Faculty / Department

Spanish, Community and Culture Major Highlighted for International Women’s Day

Published: March 31, 2021

UCLA student Jazminne Rodriguez. (Photo courtesy of Ms. Rodriguez.) In honor of International Women’s Day 2021 on March 8, the UCLA International Institute is publishing a series of profiles of female Bruins who have overcome challenges in their quest to effect change in the world. UCLA Global, March 8, 2021 — Jazminne Rodriguez joined UCLA as a…

Linguistics student fulfills dream at UCLA

Published: March 11, 2021

Peggy McInerny | March 10, 2021 In honor of International Women’s Day 2021 on March 8, the UCLA International Institute is publishing a series of profiles of female Bruins. Abeer Ali Abdullah Al-Abbas, a UCLA graduate student in linguistics who hails from Saudi Arabia, grew up in the Farasan Islands, a group of coral islands in…

UCLA professors Maite Zubiaurre and Kristy Guevara-Flanagan hope their film about searching for those lost in the desert will change immigration policy

Published: February 23, 2021

Photo Courtesy of David Marquez – An Águilas del Desierto volunteer carries a cross on each search to mark where any intact bodies have been found. UCLA Newsroom | Alison Hewitt | February 22, 2021 When UCLA professor Maite Zubiaurre decided to make a documentary about volunteers who search for the remains of migrants in the…

UCLA Establishes Department of European Languages and Transcultural Studies

Published: February 8, 2021

In a giant leap for our language studies programs, the departments of French and Francophone Studies, Germanic Languages, Italian, and Scandinavian have completed a merger resulting in the new Department of European Languages and Transcultural Studies (ELTS). Chaired by Professor Dominic Thomas, ELTS strengthens our existing language offerings while providing a holistic approach to the…

Miwon Kwon Named Inaugural Walter Hopps Chair in Modern and Contemporary Art

Published: February 8, 2021

Miwon Kwon (Photo credit: ©Todd Cheney, 2015) Internationally renowned scholar and curator of contemporary art Miwon Kwon has been named the inaugural Walter Hopps Chair in Modern and Contemporary Art in the Department of Art History of the UCLA College. A UCLA faculty member since 1997, Kwon is a professor of art history and chair…

Professor Michael Berry Receives National Endowment for the Arts Literature Translation Fellowship

Published: February 4, 2021

Thursday, February 4, 2021  Los Angeles—Today, the National Endowment for the Arts announced that Michael Berry will receive a Literature Translation Fellowship of $12,500 to translate Soft Burial (Ruan mai) by Fang Fang into English. Michael Berry is one of 24 Literature Translation Fellows selected for fiscal year 2021. In total, the Arts Endowment will…

Professor Calderon’s groundbreaking anthology honored with MLA Panel, “Criticism in the Borderlands” at Thirty Years

Published: January 4, 2021

On Saturday, January 9th, 2021, the Modern Languages Association will be hosting a panel session in honor of UCLA Professor Hector Calderon’s (Spanish and Portuguese) groundbreaking anthology, “Criticism in the Borderlands: Studies in Chicano Literature, Culture, and Ideology” thirty years after its first publication. This panel will bring together experts in the field to discuss…

Gift Establishes Lectureship in the Center for the Study of Religion

Published: November 12, 2020

According to followers of the ancient Jain religion, Bhagwan Abhinandan-nath, the 4th Tirthankar/Ford Maker of Jain Dharma, was an apostle of unconditional nonviolence, peace, harmony, austerity, interdependence and co-existence with all species: human and non-human. The Center for the Study of Religion in UCLA’s humanities division has received a landmark $150,000 commitment from 10 families…

UCLA Humanities Professor launches second edition of “LA Escena”, a Festival of Spanish Classical Theater, November 12-16, 2020

Published: November 10, 2020

Diversifying the Classics​ ​is delighted to announce the second edition of Los Angeles’ Festival of Hispanic classical theater, ​LA Escena 2020​ , now in a largely virtual mode. Since launching our biennial celebration in 2018, we have been planning for this new opportunity to present Hispanic classics, from inventive productions of the original texts to…

Shu-mei Shih Named Inaugural Edward W. Said Professorship in Comparative Literature

Published: August 18, 2020

A portrait of Shu-mei Shih (Photo Credit: Raymond Schorr) Humanities scholar Shu-mei Shih has been named the inaugural Edward. W. Said Professor of Comparative Literature in the UCLA College division of humanities. A UCLA faculty member since 1993, Shih is a professor in the departments of comparative literature, Asian languages and cultures, and Asian American…

Alumna’s Gift will Support the Study of Contemporary Chinese Culture

Published: July 13, 2020

A $250,000 donation from economics alumna May C. Chong has established the Heritage and Hope Endowment in the Department of Asian Languages and Cultures. Augmented by $125,000 from the Humanities Centennial Match, the gift will support students and faculty researching contemporary global Chinese culture and/or religion, specifically Buddhism. “We are deeply grateful for May Chong’s…

Department of Art History Establishes the Diane C. Brouillette Graduate Fellowship

Published: June 23, 2020

The UCLA Department of Art History has established the Diane C. Brouillette Graduate Fellowship in Art History, thanks to a $250,000 tribute gift in memory of the late UCLA alumna Diane Brouillette. The gift qualified for an additional $125,000 in matching funds from the UCLA Humanities Centennial Matching Gift Fund. The fellowship will help fund…

New Endowed Term Chair in Hellenic Studies at UCLA

Published: May 28, 2020

UCLA has received a gift commitment from Demos and Carol Anagnos and the Aris Anagnos Foundation to establish the Aris Anagnos Family Chair in Hellenic Studies in the UCLA Stavros Niarchos Foundation (SNF) Center for the Study of Hellenic Culture. The chair, which will provide funds to support the work of a distinguished scholar and…

COVID 19 Fiat Lux Seminars: Shedding Light on the Pandemic (Part 1)

Published: May 18, 2020

With many of us now living under government-issued stay-at-home or shelter-in-place orders, Raymond Knapp is taking a musical approach towards how people are coping. Knapp is the Academic Associate Dean at the UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music and a distinguished musicology professor. He also serves as the Director of the UCLA Center for Musical…

Center for Jewish Studies Director, Sarah Stein Named to New Viterbi Chair in Mediterranean Jewish Studies

Published: May 6, 2020

Melissa Abraham | May 4, 2020 Prominent historian Sarah Abrevaya Stein has been named the inaugural holder of the Viterbi Family Endowed Chair in Mediterranean Jewish Studies in the UCLA College divisions of humanities and social sciences. Stein, who directs the UCLA Alan D. Leve Center for Jewish Studies and is a history professor, has received prestigious accolades…

ACLS selects Javier Patiño Loira and David Kim for 2020 Fellowship Program

Published: April 13, 2020

The American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) has selected UCLA Humanities faculty Javier Patiño Loira and David D. Kim for its 2020 Fellowship Program. The ACLS Fellowship Program awards fellowships to scholars in the humanities and social sciences, not limited to any specific time period, world region, or humanistic methodology. Applicants submit a proposal for…

UCLA Receives $25 million from Uniqlo Founder for Japanese Literature and Culture Studies

Published: January 15, 2020

Kabuki actor Nakamura Kyozo in a performance of “Shujaku jishi” performance for UCLA students in November 2019. The event was sponsored by the Yanai Initiative and the Japanese Ministry of Culture.   UCLA College Communications | Melissa Abraham | January 15, 2020 UCLA has received a $25 million gift from Tadashi Yanai, the chair, president…

UCLA French and Francophone Professor Named One of 2019’s 100 Most Influential Africans

Published: January 14, 2020

UCLA Newsroom | January 10, 2020 Alain Mabanckou, literature professor in the UCLA Department of French and Francophone Studies, has been named one of 2019’s 100 most influential Africans by leading politics and culture magazine, “New African.” A renowned novelist, poet and professor, Mabanckou is recognized for his contributions to the global literary scene. Known for…