Faculty / Department

UCLA Near Eastern Languages and Cultures Professor Robert K. Englund Receives Prestigious Grant for Research Collaboration on Big Data

Published: April 3, 2017

The Division of Humanities is excited to announce that the Machine Translation and Automated Analysis of Cuneiform Language,MTAAC, project co-directed by Robert K. Englund of UCLA Near Eastern Languages and Cultures is now funded through the Trans-Atlantic Platform Digging into Data Challenge by the American National Endowment for the Humanities, the German Research Foundation, and the Canadian Social Sciences and…

Professor John Duncan of Asian Languages and Cultures Wins Prestigious Award for Korean Studies Scholars

Published: March 16, 2017

The Division of Humanities would like to congratulate Professor John Duncan,  Professor of Korean in the Department of Asian Languages & Cultures, on his award as the twenty-third recipient of the Yongjae Award.The Yongjae Award was established to recognize the best Korean Studies scholars around the world through the Yongje Academic Award and the Yongjae Chair Professor….

Pourdavoud Center for the Study of the Iranian World Established at UCLA

Published: February 23, 2017

UCLA has established the Pourdavoud Center for the Study of the Iranian World, the first center in the Western Hemisphere that aims to advance the knowledge of ancient Iranian languages, history and religions. The center is named for the late Ebrahim Pourdavoud, a pioneering scholar of ancient Persia and a professor in Europe, Iran and Iraq….

UCLA Art History Professor Sharon Gerstel Awarded Prestigious Book Award from the International Center of Medieval Art

Published: February 23, 2017

UCLA Art History Professor Sharon Gerstel’s Rural Lives and Landscapes in Late Byzantium: Art, Archaeology, and Ethnography has been selected as the recipient of the 2016 inaugural book prize of the International Center of Medieval Art. The faculty committee who awarded the prize had the following remarks regarding Professor Gerstel’s win, “Published in 2015 by…

Emeritus Professor of Chinese Awarded Book Prize from Foundation for Landscape Studies

Published: February 4, 2017

The Division of Humanities would like to congratulate Richard E. Strassberg, Emeritus Professor of Chinese in Department of Asian Languages & Cultures, UCLA on the awarding of the The John Brinckerhoff Jackson Book Prize from the Foundation for Landscape Studies.  Dr. Strassberg’s book Thirty Six Views: The Kangxi Emperor’s Mountain Estate in Poetry and Prints (Harvard Press, 2016)…

UCLA Partners With Université François Rabelais of Tours  (France) On Project: “From Passions to Emotions” 

Published: January 19, 2017

The Humanities Division is pleased to announce the launch of a three year collaborative project between UCLA and the Université François Rabelais of Tours (France), based on a research program titled « From Passions to Emotions : Non-Fictional Representations of the Individual (1680-1850) » and financed jointly by the PUF (Partner University Fund USA-France), and by the two…

Professor Cooperson of NELC Wins Award for his Translation of the Biography of Ibn Hanbal

Published: January 4, 2017

UCLA professor Michael Cooperson of Near Eastern languages and cultures has won the Sheikh Hamad Award for his Arabic-to-English translation of the “Virtues of the Imām Aḥmad ibn Ḥanbal” by Ibn al-Jawzī. Published by NYU Press in two volumes, Cooperson’s translation of the biography of Ibn Hanbal was penned by Ibn al-Jawzi, a Baghdad preacher, scholar. Full…

English Professor, Uri McMillian to Receive MLA’s William Sanders Scarborough Prize For An Outstanding Scholarly Study for African American Literature or Culture

Published: December 6, 2016

UCLA English Professor Uri McMillian to Receive MLA’s William Sanders Scarborough Prize for An Outstanding Scholarly Study for African American Literature or Culture New York, NY – 6 December 2016 – The Modern Language Association of America today announced it is awarding its fifteenth annual William Sanders Scarborough Prize to Uri McMillan, of the University of…

UCLA Researchers Teach Computer to Read the Internet

Published: December 6, 2016

Teaching computers to read is one thing. But by designing an algorithm that examined nearly 2 million posts from two popular parenting websites, a multidisciplinary team of UCLA researchers has built an elegant computational model that reflects how humans think and communicate, thereby teaching computers to understand structured narratives within the flow of posts on…

Professor Dominic Thomas, Chair of French and Francophone Studies on CNN International and CCTV America Speaking About France’s Presidential Election

Published: December 2, 2016

Professor and Chair of French and Francophone Studies, Dominic Thomas  speaks on CNN International about France’s next Presidential Election, see clips below: CNN International, November 28th, 2016 http://www.snappytv.com/tc/3361991 In addition, Professor Thomas speaks with CCTV- America on the current status of the French Economy on November 28th, 2016

NELC Chair Kara Cooney Answers 37 Questions

Published: November 22, 2016

The College at UCLA has recently launched a dynamic video feature that asks 37 rapid-fire questions to a UCLA faculty member – in this video we tag along with NELC Chair Kara Cooney and bust a couple of myths about ancient Egyptians!

UCLA Humanities Students Rebuild History of African-American Silent Films

Published: October 28, 2016

While the #OscarsSoWhite controversy raged over the dearth of people of color nominated for Academy Awards this past year, a group of digital humanities students at UCLA channeled their frustration into meticulously reconstructing the little-known history of silent films made for and by African Americans in the early 20th century. What they found, and sought…

Humanity Doesn’t Just Exist; It has to be Created, Over and Over Again

Published: October 3, 2016

From the Chronicle of Higher Education How Humanities Can Help Fix the World By John McCumber (UCLA Germanic Languages Faculty) OCTOBER 02, 2016 As academe’s hoped-for recovery from the 2008 financial crisis recedes before it like the shimmer of water on a hot roadway, the problems of its humanities component are up close and all…

English Professor Richard Yarborough Receives Distinguished Scholar Award

Published: September 13, 2016

Professor of English Richard Yarborough is the recipient of the 2016 Darwin T. Turner Distinguished Scholar Award from the African American Literature and Culture Society. The society recognizes outstanding achievements and scholars to encourage dialogue, scholarly publications and projects devoted to the study of African American literature and culture. Yarborough teaches African American literature and 19th and…

Literature and film help teach students to understand the brain

Published: August 25, 2016

What can Shakespeare, Cervantes, Proust, and even contemporary playwrights and filmmakers contribute to the study of neuroscience? A lot, says UCLA professor of integrative biology and physiology Scott Chandler. “When we are talking about the brain, we are talking about our essence,” Chandler said. For the last four years, Chandler has been teaching and coordinating…

In Memoriam: UCLA Emerita English Professor and Author Carolyn See

Published: July 22, 2016

Author, critic and UCLA emerita English professor Carolyn See, 82, died July 13 in Santa Monica as a result of congestive heart failure. Among her 10 books are a critically acclaimed memoir, “Dreaming: Hard Luck and Good Times in America,” the nonfiction primer “Making a Literary Life” and the novels “There Will Never Be Another…

“Hike your own hike” TEDxUCLA talk by Dr. Tara Prescott, Writing Programs

Published: July 14, 2016

Universities are interesting places. For hundreds of years we have been structured with distinct schools, departments, disciplines, focuses and tracks, all built to move you into one of these narrow spaces for a deep dive experience into an area that often become lifelong pursuits. However, if one of the largest majors is undeclared, with constant…