2015-16 UCCSC Graduate Student Travel Grants

Blurring Boundaries: Religion, Citizenship, and Race amongst Mexican Americans at Olvera Street
Josh Newton, History, UCSD

Blurring Boundaries: Religion, Citizenship, and Race amongst Mexican Americans at Olvera Street examines competing Catholic and Protestant attempts to impose visions of religion, citizenship, and race onto Mexican Americans and immigrants through Americanization programs, evangelization, and tourism in Los Angeles from the 1920s to the mid-1940s. Using a variety of primary sources including correspondence, institutional documents, religious realia and literature, and photographs I demonstrate that Mexican Americans and immigrants did not conform to traditional Euro-American understandings of religion, citizenship, and race, but instead created what David Gutiérrez has referred to as a “third space” at Olvera Street where religious, national, and racial identities were blurred. This has implications not only for Mexican American experience in Los Angeles and the Southwest, but also for the study of popular religion in the West and broader United States.

Beyond Recognition: Native Californian Identity and the Federal Acknowledgment Process
Olivia Chilcote, Ethnic Studies, UCB

The United States’ Bureau of Indian Affairs creates an artificial hierarchy amongst “federally acknowledged” and “unacknowledged” Native American tribes. Unacknowledged tribes are not considered sovereign nations with a government-to-government relationship with the U.S. To gain sovereign status, hundreds of tribes across the nation are actively petitioning for federal acknowledgment through the BIA's standardized process, the Federal Acknowledgment Process (FAP). Little scholarship addresses how unacknowledged status impacts Native identity. My dissertation analyzes the connection between the FAP and community identity as it materializes in California. My study interrogates what it means to place tribal understandings of identity at the center of federal Indian law and policy. I examine how new perspectives on law and policy emerge when community-centered ideas of identity engage legal status. To do this, I use a case study of the San Luis Rey Band of Luiseño Mission Indians from San Diego County.

Southern California Architecture and Maya Ruins in the U.S. Imagination 1840 - 1950
Elizabeth Miller, Visual Arts, UCSD

My project will examine how historical treatments of Maya ruins crystallized in some unique examples of Southern Californian architecture of the early to mid-20th century. More specifically, I will examine the U.S. imagination of Maya ruins vis-à-vis a few key examples between the 1840s and 1950s in travel writing, architectural drawing and architecture. Beyond a strictly historiographical address of canonical figures such as explorer John Lloyd Stephens, drafstman Frederick Catherwood, and architect Frank Lloyd Wright, I aim to explore the critical role of Mexican cultural heritage in the regional imagination of Southern California, and more broadly, in the national imagination of hemispheric American antiquity. By reappraising several works by the aforementioned figures, the project uses the vantage point of Mayan architecture and its representation and repurposing in the United States to problematize the politics of culture across two seemingly disparate constructions—the ancient Maya and the modern American.

Did Youtube solve the problems public access television could not?:
The construction of space and place in community media production.

Matt Dewey, Communication, UCSD

This dissertation is a case study about the emergence and recent transformation of public access television in San Francisco, California. From its development in the early 1970s to its recent incarnation through the Bay Area Video Coalition (BAVC), the dissertation looks at public access television (PAT) from the perspective of critical urban geography, using theories based in the production of space and the politics of geographic scale to understand PAT as an important urban infrastructure, and, as an infrastructure, inherently part of the politics of urban space and development in San Francisco.

(En)Gendering Revolution: Home, Family, and the Black Panther Movement
Kiran Garcha, History, UCSC

This project will explore the role of children and the family unit for members of the Black Panther Party in California from 1966 to 1982. By investigating how members with children negotiated their parental and political responsibilities, and by examining the role of the Party’s legacy in the coming of age story of the children of Party members (during the 1980s and 90s), this study will engage with questions that complicate our understanding of California's social history, social movements more broadly, and intergenerational relations. While focusing on the “home” as an important political space for members in the Bay Area, I will contribute to the existing literature on the Party, particularly studies dealing with the organization’s gender politics. Further, this study will expand upon general histories of the Party, and literature on social movements of the 1960s and 70s more broadly, by highlighting the role of children as historical agents.

Henry Ford in California
Stephanie Sherman, Visual Arts, UCSD

Henry Ford in California considers the legacy of Henry Ford and the car on the development of California’s social aesthetics and techno-culture. The research from Henry Ford in California will become part of a prospective thesis on Ford that charts the influences of populist aesthetics through both a written essay and curated exhibition. The research trip will include three components--archival research in San Francisco (SF Public Library, Prelinger Archive, Pacific Film Archive, Buckminister Fuller archives at Stanford), tours of contemporary technology centers in Silicon Valley, and meetings with both Berkeley urbanists working on california transport planning and community development and art presenters to discuss exhibition/presentation venues. Research will contribute to a collection of visual media that will contribute to an essay on Ford in California and curated projects on Ford’s legacy, with potential iterations in LA, San Diego, San Francisco, and beyond. 

Performing Chinatown: Tourism, Hollywood Cinema, and the Formation of a Los Angeles Community, 1911-1949
William Gow, Ethnic Studies, UCB

My dissertation examines the relationship between Los Angeles Chinatown, Hollywood Cinema, and American Orientalism between 1911 and 1949. Juxtaposing the opportunities that Chinese Americans in Los Angeles had to perform as bit-players and background extras with the day jobs they held in various community-run businesses, this project explores the ways in which local Chinese Americans drew on Hollywood to transform the meaning of what a Chinatown could be. In Chinatown, Chinese Americans produced an encompassing experience for tourists that presented China and Chinese people in starkly different ways than the dominant Yellow Peril iconography of the late nineteenth and early twentieth century. Local community members transformed Chinatown into a site where they performed their own particular take on Chinese identity for tourists. In the process, Chinatown became the key site through which everyday Chinese Americans engaged dominant notions of race, gender, and national belonging. 

Political Comadrazgo: Chicana Networks, Gender Politics, and Ethnic Identity in Twentieth-Century Los Angeles
Mayra Avitia, History, UCSD

My dissertation examines 1970s Los Angeles as middle-class Chicana activism forged new political strategies, agendas, and mobilizations based on their particular location as ethnic women, political experience, and disconcerting position in the Chicano movement and mainstream American feminist movement. Chicana activists’ new political vision was women-centered to tackle overlooked issues of unemployment, childcare, women’s reproductive control, environmental discrimination, and a lack of Chicana leadership. Through the establishment of political networks, political comadrazgos, which drew on traditions of mutualism known in Spanish as compadrazgo (extended fictive kinship networks) Chicanas shared political aspirations, provided mutual support, and served to gain access to the political realm. My work explores both the new possibilities and limitations inherent in ethnic and gender-specific mobilization and analyzes the ongoing tensions and divisions created by the introduction of these important new actors in California regional politics.

Wooed by the Waves: The Cultural Politics of Southern California Beaches, 1890-1970
Alex Jacoby, History, UCI

Southern California’s littoral landscape played a central role in the state’s politico-economic development and in 
conceptions of regional identity. Few historians, however, have examined how the real-and-imagined landscape of the beach shaped the development of Los Angeles area. Developers, politicians, and the public hotly disputed visions of land use along the seascape. Understanding the passage of coastal preservation as the triumph of urban, popular beaches complicate existing narratives of environmentalism and confirms the importance Los Angeles’ western edge.

Practices and Cultures of Innovation:
Nanoengineering and Entrepreneurial Science Through University-State-Industry Networks

Emily York, Communication, UCSD

I have completed four years of ethnographic research examining the emergence of nanoengineering at UCSD as an entrepreneurial science located within the ‘innovation ecosystem’ of university-state-industry networks. I am currently working to situate this entrepreneurial environment within larger social and historical developments in the University of California system. UC President Napolitano has recently created the “UC Innovation Council” and “UC Ventures” initiatives, and the UC is broadly working to establish an entrepreneurial culture even within undergraduate education, for example through student-friendly incubators. Building on my work as an archival assistant for UCSD’s San Diego Technology Archive documenting local university-industry partnerships in the 1980s, the archive at UC-Santa Cruz will provide additional historical data that will serve to contextualize current efforts within the UC System. 

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2014-15 UCCSC Graduate Student Travel Grants

"Whiteness in Crisis? Orange County and the New Post-Foreclosure Suburban Order"
Lauren Alfrey, Sociology, UC Santa Barbara

"The Digital Imaginary: Mainframe Computers from the Corporate Basement to the Silver Screen, 1946-1968"
Steven Anderson, History, UC Riverside

"War Memories, Imperial Ambitions: Commemorating WWII in the U.S. Pacific National Park System"
Rusty Bartels, Cultural Studies, UC Davis

"Utopic Oakland: Representing Political Futurity, 1999-Present"
Trisha Barua, Cultural Studies, UC Davis

"El Espanol Rururbano: The Urbanization of Rural Mexican Spanish in Southern California"
Franny Brogan, Spanish and Portuguese, UC Los Angeles

"The Slow Disaster: Water Scarcity, Climate Change, and Public Science in the California Desert"
Emily Brooks, Anthropology, UC Irvine

"The Burbank Project"
Xan Chacko, Cultural Studies, UC Davis

"Music and Transformation: Trans Subjectivity in Jazz, Country, and Gospel Music"
Randy Drake, Music, UC Santa Barbara

"South Central L.A.’s Kings and Queens: An Oral Street History of the Rise of US Carceral Landscapes of the West, 1980s-1990s"
Alejandro Garcia, History, UC Berkeley

"Marketization and Mobilization: California Healthcare Worker Organizing in the Era of Managed Care"
Pablo Gaston, Sociology, UC Berkeley

"The Mexican Diaspora: On the Negotiation of Identity of Heritage Spanish Speakers in Mexico and the United States"
Armando Guerrero, Spanish and Portuguese, UC Los Angeles

"Cacophonous Island: Musical Multiculturalism at the 1939-1940 San Francisco World’s Fair"
Elisse La Barre, Music, UC Santa Cruz

"Southern California Chivalry"
Daniel Lynch, History, UC Los Angeles

"Becoming Hoodlums: Boy Gangs and Public Space in San Francisco, 1866-1875"
William McGovern, History, UC San Diego

Alex Melhuish, Film and Digital Media, UC Santa Cruz

"Working Women and San Francisco’s Urban Development"
Thomas O’Donnell, History, UC Davis

"Charting of a History of Immigrant Incarceration in california: Space of Impunity and Movements of Solidarity, 1945-2001"
Jessica Ordaz, History, UC Davis

"The Institutionalization of California Environmental Justice Advocacy"
Tracy Perkins, Sociology, UC Santa Cruz

Sahar Sajadieh, Media Arts and Technology, UC Santa Barbara

"A Home on the Range: murray’s Dude Ranch and the Making of Los Angeles’s Black Urban Desert"
Jennifer Thornton, History, UC Riverside

Narratives of California’s Heartland: A Geographic Perspective on the Fictional LIterature of the Central Valley
Stacie Townsend, Geography, UC Davis

"Steinbeck’s Migrants: Families on the Move and the Politics of Resource Management"
Bryan Yazell, English, UC Davis

2012-13 UC California Studies Consortium Project Awards

2012-13 Working Groups

"California Futures"
Chris Newfield, English, UC Santa Barbara; Colleen Lye, English, UC Berkeley; and Michael Meranze, History, UCLA

To explore questions of California, the university and their entangled futures, UCHRI curated a working group led by Chris Newfield (English, UCSB), along with Colleen Lye (English, UCB) and Michael Meranze (History, UCLA). The group's major project is "The Next California: How will E-Learning Affect Minority-Majority California?"  The project brings together three themes: 1) minority-majority California, 2) the social role of higher education, and 3) e-learning initiatives.
Noting that the current social conditions in California are a dangerous mix of continuing and/or intensifying racial disparities and disinvestment in the public sector that has historically been the main means of reducing racial disparities, the group’s research will focus on two key questions. What kind of university reform does the state really need? And, what kind of e-learning would play a role in upgraded California universities, and to what extent? The group intends to take the word "fantasies" seriously, and so will be trying to describe exciting possibilities for improvement in addition to critiquing negative tendencies. At the end of their collaboration, the group will produce a report that will be the basis of other modes of communication to a wider audience.

2012-13 Regional Seminars and Research Workgroups

“Bicycle Cultures and California: A Digital Archive”
Joe Dumit, Anthropology and Science and Technology Studies, UC Davis
Sarah McCullough, Cultural Studies and Science and Technology Studies, UC Davis

This project will develop an online archive about the history and culture of mountain biking. Such an archive can serve as a demonstration of the potential to develop a more comprehensive bicycling archive related to the research of other conference attendees. This dynamic archive will feature collections and exhibits made in collaboration with undergraduate students and members of the mountain biking community. A pilot version of the archive will be developed as part of the curriculum for two undergraduate classes in the Spring Quarter 2012 and the summer session 2012. Sarah McCullough is building a test version of the archive using Omeka software, which can be found at http://mountainbiking.omeka.net.

“Medical Pluralism in Multicultural California”

Matthew Wolf-Meyer, Anthropology, UC Santa Cruz
Nancy Chen, Anthropology, UC Santa Cruz

Social scientists have long used the phrase “medical pluralism” to think about the ways that competing and complementary medical systems can coexist in the same societal context, despite often having wildly different bases of action and structures of belief. Now – and especially in California – we see medical pluralism as an outgrowth of consumer interest. That alternative and complementary medical systems are now available to all Californians, often for prices cheaper than biomedical care, means that many individuals are consuming these alternatives – both pragmatically, in that they are potentially cost effective, and hopefully, in that they may offer a cure biomedicine has failed to provide. In both cases, Californians are confronting foreign cultures and assumptions in medical form, potentially affecting how they think of themselves, their communities, and the world.

Focusing on the contemporary experience of “medical pluralism” in California, this group will host two workshops, one in Santa Cruz and another in Los Angeles. The first meeting will primarily be a brainstorming session with the goal of outlining collaborative projects for the participants to develop – with an eye towards writing National Science Foundation and National Institutes of Health grants to support this research. In addition, participants will share their previous and current research with the goal of developing article-length manuscripts. Participants will help to develop a list of local resources – clinics, schools and practitioners – which may lay the basis for future research. For the second meeting, the group will workshop papers written by participants since the first meeting, with the aim of preparing them for a special issue of a medicine-related social science or humanities journal; we also plan to refine the grant applications for submission to the NSF and NIH.

“Critical Sustainabilities: Analyzing Competing Discourses of Urban Development in Northern California”
Miriam Greenberg, Sociology, UC Santa Cruz

In the face of economic and environmental crisis, and unprecedented rates of global urbanization, “sustainability” has become mainstream in urban policy circles. Northern California has been central in this, the terrain of what might be called a sustainable urban imaginary. Yet for all its power and ubiquity, “sustainability” remains a largely un-interrogated category. It forms part of competing discourses, which articulate with distinct urban environments to be sustained. These might be understood in terms of ecology, cultural diversity, social equity, and/or profitable environments for capital. As a result, discourses of sustainability are often contradictory and contested.

As Northern California’s city-regions have become global exemplars of “sustainable growth,” they have also generated contradictions: widening socio-economic and spatial inequality, racial segregation, as well as pollution, ecological depletion, and a growing carbon footprint. Yet, in a period of crisis, desire for sustainability, and the appeal of the Northern California model, grows at home and beyond. Thus now is an opportune time, and Northern California an opportune place, to engage critically with this vital concept. This working group analyzes Northern California’s role as historic inspiration, site of innovation, and contested space in the production of these discourses, with the goal of promoting critical engagement with the concept.

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2012-13 Community Outreach and Teaching Grants

“Native American Museum Studies Institute”
Martin Sanchez-Jankowski, Institute for the Study of Societal Issues, UC Berkeley
The Joseph A. Myers Center for Research on Native American Issues, at the University of California at Berkeley, will offer a Native American Museum Studies Institute to provide training in museum skills to staff and volunteers in Native American tribal museums. Emphasizing skill building to improve capacity to conserve tribal cultural heritage, control tribal representations, and educate tribal and non-tribal communities, the Center will develop a weeklong tribal community certificate program in museum studies that will be held at the University of California at Berkeley in early 2013. The training will be offered in partnership with the California Indian Museum and Cultural Center, a not-for-profit organization. The course materials will be made available online.

“Powerful Stories/Historias Poderosas”
Robert McKee Irwin, Spanish/Cultural Studies, UC Davis

“Powerful Stories” aims, through the techniques of digital storytelling, to help LGBTQ farmworkers of the Central Valley to produce and publish personal stories of their everyday experiences, struggles and triumphs. The “Powerful Stories” academic team, consisting of faculty and graduate students from UC Davis and UC Santa Cruz, will work with community partners of California Rural Legal Assistance (CRLA) to identify LGBTQ farmworkers as potential storytellers and to help them to effectively craft stories using techniques of digital storytelling. These stories will promote pride and dignity among a largely invisible and overlooked group. They will help social service organizations such as CRLA to better understand community needs and thereby enhance community services and advocacy strategies. Their publication on CRLA’s website, accompanied by pedagogical materials developed by our team for the high school and college classroom, will help Californians to better understand the diversity of subjectivities of those living in our state.

“The Miguel Contreras Learning Complex Digital Mural Project”
Judy Baca, Chicana/o Studies, UCLA

The UCLA@SPARC Cesar Chavez Digital/Mural Lab (UCLA@SPARC Lab) is the leading research, teaching and production facility in the country devoted to the advancement of Muralism and Community Cultural Development. Led by artist and Distinguished UCLA Professor Judith F. Baca, UCLA students collaborate with national and international communities to create public art for permanent placement in public settings. SPARC plans to install a standalone digital kiosk in the MCLC cafeteria to serve as an educational tool for students and MCLC teachers. The kiosk will allow students and teachers to explore the content-rich mural using touch-screen technology. The kiosk will feature historic archival materials of the California labor movement represented in the mural, research conducted by UCLA students, oral histories of the community, and the Miguel Contreras website.

With research generated from UCLA and MCLC students, learning modules will be developed for MCLC teachers to utilize in their classroom. From these modules, teachers can generate lesson plans and share them with the MCLC community on the MCLC website. The website will also feature student projects that have evolved from the curriculum and act as a ‘think tank’ where students and educators can dialogue and generate new ideas for projects and learning modules. In addition to housing and archiving additions to the curriculum by the MCLC community, the website will host the course syllabi, pedagogical materials, team-teaching documentation and designs generated by UCLA students in UCLA@SPARC Lab.

“Getting from Here to There is Not Enough: The Impacts of the Logistics Industry on Inland Southern California”
Juliann Emmons Allison, Political Science, UC Riverside

This cooperative institutional support will enable students to work closely with WWU and CCEAJ to document – through film and text - their campaigns. In addition to training in research methods and organizing, students’ participation will include assisting with mapping of currently undocumented toxic sites, administering a survey of warehouse workers regarding wage and hour violations, analysis of survey results, documenting relevant demonstrations, and developing campaign histories based on these and other events.
The logistics industry that supports global trade is “progressive” because it makes consumer goods cheaper and more widely available. Scholars and activists argue that this view obscures the human and environmental costs of the global economy. Some critics focus on outsourcing, unemployment, and the immiseration of labor. Others analyze the destruction of the natural environment in favor of financial gain. This project seeks to identify and examine these significant downsides of global trade by establishing a partnership among faculty and students at the University of California, Riverside (UCR) and community organizations focused on the human and social effects of the logistics industry in Inland Southern California. Faculty will train student interns and researchers to work with labor and environmental activists to develop a knowledge base for scholarship and activism. Progress and results will reside in a publicly available website.

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2012-2013 Graduate Student Research Travel Grants

John Alvarado, Anthropology, UC Riverside
“Reconceptualizing Changing Indigenous Masculinities and Usos y Costumbres in A Mixtec Transnational Community: The Case of San Jerónimo Progreso”

This project examines, documents, and analyzes the changes in indigenous masculinities as they are manifested by Mixtec men from San Jeronimo Progreso, Oaxaca, Mexico. This project will specifically examine if the impact of migration and the development of households across the U.S. and Mexican border
has shaped or changed indigenous masculinities as they are displayed in the context of usos y costumbres (customary law). This project is also the first of its kind to take into consideration the indigenous language of the town, since members of the community continue to express themselves and worldview in Mixtec. This is a transnational project and will also take place in Mexico and U.S. Although this project focuses on changing male identities, it is not just about men, but indigenous families,and their lived experiences as they maintain their customs and traditions in an ever evolving world.

This travel grant will allow research for this multi-sited project to be conducted in several transnational sites.

Robert Aneyci, English Literature, UC Irvine
“Shadows on the Border”

The 1994 passage of NAFTA led to an enormous increase in commerce between the United States and Mexico. Less welcome has been the exponential rise in illegal immigration and the drug trade, currently estimated at thirty billion dollars a year. These issues have militarized the border, wreaked havoc in Mexican cities, and become central political concerns in both countries. Lost in the rhetoric and the fear-mongering are the lives distorted by the social upheaval. My goal is to present the stories of individuals living in the shadow of the border. The importance of such stories goes beyond a reducible 'human interest' element. Rather, it is impossible to create successful policies unless attention is paid to the motivations and needs of individuals most affected by them.

This grant will contribute to supplies and travel necessary to conducting research and interviews in the United States and Mexico.

Cutcha Risling Baldy, Native American Studies, UC Davis
“A Picture Perfect Indian: Re-Writing Edward Curtis's Legacy Through Hupa Woman (c) 1923 or Mary Baldy Socktish”

This project offers a re-telling of one famous Curtis photo known as Hupa Woman © 1923 in an effort to reclaim the photographic and historical space and share an unshared story: Ethnographic photographers played a significant role in the societal, political and historical representations of Indian people. However these photographs are not presented as being about Native people but instead are attributed to the photographers with little to no mention of the Native person in the photo and their continuing legacy. Nowhere is this more clearly illustrated than the photos of Edward S. Curtis. The number of biographies and articles exploring Edward Curtis’s life reaches into the hundreds if not thousands. But the photos included in these collections present the Indian peoples as “subjects.” The continued contribution of Curtis’s work lies in the re-writing and re-righting of this narrative in an effort to decolonize the historical record.

This grant will allow travel to Seattle and Hoopa to conduct onsite research on “Hupa Woman.”

Gustavo Buenrostro, Spanish and Portuguese, UC Berkeley
“Documents of Quinto Sol”

Quinto Sol Publications was the first Mexican American publishing house in the country and was founded in 1967 with the efforts of UC Berkeley students and faculty and continued publishing until 1974. As such, it made an unprecedented effort to create a space for Mexican-Americans to publish their literary, artistic, and scholarly works beginning in 1967. Many of the texts that are now considered foundational and canonical of Chicano Literature first saw light in El Grito and/or were published by Quinto Sol Publishing via their Quinto Sol prize. The third Prize was awarded to Rolando Hinojosa. The project draws on the Rolando Hinojosa Archive at the University of Texas, Austin, to explore some of the unanswered questions regarding the Quinto Sol Prize.

This grant will allow travel to the Rolando Hinojosa Archive at UT Austin for research leading to an article on Quinto Sol Publications and its literary prize.

Mario Castillo, Sociology, UC Berkeley
“Toward A Refuge of Difference: Constructions of 'Radical Inclusivity' in Sacred Spaces”

In recent decades, researchers and scholars in the West have begun looking more critically at the uneasy relationship between religion/spirituality and practitioners that embody social difference based on race/ethnicity, sex/gender and sexuality. While much of the literature has focused on religious/spiritual communities that are disapproving, unwelcoming, and/or intolerant of traditionally marginalized groups, very little attention has been paid to religious/spiritual communities that practice "radical inclusivity." With more religious/spiritual communities espousing an inclusive ethos, critical research is needed to investigate and ultimately understand the organizational, theological, political, social, and interpersonal constructions of these communities.

Drawing on ethnographic methods, this project attempts to fill this gap in the literature by researching two radically inclusive religious/spiritual communities in the San Francisco Bay Area: SOAR United, affiliated with the United Methodist Church, and FIRST United, a self-proclaimed progressive Christian congregation.

This grant will be used to defray travel costs to and from research sites in San Francisco.

Michelle Chihara, English Literature, UC Irvine
“Bubble Life: Fetishized home, Authentic Belonging, and the Culture of Booms and Busts”

Beginning with the bubble in Los Angeles in the late 1880s and Helen Hunt Jackson’s novel Ramona before turning to the most recent crisis, this project explores the historically specific feedback loops created between the culture and the economy during real estate asset bubbles. This research looks at cultural narratives in light of the narratives at work in the market, with a special focus on Southern California’s role in the both the economy and in literature and media.

Every economic bubble tells a particular story. Working with theoretical accounts of economic performativity, journalistic accounts of the recent boom and bust, and cultural theorists working with key concepts like nostalgia and the poetics of space, this dissertation explore how specific novels and popular media both affected and were affected by the economy. Throughout the project will interweave journalistic research with readings of contemporary American fiction that deals explicitly with home, credit and debt.

This grant will support research trips  to Sacramento, Ramona, and other bubble communities.

Jean-Paul deGuzman, History, UCLA
“Rethinking Race and Activism Beyond the Urban Core: Southern California’s San Fernando Valley from World War II to Secession”

This project focuses on excavating the subaltern histories of the historically working-class and racially diverse neighborhoods of the San Fernando Valley as a case study to better understand the overlapping dynamics of race, municipal governance, and community building in 20th century Southern California. Documenting and synthesizing these narratives furnish a counter-narrative to popular imagery of the San Fernando Valley which mass culture has rendered as the best and worst of post-World War II California suburbia in the American popular imaginary: a site for upward mobility on the one hand, a space of stark racial exclusion and suburban emptiness on the other. This research uncovers the histories of activism in communities of color that not only challenged the obstacles of racial discrimination but also complicated the region’s relationship with the City of Los Angeles, blurring the lines between “urban” and “suburban” politics.

This grant will provide funds for research trips to archives at USC and CSUN.

Kimberley De Wolff, Communication and Science Studies, UC San Diego
“The Great Pacific Garbage Patch: Plastic waste as matter of concern”

This project investigates the production of knowledge about the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, the massive accumulation of plastic waste floating between California and Japan. To understand how the circulation of plastic pollution connects humans and oceans, California and the Pacific, this dissertation will ‘follow’ pieces of waste collected by the Long Beach-based Algalita Marine Research Foundation as they are transformed into knowledge through laboratory analysis, public display and media representation. Research  found that where the media conjures images of the Garbage Patch as a dense ‘trash island,’ the circulation and display of scientific samples gives plastic pollution a form akin to a ‘toxic soup’ of dispersed fragments. Understanding how plastic waste emerges as a material problem is crucial to understanding possible solutions: while a trash island can potentially be cleaned up or recycled, toxic soup demands new kinds of cooperative policies that focus on consumption and disposal practices on land.

This grant will fund travel to Hilo, Hawaii to conduct research.

Anna Kryczka, Visual Studies, UC Irvine
“Learning from Los Angeles: Claes Oldenburg’s Bedroom Ensemble (1963)”

This project focuses on American art, architecture, and material culture. At its core the research investigates domesticity and considers the ways in which domestic space and design impacts historically situated understandings of labor. Claes Oldenburg’s Bedroom Ensemble was fabricated in 1963 in Venice, California. Produced for installation in the Sidney Janis gallery in Manhattan, this work marks Oldenburg’s first use of light industrial fabrication. The Bedroom Ensemble harnesses the ethos of functionalism associated with the culture of privacy and domesticity Oldenburg found to be indigenous to the Los Angeles lifestyle and built environment. Through research in both local and national archives and institutions, this project aims to embed this work into the geographically specific forms of vernacular and modern architecture, fabrication, planning, and design indigenous to midcentury Southern California. Using The Bedroom Ensemble as a starting point for the study of the particularities of a Californian Cold War domesticity, the research conducted will examine how the invention of domestic traditions and conventions through design, alongside technological and economic changes, inflect understandings of domestic space and labor and its societal and political significance.

This grant will be used for travel to research archives in Washington D.C.

Shannon Lieberman, History of Art and Architecture, UC Santa Barbara
“Re-Imagined: Space, History, and Feminist Performance in 1970s Los Angeles”

This project investigates the relationship between Los Angeles, 1970s feminist performance art, and the concept of a usable feminist past. Focused on performance art created at the Los Angeles Woman’s Building, this research shows that feminist performance artists were shaped by the city of Los Angeles, but also actively re-imagined the city as a feminist space through performances that intervened in everyday life. Through conducting archival research and interviews, this project will examine how 1970s feminist performance artists related their work to a feminist past and how they conceived of their work as a model for subsequent generations of women. Blending theories of representation, performance, space, and archiving, this research will critically assess the role of documentation in 1970s feminist performance art as a means of determining what it means to have a usable past, and why Los Angeles is central in that usable past.

This grant will support travel to the Getty Research Institute in Los Angeles.

Sarah Macdonald, Sociology, UC Berkeley
“Building Transnational Families: California International Adoption Agencies and the Global Market for Adoptable Children”

California is the center of international adoption in the United States. Californians have adopted 16,792 children from abroad between 1999-2011 making California the number one receiving state for internationally adopted children in the United States (Bureau of Consular Affairs, U.S. Department of State). This project focuses on the Californians who adopt children from abroad and the adoption agencies that make the migration of children from abroad to California possible. By considering California as a location at the center of a transnational market that operates across state and national borders, this project will contribute to our understanding of how organizations facilitate migration to California and why parents from California adopt from abroad so frequently. Through interviews with parents and adoption agency professionals, this project will investigate broad trends related to adoption in California, the changing landscape of international adoption within the state, and the future of international adoption to California.

This grant will defray expenses for research trips to visit adoption agencies in the Los Angeles area and the San Diego area to initiate contact with the executive directors of the seven agencies located in Southern California.

Maritza Maksimow, Anthropology, UC Santa Barbara
“Recordando El Porvenir: Four Generations of Memory, Migration and Place-Making among California-Baja California Transborder Families”

Through a multisited ethnographic study of California-Baja California transborder families, and relying heavily on multigenerational life histories, this research will illustrate the various strategies families have employed to negotiate state policies and economic incongruity between the U.S. and Mexico, since 1930 to the present day. Documenting the history of national and transnational power relations as they are experienced in quotidian life will enable the examination of processes involved in place-making and cultural identity formation, while also allowing for a more nuanced and dynamic understanding of California-Baja California borderland culture. This research will contribute to the theoretical knowledge of border communities and fill voids in current ethnographic literature. At the same time, this research holds significant implications for contemporary policies regarding Mexican to U.S. immigration, particularly as they relate to transborder and mix-status families.  

In supporting travel to and from multiple Southern California research sites, this grant will enable the completion of dissertation fieldwork by the summer of 2013.

Stephanie Maroney, Cultural Studies, UC Davis
“Defining California through American Cookbooks of the Late Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries”

This project examines the ways that California cuisine is constructed at the intersection of Mexican, Spanish, and "American" tastes as found in a collection of late nineteenth and early twentieth-century cookbooks. In the field of food studies, foodstuffs and food practices are rich sites of research in order to explore the effects of cultural encounters and clashes. California is a place of multiple cultural convergences, and this project explores the emergence of California cuisine in the period between 1840 and 1950.

The Los Angeles Public Library has the largest collection in the world of cookbooks printed in California. It is the only library that owns all three of California’s first charitable books including The California Recipe Book, printed in 1872. The over-1000-book collection also includes an original copy of El Cocinero Espanol, the first Spanish-language cookbook printed in California. Within these cookbooks, one can track the emergence of ingredients, cooking methods, recipes, and regional names that come to be associated with modern California cuisine. This process of historical tracking through cookbooks can reveal the multiple ways in which dominant and subordinate groups mediated the often uncomfortable process of cultural encounter.

This grant will support a research trip to explore the cookbook collection, menu collection, and culinary ephemera collection at the Los Angeles Public Library.

Peter Owens, Sociology, UC Irvine
“No Farther West”: Indigenous Peoples and Settlers on the California Frontier, 1848-1873”

Debate on indigenous genocide in the United States remains highly contentious, with many scholars making broad generalizations on its nature and extent. Leveraging insights from the “New Western history,” This dissertation argues that such claims tend to overlook considerable regional and temporal variability in the patterning of indigenous-settler relations. Specifically, researchers have yet to account for combinations of social factors that contributed to genocide in some areas, but not others. The proposed project examines historical variability in patterns of interaction between American settlers and indigenous peoples in central and northern California between the years 1848 and 1873, and the strategies of social control against indigenous peoples that resulted. Through this analysis, the research seeks to explain why state military forces and local settler populations engaged in genocidal campaigns of extermination against some indigenous groups, but pursued less violent strategies of removal and accommodation towards others.

This grant will support a research trip to the California State Archives in Sacramento, to gather historical data on state military policy towards indigenous peoples during the 19th century, focusing on a critical set of documents: the California Indian War Papers, which detail the use of military expeditions against indigenous groups throughout California in the years 1850 to 1880.

Caitlin Patler, Sociology, UCLA
“Young and Undocumented: The Impacts of Immigrant Legal Status on the Incorporation of Undocumented Youth in California”

This dissertation explores the experiences of one of our state’s most invisible populations: undocumented young adults. It asks: What are the implications and unique constraints of undocumented immigration status on the lives of immigrant youth in California? What are their current patterns of postsecondary school enrollment, degree attainment, employment, and civic engagement? How, if at all, do institutional resources (school, community, or government resources) mediate these outcomes? The research provides initial answers using original survey and in-depth interview data from the California Young Adult Study (CYAS). Not surprisingly, undocumented youth face tremendous barriers to higher education and meaningful employment, yet their experiences are not uniform. By exposing these types of disparities, this project fits squarely within the UCCSC’s goal of understanding inequality in California, and exposing the “underlying layers of contradiction” in our state.

This grant will support the costs of travel across the state of California to conduct research interviews.

Kayleigh Perkov, Visual Studies, UC Irvine
“Self-Craft: Identity Construction and the Handmade 1960-1980”

Traditionally, art history has collapsed the field of contemporary crafted objects into a singular narrative, responding to a single set of utilitarian demands and cultural pressures. This project aims to disentangle the divergent ethos, practices, and goals of crafted objects of the 1960s and 1970s California by contrasting the California Design exhibition series with contemporaneous works by Faith Wilding and Suzanne Lacy. California Design (Pasadena Museum of Art, 1955-1984) sold Californian lifestyle through its crafted objects, enmeshing the handmade with issues of commodity culture and post-war anxiety. Conversely, the self-consciously feminist utilization of the handmade by Wilding and Lacy eschewed the studio-craft realm of commodity, and instead “sold” their own conceptualization of female identity through an engagement with social activism, feminist theory, and coalition building. Ultimately, this project examines how the handmade was actively used to construct specific and ideologically informed identities.

This grant will provide for a research trip to Oakland.

Juily Phun, US and World History, UC Irvine
“Contours of Care: The Influenza Pandemic and Healthcare in Southern California, 1918-1941”

This project historicizes how communities of color navigated a marketplace of options in negotiating sickness and health. In weaving these stories- including oral histories, advertisements for health, public health mandates, and faith-based organizational records, this historical investigation reveals the work involved with staying healthy. This dissertation argues that public health was a contested environment that involved day-to-day transactions by which people negotiated their health. There was not however, an unlimited set of options. Based on race, class, and access, the ethnic Mexican and Asian community made choices grounded on availability, affordability, and understanding of health. “Contours of Care” examines the networks people utilized that diverged and dovetailed with public health institutions and mandates. Whereas the plague and tuberculosis raised discussions of cleanliness, fitness, and citizenship, influenza’s affect across all groups has defied the racial scrutiny posed by other illnesses.

This grant will support a research trip to Bancroft Library at UC Berkeley.

Martin Rizzo, History, UC Santa Cruz
“No Somos Animales: Indigenous Diversity and Plurality in 19th Century Santa Cruz, California”

The racial category “Indian” is a fiction, shifting in meaning through the Spanish and Mexican eras into American statehood, all the while concealing ethnic and linguistic diversity within a socially differentiated community. This dissertation examines the heterogeneous social world of Indigenous Santa Cruz in the years spanning 1821 to 1870; a world characterized by diversity, degrees of citizenship, increased labor opportunities, limited land ownership, mobility, and increased legal and political freedoms. Existing scholarship has been complicated by static notions of ethnicity, which have restricted the category of “Indian” into a narrow definition, erasing the complexity and diversity of this Indigenous society. The research will help illuminate a nuanced Indigenous social world, exposing what is hidden within the social category of Indian – a plurality of Indigenous identities and statuses, tribal and colonial, articulated by linguistic, cultural, historical and political differences, observable in the exercising and exclusion of political and legal rights.

This grant will defray costs of travel, food, and lodging while conducting research in Sacramento, CA.

Martha Roberts, Religious Studies, UC Santa Barbara
“Los Angeles Museum of Tolerance Research”

This dissertation research at the Museum of Tolerance in Los Angeles will focus on the ways that religious, racial, and ethnic diversity are exhibited and internalized by tourists and visitors to the popular California museum. The dissertation investigates the production and reception of the encounters between diverse peoples in exhibit spaces, the myriad of ways in which those encounters are received and interpreted by visitors, and the understandings of religious diversity that they engender within Californian culture. It will explore the ways that the Museum’s tolerance education programs use strategies that focus on the display of the body as central to the encounter between groups. Using historical and sociological methods (participant-observation fieldwork, interviews, surveys, and qualitative analysis) this interdisciplinary study will articulate how effective use of bodily display can create encounters that overcome differences and prejudices in the real world—both inside and outside this Californian exhibition space.

This grant will support three days of fieldwork at the Museum of Tolerance: participant observation, interviews with curators and coordinators, and first surveys of visitor groups.

Anne Clara Schenderlein, History, UC San Diego
“Ties of Belonging: A Transnational History of German Jewish Identities”

This dissertation concerns the history of German Jewish refugees from the Nazis and their families on the West Coast of the United States and the ways they have negotiated their German Jewish identity. The research encompasses the period since the 1930s, with a starting point of 1934 when a group of refugees from the Nazis formed a German Jewish Club in Los Angeles. Following the history of the Club, and its members and their descendants up to the recent past, and this dissertation looks at refugees and their children and grandchildren as they return to Germany for temporary visits to former home towns through German “Visitor Programs.” The research focuses on issues of identity and its interrelations with memory, emotion, and place in order to gain intimate insights into the complex lived histories of German Jews and their relations to Germany and the United States.

This grant will support travel for research and interviews in Los Angeles, and at archival holdings at California State University, Northridge, the University of Southern California, and UCLA.

Sarah Seekatz, History, UC Riverside
“Blind Date: The Creation of an Arabian Fantasy in the Deserts of Southern California”

Southern California’s Coachella Valley remains one of the few places where dates can be commercially grown outside of the Middle East. Ever since the date industry was established there around the turn of the 20th century, local boosters have tapped into the date’s Arabian heritage to market their crop and the agricultural communities they established. This dissertation follows the establishment of the date industry and its celebrations to explore the ways in which local boosters sold their dates, their desert, and their dreams through Middle Eastern fantasies embodied in festivals, parades, pageants, costumes, architecture, exhibits, and marketing campaigns. In doing so locals entangled their reality with American (mis)perceptions of the Middle East, crossing borders through popular culture and agricultural ventures. This work explores how interethnic and gendered relationships of the area were filtered through the celebration of an imagined Arabia.

Tourism was crucial to the booster project, and the way in which the deserts of Southern California were sold via the deserts of the Middle East is an interesting booster tool. This grant will support a research trip to Riverside, San Luis Obispo, and San Francisco.

Elizabeth Sine, History, UC San Diego
“Rumblings Underfoot: Cultures of Resistance and the Crisis of Development in 1930s California”

This dissertation explores the upsurge of labor and Left social movements in 1930s California from the vantage point of the region’s racial and cultural margins. As the Great Depression deepened within one of the most rapidly modernizing regions among industrialized nations, the research traces the political visions and practices of African American, Mexicana/o, Filipina/o, and Native American working communities, in and beyond the era’s mass coalitions and industrial conflicts. This project moves from Imperial and San Joaquin Valley agricultural strikes and the San Francisco waterfront strike to the cultural terrain of federally funded theater in East Los Angeles and jazz music in Mendocino’s Round Valley Reservation. This dissertation explores how varied experiences of displacement, exclusion, and exploitation link those communities in a broader, shared struggle and enabled the formation of new collectivities and modes of political resistance.

During Fall 2012, this grant will support a one week research trip to New York University’s Tamiment Library. The Tamiment Library contains a rich array of sources that offer a window on organized labor and Left participation in and responses to California-based working-class mobilizations during the Depression. This research trip will focus on materials contained in the Sam Adams Darcy Papers (Darcy was chairperson of the Communist Party California during the 1934 San Francisco waterfront strike and made an unsuccessful run for governor in 1934), the John Pittman Papers (Pittman was an African American Communist journalist in Berkeley during the late 1920s and 1930s), the Labor Research Association Records (The LRA was an affiliate organization of the CPUSA, founded in 1927, which conducted investigations and studies of issues of concern to the labor movement, including California’s labor movement), and the CIO, AFL, and CPUSA Ephemera Collections.

Sara Smith, History, UC Santa Cruz
“Insurgent Labor: Rank-and-File Teachers Organizing in California After World War II”

This dissertation examines the history of rank-and-file teachers’ organizing in California in the post-World War II period. Rather than writing a narrative history, it explores case studies that highlight teachers’ efforts to promote union democracy, workers’ rights, and social and economic justice on a broad scale. This project will highlight organizing against discrimination, examining gay and lesbian teachers’ organizing against the homophobic Briggs initiative in 1977-1978. While labor historians have examined gender, race, and labor, there has been very little published about queer work or the influence of queer rights organizing on labor unions. This dissertation, overall, helps to enhance historiography on the still understudied relationship between the new social movements of the 1960s-1970s and the trade union movement.

This grant will be used to conduct two research trips: one to the Walter Reuther Archives in Detroit, Michigan and the other to Los Angeles to conduct a series of interviews and complete the archival research for the final dissertation chapter on United Teachers Los Angeles.

Erik Watschke, Visual Studies, UC Irvine
“Allegories of Industry and the Limits of Reflexivity in the New Hollywood”

“Allegories of Industry and the Limits of Reflexivity in the New Hollywood” will focus on discourses of reflexivity in recent Hollywood Cinema by tracing anxieties about the Southern California-based film industry as they arise within films and industrial rhetoric from the late 1980s to 2000s. This project will associate this period with historically-specific industrial crises characterized by fundamental shifts in the deployment of new technologies, systems of marketing and distribution, and narrative paradigms. The dissertation explores the intersection between allegory and reflexivity; specifically, how allegory as an avenue of interpretation is opened up by historical modes of reflexivity in this period. This project will explore the equally important archival study on-site in California studios and libraries. Investigation of trade publications, popular press, and filmmaker journals and correspondence—along with personal interviews and empirical study of audience data—are crucial to uncovering how shifting imperatives determine the ability of Hollywood to represent itself.

This grant will allow travel to and investigations of studio archives, as well as interviews with pertinent industry professionals both in the Los Angeles area and Northern California. Specifically, this research necessitates examining production correspondence on-file at production companies such as American Zoetrope in San Francisco, and traveling to and interviewing associated film professionals in the Bay Area. This work cannot be completed without consulting the specific production designers and assistant directors who worked on these films, and their records.

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2011-12 UC California Studies Consortium Project Awards

2011-12 Graduate Student Research Travel Grants

Yalda Asmatey, Anthropology, UC Berkeley
"In the Shadow of the Valley: An Ethnographic Inquiry into Toxic Waste in California's San Joaquin Valley"

Bianca Brigidi, History, UC Santa Barbara
"Being Native American: Race, Ethnicity and Mission in Spanish, Mexican and U.S. California (1769-1852)"

Christopher Clayton Childress, Sociology, UC Santa Barbara
"Lit Quake and California Publishing: Northern California as a Satellite or Alternative Core in the U.S. Literary Field?"

Mark Davidson, Cross-Cultural Musicology, UC Santa Cruz
"The Politics of Identity in the Recording of Folk Music in 1930s California"

Joseph Duong, History, UC Berkeley
"American Hard Core: Pornographic Film Since 1970"

Mikael Fauvelle, Anthropology, UC San Diego
"Regional Trade Systems in Prehistoric Southern California: Feasting, Power and Lithic Procurement"

Melissa Guzman, Sociology, UC Santa Barbara
"Spiritual Citizenship among Latina/o Pentecostal Immigrants in Fresno"

Elizabeth Hemphill, Visual Studies, UC Irvine
"Boom and Bust: Ruins of the California Dream"

Patrick Lopez-Aguado, Sociology, UC Santa Barbara
"The Collateral Consequences of Mass Incarceration on Urban Youth Cultures"

Sarah McCullough, Cultural Studies, UC Davis
"Mechanical Intuitions: Innovating Bicycling and Spaces of Nature"

David Palter, History, UC Santa Cruz
"Testing for Race: Lewis Terman, Psychometric Testing, and Asian Americans in Early Twentieth-Century California"

Israel Pastrana, History, UC San Diego
"Brazos de Oro: Mexican Contract Labor Migration and the Political Economy of the American Southwest, 1917-1973"

Danielle Peltakian, History of Art, UC Riverside
"'Homes of Their Own': A Case Study of Richard Neutra's Early Career"

Gabriela Rodriguez, History of Art, UC Riverside
"Diego Rivera: History of Medicine in Mexico: Peoples Demand For Better Health"

Chelsea K. Vaughn, History, UC Riverside
"Performing Conquest: California History on Stage"

Kaitlin Walker, English, UC Davis
"Making Place with Displacement: Helen Hunt Jackson's "Ramona" and California Promotional Literature"

Kyle Wanberg, Comparative Literature, UC Irvine
"Title of Proposal: Imperial Drag: Spectres of Ishi through visual and ethnographic materials house in special collections at Bancroft"

Angelica M. Yanez, Ethnic Studies, UC San Diego
"Dance and Destruction: The Transnational Movement of Aztec Dance"

2011-12 Systemwide Workshop Grants

Catherine Cole, Theater, Dance and Performance Studies, UC Berkeley, and
Ann Bermingham, History of Art and Architecture, UC Santa Barbara
"The Uses of the University in 2050: Scenarios for the Multiversity's Future"

Gary Dymski, Economics, UC Riverside
"Measuring, Representing, and Healing an Invisible Crisis: California Foreclosure Dialogues"

2011-12 Regional Seminars and Research Workgroups

Jonathan Alexander, English, UC Irvine
"Science Fiction in/and California"

2011-12 Community Outreach and Teaching Grants

Kelly Lytle-Hernandez, History, UC Los Angeles
"Remembering a Divided Los Angeles: A Legacy of Segregation

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2010-2011 UC California Studies Consortium Project Awards

Lisa Parks, Film and Media Studies, UC Santa Barbara
Signal Traffic: Art, Infrastructure and Geography in California

Cole Akers, Visual Studies, UC Irvine
Total Design: The Architecture & Regional Planning of William L. Pereira

Bridgette Auger, Social Documentation, UC Santa Cruz
Documentary of Resettled Iraqi Refugees living in El Cajon, California

Judy Baca, Chicana/o Studies, UCLA
The RFK Learning Center Project

Joshua Brahinsky, History of Consciousness, UC Santa Cruz
Pentecostal Pedagogies: Making A Modern Missionary

Liane Brouillette, Education, UC Irvine
Surfing Safari: California Surf Music and the Rise of Suburban Youth CultureKristen Day, Planning, Policy & Design, UC Irvine
Advancing Service-Learning in California Studies

Jenna Gray-Hildenbrand, Religious Studies, UC Santa Barbara
Deviant Criminals or Devout Religious Practitioners: The “I AM” Activity and the Limits of Religious Tolerance in California

Gloria Kim, History, UC San Diego
A Community in Conflict: Multiracial Debates over the Racial Integration of San Diego Public Schools, 1954-1985

Elisabeth Le Guin, Musicology, UCLA
Son jarocho and border crossingsFlora Lu, Latino and Latin American Studies, UC Santa Cruz
Promoting Environmental Justice through Campus-Community Collaboration

Sarah McCullough, Cultural Studies, UC Davis
Negotiating Appropriate Technologies in Northern California through the Bicycle

Setsu Shigematsu, Media and Cultural Studies, UC Riverside
Critical Prison Studies and Abolitionist Theory and Practice

Nicole Starosielski, Film and Media Studies, UC Santa Barbara
Signal Traffic: Art, Infrastructure and Geography in California

Krystal Tribbett, History, UC San Diego
RECLAIMing Air, Redefining Democracy: A History of California's Regional Clean Air Incentive Market, Emission Trading and Environmental Justice 1970-Present

Kate Trumbull, Social Documentation, UC Santa Cruz
San Diego Somali Refugee Documentary Project

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2009-2010 UC California Studies Consortium Project Awards

Ann Bermingham, Humanities Research Institute, UC Santa Barbara
Oil and Water: The Case of Santa Barbara and Southern California

Robert Borneman, Religious Studies, UC Santa Barbara
"The Apparition and Transmigration of the Virgin of Guadalupe: Or, How the Virgin of Guadalupe came to California"

Travis Bradley, Second Language Acquisition Institute, UC Davis
The California Gold: Community Involvement in Heritage Language Learning of Indigenous and Immigrant Languages

Lucy Burns, Asian American Studies, UCLA
California Dreaming: Production and Aesthetics in Asian American Art

Jordan Camp, Sociology, UC Santa Barbara
"The Sound before the Fury: Towards a Genealogy of Neoliberal Racial Regimes of Security" Alan Christy, History, UC Santa Cruz
Cultivating Trust: Old-timers, New Immigrants and the Building of a Transnational Japanese American Community in Postwar Watsonville, CABenjamin D'harlingue, Cultural Studies, UC Davis
These Same Thoughts People This World: Cultural Geographies of United States Ghost TourismsColleen Hiner, Geography Graduate Group, UC Davis
Changing Landscapes, Shifting Values: Negotiating the Rural-Urban Interface in Calaveras County, California

Alexander Johnston, Community Studies, UC Santa Cruz
Remember the Work: California's 'Blue Collar Preservation' Movement

Cathleen Kozen, Ethnic Studies, UC San Diego
Never Again!: Tracing Japanese American Redress and a Politics of Racial Reconciliation

Mona Lynch, Criminology, Law and Society, UC Irvine
"Visualizing Governing through Crime in California"

Kelly Lytle Hernandez, History, UCLA
Incarcerations in California, 1850-Present

Carlos Morton, Theater and Dance, UC Santa Barbara
Teatro TourKara O'Keefe, History, UC Irvine
Remembered Neither in Life nor Death: Violence, Gender, Race and Memory in the U.S. West, 1851-1906

L. Chase Smith, Literature, UC San Diego
Bawdy Amusements of Progress in the Transpacific Borderlands

Nicole Starosielski, Film and Media Studies, UC Santa Barbara
Mapping California Cables: Cultural Dimensions of Undersea Communication Infrastructure

Michelle Stuckey, Literature, UC San Diego
Weeding the National Garden: Gender, Race, and the Biopolitics of Reproduction in American Literature, 1870-193

0Robert Summers, Art History, UCLA
Queering California: The Creation of Itinerate Queer Spaces

Tanis Thorne, History, UC Irvine
Placemaking: Mapping Kumeyaay Placenames

Louis Warren, History, UC Davis
California as America's Avante Garde

Karen Wilson, History, UCLA
On a Cosmopolitan Frontier: Jews in Nineteenth-Century Los Angeles

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2008-2009 UC California Studies Consortium Project Awards

Mary Bucholtz, Linguistics, UC Santa Barbara
Vox California: Cultural Meanings of Linguistic Diversity

Julie Cohen, History, UC Irvine
Learning to Labor: Educational Reform at the Sherman Institute, 1928 to 1939

Heather Daly, History, UCLA
American Indian Freedom Controversy: The Grassroots Political Resistance of Southern California Mission Indians, 1934-1960

Sharon Daniel, Film and Digital Media, UC Santa Cruz
"Capitalist Punishment"

Robin Delugan, School of Social Sciences, Humanities and Arts, UC Merced
"Building Community-University Research Collaborations: How can web-based curricula be used to promote and support the participation of community-based organizations in UC research in the San Joaquin Valley"

Robert Fink, Musicology, UCLA
Music in Los Angeles (the MILA Project)

Gaye Theresa Johnson, Black Studies, UC Santa Barbara
Black Traditions in California: Establishing a University of California Systemwide Network to Address Research, Curricular, Public Policy, and Archival Needs

Thaddeus Kousser, Political Science, UC San Diego
Governing a Multi-Ethnic California: A Comparative Regional Perspective

Andrew Leon, Comparative Literature, UC Berkeley
Karuforunia Shosetsu: The Lost Novels of Nagahara Shoson

Jonathan London, Human and Community Development, UC Davis
Revealing and Reclaiming the Invisible Landscape: Maps, Counter-maps, and the Visualization of Power in California's Central Valley

Jorge Mariscal, Literature, UC San Diego
Community-University Cultural Production: From Theory to Practice

Aerin Martinez, Social and Behavioral Sciences, UC San Diego
Comiendo Bien: A Transnational, Situational Analysis Regarding the Transformations of Healthy Eating Among Latino Immigrant Families

Jimmy Patino, History, UC San Diego
'A Time for Resistance': Undocumented Immigration and the International Dimensions of the Chicano Movement in the San Diego Borderlands"

Michael Powe, Planning, Policy & Design, UC Irvine
"Loft conversions as exclusionary urban revitalization: Contestations surrounding the redevelopment of Los Angeles' Skid Row"

Oliver Rosales, History, UC Santa Barbara
The Origins of the Rural Social and Political Crisis: Race, Segregation, and Civil Rights in California's Hinterland

Julie Sze, American Studies, UC Davis
Women and Environmental Justice Activism in the Central Valley

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