Meet our

DEFCon Fellows 2024

With the generous support of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, CSUF DEFCon is disbursing a third year of grants, totaling over $18,000, to support CSUF faculty, staff and students in developing new scholarly research, curriculum, and community engaged projects. Take a look at their projects below!

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Faculty/Staff Fellows

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Dr. Bonnie Farrier

Project: The Black Writing Lab: Afrocentric Peer Tutoring Strategies in On-Line Writing Center Spaces

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Dr. Mugdha Yeolekar

Project: Spicing Academia: Food and Memories in Diasporic Feminine Spaces

Student Fellows

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Erin Coleen Robinson

Erin completed her MLIS at San Jose State University and is now enrolled in their Post-Masters Certificate Program. She is passionate about accessibility through digitization, and working in cultural heritage institutions.

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Haritha Govind

Haritha is a cultural anthropology graduate student with previous experience in history, archaeology, and creative writing. Her study interests revolve around food, immigrant communities, and globalization.

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Emily Arcos

Emily is a senior at CSUF from the department of Geography with a minor in Art. She is also working on getting a GIS certificate.

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Victoria Garcia

Victoria is a graduate student pursuing an M.A. in history with a concentration in
Chicanx studies. Her research interests include Mexican-American history in LA, the history of Mexican food in the U.S., public history, and gender history.

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Jerad Carson

Jerad is a graduate student at CSUF and the Assistant Director of the Writing Center. As a black queer writer, he is particularly interested in issues of identity, sexuality, and loss.

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Sergio Daniel Sifuentes

Sergio earned his B.A. in History and Spanish Linguistics at UC-Riverside in 2020 and is now pursuing an M.A. in History with concentrations in Chicana/o Studies and Public History at CSUF.

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Yesenia Rivera Rayo

Yesenia is a first-generation student at CSUF. She is pursuing a major in Business Administration and a minor in Chicana/o Studies.

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Yajaira Vilchis-Alvarez

Yajaira is a current M.A. Student in Cultural Anthropology at CSUF. She has interned at Bowers Museum and the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, D.C., and enhanced her skills through the Art Bridges Foundation Internship.

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Marian Stefany Navarro

Marian is a first generation Latina History graduate student concentrating in Public History. She is passionate about museum education and interpretation as well as engaging with the community.

Course Collaborator Fellows

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Dr. Mei-Ling Malone

Project: What Can Be Learned from a Liberated Archive?: The California Archival Liberation Project, The Black Panther Party Collection, and CSUF African-American Studies

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Dr. Nicholas Henning

Project: What Can Be Learned from a Liberated Archive?: The California Archival Liberation Project, The Black Panther Party Collection @CA State Library (BPPC), and CSUF African-American Studies Courses

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Dr. Ruby Osoria

Project: Chicanx/Latinx Digital Photo-Platicas for Centering Community Knowledge and Memory Project

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David Palmquist

Project: Python for Humanities Open Source Curriculum Revision

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Dr. Brianna R. Ramirez

Project: Chicanx/Latinx Digital Photo-Platicas for Centering Community Knowledge and Memory Project

Let’s stay in touch:

Keep up with our different projects on Instagram and the web. And reach out to connect about other digital humanities projects!

d.h@fullerton.edu  or  jmoorepewu@fullerton.edu

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