News | 8 June 2018

Announcing 2018-2019 THI Research Clusters: Research that Explores Our World


The THI is proud to announce the 2018-2019 Research Clusters. Five clusters have been awarded funding by The Humanities Institute. THI provides up to three years of funding to incubate interdisciplinary research topics on campus by bringing faculty and graduate students together around experimental and urgent areas of research. Newly awarded clusters will begin programming for the upcoming year, planning conferences, workshops, seminars, and visiting scholar events that will expand opportunity for the campus at large to learn and engage across traditional disciplinary boundaries.

This year’s clusters will draw attention around the globe, focusing on California and East and Southeast Asia, as well as how we know and understand the world, with clusters focusing on the field of World History and the state of the world After NeoLiberalism.

See all past clusters. Congratulations to the newly awarded clusters!


2018 – 2019 THI Research Clusters

The Problem of California: Landscapes, Infrastructures, Ecologies Research Cluster​
PIs: Eric Porter (History of Consciousness), Lindsey Dillon (Sociology), Madeleine Fairbairn (Environmental Studies), Miriam Greenberg (Sociology), Julie Guthman (Social Sciences Division), Lisbeth Haas (History)

After Neoliberalism Research Cluster​
PIs: Banu Bargu (History of Consciousness), Massimiliano Tomba (History of Consciousness), Fernando I. Leiva (Latin American and Latino Studies), Lindsey Dillon (Sociology), Deborah Gould (Sociology), Dean Mathiowetz (Politics)

Reviving and Reimagining the Center for World History Research Cluster​
PIs (all History): Greg O’Malley History, Maya Peterson, Marc Matera, Ben Breen

Multidisciplinary Approach to Human and Environmental Networks in East and Southeast Asia Research Cluster​
PIs: Minghui Hu (History), Noriko Aso (History), Raoul Birnbaum (History of Art and Visual Culture), Alan Christy History, Megan Thomas (Politics)

Syntax-Prosody in Optimality Theory (SPOT) Research Cluster
PIs (all Linguistics): Junko Ito, Ryan Bennett, James McCloskey, Armin Mester​