CST News

CST News

Affiliated faculty, Benjamin Weber's (African American and African Studies) bookAmerican Purgatory: Prison Imperialism and the Rise of Mass Incarceration (The New Press, 2023), is available to preorder! 

The book launch event with prison activist Jalil Muntaqium and visual artist Ayo Scott at the Manetti Shrem Museum on October 15! Weber also co-authored a piece about the Open Letters prison correspondence program in collaboration with the Bay Area grassroots nonprofit California Coalition for Women Prisoners was just published in Radical History Review (May, 2023). Keep an eye out for the special issue of the prison newsletter The Fire Inside featuring the writing that came out of the writing group! 

Stacey Anne Baterina Salinas accepted an Assistant Professor position in Ethnic Studies at College of the Redwoods, Eureka.

In 2023, Baterina Salinas also co-curated “California Is in the Heart: An Exhibit on the Fil-Am Experience.” at the Filipino American National Historical Society Stockton Museum. Baterina Salinas has forthcoming works published in 2023:

  • The Unsung Heroics of Filipina Resistance Fighters During the Pacific War. San Francisco: Pacific Atrocities Education, 2021. (Second Edition forthcoming, October 2023)
  • “Chapter 3: Filipinas in the Farm Worker Movement,” as found in the AAPI Multimedia Textbook, Asian American Studies Center, UCLA. (2023)
  • “Abolition’s Sisters.” Frontiers: A Women’s Studies Journal. (December 2023).
  • “The Manang Generation and the Radical Origins of the Pinay Identity.”
  • The Filipino American National Historical Society Journal, University of Hawai’i Press Journals. No. 11 (December 2023).

L.M. Bogad was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2021 in Theater Arts & Performance Studies.

Bogad's 3rd book PERFORMING TRUTH: Works of Radical Memory for Times of Social Amnesia came out in 2021. His screenplay was chosen by Coppola in a contest: Zoetrope/Coppola Finalist for Screenplay, Orwell's War. Bogad received a $50,000 grant and a $100,000 grant from the San Francisco Foundation for a project with farmworkers in the Napa area: Creative Work Fund 2022.

Ga Young Chung published in Amerasia Journal and Contemporary Asian American Activism and received a DHI Network-Collaboration Award in 2022/23. 

She was granted research funds by the Public Impact Research Initiative at UCD, Korean American Educational Researchers Association, and the National Research Foundation of Korea. She’s working on three interdisciplinary, community-engaged, and transnational projects that include Asian American Seed Stewards LabResilient Academics: Re-imagining Academic Horizons, and “Race and Gender: Theorizing the New Racialization of the Asian Migrants in South Korea.” 

The Work of Rape by Rana M. Jaleel was awarded the 2022 Gloria E. Anzaldúa Book Prize from the National Women’s Studies Association. 

This prize recognizes groundbreaking monographs in women's studies that make significant multicultural feminist contributions to labor, women of color, and transnational scholarship. 

The Work of Rape

Jasmine Wade has been awarded a 2021-2022 Dissertation Year Fellowship from UC Davis Graduate Studies.

Jasmine Wade

Maureen Burdock has been selected as the 2021 winner of the UC Davis Allen G. Marr Prize for superior dissertation work.

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CST Ph.D. candidate Alexandra Fine has accepted a Visiting Assistant Professor position in American Studies at Occidental College for 2021-2022.

Alexandra Fine

The UC Davis Humanities Institute is proud to announce that two Cultural Studies students will join the 2020 cohort of Mellon Public Scholars. 

  • Wayne Jopanda, Illustrated Lesson Plans for Liberation: A Multimedia Project Documenting the Journey of Filipino Trafficked Teachers


  • Hayley Steele, Climate Youth TV: Empowering Activists in the Creation of Educational Tools and Media


Andrea Miller has completed her Ph.D in Cultural Studies this Spring 2020 under Prof. Caren Kaplan. Andrea has also gotten a tenure-track position as an Assistant Professor of Social Media and Digital Culture in the School of Communications and Multimedia Studies at Florida Atlantic University

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


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.


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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!