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Arts and Humanities Faculty Excellence

five hellman fellowsThe Hellman Fellowship Program was established at UC San Diego in 1995 through the generosity of Chris and Warren Hellman. The 2019 – 2020 academic year marks the 25th celebration of this valuable program, designed to provide financial support and encouragement to young faculty in the core disciplines who show capacity for great distinction in their research and creative activities.

Funds awarded are intended as one-time support for activities that will enhance the individual's progress towards tenure. The maximum award amount is $50,000.

Congratulations to the 2019 – 2020 Hellman Fellows from the Division of Arts and Humanities

  • Vanessa Stalling (Theatre and Dance)
    • Filling an important need in our divided culture, this research project aims to use the core element of the art form of theater to explore approaches to communicating difficult and uncomfortable topics. By directing "Tiny Beautiful Things" I aim to explore the roles empathy and compassion play to inspire human connection.
  • Nicole Miller (Visual Arts)
  • Pinar Yoldas (Visual Arts)
    • "Genetically Modified Generation" is a creative research project on the societal impact of genetic modification of human germline: building a narrative universe with nine characters, each of which have been genetically modified in a particular area of interest.
  • Sara Hankins (Music)
    • The research, "Black Musics, Afrodiasporic Cultures, and the Israeli Imagination," investigates the cultural production of blackness in Israel through the lens of musical activity, tracing its intersections with historically established frameworks of race, ethnicity, and Jewish identity.
  • Kathryn Walkiewicz (Literature)
    • This project re-examines nineteenth-century U.S. states’ rights rhetoric and state formation in order to better understand their centrality to the legacies of Indigenous dispossession and anti-Blackness.

View complete information about the Hellman Fellowship Program at the Executive Vice Chancellor of Academic Affairs.

The Division of Arts and Humanities provides support to faculty and graduate students in search of funding for their work. Contact Karen Hirschfeld, Grant Development Coordinator for the Division of Arts and Humanities, at or 858-534-2250 for more information.

New Faculty 2019-2020

New Faculty

Introduce yourself to the incoming faculty cohort in the Division of Arts and Humanities for the academic year 2019 – 2020. Appointed to our six departments after a rigorous and competitive selection process, your new faculty reflect the foundational strengths of our division and share the professional commitment of our student-centered, research-focused and service-oriented public university.

Awards and Honors

Division of Arts and Humanities faculty members have received many prestigious awards and honors, including endowed chairs at the university. Click on each honor to view the recipients.

Pulitzer Prize / MacArthur Fellows / Guggenheim Fellows

Pulitzer Prize

MacArthur Fellows

Guggenheim Fellows

NEH Fellows / ACLS Fellows

National Endowment for the Humanities Fellows

American Council of Learned Societies Fellows

Tony Award / National Humanities Medal / National Book Critics Circle Award

National Humanities Center Fellows / Ford Foundation Fellows

National Humanities Center Fellows

Ford Foundation Fellows

UC and UC San Diego Awards

UC San Diego Academic Senate Distinguished Teaching Award

For Senate Members

For Non-Senate Members

UC San Diego Chancellor's Associates Faculty Excellence Award

UC San Diego Academic Senate Faculty Research Lecturer

UC San Diego Hellman Fellows

UCSD Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action and Diversity Award

UC Panunzio Distinguished Emeriti Award

  • 1996: Avrum Stroll, History

UC President's Research Fellowship in the Humanities

Endowed Chairs

Endowed chairs are highly honored academic positions that attract and support distinguished faculty. Information on Endowed Chairs.


  • Chair in Studies in Ancient Jewish Civilizations: Mira Balberg
  • Herman Wouk Chair of Modern Jewish Studies: Deborah Hertz
  • Hwei-Chih and Julia Hsiu Endowed Chair in Chinese Studies: Karl Gerth
  • Chair of Judaic Studies: not currently filled
  • Harriet and Louis Bookheim Endowed Chair in Biblical Hebrew and Related Languages: not currently filled
  • Gerry and Jeannie Ranglas Endowed Chair in Ancient Greek History: Denise Demetriou
  • Alkiviadis Vassiliadis Endowed Chair in Byzantine Greek History: Edward Watts
  • Nicholas Family Endowed Chair in Modern Greek History: Thomas Gallant
  • Frank Caylus Grandier Chair in Medieval European History: not currently filled
  • Paul G. Pickowicz Endowed Chair in Modern Chinese History: Micah Muscolino




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