teaches Cultural Anthropology at the University of California, Santa Cruz. Dr. Pandey holds a Ph.D. in Sociology from...

Areas of Expertise: I am a cultural Anthropologist and have been working on Women's activism and women's movements in the context of neo- liberal policies of the...

UCSC

Kit Myers

Assistant Professor

Merced

Kit Myers is an assistant professor of Critical Race and Ethnic Studies at University of California, Merced. Myers received his B.S. in Journalism ...

Areas of Expertise: I am trained in ethnic studies, which means I have interdisciplinary training in analyzing historical and contemporary ways that the notions of race ...

UCSC

Felicia Lopez

Professor

Santa Barbara

Felicia Rhapsody Lopez is a proud Indigenous Chicana Feminist. She is currently serving as UC Santa Barbara’s first Postdoctoral Scholar in ...

Areas of Expertise: I specialize in the critical analysis of iconographic and literary texts related to Indigenous and mixed Indigenous people of Mesoamerican heritage, ...

UCSC

Shelley Stamp

Film Historian

Santa Cruz

Shelley Stamp is the author of two award-winning books on women and early cinema, and founding editor of the journal Feminist Media Histories. She is...

Areas of Expertise: I am an expert on women and early Hollywood. My work charts the extraordinary role that women played in the first decades of moviemaking – ...

UCSC

Lisa Rofel

Professor

Santa Cruz

Lisa Rofel is an anthropologist who has written many books and articles on contemporary China. Originally inspired by China's twentieth century...

Areas of Expertise: Contemporary China, especially China's transition from socialism to capitalism, gender and sexuality in China, and grassroots activism. I would...

UCSC

Camilo Gomez-Rivas

Assistant Professor

Santa Cruz

I specialize in the cultures, history, and literatures of the medieval and early modern western Mediterranean. My book, Law and the Islamization of ...

Areas of Expertise: Medieval Mediterranean; Islamic Law and society; history of Islamic world; history of the Maghrib and Islamic Spain; Arabic literature

UCSC

Anthony Breakspear

Lecturer

Santa Cruz

Anthony is an educator, writer, social activist, and rhetorician; ze teaches a variety of innovative writing-based courses at UCSC that grapple with ...

Areas of Expertise: Creative non-fiction and avant garde writing; rhetoric and composition; queer theory; performance studies

UCSC

Serena Williams

Lecturer

Davis

Serena Williams received her PhD in Linguistics from UC Davis in 2015 with an emphasis in sociocultural linguistics. Her dissertation research ...

Areas of Expertise: Sociocultural linguistics is a field that requires astute observation of the language of human interaction. In this field, I study the how and why of ...

UCSC

Cecilia Cheung

Assistant Professor

Riverside

Dr. Cecilia Cheung is an Assistant Professor of Psychology at the University of California, Riverside. After obtaining a Bachelor’s of Social ...

Areas of Expertise: My research aims to understand how children’s environment shapes their motivation and achievement in school. To this end, I have primarily ...

UCSC

Ianna Owen

Postdoctoral Fellow

Berkeley

Ianna Hawkins Owen is a UC President's Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of English at the University of California, Berkeley. She works on ...

Areas of Expertise: My work examines literary and visual recitations of black failure in the forms and sites of misrecognition, betrayal, suicide, idleness, gender and ...

UCSC

Covadonga Lamar Prieto

Assistant Professor

Riverside

Covadonga Lamar Prieto specializes in Sociolinguistics of the Spanish in the US. Her corpus-based research deals with Historical Spanish in ...

Areas of Expertise: I examine Spanish language in California, both in historic and contemporary terms. I am also interested in Digital Humanities and Colonial Studies.

UCI

Zachary Price

Assistant Professor

Los Angeles

Zachary Price is currently a Chancellor's Postdoctoral Fellow  at the University of California, Los Angeles in the Department of...

Areas of Expertise: As a scholar and teacher invested in interdisciplinary research, I work on a range of academic disciplines, including African American theater ...

UC Merced

Rina Faletti

Post Doctoral

Merced

Rina Faletti (PhD, Art History, 2015, UT Austin) is a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Center for the Humanities at UC Merced (2015-2017), in California...

Areas of Expertise: I am an interdisciplinary historian of art, culture, and the environment (PhD, Art History, 2015, UT Austin), whose research analyzes visual evidence...

UC Merced

Eric Walle

Professor

Merced

Eric A. Walle, Ph.D. is a Professor of Psychology at the University of California, Merced. Dr. Walle's research centers generally on emotion...

Areas of Expertise: My expertise is in the study of emotion, with a particular emphasis on emotional development in infancy and early childhood. My theoretical and ...

UC Merced

Fabian Filipp

Assistant Professor

Merced

Assistant Professor for Systems Biology and Cancer Metabolism

Areas of Expertise: Systems Biology and Cancer Metabolism

UC Merced

Fernanda Santos

Postdoctoral Researcher

Merced

I am a post-doctoral researcher currently working in Dr. Asmeret A. Berhe's lab (University of California - Merced), where I investigate how fires...

Areas of Expertise: I am a soil biogeochemist. My research focuses on the fate and stabilization processes of C in the landscape to understand how ecological ...

UC Merced

Nathaniel Bogie

Postdoctoral Scholar

Merced

Currently I am working on a collaborative project investigating the impact of different long-term agricultural management strategies on drought ...

Areas of Expertise: My areas of expertise are in plant-water relations, soil physics, and planning and execution of large, collaborative projects often in resource-limited...

UC Merced

Derek Merrill

Lecturer

Merced

Derek Schwartz Merrill is a Lecturer in the Merritt Writing Program at UC Merced.

Areas of Expertise: My research and pedagogy engages with theories of psychoanalysis developed by Jacques Lacan, with a focus on first generation college-student ...

UC Merced

Young Hoon Oh

Professor

Riverside

Dr. Young Hoon Oh is an adjunct professor in anthropology at University of California Riverside. Based on extensive field research in the ...

Areas of Expertise: Cultural anthropologist Young Hoon Oh has expertise in South Asian ethnicity, Asian religions, and modernization across East Asia, with years of...

UC Merced

Sara Becker

Assistant Professor

Riverside

Sara K. Becker earned her PhD in Anthropology from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. She is a bioarchaeologist who studies ancient ...

Areas of Expertise: I am a biological anthropologist and archaeologist (i.e. bioarchaeologist) studying the formation of complex societies, primarily through evidence of...

UC Merced

Tiffany Wong

Lecturer

Santa Cruz

Tiffany Lynn Wong, MFA, hails from Watsonville, California. She has been a Writing Program Lecturer at the University of California Santa Cruz...

Areas of Expertise: While on hiatus from university work from 2009-2013, I became the Santa Cruz Area Director for Club Z! In-home Tutoring Services where I helped...

UC Merced

Seana Shiffrin

Professor

Los Angeles

Seana Valentine Shiffrin is Professor of Philosophy and Pete Kameron Professor of Law and Social Justice at UCLA, where she has taught since ...

Areas of Expertise: Moral, political, and legal philosophy; freedom of speech and contract law. My recent work has focussed on lying, truth telling, and deceptive ...

UC Merced

Emily Ritter

Assistant Professor

Merced

Emily Hencken Ritter (PhD, 2010, Emory University) is an Assistant Professor of Political Science at the University of California, Merced. Her ...

Areas of Expertise: My research centers on the effects of international legal institutions on the strategic relationship between government repression and dissent ...

UC Merced

Holly Bik

Assistant Professor

Riverside

Holly Bik is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Nematology at the University of California, Riverside. She obtained her Ph.D. at the ...

Areas of Expertise: I am a female marine biologist who using cutting edge DNA sequencing and computational algorithms to study microbial species in marine sediments (...

UCI

Carles Ferrando Valero

Lecturer

Merced

Carles Ferrando Valero (Ph.D. University of Colorado, Boulder) is a Lecturer in Spanish Literatures and Cultures at the University of California,...

Areas of Expertise: Early 20th-century Iberian literature and visual culture (intellectual history, aesthetics, sociopolitical implications and impact, etc.). Transnational...

UC Merced

Mairaj Syed

Assistant Professor

Davis

Mairaj U. Syed is an Assistant Professor in the department of religious studies at the University of California, Davis. His research explores the ...

Areas of Expertise: Syed is a scholar of Islamic law and ethics (Shariah), Islamic scripture, and comparative ethics, politics, and religion.

UC Merced

Holley Moyes

Associate Professor

Merced

Holley Moyes earned an MA degree from Florida State University in Anthropology in 2001 and Ph.D. in Anthropology with a focus in Archaeology from The...

Areas of Expertise: I am a Mesoamerican archaeologist specializing in the Archaeology of Religion. Most of my field work is conducted in ancient Maya cave sites in Belize...

UC Merced

Rachel Wu

Assistant Professor

Riverside

Dr. Rachel Wu is an Assistant Professor of Psychology at UC Riverside. She completed her undergraduate at Carnegie Mellon University (2006, B.S. in...

Areas of Expertise: Dr. Wu's developmental cognitive neuroscience research uses EEG and eye-tracking methods to investigate how we learn from infancy to older adulthood,...

UC Merced

Susan Zieger

Associate Professor of English, UC Riverside

Riverside

Susan Zieger researches and teaches English and American literature at the University of California, Riverside. She holds a Ph.D. in English from the...

Areas of Expertise: My area of expertise is literature and cultural studies, with a special emphasis on popular culture and narratives of addiction and compulsive consumption...

UCLA