Society and Culture

Anthropologist Alan Klima Wins 2020 Bateson Prize

November 18, 2020
A book by UC Davis anthropology professor Alan Klima on Thai spiritual and financial practices is the winner of a 2020 Gregory Bateson Book Prize from the Society for Cultural Anthropology. "Ethnography #9" is one of three recipients of this year’s Bateson Prize, given for works deemed “interdisciplinary, experimental and innovative.” ​

'Women Also Know Stuff' Recognized Nationwide in Fight Against Political Science Gender Bias

October 29, 2020
When UC Davis political scientist Amber Boydstun co-founded the Women Also Know Stuff initiative in 2016, the idea went beyond amplifying the voices of her female colleagues around the world. A primary goal was to improve political science. In a major nod to the project’s success so far, the American Political Science Association recently awarded Boydstun and 11 colleagues a $25,000 grant to broaden the impact of its searchable online database of female political scientists.

Empathy May Be in the Eye of the Beholder

October 27, 2020
Do we always want people to show empathy? Not so, said researchers from the University of California, Davis. A recently published paper suggests that although empathy is often portrayed as a virtue, people who express empathy are not necessarily viewed favorably.

Rethinking Wildfire: Cultural Burning and the Art of Not Fighting Fire

October 19, 2020

Devastating wildfires raging across California this year have been perceived mostly as a destructive force. But prior to European arrival in California, Native Americans used fire as a restorative land management technique that cleared underbrush and encouraged new plant growth.

The practice of “cultural burning” is being explored at UC Davis by students and faculty in collaboration with tribes through the Native American studies course “Keepers of the Flame.” 

Historians to Digitize Endangered Peruvian Archive

September 21, 2020
A new project led by UC Davis historian Charles Walker will digitize documents of the Peruvian Peasant Confederation (Confederación Campesina del Perú, or CCP) and make them accessible online.

UC Davis Historians Receive National Parks Funding to Collect Women’s Stories

September 02, 2020

Two UC Davis historians have received funding from the National Park Service to address the educational gap in U.S. women’s history and role in the nation’s national parks. Professors Ellen Hartigan-O’Connor and Lisa Materson will craft 80 biographies of women involved in national parks in the western region of the United States, and, in a longer article, connect those women’s lives to the ongoing struggle for voting rights.

Faculty Bring Insight and Expertise to Today’s Pressing Issues

July 02, 2020
Many faculty members in the UC Davis College of Letters and Science have done extensive research, writing and teaching connected to the discourses currently running through our daily lives and news feeds — racism, protests, police violence, monuments, incarceration, slavery, genocide and colonialism.

Survey of California Filipinos Finds Health and Education Resources Lacking

June 08, 2020
Hundreds of Filipinos answering a UC Davis survey tell researchers that 40 percent of their homes have a health care worker living there and more than 95 percent say they had not been tested for the coronavirus. The project is being conducted by the Bulosan Center for Filipino Studies in the Department of Asian American Studies.