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Black Studies Project @ UCSD

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The Black Studies Project (BSP) is an interdisciplinary and cross departmental research collaborative and center that includes faculty, graduate and undergraduate students from across the UCSD campus. BSP provides a venue for rigorous and  groundbreaking research, intellectual exchange and a cross-campus community of scholars; the strengthening of undergraduate and graduate work in Black Studies; and the building of sustainable and mutually beneficial relationships with broader San Diego and UC communities. BSP currently focuses on three areas of inquiry: intersectional analysis of race, class, gender, and sexuality; transnational and diasporic studies; and social justice movements. These areas are not only vital to contemporary African American and African Diaspora Studies, but are central to the study of black life, history, cultural production, and politics in the US and globally.



SUBJECT: 2018-19 Black Studies Project Graduate Student Research and Travel Grants

Due: PM Monday, March 18, 2019

The Black Studies Project is currently accepting applications for the 2018-19 Graduate Student Research and Travel Grants. The awards are intended to partially offset dissertation research and travel expenses incurred in the U.S. or abroad. Supported research must examine some element of the black experience and/or the social, political, cultural, or economic factors that have shaped conceptions of blackness in relation to racialized structures and phenomena. Although preference will be given to dissertations that center such questions and themes, applications will be accepted from any project that contains at least one chapter that falls under the category of Black Studies.

Awards are intended for research travel before October 4, 2019 and will not exceed $5,000. Funds may be used for travel, accommodations, meals, research assistance, copies, and in some cases supplies such as cameras or recording devices. Applications are due no later than PM Monday, March 18, 2019. Please send all application materials and any questions to Katia Todorova at

Information about the grants and the Travel Grant cover sheet can be found at


sarakaplan2.jpgProfessor Sara Kaplan speaks to KPBS about Black History Month

Black History Month is a time to celebrate black people who have and are shaping America. But, while black history is being celebrated during the month of February, it is excluded from many school history books.

Sara Clarke Kaplan is an associate professor of Ethnic Studies and Critical Gender Studies at UC San Diego, and a founder of the university's Black Studies Project.

"If we don't teach this material in schools we can't expect people to automatically go against all of their prejudices and beliefs they've been taught to actually understand the real conditions of life," Sara Kaplan said.

Kaplan joins Midday Edition Thursday to talk about the importance of black history and how Americans benefit from learning it.

Listen to the interview here!