Four NAS PhD Students Win 2020 Mellon Public Scholar Fellowship

The UC Davis Humanities Institute is proud to announce that four Native American Studies students will join the 2020 cohort of Mellon Public Scholars. 

  • Melinda Adams (Native American Studies), Digital Storytelling through Fire: The Revitalization of Northern California Cultural Burns
  • Anthony Burris (Native American Studies), Developing a California Native American Interpretive Framework at Marshall Gold State Historic Park with California State Parks
  • Katelyn Stiles (Native American Studies), Tlingit Performance on Camera: Cultural Resiliency through Video Documentation 
  • Christina Thomas (Native American Studies), Numu Hoobea: Songs as Bridges between Tribal Communities and Higher Education 

Please join us in congratulating these scholars!  You can read more about the program and the 2020 cohort in a press release from the DHI: https://dhi.ucdavis.edu/news/welcoming-2020-cohort-mellon-public-scholars


This competitive program introduces graduate students to the intellectual and practical aspects of addressing and collaborating with members of a public through their scholarship. Participants take part in an interdisciplinary spring seminar and receive a fellowship over the summer as they carry out a project in collaboration with their community partners and a faculty mentor. 

Congratulations to the 2020 Mellon Public Scholars Cohort! 

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