Category: Alumni profiles

Aliyah Khan: Sharing the scare

Aliyah Khan (Ph.D. ’12, literature and feminist studies) dives into the world of Muslim horror films with the playfully named Halaloween film festival.

By Grace Stetson, March 2023

Berta Campos-Anicetti: Spreading the health

Public health and human services professional Berta Campos-Anicetti (Crown ’89, biology) was instrumental in helping to get the Latine community in Novato, Calif., vaccinated during the pandemic, among many other successful programs

By Lisa Renner, November 2022

Nick Fountain: On the (Planet) money

The newest cohost of NPR’s Planet Money, Nick Fountain (Stevenson ’11, politics) covers smart and sometimes quirky stories that, nevertheless, offer some truth about the larger economy or the world.

By Peggy Townsend, November 2022

Anushka Ratnayake: Planting seeds of change

Anushka Ratnayake (College Nine ’04, literature) didn’t know what the future held for her career postgraduation. But after learning more about agricultural microfinancing and launching a nonprofit in West Africa, she has taken the skills from her Santa Cruz education...

By Grace Stetson, November 2022

Sina Grace: Representation matters

Comics creator Sina Grace (Stevenson ‘08, literature) centers LGBTQIA characters as the industry evolves to include more diversity—and he looks forward to including even more heroes from all backgrounds.

By Dan White, August 2022

Kim TallBear: Protecting Native American DNA and Indigenous rights

In her work as a professor of Native studies, author, lecturer, and more, Kim TallBear (Ph.D. ’05, history of consciousness) has a goal of building Indigenous institutions and capacities.

By Peggy Townsend, August 2022

Eric Becerra: Innovative wall-breaker

Rachel Carson '03, sociology

By Peggy Townsend, May 2022

Laura Lopez: Triumph and survival

M.S. '07; Ph.D. '11, astronomy and astrophysics

By Dan White, May 2022

Lou Mathews: L.A. stories

Porter ’73, literature/creative writing

By Peggy Townsend, May 2022