California Studies

The UC California Studies Consortium (UCCSC) supports collaborative research by UC faculty, graduate students, and their colleagues at other institutions as part of a University-wide California Studies research initiative for the humanities, arts and social sciences. The UCCSC is governed by a steering committee of faculty representatives from various UC campuses and is administered by the UC Humanities Research Institute under the purview of the Office of the President. It offers competitive grants totaling nearly $80,000 annually to support collaborative research projects, campus-community programming, and graduate student travel for research.

The goal of this initiative is to bring together the many interesting projects and discussions afoot on most of the UC campuses, and to facilitate their development and elaboration in robust and creative ways by providing support for new projects to emerge. This systemwide multicampus approach to California Studies aims to sustain innovative scholarship, teaching, and outreach.

The UCCSC strives toward comprehensive critical mappings and re-mappings of California and its cultures. It is interested in California as a site of global intersections and circulations—culturally, economically, and politically. This research initiative supports projects invested in sustained, multidisciplinary, and differently situated notions of intersection, power, history, language, migration and movement. The UCCSC hopes to supplement a more traditional sense of California Studies by dealing squarely with questions of public pedagogy that address the antagonisms comprising what it means to be a “Californian.”