Faculty / Department

The Evolution of LGBTQ Studies at UCLA

Published: July 21, 2017

As the program celebrates 20 years of scholarship and advocacy, it also eyes expansion Jessica Wolf | July 17, 2017 For two decades, the field of queer studies has been thriving and evolving within the humanities division of the UCLA College. Now Alicia Gaspar de Alba, chair of what is currently known as LGBTQ studies, is ready…

2016 DAAD Prize in German and European Studies Awarded to Dr. Yasemin Yildiz, UCLA

Published: June 5, 2017

Congratulations to Dr. Yasemin Yildiz of UCLA, the recipient of the 2016 DAAD Prize for Distinguished Scholarship in German and European Studies for her outstanding academic work in the Humanities. Yasemin Yildiz is an Associate Professor of German and Comparative Literature at UCLA.  She grew up in Bremen and began her academic life at the Universität…

Comparative Literature Professor Receives Mellon Grant to Pursue New Direction

Published: May 31, 2017

Nouri Gana, associate professor of comparative literature and Near Eastern languages and cultures, has been named one of 13 recipients of the 2017 New Directions fellowship from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. An accomplished scholar of the literatures and cultures of the Arab world and its diasporas, Gana becomes the fourth UCLA professor since 2006…

Harvard Awards UCLA Classics Professor the Centennial Medal

Published: May 26, 2017

Harvard University’s Graduate School of Arts and Sciences awarded the Centennial Medal to Sarah Morris, Steinmetz Professor of Classical Archaeology and Material Culture at UCLA and an archaeologist with the Cotsen Institute of Archaeology. The award recognizes her scholarship in the classics and for her archaeological research. “Sarah Morris has brought to light countless ancient…

UCLA Students Present on Intersectionality, LGBTQ Research in Symposium

Published: May 15, 2017

UCLA Daily Bruin BY MEGAN DALEY Posted: May 7, 2017 10:38 pm Josh Feldman stood in front of students in the Charles E. Young Grand Salon in Kerckhoff Hall and shared his journey to self-acceptance, through American Sign Language. “I’m a writer, I’m gay, I’m Jewish, I’m a Libra, I used to be a vegetarian,…

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