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. 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
Assistant Director
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

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 kmcallister@college.ucla.edu with any questions regarding opportunities for undergraduate research and creative inquiry.

Veronica Kimaz
Program Representative
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.

Daisy Vazquez Vera
Graduate Mentor
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

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.

Drew Fleshman
Graduate Mentor

Graduate Mentor

Drew Fleshman is a PhD student in the Department of Comparative Literature at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). He holds a B.A. in Philosophy (with an English minor) from UCLA, an M.A. in Humanities from the University of Chicago, and a J.D. from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law. In addition to his research and teaching, Andrew works as a writing consultant at the UCLA Graduate Writing Center and serves on the editorial board for ‘Press Start,’ an academic journal of video game studies. His research focuses primarily on structures of representation, language, and subjectivity in 19th and 20th Century Anglophone, Francophone, and German literature, film, and philosophy.

Shouhei Tanaka
Graduate Mentor

Graduate Mentor

Shouhei Tanaka is a PhD candidate in English. He is a graduate student coordinator for the university’s Laboratory for Environmental Narrative Strategies and an affiliate of the Institute of the Environment and Sustainability.

Alice Lee
Work Study Student
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.

Sydney Ward
Work Study Student
Work Study Student

Sydney is a 2nd-year undergraduate student at UCLA majoring in Political Science and working on a film, television, and digital media minor. In her free time, she enjoys skiing, going to the beach, and watching documentaries.


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

Allison Benedetti
Arts, Music, and Powell Libraries

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

Lowell Gallagher
Professor and Chair
Department of English

Tama Hasson
Assistant Dean for Undergraduate Research
Director, Undergraduate Research Center – Sciences

Alice Ho
Director of Academic and Research Programs
Academic Advancement Program

Scott James
Associate Professor
Department of Political Science

Jaana Juvonen
Department of Psychology

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

Patty Wickman
Department of Art