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The CAH Fellows Program supports research and creative work in the arts and humanities by faculty and students. Each year a cohort of faculty and student fellows pursue projects funded by the CAH, develop collaborative programming based on those projects, and join each other in community-building both on and off campus..

Faculty Fellows

We are pleased to announce our 2021-2022 cohort of CAH Faculty Fellows.

Chris Bacon (Environmental Studies and Sciences), “Framing Food Justice: Diverse Perspectives towards Building Back Post-COVID Food Systems with Equity and Resilience.” 

This project engages narrative to address the role of regional food production and expanding food justice networking to scale up urban agriculture. During the fellowship period, the plan is to conduct and analyze interviews with diverse participants in a food justice collaborative that aims to use agroecology, action-research, and strategic planning to expand resilient and equitable food systems in Santa Clara County.

Sonia Gomez (History), “A Gendered Diaspora: Intimacy and Empire in the Making of Japanese America, 1908-1952.” 

This book project explores the complicated and changing race and gender logics that alternately excluded and included Japanese women in the United States. It demonstrates how intimacy (marriage) and empire (immigration policies) intersect in the making of Japanese America in the Twentieth Century, and discusses how marriage -- as a contested mode of immigrant incorporation -- shaped the process of immigration and settlement for women and their families.

Maggie Levantovskaya (English), “Writing Illness and Disability.” 

This project creates and examines narratives about people who are living with chronic illness and disabilities, but who are under-funded, under-researched and under-represented in mainstream media. It focuses on the ethical, social, and aesthetic issues of representing these voices, focusing in particular on lupus patients but also situating their stories in a broader discussion about women and nonbinary individuals and chronic illness, disability activism, and the field of Disability Studies.

Juan Velasco (English), “A Film Treatment/Screenplay Based on Salaria Kea’s Biography.” 

This project will tell the story of Salaria Kea, an African American woman -- and the only African American nurse -- who served in the fight against fascism during the Spanish Civil War (1936-1939). Kea joined the Abraham Lincoln Brigade, the first truly integrated American fighting force in military history, composed of volunteer anti-fascist soldiers, technicians, medical personnel, and others. This screenplay about Salaria Kea will allow for a recounting of not only her story but also the contributions of other women and African-American men who risked their lives to serve in Spain. By sharing the screenplay with national and international scholars and organizations, the hope is that the screenplay will attract the interest of funders, film producers, and filmmakers.

An exciting part of these projects is how they will engage with student, faculty, and community partners. Stay tuned for more details about these collaborations.

Student Fellows

We are pleased to announce our 2021-2022 cohort of CAH Student Fellows.

Frances Bertotti-Metoyer ’22 (Music, History, and Ethnic Studies) and Sophia Flores ’22 (Music, Physics, and Ethnic Studies) for “Songs of Conservation” (supervised by Bruno Ruviaro, Music)

Teresa Contino ’24 (English and Psychology), DH student fellow, for “Composing Collaborative Feminist Recovery Projects with Scalar” (supervised by Amy Lueck, English)

Natalie Henriquez ’22 (History and Philosophy) for “Crimmigation: The Detention Crisis in American Immigration Policy” (supervised by Sonia Gomez, History)

Emma Kuli ’22 (English) for “Cultivating Creative Storytelling” (supervised by Kirk Glaser, English/Creative Writing)

Sophie Wink ’22 (History) for “Women and Eugenics at the Maine School for the Feeble Minded” (supervised by Amy Randall, History)