The grant will enable the university to create four three-year Mellon Research Initiatives, making it possible for faculty to work collaboratively on key issues in the humanities. Among other things, the funding will provide support for continuing students, as well as colloquia, workshops, conferences, and the recruitment of outstanding students. The grant also will be used by the university to hire recent doctoral graduates in the humanities as Mellon assistant professors.
The award renews a previous Mellon grant that the university used to establish four research initiatives: Early Modern Studies; Environments and Societies; Digital Cultures; and Social Justice, Culture, and (In)Security. Research topics for the new initiatives will be chosen through a campus-wide competition.
"This investment by the Mellon Foundation represents a vote of confidence in the kinds of collaborative and cross-disciplinary humanities research that we do here at UC Davis," said Jessie Ann Owens, the university's dean of the humanities, arts, and cultural studies. "We are especially grateful for their renewed support at a time when our humanities programs are developing critical collaborative projects."