UCLA ’11, Comparative Literature
Director of the Undergraduate Research Center–Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences at UCLA
Adjunct Assistant Professor of Comparative Literature at UCLA
Dr. Whitney Arnold received her B.A. in English Literature and French from Washington University in St. Louis and her M.A. and Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from UCLA. Her publications focus on British and French literature of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, as well as theories of authorship.
Dr. Arnold became Director of the Undergraduate Research Center–Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences in 2013. Prior to joining the Center, she taught at UCLA in the Departments of Comparative Literature, English, and French and Francophone Studies, and she managed the faculty tenure and promotion process at the University of Southern California.
In addition to overseeing the direction and activities of the Center, Dr. Arnold teaches undergraduate courses and studies undergraduate research engagement and outcomes.
Director of Arts, Music, and Powell Libraries at UCLA
Allison Benedetti worked in art museums and architecture libraries before coming to UCLA to support researchers in the humanities and social sciences. As Director of Arts, Music, and Powell Libraries, she manages User Engagement personnel, budgets, and services at the three locations. She is a member of the ACRL Research Planning and Review Committee and the ARLIS/NA Development Committee. She has conducted research on user-centered services and is interested in mentorship and change in libraries. Outside of work, she is a fan of college basketball, enjoy exploring the city, and salsa dancing.
Assistant Professor of Near Eastern Languages & Cultures at UCLA
Luke Yarbrough (Ph.D. 2012, Near Eastern Studies, Princeton University) is a historian of pre-modern Islamic societies. His work deals primarily with relations between Muslims and non-Muslims in their historical and legal aspects, and extends to the study of hadith, polemical literature, and administrative practice, among other topics. Yarbrough has held post-doctoral fellowships at the Herbert D. Katz Center for Judaic Studies of the University of Pennsylvania (2012) and the New York University Abu Dhabi Institute, where he was a Humanities Research Fellow in 2016-17. Since 2013 he has served as Assistant Professor of History at Saint Louis University, where he received a university-wide graduate-mentorship award (2014) and the annual Helen I. Mandeville Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching in the Humanities (2018). His critical edition and translation of a thirteenth-century Arabic polemic by a disgruntled Egyptian bureaucrat, entitled The Sword of Ambition, was published in 2016 with the Library of Arabic Literature series of New York University Press, and his articles have appeared in journals such as Islamic Law and Society, the Journal of the American Oriental Society, and Der Islam. His forthcoming monograph—Friends of the Emir, Enemies of God—excavates prescriptive discourses surrounding non-Muslim officials in pre-modern Islamic states. Yarbrough earned his A.B. (History, 2004) as well as his Ph.D. at Princeton, and has studied and traveled widely in the Middle East and North Africa, including extended stints as a Fulbright Scholar and fellow at the Center for Arabic Study Abroad at the American University in Cairo (2004-5, 2009). In May 2018, he will give a series of seminars at the Université Paris-1 Panthéon-Sorbonne.