Grants | 7 June 2018

8 UCSC Projects Awarded by UCHRI


The UC Humanities Research Institute awarded nearly 50 grants to faculty and staff across the UC system. Grantees will receive support for interdisciplinary collaborative and individual research during the 2018–19 academic year. Awards support public and engaged humanities projects, multicampus working groups that bring together faculty and graduate students around shared intellectual concerns, workshops for junior faculty to develop book manuscripts, and graduate student dissertation research and writing.

The awards, which were determined in collaboration with UCHRI’s Advisory Committee, feature projects that represent groundbreaking ideas and methods and that draw upon the diverse perspectives and expertise of UC scholars. “The spring competition was extremely competitive, with over 130 applications across five categories of funding,” states UCHRI director David Theo Goldberg. “We’re inspired by the way that these projects engage different publics, incorporate experimental methodologies, and involve graduate students in substantive research.”

UCSC Faculty and Graduate students received 8 awards, reflecting the strength of Humanities research on campus. “Our faculty and graduate students recognize the value of publicly engaged work,” said Irena Polic, THI Managing Director. “Our campus success in receiving support from UCHRI is a validation of this impact.”

Congratulations to all the projects funded.


Junior Faculty Manuscript Workshops

Alma Heckman, History
Radical Roads Not Taken: Moroccan Jewish Trajectories, 1925–1975

James Doucet-Battle, Sociology
Recruiting Sweetness: Translating Race and Risk in Type 2 Diabetes Research


Multicampus Faculty Working Groups

Juan Camilo Gomez-Rivas, Literature
The Maghrib Workshop: Sovereignty, Crisis, and Narratives of Belonging

Massimiliano Tomba, History of Consciousness and Banu Bargu
History of Consciousness | Sanctuary Practices


Engaging Humanities Grants

Jonathan Ellis, Philosophy
Ethics Bowl as a Platform for Educational Advancement


Multicampus Graduate Student Working Groups

Erin McElroy, Feminist Studies
Thinking From Oakland: Urban Study in the Town

Eli Erlick, Feminist Studies
Transgender Studies Working Group


Graduate Student Dissertation Support Grants

Wayne Coffey, History of Consciousness
Reproducing the Crisis: Blackness, Violence, and Visual Culture in the Postwar American City