Ruth Mostern is an associate professor in the School of Social Sciences, Humanities and Arts at the University of California, Merced. Since joining the UC Merced faculty in 2004, a year before the opening of the campus, she has launched academic programs, research centers, and even a faculty senate committee. She presently directs three programs at UC Merced: the Interdisciplinary Humanities Graduate Group, the Center for the Humanities, and the Spatial Analysis and Research Center.
She has served on the boards of research consortia, journals and funding agencies both at the University of California and elsewhere. Her affiliations include the Collaborative for Historical Information and Analysis, the International Journal of Humanities and Arts Computing, and the UC Humanities Network.
Mostern is a specialist in spatial and environmental history focusing on imperial China and the world. An interdisciplinary scholar with research interests bridging the humanities, social sciences, information science and environmental science, she has authored one book and edited another and has completed two major digital publications and eighteen articles. She has raised approximately $1.8 million in extramural funding and currently holds grants from both the National Endowment for the Humanities and the National Science Foundation.