Whitney Arnold

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
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 and administers the URSP and URFP programs, the Summer Humanities Scholars Program, and is the faculty facilitator for the Aleph Undergraduate Research Journal. She can be contacted at kkistner@college.ucla.edu and she is happy to help you with questions about those programs or undergraduate research in general.

Kate McAllister
Administrative & Program Coordinator

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 kmacallister@college.ucla.edu with any questions regarding undergraduate research opportunities.

Chelsea Kern
Graduate Mentor
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
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
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.

Anthony Williams
Graduate Mentor

Graduate Mentor

Bio: Anthony (they/them pronouns) grew up in Northern California and is a writer, facilitator, speaker, and doctoral student in sociology here at UCLA. They were a Mellon Mays Fellow at UC Berkeley, where they studied sociology, theatre, and performance studies. They study and write about race, gender, sexuality, and disability as axes of marginalization across social movements, public spaces, and incarceration.

Kimberly Bonifacio
Work Study Student
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.

Kiara Stanifer
Work Study Student
Work Study Student

Kiara is an undergraduate student from Stockton California. She is pursuing a bachelors of science in Human Biology and Society with a concentration in Medicine and Public Health. She has aspirations of ultimately becoming a medical physician. She enjoys journaling, the outdoors, and as a residential assistant for UCLA, programming within Residential Life.


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
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
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
Department of Art