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Caitlin Charos
  • Pronouns she, her, her, hers, herself
  • Title
    • Research Development Specialist, Humanities and Humanistic Social Sciences
  • Division Office of Research
  • Department
    • Office of Research Development
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  • Office Location
    • Kerr Hall, 4th floor when on campus; hybrid
    • The Humanities Institute
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Summary of Expertise

Humanities research; humanistic methods; proposal conceptualization and feedback; funding strategy

Research Interests

Postcolonial literatures, especially literatures from southern Africa; global migration; gender and sexualities; race and ethnicity; the novel

Biography, Education and Training

Caitlin grew up in Stockton, California and earned degrees from University of Pennsylvania (B.A., English), University of York, U.K. (M.A., Cultures of Empire, Resistance, and Postcoloniality), and Princeton University (M.A., English). While pursuing a Ph.D. in English at Princeton University, Caitlin established herself as a researcher, teacher, and persuasive grant writer, and was awarded a fellowship funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation for scholarship on global migration. Her research interests include postcolonial literatures, particularly literatures from southern Africa, gender and sexualities, race and ethnicity, and the novel. 


Caitlin began her career in research development as a fellow in Princeton’s Office of Corporate Engagement and Foundation Relations, where she helped connect faculty members to foundation funders with shared missions. She has also assisted faculty with proposal writing and has helped secure significant grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities. Caitlin is thrilled to be back in northern California and looks forward to applying her experience in support of humanities and social sciences research at UCSC.

Honors, Awards and Grants

Mellon-Sawyer Fellowship for a Dissertation on Global Migration, Princeton University (AY 2018-19)

McCosh Teaching Award for Outstanding Teaching by a Graduate Student, Princeton University (AY 2017-18)

Phi Beta Kappa (2007)

Selected Publications

"States of Shame: South African writing after apartheid, " Safundi: The Journal of South African and American Studies 10.3: 273-304.

"'The End of an Error': Tranisition and 'Post-apartheid Play' in Ivan Vladislavić's The Restless Supermarket,Safundi: The Journal of South African and American Studies 9.1 (23-38).