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
ckern@college.ucla.edu
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.


Daisy Vazquez Vera
Graduate Mentor
dvera@college.ucla.edu
Graduate Mentor

Daisy Vazquez Vera is a PhD student in the Political Science Department and a senior policy fellow at the Latino Politics and Policy Initiative. Her research broadly encompasses state politics and policy with an emphasis on immigrant political representation and participation. As an undergraduate student at UC Irvine, Daisy participated in several undergraduate research programs and is a collaborator on the Undocumented Student Equity Project. As a graduate research mentor, she hopes to continue her passion for teaching and mentorship. On her downtime, Daisy appreciates being outdoors, running, and tending to her garden. She can be reached at dvera@college.ucla.edu

Magally Miranda
Graduate Mentor
magalintzin@ucla.edu

Graduate Mentor

Magally Miranda received her B.A. in Feminist Studies and Community Studies from the University of California, Santa Cruz and her M.A. in Chicana/o and Central American Studies at UCLA, where she is currently pursuing a PhD. She is a Eugene Cota-Robles Fellow and a National Academy of Science Ford Predoctoral Fellow. Her research draws from Feminist Studies, Chicana/o Studies, Anthropology and Science and Technology Studies to study the impacts of digital network culture on care work and the mostly immigrant women who perform it in Los Angeles. When she is not working on her research, Maga can be found playing fetch with her Shih Tzu pup, Carmela, or getting crafty in a knitting circle.


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.


Alice Lee
Work Study Student
alicel@college.ucla.edu
Work Study Student

Alice is a 2nd year undergraduate student exploring different major and career options. She grew up in Southern California and enjoys listening to music, going to the gym, baking desserts, and collecting penguin stuffed animals.

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