we promote critical research, teaching, and public initiatives on refugees


Who We Are


In Spring 2016, a multidisciplinary group of UC faculty and graduate students (from UCSD, UCR, UCLA, UCB, and UCM) working on critical refugee studies were brought together under the auspices of the UCHRI. The exchanges that have been made possible through this convening have animated and enriched our respective projects, in no small part because of the safe and mutually nurturing intellectual space that has emerged in the process, and that has heretofore been absent on most of our campuses. Prior to this, where such exchanges have been possible, they have been largely confined to annual meetings and conferences.

Vision Statement


Funded by the University of California Office of the President (UCOP), the Critical Refugee Studies Collective is a four-year initiative (2017-2020) that seeks to make the University of California the premier institution for critical research, teaching, and public initiatives on refugees. The CRSC promotes and funds innovative projects that trace the impact of colonialism, imperialism, and militarization on refugee movements and that integrates scholarly, policy, and artistic interests with refugees’ everyday concerns. We view public engagement and community collaboration as central to our intellectual endeavor and critical intervention. All of our core members have intimate ties to refugee histories and deep and sustained ties to refugee communities. In addition to our historical experiences, we also have linguistic and cultural access to the communities that we will be engaging, and extensive expertise in community-engaged research. These strengths position us well to undertake projects on and with refugees that link communities, artists and academic institutions as critical partners.


call for proposals for 2018