Thirteen scholars from seven UC campuses have been named Guggenheim fellows for 2015. They are among 175 fellows honored by the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation.

This year's fellows bring UC's total Guggenheim fellowships to 1,645 — more than any other university or college. The fellows and their projects, by campus, are:


  • Vikram Chandra, senior lecturer in English: fiction
  • Andrew Jones, Louis B. Agassiz Professor of Chinese: Circuit Listening: Chinese Popular Music in the Transistor Era
  • Nicholas Paige, professor of French: Technologies of the Novel: Literary History from "Small" Data


  • Deb Niemeier, professor of civil engineering: Serving Justice: The Theory and Practice of Engineering Pro Bono


  • Miles Coolidge, professor of art: photography


  • Paula Diaconescu, associate professor of chemistry and biochemistry: Redox Switchable Catalysis
  • Mary Kelly, Distinguished Professor of Art and Critical Theory: fine arts
  • Sara Abrevaya Stein, professor and Maurice Amado Chair in Sephardic Studies: Family Papers: A Sephardi Journey Through the Twentieth Century
  • Brenda Stevenson, professor of history: Fanny's World of Women: Generations of Enslaved Black Women in North America

San Diego

  • Rand Steiger, professor and chair, Department of Music: music composition

Santa Barbara

  • José Ignacio Cabezón, Dalai Lama Professor of Tibetan Buddhism and Cultural Studies: Sera: A Study of a Tibetan Monastery
  • Swati Chattopadhyay, professor of history of art and architecture: Nature's Infrastructure: British Empire and the Making of the Gangetic Plains, 1760-1880

Santa Cruz

  • Mark Fathi Massoud, assistant professor of politics and legal studies: The Struggle for Islamic Law and Human Rights