CST News


5/2000: Zunaira Komal has been awarded the Margrit Mondavi Fellowship for Summer 2020.

4/16/20 Our former Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in Comparative Border Studies, Cristina Jo Pérez, has accepted a tenure track job at Franklin and Marshall College in Pennsylvania.     

4/15/20: Diana Pardo, currently a UC Chancellor post doc at UC Irvine will start a tenure-track position at George Washington University in the Anthropology Department.

4/15/20: Julia Morales will move to a position as Post- Doctoral Associate with the “Life and Death” seminar series at the Center for Historical Analysis in the School of Arts and Sciences at Rutgers University.


4/23/19: Jeanelle Hope has accepted a tenure-track job at Texas Christian University (TCU) in Fort Worth, TX.  Jeanelle will be an Assistant Professor in TCU's new Department of Comparative Race & Ethnic Studies. She is the department’s first tenure-track faculty hire!

Jeanelle was also awarded the University of California President’s Postdoctoral Fellowship!


4/23/19: Amanda Modell (Ph.D., 2019) has begun work as Associate Director, Graduate Teaching Programs at Stanford University!


4/23/19: Karla Rodriguez Beltran was selected to be a Research Fellow with the American Voices Project, a joint initiative of the Stanford Center on Poverty and Inequality, Princeton University’s Center for Research on Child Wellbeing, and the American Institutes for Research!


4/23/19: Diana Pardo Pedraza has received a postdoctoral appointment to UC Irvine!


4/23/19: Congratulations to Maureen Burdock & Andrea Miller who have been awarded UC Davis Provost's Dissertation Fellowships for 2019-20!


4/23/19: Katherine Nasol presented her paper, "Pinay Activism in the Silicon Valley: Finding Place Amidst Displacement, Gentrification, and Imperialist Technologies" in Montreal at the Pinay Power II Conference!


4/23/19: Marlené Mercado has received a summer fellowship from Mellon Public Scholars and presented at three conferences this year!


Conference Presentations 

  • "Femme Technologies as Tools of Subversion and Resistance within Mexican (Im)migrant Womxn Digital Narratives," De-Carceral Futures: Bridging Prison and Immigration Justice, Kingston, ON, May 9-10, 2019. 

  • "Mexicans in the Southwest and the Emerging Modern Carceral Regime," American Society of Criminology (ASC), Criminology in the New Era: Confronting Injustice and Inequality, San Francisco, CA, November 13-16, 2019.

  • "Xicana/os Radicalizing Criminology through the Centering of Latinx Voices on Police & Prison Abolition Politics,"American Society of Criminology (ASC), Criminology in the New Era: Confronting Injustice and Inequality, San Francisco, CA, November 13-16, 2019.

2/5/19: The UC Davis Humanities Institute has selected three Cultural Studies students for the 2019 cohort of Mellon Public Scholars. 

  • Jasmine Wade, California Department of Education: Native American Model Curriculum Project

  • Katherine Nasol, Rise, Resist, Unite: The Stories of AAPI Women and Girls

  • Marlené Mercado, Expanding the Network and Reach of the Incarcerated Workers Organizing Committee Chapter in Sacramento

Read more about the program and the 2019 cohort in a press release from the DHI: http://dhi.ucdavis.edu/featured-stories/welcome-the-2019-mellon-public-scholars 

This competitive program introduces graduate students to the intellectual and practical aspects of identifying, addressing and collaborating with members of a public through their scholarship. Participants take part in an interdisciplinary seminar and receive $7,500 support over the summer as they carry out a community-engaged project.


public scholars

12/29/19: Hayley Steele was accepted to the HASTAC Scholars Program as part of the 2018-2020 cohort.  Also, Hayley's paper, "Decolonizing Gender in Interactive Narrative Media" has been accepted to the 2019 HASTAC conference to be held in Uceded Musqueam Territory (Vancouver, BC)  May 16-18, 2019.  The conference will also be featuring "Thermophiles in Love," a larp Hayley created in collaboration with Mark Marino, Rob Wittig, and Cathy Podeswa.


10/19/18: Jeanelle Hope, Beshara Kehdi, and Jasmine Wade presented at the Association for the Study of African American Life History (ASALH) annual conference. Their panel was titled, "Visions of Freedom: Rethinking Afro Asian, Arab, and Native Solidarities."



8/29/18: Congratulations to Dr.'s Kellie Gove, Sophie Moore, Xan Chacko, and Stephanie Maroney for graduating with PhD's in Cultural Studies!