George and Judy Marcus Awards for Excellence
in Faculty and Student Research
2020 – 2021 Marcus Research Fellowship Awardees
"A Price on Pride: Understanding the Commoditization of the Queer Identity in San Francisco."
Student: Maximilian DeNembo
Mentor: Hsiao-Yun Chu
"Defining Rurality: An Exploration of the Rural-Urban Connection in Different Parts of the United States."
Student: Fiona DeWitt
Mentor: Rebecca Eissler
"Explorations of Gesticulation-based Upper Limb Appliances."
Student: Levi Gilbert
Mentor: Silvan Linn
"Everyday HEROs: Public health research during COVID-19 shelter-in-place."
Student: Gurjot Gill
Mentor: Peter Biella
"Objectivity and Epistemic Commitment: Polanyi’s Critique of Reductionism."
Student: Aydin Jang
Mentor: Arezoo Islami
"Korean-American Cinema (1990s -Present): Confronting History and Myths in the Diaspora."
Student: B. Kim
Mentor: Scott Boswell
"Attainability of Official CSU Intended Outcomes: A Student Experience Based Study."
Student: Ysenia Martinez
Mentor: Tara Lockhart
"Decline of the Latino Media in the San Francisco Bay Area."
Student: Adriana Morga Oregel
Mentor: Laura Moorhead
"The Semiotics of Power: Linguistic Structures of Neoliberal Hegemony."
Student: Mikey Pagan
Mentor: Teresa Pratt (English)
2020 – 2021 Marcus Undergraduate Assistantship Grant Winners
"A New Critical Edition of ROMEO AND JULIET: A Digital Humanities Project."
Student: Jason Bolich and Nicolaz Ruiz
Mentor: Kurt Daw
"Shakespeare’s LEAR: A VR/Live Performance Hybrid."
Student: Jo Rhoades and Nicole Carlson
Mentor: Elizabeth Hunter
"Lexical Variation and Sociolinguistic Style in a Bay Area High School."
Student: Shane Cueva and Ana Abarca
Mentor: Teresa Pratt
"The Unpublished Works of Elizabeth Anscombe"
Student: Ivan Manriquez Jr.
Mentor: Jeremy Reid
"From the Left or the Right? Antisemitism in Germany Since 2002."
Student: Nicolle Mariani
Mentor: Scott Siegel
2020 – 2021 Marcus Transormative Research Award
Book: “Kabbalah and Literature” (to be published late 2021 by Bloomsbury Press)
Academic Rank: Professor
Department/School: Jewish Studies
Professor Millet’s book “Kabbalah and Literature” examines the intersection of Kabbalah with secular Jewish literatures to point to how the Jewish mystical tradition contributes to the renewal of literature in a modern, global, and increasingly disconnected age.
2020 – 2021 Marcus Early Career Research Award
Assistant Professor, Painting & Drawing
This award allowed Libby Black to carve out dedicated time to work on a collaborative project called Photobook as Lineage, which will culminate in a book published by Aperture Foundation along with an exhibition at Aperture Foundation's gallery in New York City. She is working on this project with Chris McCall, Director of Pier 24 Photography in San Francisco. He invited her to create over 50 sculptures out of paper, paint, and glue, of photobooks by prominent photographers in the field of fine art photography. These sculptures will be photographed and included in the Photobook as Lineage publication.
Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science
With the Marcus Early Career award, Nicholas Conway was able to advance his research in two domains. The first element is a book project on the causes and consequences for the diminution of civil trials in the United States. The second component is preparation of an article on the connection between usage of litigation procedure devices by conservative judges to push back against previous advancements in civil rights. Specifically, his research finds the main mechanism for dismissing such legal claims (summary judgment) is utilized disproportionately by conservative judges to diminish and dismiss constitutional litigation.
Assistant Professor, School of Cinema
During her leave, Elizabeth Ramirez-Soto completed two chapters for her book project Transnational Experimental Television: The Global South on European Screens. She also finalized a first draft of the book’s general overview. Due to the global pandemic, she was unable to conduct the research field she had planned to pursue over summer 2020 in European archives. Nevertheless, during her leave, she redirected her research and wrote an article for the prestigious journal Feminist Media Histories. In addition, she secured a highly competitive NEH Summer Stipend Grant to conduct the pending archival research for her book project in summer 2022.
2019 – 2020 Marcus Undergraduate Assistantship Grant Winners
"A Juggler’s Choice: Agendas and Attention in the Modern Presidency."
Student: Elisabeth Wedel
Mentor: Rebecca Eissler
"China’s Multilateral Activism and the Postwar Order: Rule Taker, Rule Shaper, Rule Breaker or Rule Maker?"
Student: To be determined
Mentor: See-Won Byun
"Is It Teasing or Bullying? Interactional Practices and Blurry Lines."
Student: To be determined
Mentor: Leah Wingard
"Vegetarian Indian Restaurant or Indian Vegetarian Restaurant: Order of Attributes in Search Queries."
Student: To be determined
Mentor: Anastasia Smirnova
"What They Bring with Them: Pre-Migration Experiences and Trajectories in American Politics of American Immigrants."
Student: Yvette Osio
Mentor: Marcela García-Castañon
2019 – 2020 Marcus Research Fellowship Grant Winners
"Battles, Bridges and Books: The Pursuit of Higher Education After Military Service."
Student: Janelle Scarritt
Mentor: Martha Lincoln
"Development of a Hybrid Motorcycle Conversion Kit to Reduce Pollution in Low-Income Urban Areas."
Student: Anucha (Poh) Maga
Mentor: Silvan Linn
"Does State of Residence Influence Concerns about Economic Inequity?"
Student: Hannah Galindo
Mentor: Ronald Hayduk
"Embodiment in XR: Using Research through Design Techniques in VR to Explore New Approaches to Attention, Interaction Rituals and Spatial Metaphors."
Student: Crystal Candalla
Mentor: Joshua McVeigh-Schultz
"Gender’s Corporeality: Deconstructing Trans-Boundaries in Cinema."
Student: Lindhan Le
Mentor: Elizabeth Ramirez-Soto
"Ireland and the Rise of Left-Wing Nationalism."
Student: Mikayla Cordero
Faculty member: Amy Skonieczny
Student: Duriel Meisner
Mentor: Sean McFarland
"Social Media Usage and Political Behavior: Understanding How Situational Context Impacts Participation."
Student: Jorge Urroz
Mentor: Francis Neely
"The Construct of Love and Sexuality in 17th-Century Japan."
Student: Kayla Ratliff
Mentor: Laura Lisy-Wagner
"The Value of Life"
Student: Jamila Hayes
Mentor: Celine Parreñas Shimizu
Marcus Program for Faculty Research & Creative Activity
Pre-tenure Semester-long Sabbaticals for Early-career Faculty
“Learning to See Animals Anew: A Phenomenological Perspective"
Faculty member: David Peña-Guzmán (Humanities and Liberal Studies)
David Peña-Guzmán’s project will mobilize philosophical and scientific sources to shed light on how various nonhuman animals experience time, space, and sociality. This project will function as a contribution to ongoing debates in animal ethics, animal consciousness, and the philosophy of animal cognition. (This grant will support the writing of two chapters and a book proposal.)
“Charity Disparities: Drivers of Inequity in Medical Crowdfunding"
Faculty member: Martha Lincoln (Anthropology)
Martha Lincoln’s project is an anthropological study of medical crowdfunding, focusing on how implicit “moral economies” – ideas about deservingness and legitimate need; feelings of sympathy and compassion – may contribute to inequity in this emerging form of health care financing
“Technologies of Light: Digital and Analogue Illumination in Cinematography"
Faculty member: Alexander Nevill (Cinema)
Recent developments in image capture and display, such as the widespread adoption of digital technology, have given rise to new film production techniques and viewing contexts which complement conventional cinematography in artistic and technical terms. This book explores how such developments impact practitioners, with specific emphasis on creative lighting processes. (This grant will support the completion of the book.)
Grants for Research Expenses
“Long-Term Documentary Project Looking into SF homeless LGBTQ Youth”
Faculty member: Scott Boswell (Cinema)
“How Credible are Social Media as a News Medium? Impacts of Social Connections and Media Use on Social Media Credibility”
Faculty member: Jiyoung Cha (Broadcast and Electronic Communication Arts)
“Whaler, Traitor, Coward, Spy!: William Rotch, the Quaker Ethic & The Spirit of Capitalism”
Faculty member: Sarah Crabtree (History)
“The Allies, A Novel In-Progress”
Faculty member: Mariana Ferreira (Modern Languages and Literatures)
“Immersive Experience In Classical Music Performances”
Faculty member: Brad Hogarth (Music)
“Complete Articles On 19th Century Philosopher, Lady Mary Shephard”
Faculty member: David Landy (Philosophy)
“Just Setting Up My Twttr and Its Kin: Quantitative Linquistics Analysis of Tweets”
Faculty member: Anastasia Smirnova (English)
“Nonfiction Book: Circular 14: How One Man Defied a Dictatorship, Outsmarted the Nazis, and saved 30,000 Refugees”
Faculty member: Chanan Tigay (Creative Writing)
“Intersession Childcare Cost, Complete Book - Tasting Difference: Food, Race,and Cultural Encounters in Early Modern Literature”
Faculty member: Gitanjali Shahani (English)
“Documentary Short on the Chenchus”
Faculty member: Christopher Chekuri (History)
Incentive Packages to Attract and Retain Talented Faculty
Faculty member: Abigail Dardashti (Art History)
Faculty member: Rosa Sungjoo Park (Post-Production Sound)
Faculty member: Bethany Sparks (Post-Production Sound)
Faculty member: Ashmi Desai (Conflict/Public Dialogue)
Faculty member: Shadee Abdi (International/Transnational/Global Communications)
Faculty member: Saskia van Kampen (Visual Communication Design)
Faculty member: Ellen Christensen (Visual Communication Design)
Faculty member: Teresa Pratt (Sociolinguistics)
Faculty member: Josh Davis (Digital/Multimedia News Production)
Faculty member: Jeremy Reid (Greek/Roman Philosophy)
Faculty member: Whitney K. Taylor (Comparative Politics)
Theatre and Dance
Faculty member: Sukanya Chakrabarti (Performance Studies/Theatre History)
Faculty member: Elizabeth Hunter (Performance Studies/Theatre History)
Women and Gender Studies
Faculty member: Leslie Quintanilla (Indigenous Feminism/Gender & Sexuality in the Global South)
Faculty Research Grants
“Spent Lives: Taxi Drivers in the Age of Uber”
Faculty member: Julietta Hua/Kasturi Ray (Women & Gender Studies)
Faculty member: Britta Sjogren (Cinema)
“Via Consolare Project and SF State Excavations in Pompeii”
Faculty member: Michael Anderson (Classics)