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The annual Shakespeare in Yosemite production is just one avenue for environmental humanities students to get involved.
Compelling storytelling is vital to ensuring the action needed to secure a habitable planet for future generations, according to an increasing amount of research. UC Merced is recruiting students now to become the next environmental storytellers....


Grants, Accolades and Awards

UC Merced's campus Grad Slam champion Aneelman Brar took home the People's Choice award at UC Grad Slam finals held on May 5 at LinkedIn in San Francisco. View her talk online.

Cognitive and Information Sciences Professor Lace Padilla


Cognitive and Information Sciences (CIS) Professor Lace Padilla has been named a...

Cognitive and Information Sciences Professor Lace Padilla

Physics Ph.D. student Md Mehdi Masud has been named an American Physical Society (APS) Student Ambassador.

Masud is one of 68 students from around the world who received this recognition and...

Research Publications

English Literature Professor Katherine Steele Brokaw published a book titled, "Shakespeare and Community Performance." 

This book explores how productions of Shakespearean plays create meaning in specific communities, with special attention to issues of access, adaptation, and activism. Instead of focusing on large professional companies, it analyzes performances put on by community theatres and grassroots companies, and in applied drama projects. It looks at Shakespearean productions created by marginalized populations in Greater London, Harlem, and Los Angeles, a "Hamlet" staged in the remote Faroe Islands, and eco-theatre made in California’s Yosemite National Park. The book investigates why different communities perform Shakespeare, and what challenges, opportunities, and triumphs accompany the processes of theatrical production for both the artists and the communities in which they are embedded. 

Professor Nicosia Shakes' book, "Women’s Activist Theatre in Jamaica and South Africa: Gender, Race, and Performance Space," was published by University of Illinois Press. Concentrating on four performance events, Shakes situates the work of theater groups and projects within a trajectory of women-led social justice movements established in Jamaica, South Africa, and globally from the early 2000s to the present.

Sociology Professor Paul Almeida and Sacramento State Professor Amalia Pérez Martín (UC Merced '22) published a new book in Spanish titled "Resistencia Colectiva al Neoliberalismo," translated to "Collective Resistance to Neoliberalism." The book highlights several dimensions of civic opposition to the implementation of free market policies, including: forms of neoliberalism; geographic distribution of protest events across world regions and time; and outcomes of movement campaigns.