College of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences



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Professors Who Look Like You

Grant Winners Who Earned 270K in National Endowment for the Humanities Grants

Claudia Holguín Mendoza and Jorge Leal: For a project to create new bilingual Latinx history courses and incorporate a bilingual pedagogical approach into additional Latinx studies humanities courses.

Liz Przybylski: For completion of a book and articles about indigenous hip-hop musicians, media professionals, and the concept of sonic sovereignty.

Sarita Echavez See: For research and writing leading to a book about contemporary Filipino American art and visual culture, and small businesses that create and exhibit visual culture through modes of inventive survival.    

Two Guggenheim Fellows

Anthea Kraut is researching the uncredited labor of stand-in dancers known as “dance-ins” and the ways they contributed to the film industry’s upholding of white supremacy during the Golden Age of musicals in Hollywood.

Yunhee Min’s recently created an exuberant painting on the stairs of the Hammer Museum’s lobby. It is the first Hammer project to be displayed on the floor, rather than the walls. 


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Alumni Who Rise

Simon Tam

Simon Tam won a landmark case at the Supreme Court of the United States in 2017. The court ruled unanimously in Tam’s favor.

“Dance rock band frontman Simon Tam sought to trademark The Slants. His aim was to reappropriate a term long used to disparage a minority group and to render the term a badge of pride. All of us agreed.”

— Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Dexter Thomas

Dexter Thomas won the Pulitzer Prize in 2016 as part of the Los Angeles Times team that covered the 2015 San Bernardino mass shootings.

Jesse Melgar

Jesse Melgar was press secretary for Governor Gavin Newsom when the pandemic struck.

Sabrina Cervantes

Sabrina Cervantes represents California’s 60th Assembly District.

Gabriel Maldonado

Gabriel Maldonado’s nonprofit TruEvolution is bringing care to vulnerable communities in the Inland Empire.

Fatima Farheen Mirza

Fatima Farheen Mirza started writing her New York Times best-seller “A Place For Us” as a first-year student at UCR. It is the first book to be published by Sarah Jessica Parker’s imprint, SJP for Hogarth.

Rachelle Cruz

Rachelle Cruz uses poetry to better understand the world and shape the next generation of writers.

Mark Takano

Mark Takano is the United States Representative for California's 41st congressional district. In 2012, he became the first openly gay person of color to be elected to Congress.

Frank Bidart

Frank Bidart won the Pulitzer Prize in 2018 for his book "Half-light: Collected Poems 1965-2016."

Nwaka Onwusa

Nwaka Onwusa is the former director of curatorial affairs for the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.

Anthea Hartig

Anthea Hartig was named director of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History. Hartig is the first female director since the museum opened in 1964.

Denise Verret

Denise Verret was named CEO and director of the Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens, becoming the first African American woman to lead a major U.S. zoo.

Steve Breen

Steve Breen has won the Pulitzer Prize twice, in 1998 and 2009, for his editorial cartoons. 

Joe Kelly

Joe Kelly played earned World Series titles with the Boston Red Sox in 2018 and Los Angeles Dodgers in 2020. He is now a pitcher for the Chicago White Sox.

Jamie Chung

Jamie Chung has acted in multiple projects including  “This is Us,” “Lovecraft Country,” and “Dexter: New Blood.”

Larry Chung

Larry Chung serves as vice president of local public affairs at Southern California Edison.

Besidone Amoruwa

Besidone Amoruwa is the manager of strategic, content, and creator partnerships at Instagram (Meta).

Nicole Brown

Nicole Brown co-founded the real estate development firm Kaest Development. Her project, Vinotech, received an Award of Excellence from the American Planning Association in 2020.

Jalysa Conway

Jalysa Conway is a writer and producer, known for “9-1-1: Lone Star,” “Grey’s Anatomy,” and “The Last Kids on Earth.”

Nana Kaneko

Nana Kaneko uses her love and knowledge of music to help preserve cultural heritage worldwide.

Brenda Martinez

Brenda Martinez won a silver medal in the 800 meters at the IAAF World Championships in Moscow in 2013, becoming the first U.S. woman to medal in the race. In 2016, Martinez qualified for the U.S. Olympic team.

Francisco “Panchito” Javier Ramírez Rueda

Francisco “Panchito” Javier Ramírez Rueda founded The Dreamers Soccer Clinic to serve underprivileged kids in north Los Angeles.

Angel Rodriguez

Angel Rodriguez was appointed by Governor Newsom in 2021 to the California Student Aid Commission.