UC Santa Cruz is one of five universities to take part in the Social Science Research Council (SSRC) University Initiative program. With a three year grant from SSRC, we launched a Dissertation Proposal Development program meant to promote interdisciplinary scholarship and train doctoral students to apply these approaches in the early stages of their graduate careers.

At UCSC, the SSRC-DPD project supports dissertation proposal development through interdisciplinary peer discussion and faculty perspectives; training in key research and related professional skills; introduction to a range of social science, cultural, and humanistic methodologies; and practical workshop activities to advance PhD students’ progress towards candidacy and dissertation research/writing. As students shift from coursework and exploratory research to independent, original research, they will learn from their peers and benefit from the program’s emphasis on communicating across disciplinary boundaries.

Project Directors

Grace Delgado, History (2016 – 2019, 2021)

Miriam Greenberg, Sociology (2016 – 2018, 2020)

Debbie Gould, Sociology (2018 – 2021)

Project Participants

The UCSC SSRC-DPD program welcomes participants from a wide-range of Humanities, Social Sciences, and Arts Division departments including History, Environmental Studies, Feminist Studies, History of Consciousness, Sociology, Latin American and Latino Studies, and History of Art and Visual Culture. Congratulations to the 2021 Fellows! See the list of past participants here.

Christina Ayson Plank, History of Art and Visual Culture
“Counter-framing the Nation: Art and Visual Culture of the Filipino Labor Diaspora”

Bree Booth, Latin American and Latino Studies
“Tracing Queerness Through the Atlantic”

Philip Conklin, History of Consciousness
“Visionary Politics: Popular Religious Movements in the Colonial Philippines”

Ksenia Firsova, Film and Digital Media
“Robocops and Prison Spaceships: Carceral Futurism in American Film and Television”

Ana Flecha, Latin American and Latino Studies
“The Santo Daime Bailado as Racialized and Gendered Psychedelic Religious Choreography”

Michelaina Johnson, Environmental Studies
“Towards Equitable Groundwater Governance: A Case Study of California’s Most Critically Overdrafted Coastal Basin”

Marilia Kaisar, Film and Digital Media
“When Bodies and Algorithms Meet”

Alexyss McClellan-Ufugusuku, History
“Unmari kara Shimanchu, itsui madei Bichidannu: Ryukyuan Indigeneity and its Implications for Geopolitical Protocol, 1945-2019”

Rowan Powell, Politics
“Radical Land Reform and Real Estate at St George’s Hill: A Case Study In and Against Colonial Property”

Catherine Ries, History of Art and Visual Culture
“Facets of the Feminine: Javanese Portraits of Women, Material Culture, and Islam”

Joshua Tan, History
“Migrants and Missionaries: Chinese Diaspora, Religion, and the Cold War”

Jonathan van Harmelen, History
“Legislating Injustice: Congress and the Incarceration of Japanese Americans”