Fifteen researchers and artists across the University of California are recipients of the 2014 Guggenheim Fellowships, announced today (April 10). They are among 178 honorees from the United States and Canada.

This year's fellows bring the university's total to 1,518 — more than any other college or university. They include (by campus):


  • Nezar AlSayyad, professor of architecture and city & regional planning, and chair, Center for Middle Eastern Studies: Nile: Urban Histories on the Banks of a River.
  • Jacob Dalton, associate professor of South and Southeast Asian studies and East Asian languages and cultures: The Spread of the Local: Ritual Manuals and the Rise of Tantra.
  • Shannon Jackson, professor of rhetoric and of theater, dance and performance studies, Richard and Rhoda Goldman Chair in the Arts and Humanities, and director of the Arts Research Center: The Way We Perform Now.
  • Kent Lightfoot, professor of anthropology: Rethinking Complex Hunter-Gatherers in California.
  • Michael Nylan, professor of history: Translating the Chinese Documents Classic.
  • Austin Roorda, chair, Vision Science Graduate Group, and professor of optometry and vision science, School of Optometry: Advanced Adaptive Optics to Study Vision.
  • Stephanie Syjuco, artist, Berkeley, Calif., and assistant professor of sculpture: Fine Arts.
  • Ashvin Vishwanath, professor of physics: Physical Realization of Exotic States of Matter. 


  • Jonathan Feng, professor of physics and astronomy: Particle Physics and Cosmology in the LHC Era.
  • Carrie Noland, professor of French and comparative literature: After the Arbitrary: Merce Cunningham, Chance Operations, and the Human Situation on Stage.


  • Miriam Golden, professor of political science and vice chair for graduate studies: Bad Government.
  • Robin Kelley, Distinguished Professor of history and Gary B. Nash Endowed Chair in United States history: The Education of Ms. Grace Halsell: An Intimate History of the American Century.

San Diego

  • Kiran Kedlaya, professor of mathematics: Computational Aspects of the Langlands Program.

San Francisco

  • Dr. Victoria Sweet, writer, Redwood City, Calif., and associate clinical professor of medicine: Slow Medicine, Fast Medicine: Healing, Curing and Caring in an Age of Technology.

Santa Barbara

  • Yunte Huang, writer, Santa Barbara, Calif., and professor of English: The Siamese Twins.