Read Their Stories

At Public Scholarship and Engagement, we value sharing the authentic voices of those engaged in public scholarship.

This is why we work hard to publish and promote first-person blogs written by UC Davis-affiliated public scholars. These blogs, however, are the personal accounts and opinions of the individual writers and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of Public Scholarship and Engagement or UC Davis. We feel it is important that these scholars can share their genuine experiences about public scholarship.


 

Exploring the Link Between Wildfires and Infectious Disease

Wildfire smoke may carry mold spores that cause fungal infections in humans. Naomi Hauser, an infectious disease specialist and assistant clinical professor at UC Davis Health, built strong partnerships with community fire departments to measure the spread of spores during wildfires.

Documenting Youth Resilience During the Pandemic

Natalia Deeb-Sossa, associate professor in the Department of Chicana/o Studies, has a passion for advocating for marginalized communities and addressing inequities. She documented the pandemic’s impact on children of farm workers with support from a Public Impact Research Initiative grant.

Completing Case Narratives

Criminal procedure scholar and Professor Irene Oritseweyinmi Joe hopes her public scholarship will help give defendants a place in the narratives of their own case decisions.

A Different Kind of Block Party

Block Party reimagines the architecture and urbanism of a section of Berkeley, California, through the perspectives of disability and housing justice. Created by a multidisciplinary team composed of disabled and non-disabled architects, artists, and authors, the project seeks to answer two important questions.