Affiliated Faculty

Katharine Burnett

Katharine P. Burnett

Faculty Director, Global Tea Initiative
Associate Professor of Art History, Chinese Art and Culture

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Xiaomei Chen

Xiaomei Chen

Professor of Chinese Literature

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Lynn Epstein

Lynn Epstein

Professor of Plant Pathology; Plant Breeder

Dr. Lynn Epstein is interested in control of plant pathogenic fungi in sustainable agricultural ecosystems, and in breeding, selection and identification of disease resistance. She currently primarily works on Fusarium oxysporum. She will bring this expertise to bear on tea.

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Nilesh Gaikwad

Nilesh W. Gaikwad

Associate Professor, Nutrition and Environmental Toxicology
Assistant Nutritionist, Agricultural Experiment Station

Dr. Gaikwad is interested in investigating the health effects of tea on steroid metabolism resulting in chemoprevention of breast and other cancers. He hypothesizes that bioactive components in tea could alter the steroid metabolism towards protective steroid metabolic pathways reducing the cancer risk. Currently He uses mass spectrometry based metabolomics tools to study modulatory effects of tea in animal models.

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Jacquelyn Gervay Hague

Jacquelyn Gervay-Hague

Professor, Chemistry

Dr. Jacquelyn Gervay-Hague's research with Camellia sinensis is focused on understanding the global exchange of glycolipids between plant and animal kingdoms and their associated microbiota. Bacterial-derived steryl glycosides modulate the immune system and are also implicated in neurobiology.  Understanding the exchange of these compounds between microbe and man may lead to novel molecular design in medicine and foods for health.

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Louis Grivetti

Louis E. Grivetti

Professor Emeritus, Nutrition

Dr. Louis Grivetti's tea-related interests are reflected in three themes: 1) medicinal uses of tea through the centuries, 2) tracing the introduction and uses during the colonial period in North America, and 4) tea festivals in different countries. 

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David Gundry

David Gundry

Associate Professor
East Asian Languages and Culture: Japanese

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Robert Hackman

Robert M. Hackman

Research Nutritionist
Department of Nutrition

Dr. Robert Hackman studies the nutritional value of tea and other foods and beverages related to cardiovascular health.

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Hildegarde Heymann

Hildegarde Heymann

Distinguished Professor and Enologist
Viticulture and Enology

Dr. Heymann works on sensory descriptive analyses of alcoholic beverages such as wine, spirits and beer. She will bring this expertise to tea. 

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Susan Kaiser

Susan Kaiser

Professor of Women and Gender Studies
Master Adviser, Textiles and Clothing

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Carl L Keen

Carl L. Keen

Professor, Nutritionist, and Mars Chair of Developmental Nutrition
Departments of Nutrition and Internal Medicine

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Kyu Hyun Kim

Kyu Hyun Kim

Associate Professor
History

Dr. Kyu Hyun Kim is currently working on his second book manuscript Treasonous Patriots: War Mobilization, Colonial Modernity and the Problem of Identity in the Late Colonial Korea.  His interest in tea concerns the rise of health food consumption and related industries in relation to the recovery of "Eastern culture" in contemporary Korea. 

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William Lucas

William Lucas

Distinguish Professor
Plant Biology

Dr. Lucas is interested in the role of the plant vascular system in the delivery of both essential nutrients and signaling molecules to various tissues and organs, to orchestrate plant growth and development. One aspect of particular interest relates to function of the phloem translocation system as a unique metabolic space within the plant vascular system. This system presents an exciting opportunity to engineer metabolite tailoring for delivery of novel secondary metabolites to targeted tissues, such as young developing leaves. Insights gained from such studies can be applied to delivery systems engineered for tea plants.

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Mark A. Matthews

Mark A. Matthews

Professor and Plant Physiologist
Viticulture and Enology

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Bettina Ng'weno

Bettina Ng'weno

Associate Professor
African American and African Studies

Dr. Bettina Ng'weno's research topics are the African Diaspora, space, property and citizenship. She is running a Mellon Research Initiative with Smriti Srinivas called "Reimagining Indian Ocean Worlds." They have an ongoing blog project about how people drink tea across the Indian Ocean region.

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Robert Rucker

Robert B. Rucker

Distinguished Professor Emeritus
Department of Nutrition and School of Medicine

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Shermain Hardesty

Shermain Hardesty

UC Davis Farm Program
Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics 

Shermain Hardesty is a Cooperative Extension Specialist in the Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics. She also leads the University of California's Small Farm Program. Her research and extension activities focus primarily on local foods marketing, cooperatives, and identification of new marketing and specialty crop opportunities for smaller-scale farmers.   Before returning to academia in 2002, Dr. Hardesty worked as a produce market research consultant for 10 years and conducted marketing and financial analyses for a rice marketing cooperative for four years.

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Charles. F Shoemaker

Charles F. Shoemaker

Professor Emeritus
Food Science and Technology, College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences

Professor Emeritus Charles Shoemaker is interested in the chemistry which occurs during the processing of different types of tea, such as green, oolong, white, and red teas.

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Sharon Shoemaker

Sharon Shoemaker

Executive Director of the California Institute of Food and Agricultural Research
Food Science and Technology, College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences

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Xiaoling Shu

Xiaoling Shu

Professor and Graduate Director, Sociology
Director, East Asian Studies

Dr. Xiaoling Shu's research, entitled "Tea or Coffee? Globalization and Changes in Beverage Consumption in China" analyzes changes in Chinese people's food and drink habits and lifestyles in the wake of vast expansion of global food and beverage chains such as Starbucks, McDonalds, KFCs, and Pizza Huts in China.

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Joseph Sorensen

Joseph Sorensen

Associate Professor
East Asian Languages and Culture: Japanese

Dr. Joseph Sorensen's research focus is primarily classical and medieval Japanese poetry and poetics. He has a standing interest in the related arts of flower arrangement (ikebana) and the tea ceremony (chanoyu). He is a member of the board of directors for the International Society of Ikebana Studies, and annually takes his students to participate in tea lessons as part of his Quarter Abroad program in Kyoto, Japan.

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Smriti Srinivas

Smriti Srinivas

Director, Middle East/South Asia Studies Program; Co-Director, Reimagining Indian Oceans Worlds Mellon Research Initiative; and Professor
Anthropology

Dr. Smriti Srinivas' research interests include the cities, body, social memory, religion, and the Indian Ocean. She is running a Mellon Research Initiative with Bettina Ng'weno called "Reimagining Indian Ocean Worlds." They have an ongoing blog project about how people drink tea across the Indian Ocean region.

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Archana Venkatesan

Archana Venkatesan

Chair and Associate Professor of Religious Studies and Comparative Literature
Department of Religious Studies

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Yvonne Wan

Yu-Jui Yvonne Wan

Professor and Vice Chair of Research
UC Davis Health System - Pathology and Laboratory Medicine

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Chunjie Zhang

Chunjie Zhang

Associate Professor of German
UC Davis German Program

Chunjie Zhang enjoys teaching about tea from the perspective of global history. She has been intergrating Robert Fortune's travelogues about visists to Chinese tea plantations and the transplantation of tea to India into her course, Travel and the Modern World. 

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Reference Librarians

Axel Borg

Axel Borg

University Library

As the food and beverage librarian for UC Davis, Axel Borg develops information collections in support of the teaching and research mission of the University. He is also responsible for nutrition and other post-harvest aspects of agriculture.

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Daniel Goldstein

Daniel Goldstein

University Library

As a librarian and historian, Daniel Goldstein actively seeks out and acquires the books, journals and databases to support tea-related research in the disciplines of the arts, humanities, and social sciences and in all relevant languages.  He also conducts library-related research to assist scholars working in these fields.

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Adam Siegel

Adam Siegel

University Library

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Carl Stahmer

Carl Stahmer

Director of Digital Scholarship
University Library

As Director of Digital Scholarship and Associate Director for Humanities Research of the Data Science Initiative, Carl Stahmer's research focuses on the development and application of computational methods for analyzing large textual and image corpuses. The application of this research to the area of tea studies will facilitate the study of a wide body of cultural content dealing with tea and its associated cultures. 

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Leah Theis

Leah Theis

Visual Resources Library Manager

Leah Theis is a visual resources librarian for the Department of Art and Art History. Together with Lisa Zdybel, she provides image collection development and management, support, training and outreach for Department faculty, students and staff.

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Lisa Zdybel

Lisa Zdybel

Library Assistant

Lisa Zdybel is a visual resources librarian for the Department of Art and Art History. Together with Leah Theis, she provides image collection development and management, support, training and outreach for Department faculty, students and staff.

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Advisors and Consultants

Wingchi Ip

Wingchi Ip

Internationally recognized tea master, designer and calligrapher, tea-ware connoisseur, owner Lock-Cha Tea House, Hong Kong; consultant to the Flagstaff House of Tea Ware, Hong Kong


Darrell Corti

Darrell Corti

Internationally recognized food and beverage expert; owner, Corti Brothers, Sacramento

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Contact Us

Research:
Katharine Burnett
Associate Professor, Art History
kpburnett@ucdavis.edu
(530) 752-0285

Support for the Program:
Charlene A. Mattison
Assistant Dean
cmattison@ucdavis.edu
(530) 754-2225

Student Assistants:
Daisy Cuevas
deecuevas@ucdavis.edu

Tait White-Rasmusson
thorasmusson@ucdavis.edu

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