Whitney Arnold
Director
warnold@college.ucla.edu

Director, Undergraduate Research Center–Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences
Adjunct Assistant Professor, Comparative Literature

Dr. Whitney Arnold received her B.A. in English Literature and French from Washington University in St. Louis and her M.A. and Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from UCLA. Her publications focus on British and French literature of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, as well as theories of authorship.

Dr. Arnold became Director of the Undergraduate Research Center–Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences in 2013. Prior to joining the Center, she taught at UCLA in the Departments of Comparative Literature, English, and French and Francophone Studies, and she managed the faculty tenure and promotion process at the University of Southern California.

In addition to overseeing the direction and activities of the Center, Dr. Arnold teaches undergraduate courses and studies undergraduate research engagement and outcomes. She can be contacted at warnold@college.ucla.edu.


Kelly Kistner
Assistant Director
kkistner@college.ucla.edu
Assistant Director, Undergraduate Research Center–Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences

Dr. Kelly Kistner received bachelor’s degrees in Business Administration and Sociology from the State University of New York (SUNY) at Buffalo and an M.A. and Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Washington in Seattle. Her research and publications have centered on the history and sociology of knowledge production.

Dr. Kistner joined the UCLA Undergraduate Research Center – Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences in the spring of 2016. She teaches the Research Revealed Fiat Lux course and is involved in the Center’s planning, outreach, and assessment activities. She can be contacted at kkistner@college.ucla.edu.


Jacquelyn Ardam
jardam@college.ucla.edu
Assistant Director, Undergraduate Research Center–Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences

Jacquelyn Ardam received her B.A. in English from Tufts University and her M.A. and Ph.D. in English from UCLA. She has taught undergraduate courses at UCLA and Colby College.

Her research and writing address 20th and 21st-century literature (particularly poetry), the visual arts, feminism, and pedagogy.

Jacquelyn joined the UCLA Undergraduate Research Center—Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences in 2019. She supervises the Undergraduate Research Fellows Program (URFP), the Undergraduate Research Scholars Program (URSP), the Aleph undergraduate research journal, and Undergraduate Research Week. You may reach her at
jardam@college.ucla.edu.

Kate McAllister
Administrative & Program Coordinator
kmcallister@college.ucla.edu

Administrative & Program Coordinator

Kate has lived all over the United States and settled in Los Angeles to complete her B.A. in Anthropology and minor in Art History from University of California, Los Angeles. Her research interests range from human genetics and evolution to medieval art and architecture. Kate joined the Undergraduate Research Center – Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences in 2017, and can be contacted at kmcallister@college.ucla.edu with any questions regarding undergraduate research opportunities.


Veronica Kimaz
Program Representative
vkimaz@college.ucla.edu
Program Representative

Veronica grew up in southern California and received her B.A. in English from UCLA. Her interests include 19th century British literature and Postcolonial theory. Her research has focused on a range of topics, including queer women of color in punk music and the influence of imperial conquest on British novels. She joined the Undergraduate Research Center – Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences in 2019 and can be contacted at vkimaz@college.ucla.edu with any questions regarding the program.


Chelsea Kern
Graduate Mentor
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Graduate Mentor

Chelsea is originally from Seattle, Washington, and is currently pursuing a PhD in English at UCLA. Her research focuses on digital reading practices, both in/of real life digital spaces and in post-millennial literature. She is also interested in speculative fictions, posthuman theory, and global literature of the 20th and 21st centuries. She loves teaching writing and has extensive experience working with both native English speakers and ELL students. In her spare time, she likes to cook, eat food that other people have made, and dream about having a dog.


Laura Reizman
Graduate Mentor
lreizman@college.ucla.edu
Graduate Mentor

Laura is a PhD candidate in Asian Languages and Cultures. Her research re-evaluates post-1945 South Korean history by examining the history and representation of “mixed-race” Koreans born of and after the Korean War. Her project addresses questions of citizenship, race, and nation, drawing from critical race theory, postcolonial theory, and feminist and queer theory. She has gained a love for teaching and mentoring and enjoys working with students at all stages of research. She is also an avid surfer and appreciates all ocean-related activities.


Caroline Tietbohl
Graduate Mentor
ctietbohl@college.ucla.edu
Graduate Mentor

Caroline is a PhD Candidate in the Sociology Department at UCLA, and her research focuses on communication in medicine. In particular, she is interested in how doctors and patients discuss difficult topics and make health care decisions. She loved being a research assistant as an undergraduate at UC Berkeley, and continued working in research for several years after graduating. She loves teaching and mentoring students and can be contacted at ctietbohl@college.ucla.edu. At home, she enjoys hiking, going on road trips, cooking, and playing with her dog.

Robert Farley
Graduate Mentor
rfarley@ucla.edu

Graduate Mentor

Robert James Farley is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Comparative Literature, where he works on his dissertation, an examination of Arabic print and digital zines by grassroots organizations for sexual and gender diversity across Southwest Asia and North Africa. He also translates, gives talks on modern Arabic literature, consults in research and instructional technology with UCLA’s Humanities Technology and Digital Humanities, and promotes affordable housing and accessible design as board member and web editor of UAS Residents’ Association.


Kimberly Bonifacio
Work Study Student
kbonifacio@college.ucla.edu
Work Study Student

Kimberly is a 2nd year undergraduate student majoring in Political Science and minoring in Gender Studies and Global Studies. She is originally from Baras Rizal, Philippines, but she moved to Daly City, California when she was 8 years old. Kim was a Spring into Research Scholar and her research interests revolve around civic engagement among the youth ages 16 to 29 years old. She hopes to attend law school after her undergraduate studies and specialize in human rights and immigration policies. Her hobbies are sketching, listening to music, and traveling.


Pearlina Bloc
Work Study Student
pboc@college.ucla.edu
Work Study Student

Pearlina is a 3rd year transfer student at UCLA majoring in Communication Studies. She recently graduated with an Associate degree in Communication Studies from Cypress College in May 2019. She hopes to pursue a career in public relations or marketing in the future. She enjoys being a part of different Asian American organizations and clubs on campus at UCLA. Pearlina also spends her down time bullet journaling, going to the gym, going to concerts, and exploring new places all around California.

FACULTY ADVISORY BOARD

Muriel McClendon, Chair
Associate Professor and Vice Chair, Department of History
Associate Dean, Division of Social Sciences

Leisy Abrego
Associate Professor
César E. Chávez Department of Chicana/o Studies

Aomar Boum
Associate Professor and Vice Chair of Undergraduate Studies
Department of Anthropology

Lowell Gallagher
Professor and Chair
Department of English

Jinyong Hahn
Professor
Department of Economics

Tama Hasson
Assistant Vice Provost for Undergraduate Research
Director, Undergraduate Research Center – Sciences

Alice Ho
Director of Academic and Research Programs
Academic Advancement Program

Jaana Juvonen
Professor
Department of Psychology

Michael Lofchie
Professor, Department of Political Science
Associate Dean, Division of Social Sciences

Sean Metzger
Professor and  Vice Chair, Undergraduate Studies
Department of Theater

Patty Wickman
Professor
Department of Art