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Scholar-at-Risk Project


Scholars at Risk is an international network of institutions and individuals whose mission is to protect scholars and promote academic freedom. Temporary academic positions are arranged at member universities and colleges for scholars facing threats. Scholars are able to continue their work in safety until conditions can improve and they can return home.

At UC San DiegoDilsa Deniz

Dr. Dilsa Deniz, a Kurdish socio-cultural anthropologist, was UC San Diego's first Scholar at Risk, in residence from 2019-2021. Dr. Deniz specializes in anthropology, religion and gender, Middle East studies and Kurdish Alevism. While in residence, she taught courses in Anthropology and Political Science and gave a series of talks on campus and around San Diego. She is now a visiting scholar at the Harvard Divinity School. 

Moving Forward

A team of professors from across campus worked with the International Institute to enable UC San Diego to join the Scholars at Risk network and sponsor its first Scholar at Risk. Generous funding was provided by the Executive Vice Chancellor, the Division of Social Sciences, Eleanor Roosevelt College, and the departments of Anthropology and Political Science, as well as the International Institute. We were also able to procure a $25,000 fellowship from the Scholar Rescue Fund. We are currently seeking funds to enable UC San Diego to continue to participate in the Scholars at Risk program to sponsor future scholars.