Harvill 337A
Barrios, Jacqueline Jean
Assistant Professor

Dr. Jacqueline Jean Jacqueline Barrios studies the global 19th century, literature, and the city, which she extends in interdisciplinary, socially engaged projects within the public humanities. Her current scholarship investigates London-Pacific trans-urban imaginaries—geographies of East Asian Pacific Rim entanglement with the British capital. 


Dr. Barrios specializes in projects that connect literature and urban spaces, bringing urban histories and culture to life through interdisciplinary, socially engaged projects, initiatives and courses within the public humanities.  The centerpiece of her public humanities work is her founding of LitLabs,  a public humanities project hub fusing visual performing arts and site-specific research with the study of literary texts, in order to document, animate and uplift the life-worlds of communities who interpret them. LitLabs are the subject of her  upcoming book project, Dear Charles Dickens, Love South (U. of Iowa Press--forthcoming)about how she centered the history and daily life of South LA teens in creative engagements with the 19c long-form novel. 


Dr. Barrios also co-founded the DIGITAL SALON with UCLA’s  Urban Humanities Initiative, a research program linking architecture, urban planning and humanities scholars, and she co- leads the formation of a global Urban Humanities Network  for emerging scholars in the field. 


Dr. Barrios holds a PhD in English from the University of California Los Angeles, a Master of English from the University of California at Irvine, a Master of Education and a BA in English from the University of California at Berkeley.  She has been a veteran educator at LAUSD, where she has served as a public school teacher for many years in South Los Angeles.


Currently Teaching

PAH 200 – Introduction to Applied Humanities

This courses introduces and helps students to practice a set of critical and practical skills developed specifically for understanding and improving the human condition. Over the course of the semester we will: 1) survey the origins and history of the applied humanities, paying particular attention to the intersection of ways of seeing and doing; 2) examine exemplary research-informed and publicly-facing projects for insight into how to theorize and improve life in the community and beyond; and 3) explore tools and techniques for engaging in small and large scale applied humanities endeavors.

PAH 420 – Innovation and the Human Condition: Learning How to Improve Life in the Community and Beyond

This course will equip students with the skills to use the humanities intellectual and analytical traditions to identify and pursue strategic responses to opportunities for innovation in the human condition. Over the course of the semester, students will draw on a range of humanities-based ways of seeing and doing to: 1) identify opportunities for improving the human condition at the community level and beyond; 2) analyze the cultural, political, and economic conditions that influence such opportunities; 3) design technological, industrial, and socio-cultural innovations that are directly responsive to these opportunities; and 4) develop strategic storylines that effectively convey the merits of these innovations to relevant stakeholders.

We will begin by forming small teams of student innovators. Each team will engage, experience, and internalize the course content through a series of activities and tasks that include: 1) identifying a community-based issue or opportunity that warrants an intervention; 2) analyzing the issue or opportunity through secondary research; 3) formulating an innovative strategy that is data-driven and based in the principles and concepts central to the humanities intellectual and analytical traditions; 4) refining and enhancing said innovative strategy through primary research; and 4) developing and delivering a multi-faceted presentation (visual, oral, written) of the strategy to a panel of experts.