A photo of Carrie Perkins wearing a black blazer and tan shirt

This fall, the UCI School of Humanities welcomes Carrie Perkins, an American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) Emerging Voices Fellow. Perkins started her appointment as a global Southeast Asia postdoctoral fellow on Sept. 1.

Launched in 2020, the ACLS Emerging Voices Fellowship Program supports early-career scholars in the humanities and social sciences whose voices, perspectives and broad visions strengthen institutions of higher education and humanistic disciplines. Following the success of the first two years of the program, the Emerging Voices Fellowship has been redesigned for a third and final cohort to best serve those who received their doctorates just before or during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Perkins is a cultural anthropologist whose research looks at the experience of refugees living along the Thai-Myanmar border. She is currently focused on labor rights and freedom of movement for refugees in Thailand, as well as the use of ethnographic storytelling in communicating migration narratives to the public.

“I am very much looking forward to working with the Global Asias Research Cluster at UCI, and I am hoping to develop a multimodal ethnographic exhibition during my time at the UCI School of Humanities,” she said.

Two UCI Humanities Ph.D. alumni are part of the final ACLS Emerging Voices cohort. Sharon Kunde (Ph.D. English, 18’) is joining Duke University’s John Hope Franklin Humanities Institute, and Juan Rubio (Ph.D. history, ’21) is attending Princeton University as a postdoctoral fellow in environmental justice media.

East Asian Studies