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 2017 cohort of Mellon Public Scholars! The ten members of this year’s cohort represent nine departments and programs, and their interests address issues and problems in education, environmental justice, gentrification, access to the arts, and citizenship. They will be refining their projects and forging relationships with community organizations during the spring Public Scholars Seminar. Check in at our blog to see how these projects take shape. View the 2016 scholars.

Below is a list of our scholars:


Alana Haynes-Stein (Sociology), Yolo Food Bank: Barriers to Access


Jeanelle Hope (Cultural Studies), CA Department of Education: Ethnic Studies Curriculum


Deepa Mahadevan (Performance Studies), Cal Arts Council: Program Evaluation


Jennifer Tinonga-Valle (English), California Humanities: Mapping the Field


Brittani Orona (NAS), Oak Park Neighborhood Association: Digital Storytelling and Mapping Tool


Mayra Sanchez (Human Ecology), Digital Storytelling: Stories of Disability and Environmental Justice in Salinas Valley


 Genesis Lara (History), A Dream Not Deferred


David Tenorio (Spanish and Portuguese), TransCuba: Transgender Studies in Post-Soviet Cuba


Roy Taggueg (Sociology), Living on the Edge: Healthcare Empowerment Among Undocumented Asian Americans


Crystal Richardson (Linguistics), Culturally Responsive Karuk Language Curriculum Development

We are also proud to be joined by five UC Public Scholars, selected by their own campus humanities centers/institutes. Their participation is made possible through the efforts of their respective campuses.


Grace Kuipers(UCB – Art History), Bauhaus Legacy: A Public History of Pond Farm Pottery


Carly Maris (UCR – Ancient History), Helping to Preserve Syrian Heritage: Greek and Latin Inscriptions of Ancient Palmyra


Leopoldo Peña (UCI – Spanish and Portuguese), Laguna Art Museum


Andrew Hedding (UCSC – Linguistics), Documenting the narratives and songs of the Mixe people


Jason Ostrove (UCSC – Linguistics), Documenting and Recording the Mixtec Language of San Martín Peras