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Consortium for Interdisciplinary Research (CIR) UC Berkeley 440 Stephens Hall, MC 2340 Berkeley, CA 94720 510.642.1328

Berkeley Center for the Study of Religion

Berkeley Center for the Study of Religion

By connecting scholars, students, and the global community, BCSR fosters critical and creative scholarship on religion and activates this scholarship for UC Berkeley students and the public at large.

The Program in Critical Theory

The Program in Critical Theory

The Program in Critical Theory enables graduate students already enrolled in UC Berkeley Ph.D. programs from across the social sciences, arts, and humanities to obtain certification of a Designated-Emphasis specialization in Critical Theory. The Program also offers graduate fellowships, hosts international scholars, and presents lectures, seminars, and other events for the wider campus community and local public.

Digital Humanities at Berkeley

Digital Humanities at Berkeley

Digital Humanities at Berkeley supports the thoughtful application of digital tools and methodologies to humanistic inquiry by offering project consulting, summer workshops, grants, courses, and more. It is supported by a generous grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, with additional support from the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research.



The Consortium for Interdisciplinary Research (CIR) was established in 2013 by UC Berkeley’s College of Letters and Sciences: Division of Arts and Humanities with a mission to support the programming and development of several dynamic interdisciplinary research units in the humanities and social sciences.

Currently CIR serves The Berkeley Center for the Study of Religion, The Program in Critical Theory, and the Digital Humanities at Berkeley, three programs led by a highly diverse community of 200 faculty, advisors, scholars and graduate students from nearly 30 campus departments and schools including Anthropology, African Diaspora Studies, Art History, Comparative Literature, East Asian Languages and Culture, Education, English, Ethnic Studies, French, Geography, Gender and Women's Studies, German, History, Law, Music, Near Eastern Studies, Philosophy, Political Science, Rhetoric, Sociology, and Spanish & Portuguese.
Working closely with faculty leadership, the staff of CIR develops and manages the programmatic and administrative activities for these units.

We produce lectures, conferences, events, and publications; organize residencies for visiting scholars and post-docs; cultivate and solicit funding; administer graduate student fellowships and faculty research awards; and manage the academic program of the Critical Theory DE.

We customize our work based on the unique and independent ideas, concepts, and missions of the units we support and believe that professional presentation and best practices are critical in building visibility and increasing the reception of new and emerging research.

News and Features

September 12, 2017: Berkeley Seminars in Art and Religion: "Rites of Preservation." Nira Pereg, Video Artist

Video Showing and Discussion, with an Introduction by Robert Alter

In my talk I will discuss ways in which religious rituals affect civilian protocols in Israel and Palestine. To explore this link between ritual and routine, I will conduct a chronological overview of my work, which, in examining the connections between religious codes and everyday actions, addresses different notions of the real and surreal, documentary and fiction, and the ways in which these practices relate to self-preservation and the political in the holy locations I observe...

September 5, 2017: "Dancing in a Posthuman World: Material Bodies and New Alliances." Marta Segarra, Visiting Scholar, the International Consortium of Critical Theory Programs

Marta Segarra’s lecture will consider how some beings are relegated to the external margins of the community and reduced to an anonymous mass, which is often more related to animality than to humanity. From an ecofeminist and posthuman perspective, it will also examine the possibility of a reformulation of the human community beyond the “family.” It will focus on how new kinship, understood as “modes of intimate alliance,” are established between nonhuman and human actors...


Jonathan Sheehan

Jonathan Sheehan, Director

Jonathan Sheehan is an historian of early modern European religion, science, scholarship, and philosophy. He is the author of The Enlightenment Bible: Translation, Scholarship, Culture (Princeton, 2005) and, with Dror Wahrman, of Invisible Hands: Self-Organization in the Eighteenth Century (2015). His articles on secularism, Enlightenment, and early modern religious culture have appeared in Past & Present, the American Historical Review, the Journal for the History of Ideas, and Representations.

Khai Thu Nguyen

Khai Thu Nguyen, Associate Director

Khai Thu Nguyen is the Associate Director of the Consortium for Interdisciplinary Research (CIR). She has directed language and student affairs programs at UC Berkeley Extension, coordinated faculty teaching support at Center for Teaching and Learning, and served as a lecturer. Her multi-national theater productions and research have been funded by Fulbright-Hays, UC Pacific Rim, and the Royal Norwegian Embassy. Her writings appear in Neoliberalism and Global Theatres, Portrayals of Americans on the World Stage, and Asian Theatre Journal. Khai holds a Ph.D. in Performance Studies from UC Berkeley.

Breana George

Breana George, Program Coordinator

Breana George is a Program Coordinator for the Consortium for Interdisciplinary Research (CIR), the UC Berkeley management unit supporting the Berkeley Center for the Study of Religion and the Program in Critical Theory.
Sam Mountain

Sam Mountain, Work Study

Sam Mountain is a sophomore majoring in Integrative Biology and Political Science. In his free time, he reads Foucault and writes biographies on university websites.
Brandon Schneider

Brandon Schneider, Events and Student Affairs Coordinator

Brandon Schneider is the Events and Students Affairs Coordinator for the Consortium for Interdisciplinary Research. He previously served as the Assistant Director of The Program for the Study of Italy at Berkeley, where he has also taught various humanities-related courses. He is the Vice-Chair of the Arts Committee of Albany, California. Brandon earned a PhD in Italian Studies with a Certificate in New Media from Berkeley, and an M.A. in Political Science from the UNC Chapel Hill.
Beverly Yan

Beverly Yan, Work Study

Beverly Yan is a senior majoring in History with a minor in Asian American Studies. When she isn't at school, she's likely the one answering email inquiries to the Berkeley Center for the Study of Religion or the Program in Critical Theory.
Patty Dunlap

Patty Dunlap, Program and Grants Coordinator

Patty Dunlap is the Program and Grants Coordinator for the Consortium for Interdisciplinary Research. She previously served in Corporate and Foundation Relations on campus, and worked in the pharmaceutical industry for nearly two decades prior. Patty graduated from UC Irvine with a BA and MBA in Psychology, and now lives her husband, dog, and four children.