David Theo Goldberg, Director
(949) 824-8900 |
David Theo Goldberg, Ph.D., is the Director of the University of California Humanities Research Institute, and the Executive Director of the Digital Media & Learning Research Hub. He holds faculty appointments as Professor of Comparative Literature, Anthropology, and Criminology, Law and Society at UC Irvine.
Kelly Brown, Assistant Director
(949) 824-2393 |
With a PhD in Literature from UC Santa Cruz (2011), Kelly’s scholarly training is in modernist and avant-garde literature and art from between the two world wars. Prior to pursuing doctoral studies, Kelly worked in public policy and program administration for children and family programs at the city, county, and state levels of California government. A “hybrid” academic working at UCHRI since 2012, Kelly lives and breathes systemwide humanities program development while also pursuing her scholarly interests in public humanities and collaborative research. Kelly leads Humanists@Work and other programmatic initiatives at UCHRI.

Alison Annunziata, Research Programs Manager
Since receiving her PhD in literature from Columbia University in 2013, Alison has taught courses combining literature, art, and science at USC and ArtCenter College of Design, and has spent her time outside of the classroom editing manuscripts of colleagues and friends. She believes firmly in the power of the humanities to foster thoughtful inquiry and to inspire combined action, and brings this fervor to her position, managing programs under the Horizon of Humanities Initiative. 

Gabriela Cázares, Postdoctoral Scholar
(949) 824-4307 |
Gabriela Cázares holds a PhD in Literature from UC San Diego (2014), her research and training is in contemporary U.S. Latinx Literature. Before commencing her doctoral studies, Gabriela worked in higher education and the non-profit sector. Gabriela is heavily invested in collaborative partnerships by building community across multiple disciplines and diverse audiences. She is responsible for various projects for the Horizons of the Humanities initiatives.
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Yolanda Choo, Financial Analyst
(949) 824-9950 |
Yolanda has worked for UCHRI for over 7 years and at UC Irvine for over 25 years. Most of her experience has been in the financial area. She is responsible for managing all finances within UCHRI. Contact Yolanda for financial questions and financial matters for UCHRI.
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Beth Greene, Research Communications and Projects Manager
Beth Greene holds a PhD in History from the University of California, Los Angeles. She is responsible for scholarly communications, including UCHRI’s social media and web presence, and related programming initiatives.
Shana Melnysyn, Competitive Grants Officer
Shana joined UCHRI in November 2017, after completing her PhD in Anthropology and History at the University of Michigan. She is passionate about helping the humanities flourish and bringing humanistic knowledge to broader publics. Her research interests include microhistories of conflict, interpersonal power dynamics, and racialized identities under Portuguese colonialism in Angola, where she did her dissertation research. Shana manages UCHRI’s competitive grants programs, communicating with applicants and grantees across the UC system and coordinating advisory committee meetings. She also contributes to Institute initiatives such as Horizons of the Humanities and Humanists@Work.
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Suedine Nakano, Program Officer
(949) 824-8179 |
Suedine is the UCHRI program officer, assisting with various aspects of program management. She serves as a resource for program information and handles queries from applicants, grantees, and committee members. She coordinates various program services and interfaces with staff, faculty and researchers in all UC campuses. She graduated from the University of San Diego with a degree in International Relations.
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(949) 824-8901 |
Anh earned his B.S. in Computer Science at California State University, Fullerton. He works with UCHRI’s web applications, website development, and FastApps, a web based application used to manage applications for grants administered by UCHRI, the UC Humanities Network, and the Digital Media and Learning Competition.
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Arielle Read, Manager
(949) 824-8900 |
Arielle is an alumna of UC Irvine and has worked at the university for over 25 years. She joined UCHRI in November 2008. Her responsibilities include personnel (both academic and staff), event planning, facilities, and the on-campus apartments (available for the Residential Research Groups and visiting scholars to the Irvine campus). She also is executive assistant to Director Goldberg.

UCHRI Graduate Student Researchers

Anirban Gupta-Nigam, Graduate Student Researcher
Anirban Gupta-Nigam is a doctoral candidate in the Visual Studies Program at UCI. While his previous work addressed the shape of emerging forensic imaginaries in contemporary India, he is currently attempting to pull together a dissertation that engages the intersections between media and environmental studies, especially with reference to emerging debates—within the humanities—on anthropogenic climate change.

UCHRI Student Assistants

Javier Angel
UCHRI Financial and Programs Assistant
Major: Business Economics

Claudia O’Flaherty
UCHRI Tech & Video Assistant
Major: Film & Media Studies

 Digital Media and Learning (DML) Research Hub

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Dr. Mizuko Ito, Research Director
Mizuko (Mimi) Ito is a cultural anthropologist, studying youth new media practices in the US and Japan. She oversees research activities of the Digital Media and Learning Hub and is developing a research area focused on interest-driven learning. She is a Professor in Residence at UCHRI, and has appointments in the Department of Informatics and the Department of Anthropology, and is the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation Chair in Digital Media and Learning at UC Irvine.
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(949) 824-5914 |
Claudia Caro Sullivan is a developmental psychologist and educator specializing in creating innovative multidisciplinary initiatives for children, teachers, and parents. She holds an Ed.M in Human Development and Psychology from Harvard Graduate School of Education and a Bachelor’s degree in Social Sciences from University of California, Irvine, Claudia is in charge of development, execution, and evaluation of project activities and events for the Digital Media & Learning Research Hub.
acenteno Anita Centeno, Projects Administrator
Anita joins the Digital Media and Learning Research Hub as Projects Administrator working primarily with the Connected Learning Research Network assisting in program management with administrative functions covering planning, budgeting, proposal development, and delivery of program services. Most recently she worked as Program Coordinator at UC Irvine Humanities Collective.
Mimi Ko Cruz, Communications Manager
Mimi joins the Digital Media and Learning Research Hub with more than two decades of experience in mass communications. She has worked as a journalist, including 14 years at the Los Angeles Times, and as a higher education public information officer, including eight years at Cal State Fullerton. Her work has earned a number of awards over the years. As communications manager for the Hub, an initiative of the UC Humanities Research Institute based at UC Irvine, she is responsible for public and media relations and publications, as well as overseeing content development for and
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Jamieson Pond, Research Community Manager
Jamieson joins the Digital Media and Learning Research Hub as the Research Community Manager. He brings eight years of experience in public affairs from serving in the military, which includes two deployments overseas. Jamieson holds a master’s degree in communication from the University of Hawaii at Manoa.
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(949) 824-4587 |
Building on her experiences as a statistician at the Center for Research on Information Technology and Organizations (UC Irvine) and a program coordinator at a local education nonprofit, Amanda serves as the Collaborative Research Manager for the Hub’s research projects. She holds a Masters degree in Demographic and Social Analysis from UC Irvine.


DML Postdoctoral Scholars

Alexander Cho, Ph.D. in Media Studies,
Department of Radio-TV-Film, University of Texas at Austin

DML Graduate Student Researchers

Kelly Ward, Sociology
Seti Mahmoudi, Sociology

DML Student Assistants

Roxana Herrera
DML Student Researcher
Major: Sociology