2017 Program & Speakers

The Social Science Division held its 5th annual interdisciplinary Research Frontiers Evening on Thursday, October 26, 2017 at the Museum of Art and History. The theme for the night was "Now is the time... Here is the Place."

Select audio recordings link coming soon.


  • Dean Mitchell

    Katharyne Mitchell, Dean of Social Sciences

    Mitchell's research is wide-reaching, covering transnational migration, refugees and asylum policy, immigrant integration, citizenship, and education. She received her Ph.D. in Geography from UC Berkeley.

    Title of talk: A Vision for the Future

  • Track 1: Community Research and Global Engagement

  • McKay

    Steve McKay, Associate Professor of Sociology and Director of the Center for Labor Studies

    McKay’s research interests include labor, migration, globalization and social movements. He received his Ph.D. in Sociology and his M.A. in Southeast Asian Studies from the University of Wisconsin, Madison.

    Title of talk: No Place Like Home: Community-Engaged Research Tackles the Santa Cruz Housing Crisis

  • Rofel

    Lisa Rofel, Professor of Anthropology and Co-Director of the Center for Emerging Worlds

    Rofel’s research interests include the historical relations between socialism and capitalism in the 20th century with a focus on China, gender relations and sexuality, and China's contemporary emergence as a rising power. She received her Ph.D. in Social and Cultural Anthropology from Stanford University.

    Title of talk: What does China's Rise Mean for the Global South?

  • Arredondo

    Gabriela Arredondo, Associate Professor and Chair of Latin American and Latino Studies

    Arredondo’s research interests include cross-ethnic and cross-racial cooperation, diversity in coalitions, and processes of racial "mixing" in historical contexts of struggles for social justice. She received her Ph.D. in History from the University of Chicago.

    Title of talk: LatinX Migrations: Histories and Current Questions

  • Track 2: Engineering the Planet: Robots, Environment and Policy

  • Takayama

    Leila Takayama, Associate Professor of Psychology

    Takayama's current research topics include human-computer interaction, human-robot interaction, and re-embodiment cognition. She received her Ph.D. in Communications from Stanford University.

    Title of talk: Wrangling Robots: Inventing a More Human-Centered Future

  • Holl

    Karen Holl, Professor of Environmental Studies and Faculty Director of the Norris Center for Natural History

    Holl’s research focuses on how to restore tropical forests in Latin America and coastal ecosystems in California and works with the land management community to implement restoration projects. She received her Ph.D. in Biology from Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University.

    Title of talk: Is It Possible to Restore Tropical Forests?

  • Jinnah

    Sikina Jinnah, Associate Professor of Politics and a 2017 Andrew Carnegie Fellow

    Jinnah’s research interests include climate change politics, especially governance of climate engineering, as well as the intersection of international trade and environmental politics. She received her Ph.D.in Environmental Science, Policy and Management from UC Berkeley.

    Title of talk: Climate Engineering: What Is It and Why Should You Care?