Research

Interview with Courtney S. Thomas, Assistant Professor, Department of Community Health Sciences and Bunche Center Faculty Associate

Interview with Courtney S. Thomas, Assistant Professor, Department of Community Health Sciences and Bunche Center Faculty Associate

The overall goal of my research is to identify the social, psychological, and biological factors that shape health risk and resilience among African Americans across the life course. I focus primarily on understanding the ways that stress and coping contribute to disparities in both mental and physical health outcomes, and using this knowledge to improve health and well-being among this […]

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Interview with Ford Foundation Postdoc Fellow, Dr. Vanessa Díaz

Interview with Ford Foundation Postdoc Fellow, Dr. Vanessa Díaz

The Bunche Center interviewed Dr. Vanessa Díaz, an interdisciplinary ethnographer, filmmaker, and journalist, to discuss her research on celebrity media and her dissertation-based book manuscript, Manufacturing Celebrity: How Women Reporters and Latino Paparazzi Build the Hollywood Industrial Complex.

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Bunche Director Candidate, Antwi Akom

Bunche Director Candidate, Antwi Akom

On Thursday, May 4, 2017 at 1 PM in 5391 Public Affairs, Antwi Akom, an Associate Professor of Africana Studies at San Francisco State University, will give a talk, “Mapping the Black Metropolis: Using the Power of Local Knowledge to Improve Urban Planning and Promote Environmental Health Justice with our Nation’s Most Vulnerable Populations.” On Friday, May 5, 2017 at […]

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Under what conditions can diversity related courses succeed in fostering academic and social benefits? An Interview with UCLA Professor, Tiffany Brannon

Under what conditions can diversity related courses succeed in fostering academic and social benefits? An Interview with UCLA Professor, Tiffany Brannon

On April 4, 2017, the Bunche Center interviewed UCLA professor of social psychology, Tiffany Brannon, to discuss her research on diversity science, a relatively new concept in psychology that explores when and how diversity works. She examines diversity initiatives that target historically underrepresented groups (e.g., ethnic minorities, first-generation college students, women in STEM fields) that have a positive social impact […]

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NEW: 2017 Hollywood Diversity Report

NEW:  2017 Hollywood Diversity Report

NOW AVAILABLE! 2017 HOLLYWOOD DIVERSITY REPORT: SETTING THE RECORD STRAIGHT To download the full report, please CLICK HERE. The Bunche Center released its fourth annual Hollywood Diversity Report examining diversity and the bottom line in the entertainment industry. To read the UCLA Newsroom story, Click Here. To view a UCLA Optimists discussion with the authors, Click Here. For background information about the Bunche […]

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2017 Hollywood Diversity Report Release Event

2017 Hollywood Diversity Report Release Event

Don’t miss out on the 2017 Hollywood Diversity Report Release Event on Thurs., Feb. 23., at noon in the Black Forum (Haines Hall 153). Dr. Darnell Hunt, Bunche Center Director and lead author of the report, will discuss the latest findings with co-authors Dr. Ana-Christina Ramon, Bunche Center Assistant Director, Dr. Vanessa Diaz, Visiting Scholar, and Michael Tran & Amberia Sargent, […]

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With success of ‘Hidden Figures,’ ‘Fences,’ here’s a look at African-American representation in film

With success of ‘Hidden Figures,’ ‘Fences,’ here’s a look at African-American representation in film

Read the Deseret News interview with Darnell Hunt, Bunche Center Director and Professor of Sociology and African American Studies at UCLA. As a teenager, Darnell Hunt enjoyed making films and dedicated much of his time to this hobby. When he applied to college, he considered the option of majoring in film and turning his hobby into a career. When he got […]

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IAC Fellowships & Research Grants at the Bunche Center

IAC Fellowships & Research Grants at the Bunche Center

  Updated 1/3/2017 The Institute of American Cultures (IAC) Fellowships & Research Grants The IAC has made funds available annually through its visiting scholar and fellowship programs and its research grants. These awards have resulted in the publication of hundreds of books, monographs, and articles as well as the completion of many dissertations, master’s theses, and MFA film projects.  They […]

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Why Isn’t ‘The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air’ on Netflix?

Why Isn’t ‘The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air’ on Netflix?

Photo Credit: The Ringer October 26, 2016 — The Ringer’s Victor Luckerson writes that classic black TV shows haven’t made the jump to streaming platforms and he thinks their window of opportunity may be closing.  He interviews Bunche Center Director Darnell Hunt for the story.  To read more, CLICK HERE.  To learn more about the Race and Hollywood Project and read […]

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Bunche Center Welcomes Ford Foundation Postdoc Fellow, Dr. Vanessa Díaz

Bunche Center Welcomes Ford Foundation Postdoc Fellow, Dr. Vanessa Díaz

For 2016-17, Dr. Vanessa Díaz will be in residence at the Bunche Center as a Ford Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow.  Please read her biography below. Dr. Vanessa Díaz is an interdisciplinary ethnographer, filmmaker, and journalist. In 2015, she earned a PhD in Anthropology at the University of Michigan. Díaz is currently adapting her dissertation into a book manuscript tentatively titled Manufacturing Celebrity: […]

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