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Grants and Publications

Our reputation for excellence is built on scholarship and practice. A strong research agenda ensures that the College of Arts and Letters is a major contributor to the growing body of knowledge in the humanities and social sciences. 

During the 2020-2021 academic year, CAL faculty and staff were awarded $5M+ in external funding.

Recent Grants

Elizabeth Pollard
Building a Comics and Social Justice Curriculum
National Endowment for the Humanities
$149,998

David Cline
Relevancy and History Pilot Project
California Department of Parks and Recreation
$142,074

Daniel Sousa
Analyzing the Land-Use Change Impacts of Oil and Gas Exploration Related Infrastructure Changes on Arctic Communities
NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory
$50,000

Consuelo Salas
Creating Expansive Approaches to the Teaching of Writing in a Southern California Border Region
National Endowment for the Humanities
$145,832

Gregory Daddis
Faith and Fear: War and America in the Long Cold War Era
Charles Koch Foundation
$54,915

Erika Robb Larkins
The Making of Modern Brazil: Marginal Spaces, Race, and Urban Life
National Endowment for the Humanities
$214,999

Hilary McMillan
Missing the Main Load? Quantifying Marine Debris Loadings From Storm Drain and River Margin Sources in the San Diego River. 
DOC National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration 
$293,846 

Joseph Sabia
Center for Health Economics & Policy Studies (CHEPS)
Charles Koch Foundation
$442,500


Recent Book, Edited Volume and Special Journal Issue Publications

  • BARTEL, REBECCA. 2021. Card Carrying Christians: Debt and the Making of Free Market Spirituality in Colombia. University of California Press.
  • BLUM, EDWARD J. 2021. War is all Hell: The Nature of Evil and the Civil War. University of Pennsylvania Press.
  • BORGSTROM, MICHAEL. 2021. Befriending the Queer Nineteenth Century: Curious Attachments. Routledge.
  • BRAJE, TODD, Jon Erlandson, and Torben Rick. 2021. Islands Through Time: A Human and Ecological History of the Northern Channel Islands. Roman & Littlefield.
  • CARRUTHERS, DAVID and Kristen Hill Maher. 2021. Unequal Neighbors: Place Stigma and the Making of a Local Border. Oxford University Press.
  • CASPER, MONICA J. 2022.  Babylost: Racism, Survival, and the Quiet Politics of Infant Mortality, from A to Z. Rutgers University Press.
  • CLINE, DAVID P. 2022. Twice Forgotten: African Americans and the Korean War, An Oral History. The University of North Carolina Press.
  • DE LA PEÑA, MATT (author) and Christian Robinson (Illustrator). 2021. Milo Imagines the World. ‎ G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers.
  • DEL CASTILLO, ADELAIDA R. and Gibrán Güido(eds.). 2021. Fathers, Fathering, and Fatherhood: Queer Chicano/Mexicano Desire and Belonging. Palgrave Macmillan.
  • GANSTER, PAUL and Kimberly Collins. 2021. The U.S.-Mexican Border Today: Conflict and Cooperation in Historical Perspective, Fourth Edition. Rowman & Littlefield.
  • HILL MAHER, KRISTEN and David Carruthers. 2021. Unequal Neighbors: Place Stigma and the Making of a Local Border. Oxford University Press.
  • JAFFE, HAROLD. 2021. Brut: Writings on Art & Artists. Anti-Oedipus Press.
  • JOASSART-MARCELLI, PASCALE. 2021. The $16 Taco: Contested Geographies of Food, Ethnicity, and Gentrification. University of Washington Press.
  • KEATING, G. D., M.J. Leeser, & W. Wong (Eds.). 2021. Research on second language processing and processing instruction: Studies in honor of Bill VanPatten. Philadelphia/Amsterdam. John Benjamins. DOI: 10.1075/sibil.62
  • NARA, ATSUSHI and Ming-Hsiang Tsou (Eds.) 2021. Empowering Human Dynamics Research with Social Media and Geospatial Data Analytics. Springer Nature.
  • NERICCIO, WILLIAM, Antonio Rafele, and Frederick Luis Aldama. 2021. Cultural Studies in the Digital Age: An Anthology of 21st Century Interdisciplinary Inquiries, Postulations, and Findings. Hyperbole Books.
  • POLLARD, ELIZABETH, Jeremy Adelman, & Robert Tignor. 2021. Worlds Together, Worlds Apart: A History of the World from the Beginnings of Humankind to the Present. W. W. Norton & Company.
  • SHEPPARD, JENNIFER, Cheryl Ball, and Kristin Arola. 2022. Writer/Designer: A Guide to Making Multimodal Projects, 3rd edition. Macmillan Learning.
  • TSOU, MING-HSIANG and Atsushi Nara (Eds.) 2021. Empowering Human Dynamics Research with Social Media and Geospatial Data Analytics. Springer Nature.