Research clusters are less formalized groups of faculty and graduate students within the School of Humanities that may also include faculty and graduate students from other Schools. Research Clusters aim to foster a range of new ideas throughout the School, wherever they might be taking shape. Identifying fields and research questions that do not belong to a particular department, research clusters encourage new groupings that may grow into longer-term partnerships or provide briefer bursts of inspiration and pollination.

The Humanities Commons provides program funds, usually $1,500 per year, to support activities that incubate new research collaborations, foster new faculty research trajectories, and develop project ideas for implementation.

2022-2023 Research Clusters

Black Panther Oakland Community School
Faculty Directors: Judy Tzu-Chun Wu, History and Asian American Studies

Japanese Studies
Faculty Director: Margherita Long, East Asian Studies

Global Asias
Faculty Directors: Jerry Lee, English, and Julia Lee, Asian American Studies

Global Southeast Asia
Faculty Director: Sylvia Nam, Anthropology

Social Unity
Faculty Directors: Margaret Gilbert and Katherine Ritchie, Philosophy

University & State
Graduate Student Director: Willie Chase, Comparative Literature