What we urgently need...is a more inclusive view of what it means to be a scholar--a recognition that knowledge is acquired through research, through synthesis, through practice, and through teaching.

-- Ernest Boyer

Scholars and Mentors

Introducing the 2018 cohort of Mellon Public Scholars! The ten members of this year’s cohort represent eight departments and programs, and their interests address issues and problems in education, community archiving, access to the arts, and what we mean by the “impact” of the humanities. They will be refining their projects and forging relationships with community organizations during the spring Public Scholars Seminar.

View the 2016 Scholars

View the 2017 Scholars

Below is a list of our current scholars and their faculty mentors:

  Carrie Alexander (History), California Humanities Infographic
Carl Stahmer (Director of Digital Scholarship), Open source, content based search and retrieval (image recognition) platform for digital archives of historical printed materials
Dmitri Brown (History), Engaging Pueblo Histories: Community-Based Archival Development at the Poeh Cultural Center
Louis Warren (History), Histoy of American West, founding co-editor of BOOM: A Journal of California
  Nina Cole (Cultural Studies), Center for Sacramento History – Sacramento Ethnic Community Survey Update
Robyn Rodriguez (Asian American Studies), Whelga Progect digital archive and k-12 curriculum highlighting Filipino American activism
  Esther DeLozier (Music), Access and Inclusivity Study of State Arts Funding
Hemant Bhargava (Graduate School of Management), Technology management and data-driven analytical decision making in organizations
  Sarah Haughn (Performance Studies), But There are Stars that Burn: Collective Study toward The Walter Rodney School in Mayenze
Danielle Heard Mollel (English), Black cultural theory and studies of political and cultural identity: recently Mavericks of Masquerade: Comic Strategies of Post-Blackness
  Sawyer Kemp (English),  “‘Hidden: A Gender’ – A Trans/Inclusive Theatre Project”
Grace Wang (American Studies),  Asian American studies, transnational American studies, immigration, race, and music.
  Hannah Poore, (Sociology), CA Food Policy Advocates: Faces of American Hunger
Charlotte Biltekoff (American Studies and Food Science and Technology), Cultural politics of food and health, critical food and nutrition studies, empathetic innovation
  Zachary Psick (Sociology), We Are All Students
Richard Kim (Asian American Studies), 20th century U.S. history, transnationalism and diaspora, race and ethnicity: currently working on ex-Death Row inmate Chol Soo Lee’s memoir, Freedom Without Justice
  Anuj Vaidya (Performance Studies), CDE Visual and Performing Arts Curriculum Reform
Margaret Laurena Kemp (Theater and Dance), Research and performance interests include authorship, the politics and space and sound in conversation with the sticky trickyness of the out of doors.
  Danae Valenzuela (Spanish and Portuguese), South-to-south collective. Haitian migration narratives in Latin America
Bettina Ng’weno (African American and African Studies), Citizenship and space in Indian Ocean Worlds, collaborating with Friends of City Park, Nairobi, environmental and cultural community based organization