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On the cutting edge of humanities research

Why human rights research matters

Video: Humanities research

Videography by Karen Nikos/UC Davis

UC Davis’ commitment to humanities research just got a big boost thanks to a series of grants from the University of California Humanities Network and the UC California Studies Consortium.

The grants will enable faculty and students from throughout the UC system to better conduct, collaborate and coordinate research and activities across disciplines related to the humanities. They include research on California architecture and design, social media and labor, and a cross-disciplinary human rights project.

“We see people claiming their human rights: It’s heroic, it’s a struggle and it’s dangerous,” says Keith Watenpaugh, associate professor and historian of the Modern Middle East who teaches in the Religious Studies Program at UC Davis. “We need to understand that process as humanistic scholars.”

Watenpaugh has just been named co-director of a new UC Multicampus Research Group that will focus on human rights and humanitarianism across the humanities and social sciences.

Read Watenpaugh’s recent opinion piece in The Sacramento Bee about the ongoing massacres in Syria.

Among those participating in the new UC Multicampus Research Group from UC Davis are, from left, Keith Watenpaugh, associate professor of modern Islam, human rights and peace; Diane Wolf, professor of sociology; Michael Lazzara, associate professor of Spanish and Portuguese; and Corrie Decker, an assistant professor of history. (Gregory Urquiaga/UC Davis photo)

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