Fellowship Invites Community Conversation on Political Stakes of Storytelling

Research Focused on Movement of Ideas Across Cultures Eva Kuras (Comparative and World Literature), the 2022–23 Mellon Pre-Doctoral Public Humanities Fellow,  writes about her fellowship project, what drew her to this work, and what “public humanities” means to her. What motivated you to apply for the Mellon Pre-Doctoral Public Humanities Fellowship? I have always been […]

Research Re-envisions Social, Ecological Relations Through Indigenous Literary and Visual Texts

Deena Rymhs (American Indian Studies) is a 2022–2023 HRI Campus Faculty Fellow. Rymhs’ project “Putting Back Together: Re-Worldings in annie ross’s Pots and Other Living Beings” focuses on a recently published book of poet and weaver annie ross (Maya). Composed of diptych photographs stitched together in a poetic travelogue through nuclear-infused (Indigenous) lands, Pots and Other Living […]

Research on Black Women, Corporeal Aesthetics in 21st Century Paves Way for Black Futures

Amanda Smith (French and Italian) is a 2022–2023 HRI Campus Graduate Student Fellow. Smith’s research project, “21st Century Black Beauty Resistance: Collectivism, Individuality, and In/Visibility in Black French Women’s Body and Hair Representations,” examines representations of Black women’s bodies and hair in Francophone autobiographical, sociocultural, and literary texts written by 21st century Black women to […]

History Research Dismantles Sonic Hierarchies in Opera From East to West

Lingyan Liu (History) is a 2022–2023 HRI Campus Graduate Student Fellow. Liu’s research project, “That Hideous Sound: The Speaking, Singing, and Shouting of Chinese and Chinese Americans in Race Making, 1850s-1930s,” explores how the sounds of Chinese opera, street hawkers, labors, festival firecrackers were historically constructed as unnatural and noisy, leading to the sonic configuration […]

Research Centering Mexican Migrant Experience Identifies Incongruent Policies, Practices

Damian Vergara Bracamontes (Gender and Women’s Studies) is a 2022–2023 HRI Campus Faculty Fellow. Vergara Bracamontes’ forthcoming book, The Administration of Illegality and Mexican Migrant Life, traces the formation and consolidation of illegality in a new phase of social exclusion and control in San Diego, California in the 1970s. Learn more about HRI’s Campus Fellowship Program, which […]