Carolyn Schutten
Ph.D. Candidate, Department of History, University of California Riverside

UC MEXUS Scholar - August 17 - May 2018
Carolyn Schutten

Carolyn Schutten is a Ph.D. Candidate in the Department of History at University of California Riverside, currently in the write-up phase of her dissertation, "Flow and Obstruction: Tijuana River and Environmental Activism at the U.S.- Mexico Border, 1970s-2010s." Her project is a study of social and environmental activism in the San Diego-Tijuana border area that explores flows of power around the shaping, management, and uses of the Tijuana River amidst shifting environmental, economic, and immigration policies. Carolyn holds a master's degree in Urban and Regional Planning with an emphasis in environmental planning and a master's degree in Public History with an emphasis in museum curatorship. She is an active public historian and has worked over the past five years with the Riverside Art Museum (RAM), curating art exhibitions, such as There is a River Here, an environmental art installation, Tlahualiles: The Glorious Masks of Sahuayo, and Self Help Graphics: Aztlán, the Permanent Collection, and Beyond. Carolyn is interested in sound projects and digital humanities and has produced short films and managed GIS projects, including "Mapping Riverside's Latinx Cultural Landscape." Carolyn is a former IGERT Water SENSE project associate, is a writing collaborator with UCR Science Studies, and is an advisor for UCHRI's Humanists@Work. During her stay, she will be dissertating and presenting research from her body of work. Carolyn recently presented her dissertation at Huntington-USC Institute on California and the West and will be presenting research at The Getty Center, Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association Conference, and the American Society of Environmental Historians Conference. She has received awards from UC MEXUS Grant for Dissertation Research, Blum Initiative Collaborative Research Grant, UC California Studies Consortium Graduate Student Travel Grant, and UCR Center for Ideas and Society Research Grant, among others. Following her stay as a UC MEXUS Resident Scholar, Carolyn will be a Visiting Fellow at the Center for U.S.-Mexican Studies from January-May 2017.

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