News in the Social Sciences

Historian's Study Helps National Park Service Commemorate Reconstruction Era

Photo of UC Davis historian Gregory Downs holding handbook he co-edited for National Parks on the Reconstruction era

Aug. 25, 2016 — As the National Park Service celebrates its 100th anniversary this summer, UC Davis Professor Gregory Downs has focused on an oft-forgotten part of U.S. history that our national parks are now helping the public to understand — the Reconstruction era. 

Anthropologist Sums Up Latest Research on Human Spread Around the Planet

Photo of anthropologist Alexander Harcourt giving a talk on early human migration

Aug. 18, 2016 — Our species, Homo sapiens, left Africa earlier than previously thought and our diverse cultures have been heavily influenced by geography, according to a recent review by Alexander (Sandy) Harcourt, professor emeritus of anthropology.

Anthropology Student Curates Controversial Art Exhibit In South Africa

painting from exhibition organized by UC Davis anthropology graduate student Matthew Nesvet

July 25, 2016 - Matthew Nesvet, who is pursuing a doctorate in anthropology at UC Davis, studies organized crime and has been researching a syndicate that plunders gold mines in South Africa. But recently his attention has been on a controversial art show he organized in Johannesburg. The exhibition “Post Its #1” aims to challenge the meanings of “post” in post-apartheid and post­colonial South Africa.

Emeriti Faculty Continue Scholarly Work

July 16, 2016 - Like many retirees, UC Davis professors don’t quit working when they retire. Some say they’ve done their most significant work since retiring. Emeriti contributions to the scholarly world are examined in the recent study "A Virtual Eleventh Campus" by John Vohs, a UC Davis senior lecturer emeritus of communication.