Faculty / Department

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…

Linguistic Society of America elects Prof. Nina Hyams as 2020 fellow

Published: January 7, 2020

The Linguistic Society of America (LSA) has selected professor Nina Hyams to be a fellow for its 2020 cohort. Since the early ’80s, Hyams has been a member of the LSA, an organization dedicated to fostering a community of linguistic professionals. The LSA aims to further advance the study of linguistics and promote public education,…

International Association of Egyptologists elects director of Cotsen Institute as president

Published: December 6, 2019

Willeke Wendrich, director of the Cotsen Institute of Archaeology at UCLA, has been elected to serve as President of the International Association of Egyptologists (IAE) for the next four years. The IAE is a global organization of scholars and non-scholars alike who contribute to the field and study of Egyptology. Dr. Chris Naunton, the outgoing…

Theresa and Henry Biggs endow chair in Linguistics to honor Prof. Bruce Hayes

Published: December 3, 2019

UCLA Department of Linguistics celebrated the appointment of professor Bruce Hayes to the newly established Theresa McShane Biggs and Henry P. Biggs Centennial Term Chair in Linguistics. The department held an installation ceremony and reception on October 30 in the California Nanosystems Institute. UCLA Dean of Humanities David Schaberg and Professor Patricia Keating, who is…

Teaching with teddy bears: Lecturer uses stuffed animals to engage classes

Published: November 20, 2019
Quyen Di Chuc Bui posing with a stuffed animal

Every day, professors look for new ways to encourage active participation in their classes. Quyen Di Chuc Bui takes a unique approach. When teaching his introductory Vietnamese courses, the UCLA Department of Asian Languages and Cultures lecturer hands out stuffed animals to his students as a way of motivating and rewarding them for their work….

UCLA Professor of Spanish and Portuguese, Héctor Calderón Latest Book Wins Awards

Published: October 14, 2019

Héctor Calderón, a UCLA professor of Spanish American, Mexican, and Chicana/o literature and cultures, was awarded first place for Best Academic Themed Book at the 21st Annual International Latino Book Awards on Sept. 21. “The Aztlán Mexican Studies Reader, 1974­-2016,” (UCLA Chicano Studies Research Center Press, 2018) which was edited and is introduced by Professor…

Asian Languages and Cultures Professor Recognized as Distinguished Alumna

Published: October 9, 2019

UCLA Newsroom | October 4, 2019 Shu-mei Shih, professor of Asian languages and cultures, has received a distinguished alumnae award from her alma mater, National Taiwan Normal University. Shih was recognized for her influential work in Sinophone studies. The award recognizes lifetime scholarly, artistic or professional achievement, as well as contribution to the university and to…

Associate Professor of English and Chicana/o Studies Marissa Lopez receives a Chancellor’s Award for Community-Engaged Research

Published: June 28, 2019

UCLA Newsroom | Robin Migdol | June 27, 2019 The inaugural Chancellor’s Award for Community-Engaged Research, which is supported by the Chancellor’s office and the UCLA Center for Community Learning, has allocated six $10,000 research grants to develop new undergraduate research courses.In each course, students will carry out research activities in partnership with local community organizations….

Simone King, Korean Studies Major, Graduates From UCLA at 82

Published: June 20, 2019

By: Megan Reusche Simone King graduated from UCLA in June 2019 at the age of 82 with a bachelor’s degree in Korean Studies. Achieving this life goal was no easy feat, and there are numerous life events and milestones that led Simone to become the individual she is today. After witnessing both World War II…

Celebrating 50 Years of Comparative Literature at UCLA

Published: June 9, 2019

By: Megan Reusche In 2019, the Department of Comparative Literature at UCLA celebrates its 50th anniversary as UCLA marks its 100th. Beginning as an interdepartmental program (IDP) in 1969, it officially became recognized as a department in the early 1980s. On June 2, 2019, the department hosted a celebration featuring remarks by the current Comparative…

Professor Stephanie Jamison Elected as Correspondant Étranger at the Académie des Inscriptions et Belles-Lettres

Published: May 30, 2019

By: Megan Reusche Professor Stephanie Jamison in the Department of Asian Languages and Cultures and UCLA Program in Indo-European Studies was recently elected to the position of correspondent étranger (foreign correspondent) at the Académie des Inscriptions et Belles-Lettres. The Académie des Inscriptions et Belles-Lettres was founded in 1663 as a society of scholars brought together…