College of Letters and Science

2019 Mellon Public Scholars Showcase

The twelve UC Davis graduate students in the arts, humanities, and humanistic social sciences in the 2019 cohort will present their community-based projects, followed by a reception and resource share.

Children of Poor Immigrants Rise, Regardless of Where They Come From

October 28, 2019
New research linking millions of fathers and sons dating to the 1880s shows that children of poor immigrants in America have had greater success climbing the economic ladder than children of similarly poor fathers born in the United States. That pattern has been remarkably stable for more than a century, even as immigration laws have shifted and as the countries most likely to send immigrants to the United States have changed.

Mellon Public Scholar Katherine Nasol: Research as Movement Building in AAPI Communities

October 22, 2019
Katherine Nasol, PhD student in Cultural Studies and 2019 Mellon Public Scholar, is a community organizer at heart. As an undergraduate at Stanford, she says, 'I didn’t think I would touch research, because I was interested in social justice issues and supporting queer and trans communities of color.' But then, in the process of developing an honors thesis about trafficked Filipinx migrants in the US and Hong Kong, she was introduced to community-based research.

UC Davis Expert Assesses Impact Of US Troop Withdrawal From Syria

October 17, 2019
Watenpaugh is the founding director of the UC Davis Human Rights Studies Program, the first academic unit of its kind in the UC system. He has been a leader in international efforts to address the needs of displaced and refugee university students and professionals, especially those impacted by the wars and civil conflicts in Syria, Iraq, Lebanon and Turkey.

30 Years of UC Davis Students’ Prized Writing

October 09, 2019
Prized Writing provides a representative, wide-ranging and engaging experience of what UC Davis students are learning, thinking and writing about in classrooms throughout the campus. in addition to providing deeply satisfying reading experiences, many of these essays will, like those before them, find their way back into classrooms — at UC Davis and beyond — as writing models.

NAIS Research Now Colloqium: Fall 2019

Inés Hernández-Ávila, Native American Studies professor and co-founder of the Native American and Indigenous Studies Association, talks about her career as a publicly engaged scholar and artist with a focus on the relationship between creativity, autonomy, spirit and social justice.

Study Finds Deportations Haven't Reduced Crime

September 30, 2019
UC Davis researchers are examining the consequences of deportation from many angles — its effects on people, families and communities. Their findings were recently featured in the New York Times.