Professor Co-Directs New “Racial Capitalism” Research Initiative

Just announced: UC Davis English Professor Mark Jerng will be co-directing a new, three-year long research initiative supported by the Andrew Mellon Foundation on the topic of Racial Capitalism: Histories, Methods, Archives. 

Mark is joined in this venture by Professor Justin Leroy in the Department of History. 


This Mellon Research Initiative promises to focus on the historical relationship between race and capitalism, from the 15th century colonization of the Americas to the present.

"This initiative includes faculty across the humanities, social sciences, and the law school who are deeply committed to issues of social stratification and racial inequality,” Mark reports. “It gives us at UC Davis an opportunity to engage and push national and global conversations on racial capitalism, conversations that are critical to our survival.”

With planning for the initiative already underway, Mark and his co-director are searching for a Visiting Assistant Professor to join their team. Details about that position (and more on the initiative as a whole) can be found here:


Image Credit: Plan of the British Slave Ship "Brookes," 1789, as shown on, compiled by Jerome Handler and Michael Tuite, and sponsored by the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities and the University of Virginia Library.