Dr. Caroline Collins

Dr. Caroline Collins is a Lecturer in Communication at the University of California, San Diego and a Postdoctoral Researcher with the CA Historical Society and the CA Institute for Rural Studies. She earned her B.A. in American Literature and Culture from UCLA, an MFA in Creative Writing from UC Riverside, and a PhD in Communication from UC San Diego.

Caroline’s research focuses on the politics of cultural memory in public history narratives of the American West. She recently completed a film project made with Native American youth and is currently conducting archival research for an upcoming California Humanities funded traveling exhibit and podcast series "We Are Not Strangers Here," which will shine a light on African Americans in the history of California agriculture and rural communities.

Caroline’s research has been supported by the UCSD Frontiers of Innovation Scholars Program, the Joseph Naiman Graduate Fellowship, the Frieda Daum Urey Endowed Fellowship, the Qualcomm/Alliance For Empowerment Graduate Scholarship, the UCSD Sixth College Culture, Art, and Technology Artist-in-Residence Program, the UC Consortium for Black Studies in California Project, and she was the Inaugural Recipient of the Herbert I. Schiller Dissertation Fellowship. 


Making ‘Americanness’ in Popular Culture

Race, Nation, and Violence in Multicultural California

History, Memory, and Popular Culture

How to Read A Film