Interdisciplinary Research Grants

Obermann Interdisciplinary Research Grants foster collaborative scholarship and creative work by offering recipients time and space to exchange new ideas leading to invention, creation, and publication. Groups can choose between two- and four-week residencies.

Media Clown

  • Daniel Fine (Dance, CLAS; Public Digital Arts Cluster)
  • Shannon Harvey (Backstage Academy, UK)
  • Paul Kalina (Theatre Arts, CLAS)

This group spent four weeks researching how to integrate the entertainment industry’s newest digital media technologies with century-old analogue clown routines and wrote an application to the Prague Quadrennial, to which they were accepted and at which they performed in June 2019.

Capturing the Experiences of Rural Latinx High School Students through Photovoice and Digital Storytelling: An Interdisciplinary Approach

  • Gerta Bardhoshi (Counselor Education)
  • Leslie Ann Locke (Education Policy & Leadership)
  • Jeremy Swanston (Art & Art History, CLAS)

This group analyzed and wrote about the community-based participatory research project they had done with high school students in Muscatine, Iowa, the previous spring. Swanston created graphic collages of the students’ photographs and words. The team met with educators and policymakers.

Distinguishing High-Crime Neighborhoods from Low-Crime Neighborhoods: A Spatial Examination Integrating a Diversity of Social and Ecological Factors

  • Caglar Koylu (Geographical & Sustainability Sciences, CLAS)
  • James Wo (Sociology, CLAS)

This pair worked to identify the characteristics of high and low crime areas in Los Angeles neighborhoods, and to generate predictive models of crime that account for neighborhood characteristics driven from a variety of metrics including demographic, land use, and social tie characteristics of neighborhoods.