Spring 2021
Spring Quarter Newsletter
Dear friends and colleagues,

As we close out 2021, we want to address and thank our students.

The challenges of this year have been brutal, and as they kept piling up, it was your perseverance that sustained and uplifted us. You inspired us with your commitment to your work, your fierce creativity, your deep care for each other in these uncaring times. We are moved by your insistence on imagining otherwise, and your organizing to get us there, here in the university and beyond. To those of you graduating this year, class of 2021, congratulations! Everything you have accomplished these past years, even and especially those that are not quantifiable by grades, be proud of it. You are much more than your grades. Keep doing work that matters!

Nancy Kwak

Simeon Man
Associate Director
Congratulations to the Class of 2021!
Bolded names denotes honors or special recognition.
African American Studies
Deddeh Weedor Kaba
Angel Miguel Lopez
Sarah Marie McGovern
Matthew Durrel Watkins

Asian American &
Pacific Islander Studies
Antonette Ricasa Bagaporo
Fran Bautista
Jasmine Law
Julianne Marie Woo

Chicanx & Latinx Studies
Angelika Natalie Cazares
Mariana Carrola
Mariana Garcia
Jennifer Yerazdyn Guerrero Correa
Yanell Jimenez
Angel Miguel Lopez
Andrea Magana-Escobar
Debra Manzo Garcia
Cristabel Otero Castaneda
Elizabeth Marie Riley

Chinese Studies
Alexandra Nicole Bachmann
Savannah Rose Bollinger
Eric Chang
Ji Woo (Jessica) Choi
David Kang
Safwaan Zaman Khan
Yinghao Han
Yong-Yi Hu
Samuel Joyce
Grace (Fengyi) Lu
Andrea Ortiz
Cindy Jade Pham
Hanbyul Ryu
Giancarlo Samayoa
Collin David Stewart
Phuoc Kim Tran
Carlos Erick Valencia Barron
Alexis Anh Wascher
Julianne Marie Woo
Charles Xiong
Cindy Zhang

Classical Studies
Anna Marie Box
Ajeng Ayu McCunney
Miranda Renee Rodriguez
Jialin Sophia Shan

Global South Studies
Dustin Hyun Shin

Italian Studies
Joshua Constantine Beal
Ferdinando Scappaticci

Japanese Studies
John Cavoulas
Rhiannon Keiko Coleman
Chuyao (Christy) Cui
Vivian T. Do
Arthur Tai Endo
Airi Gonzalez
Kaitlin Carolyn Gundersen
Holly Brooke Ham
Christopher Daniel Hangan
Senri Kuroiwa
Jessica Kuang
Bich-Lieu Thi Le
Jonghoon Lee
Stephen Daniel Napolitano
Christopher Tetsu Otoshi
Kimberly Kimiko Payne
Ariel Rosenthal
Pilan Constantine Scruggs
Ching-Han Tu
Hannah Won
Lucy Yu
Christia Marie Zeiter
Jewish Studies
Edward Alexander Muallem
Brian Aaron Rad
Benjamin Zahji

Middle East Studies
Joshua Michael Baffone
Emma Rose Bruce
Ilmaa Haque
Moon Jung Kim
Rola Kojok
Irene Minas
Annie Sulejmani

Russian, East European, & Eurasian Studies
Karina Elliana Dubourdieu
Maxwell Culver Fine
Erin Irene Ling
Kimberly Stephanie Novobilsky
Mistral Ariel Emile Cielo Vazquez

Transnational Korean Studies
Esmeralda Gomez
Amanda Dejean Horn
Da Sol Jeong
Caleb Min Kang
Heather S. Lee
Nathalie Nguyen
Paola Nieto
Ryan Pak
Esther H. Phung
Alyssa Edca Schamber
Julie Dongeun Shin
Ashley Siu
Halle Sousa
Arissa Jade Torres
Kathy Tran
Euphie Zhao

Upcoming Events
New! Black Diaspora and
African American Studies Major
Students will be able to declare a major in Black Diaspora and African American Studies, starting Fall 2022. “One of the overarching goals of the new degree is to help students understand the critical spaces Black people hold in society: culturally, politically, economically and socially,” said program director Thandeka Chapman. 

Schools, Prisons, Abolition
Asian American and Pacific Islander Studies Program held a virtual event on May 21, 2021 to honor Abolition May and Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month. Guest speakers from Khmer Girls in Action, Empowering Pacific Islander Communities, Youth Justice Coalition, and UC San Diego's Education Studies Department.

University of California Humanities Research Institute Grants Awards for 2021-2022
Congratulations to UC San Diego awardees Kathryn Walkiewicz (Literature), Ameeth Vijay (Literature), Ho Chiu Leung (History), and Milana Kostic (Philosophy).

The Institute Welcomes Film Studies
We are excited to announce that the Film Studies Program, which includes a minor, will join the Institute July 1, 2021.

Past Spring Event Recordings
Congratulations to all our Graduate Summer Fellows from the Departments of History, Literature, Music, and Visual Arts.
Our Graduate Summer Fellowship supports UC San Diego graduate students in completing their dissertations that relate to one of the following four themes: Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion; Global Arts and Humanities; Public Arts and Humanities; and Digital Arts and Humanities.
For more Funding Opportunities, visit our website.
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