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Meet Kevan Q. Malone

Tell us a bit about your background: I began my higher education at the Borough of Manhattan Community College in New York after four years in the Marine Corps. I completed my bachelor’s degree at New York University’s Gallatin School and a master’s in American studies at the City University of New York’s Graduate Center, where my thesis examined American national identity through the prism of historical and present-day immigration debates. I am now a doctoral candidate in UC San Diego’s Department of History. My dissertation examines the role of transborder diplomacy in urban planning and environmental managment in the San Diego-Tijuana area during the twentieth century.

Have you been awarded any fellowships?  My research has been funded by the American Historical Association, the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations, the Center for U.S.-Mexican Studies, the Tinker Foundation, and the UCLA and UC San Diego special collections archives. I have also received fellowships from UC San Diego’s International Institute, Institute of Arts and Humanities, and Global Health Institute. 

Describe your involvement in the UC San Diego community: In 2018, I represented UC San Diego at the University of California’s Graduate Research Advocacy Day at the State Capitol in Sacramento. The following year I was inducted into the Bouchet Graduate Honor Society. I TA’ed for three years for the History Department’s course series on race and ethnicity in the United States, and I have served as my department’s head teaching assistant, training graduate student TAs. I also TA’ed for the Division of Arts and Humanities’ PATH Summer Academy for students transferring to UC San Diego from San Diego’s community colleges. I have lectured two summer courses at UC San Diego, one on the history of American cities in the twentieth century, the other on the United States in the 1960s. 

What are you involved with beyond UC San Diego? During the 2020-2021 academic year, I was a fellow in the Division of Arts and Humanities’ Integrated Internship Initiative, which trains UC San Diego graduate students in the humanities for teaching and administration professions in the San Diego Community College District. For this, I trained at San Diego City College. Next year, I will be a graduate fellow in the San Diego Scholars Strategy Network, which aims to make its members’ research more accessible to policy makers and the public. My writings have appeared in the Washington Post and the San Diego Union-Tribune. I am also the review editor for the Journal of San Diego History.

Why UC San Diego? I chose UC San Diego to work with Professor Nancy Kwak in the field of transnational urban history, and I developed my current research focus after arriving here in the U.S.-Mexico border region. I feel fortunate to have the support of excellent faculty members, and I consider it a pleasure to live in this international gateway city, connecting the United States and Mexico. I expect to complete the PhD program in the spring of 2022.