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Amy Hart, Ph.D. (left) and Gabriela Kovats Sánchez, Ph.D. (right)

Meet the Newest Members of Public Scholarship and Engagement

The Office of Public Scholarship and Engagement (PSE) has expanded its team with two new members who bring deep expertise, knowledge, and passion for public scholarship: Amy Hart, Ph.D., and Gabriela Kovats Sánchez, Ph.D. 

As program manager for PSE, Amy will coordinate and administer programs that support public scholarship and community engaged projects initiated by faculty, staff and students. She will also coordinate university-wide assessment efforts to measure the collective impact of community engaged scholarship. Most recently, Amy worked as a public historian for California State Parks, based at Hearst Castle, where she developed museum exhibitions and managed historic preservation projects. She has also taught in the Department of History and the Department of Women’s, Gender & Queer Studies at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo.

Gabriela joins us as a postdoctoral scholar focused on assessing and evaluating the internal and external impact of community engagement at UC Davis. Previously, she was the faculty scholar for the Native Resource Center and Center for Intercultural Relations at San Diego State University, where she directed the Elymash Yuuchaap Indigenous Leaders and Scholars Program and Multicultural Learning Community for first year and transfer students. She was also a postdoctoral research fellow with SDSU’s Research and Equity Scholarship Institute and taught Chicana/o Studies and American Indian Studies at SDSU and San Diego City College.

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