Camille Campion (Ph.D. in Communication, University of California, San Diego) is in her second year as a Postdoctoral Fellow in Democracy Lab -- a UC Links after-school program in Southeastern San Diego -- and Center on Global Justice (CGJ) at UCSD. Democracy Lab and CGJ are part of UCSD Community Stations – a community outreach initiative that convenes faculty and students from diverse campus departments and centers to partner with community-based agencies located throughout demographically diverse neighborhoods in San Diego and Tijuana. The fellowship is supervised by Dr. Angela Booker, the principle investigator of Democracy Lab, in the Department of Communication at UCSD.
Camille is an action researcher whose work focuses on narratives, media production and the development and sustainability of university-community partnerships. She has worked with several community organizations in an underserved and underrepresented neighborhood of San Diego over the last nine years, addressing local social equity and food justice issues. Her role as a Postdoctoral Fellow is twofold. As a member of UCSD Community Stations, she works on coordinating the network of research sites for intergenerational community-based research and finds points of intersection and opportunities for collaboration amongst the sites. As a researcher in Democracy Lab, she works with Dr. Booker to develop projects with UCSD undergraduates and K-12 students to understand how the process of sharing and listening to stories can be used to explore community life and social justice as modes of human development.
Camille has presented her Postdoctoral research at the UC Links conference at UC Berkeley and the American Anthropological Association conference in Denver. She is also a Lecturer in the Communication Department. She has taught practicum courses on human development, new media and culture, as well as a course on life stories and biography.
Cassandra Hartblay (Ph.D. in Anthropology, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill) has been appointed as the Postdoctoral Fellow in Ethnographic Design for the interdisciplinary Studio for Ethnographic Design (SED) at UCSD and the UC Collaborative for Ethnographic Design (CoLED). CoLED is an interdisciplinary project that is housed at UCSD and links six University of California campuses (Berkeley, Davis, Irvine, Los Angeles, Santa Cruz, and San Diego). The fellowship is supervised by Professor Elana Zilberg, the principle investigator for the CoLED project, and based in the UCSD Department of Communication.
Cassandra is an interdisciplinary scholar with a focus on ethnographic praxis and disability studies. Her work centers the voices and perspectives of adults with disabilities in Russia and the former Soviet Union. Cassandra's research in Russia takes a critical perspective to trace the way that disability acts as a global category of legal, medical, and social significance, with specific implications for sociality, citizenship, personhood, and notions of access and justice in postsocialism. Her work draws on theoretical insights from cultural and medical anthropology, infrastructure studies, queer/crip theory, digital studies, design anthropology, and performance studies. During her time as a Postdoctoral Fellow in Ethnographic Design, Cassandra will be working on her book project, an ethnography of local and global ableisms in contemporary Russia, and developing an ethnographic play script based on the personal narratives of adults with a range of disabilities living in community settings in a small Russian city.
Cassandra's work on these and related subjects has appeared in a variety of publications, including Disability Studies Quarterly, the Canadian Journal of Disability Studies, Brown Journal of World Affairs, and the interdisciplinary blog Somatosphere. She was the 2013 recipient of the Zola Award for Emerging Scholars in Disability Studies, and, most recently, a research fellow at the Kennan Institute at the Woodrow Wilson Center for International Scholars in Washington DC.
Lynn Yong-Shi Hou (Ph. D. in Linguistics, University of Texas at Austin, 2016) joins the Communication Department at UCSD as a UC President’s Postdoctoral Fellow for 2016—2017. Professor and Dean Carol Padden serves as her mentor and sponsor for the duration of the fellowship.
Lynn is trained as a linguist whose research intersects the fields of theoretical linguistics, linguistic anthropology, and Deaf studies. She employs a combination of ethnographic and experimental methods to study the formation of emerging sign languages and signing communities. Her dissertation research focused on the description and documentation of San Juan Quiahije Chatino Sign Language (SJQCSL), an emerging sign language that arose among a small group of deaf people and their families, in southern Oaxaca, Mexico. During her time as a UC President’s Postdoctoral fellow, she will expand her ongoing documentation of SJQCSL and its community of signers. She also will develop a new branch on the ongoing research on the emergence of words in new sign languages with Dr. Padden.
Her research has been supported by federal and international grants such as National Science Foundation, National Institute Health, and the Endangered Languages Documentation Programme. She has presented her research at a variety of conferences including Indigenous Languages of Latin America, International Society for Gesture Studies, and The World Congress for the World Federation of the Deaf. She has published in Sign Language & Linguistics and has a forthcoming book chapter on reflexive metadocumentation in an edited volume, Innovations in Deaf Studies: The Role of Deaf Scholars, to be published by Oxford University Press.
Jennifer Kelly (Ph.D. in American Studies with a Portfolio in Women’s and Gender Studies, University of Texas at Austin, 2015) has been selected as a UC President’s Postdoctoral Fellow for 2015-2016. Professor Gary Fields will act as Jennifer’s sponsor and mentor for the duration of her fellowship in the Department of Communication at UCSD.
Jennifer is a transnational American Studies scholar who works at the interstices of American studies, Middle East studies, critical tourism studies, and queer critique. Her research broadly engages questions of settler colonialism, U.S. empire, and the fraught politics of both tourism and solidarity. During her time as a UC President’s Postdoctoral Fellow, Jennifer will be working on her book project, a multi-sited ethnographic study of solidarity tourism in Palestine that draws from research she completed as a 2012-2013 Palestinian American Research Center Fellow. In her project, she analyzes the ways in which solidarity tourism has emerged in Palestine as an organizing strategy that is both embedded in and working against histories of sustained displacement.
Jennifer has publications emerging from this research forthcoming in the Queer Security Studies Dossier of GLQ: A Journal of Gay and Lesbian Studies (Vol. 22 (2016)) and in Queer After Homonationalism and Pinkwashing, a volume co-edited by Chris Eng and Velina Manolova.
Tessa Verhoef (Ph. D. in Language Evolution, University of Amsterdam) came to UCSD as a postdoctoral fellow in the Center for Research in Language (CRL) on a NWO (The Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research) Rubicon grant. She was recently appointed as a postdoc in the UCSD Department of Communication through the UCSD Frontiers of Innovation Scholars Program (FISP). Tessa will work with Carol Padden from the Department of Communication and Nuno Vasconcelos from the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering on research that bridges the fields of language, cultural evolution and computation.
Tessa has a broad interdisciplinary background with a BSc and MSc in Artificial Intelligence and a Ph.D. in Language Evolution. She uses a variety of methods, including agent-based computer modeling and experiments with human participants, to study how communication systems emerge as multiple people gradually agree on shared behaviors, and novel languages move from mind to mind. Previous work has shown that language-like systems can emerge spontaneously in the laboratory when people are asked to communicate with simple signals such as whistles or drawings. When these toy languages are transmitted from person to person, features of language structure appear. These laboratory methods are increasingly being used with more realistic signaling modalities such as gesture, resulting in richer and more complex data. This creates the need for more advanced computational methods for analysis. The goal of Tessa's current project is to develop novel methods for analyzing video, audio and depth data capturing human (communicative) behavior in the laboratory.
Tessa has presented her work at international conferences ranging from Theoretical Issues in Sign Language Research (TISLR) to the International Conference on the Evolution of Language (Evolang) and the Annual Meeting of the Cognitive Science Society (CogSci). She was the 2012 recipient of the Hurford prize for her presentation at Evolang and she published her work in various journals including Cognitive Science and the Journal of Phonetics.
Kara Wentworth (Ph.D. in Communication and Science Studies, UC San Diego) was awarded a Frontiers of Innovation Scholars Program postdoctoral award and a grant from the Dean of Graduate Studies for 2016-2017. In collaboration with an interdisciplinary set of faculty, Wentworth is laying the groundwork to launch a new science communication graduate program at UCSD. This work is in collaboration with the new Bioregional Center for Sustainability Science Planning and Design, and is advised by Professors Keith Pezzoli (Urban Planning and Design, Communication), Stefan Tanaka (Communication), and Bob Tukey (Chemistry and Biochemistry).
Kara is an interdisciplinary scholar whose work straddles anthropology, science and technology studies, communication and cultural studies. Building on feminist engagements with science and technology, her work asks questions about the politics of knowledge and difference in more-than-human material worlds. She uses a mix of ethnography and experimental video-based methods to understand how meaning and worlds are made in everyday practice. Her doctoral research was based on several years of participant-observation in small U.S. slaughterhouses. Through a careful analysis of material interactions on and around the slaughterhouse kill floor, her work explores how difference—including racial, class and political difference—is made in daily work and life. She is currently developing a book proposal based on the slaughterhouse work and conducting research for two new projects: “What is the future of meat?” and a Food Security research project focused on microbes, microbiomes, and microbial surveillance.
Kara is a contributing editor for Cultural Anthropology. She has received a number of awards for her work, including the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship and the Eugene Cota-Robles Diversity Fellowship. Her ethnographic films have screened at the Ethnografilm Festival (Paris), Society for Visual Anthropology, Emergent Ecologies (Brooklyn 2016), and New York University. Her writing has been published in Mosaic and online at Cultural Anthropology.