UCLA’s Charlene Villaseñor Black and colleagues from other UC campuses have received more than $1 million in funding as a winner of the 2019 University of California multi-campus research programs and initiatives competition.

The funding supports research that advances issues important to California’s residents, environment and economy.

Villaseñor Black, professor of art history at UCLA, and her colleagues were one of 16 awardees selected to receive funding for their project titled “Critical Mission Studies at California’s Crossroads.” The project is intended to increase knowledge of California’s 21 Spanish-Indian missions, created between 1769–1823 by Native American labor, and create a new field of studies, critical mission studies, that will incorporate Native American and Chicano perspectives.

Villaseñor Black’s research interests focus on the art of the Ibero-American world. She is the recipient of the 2016 Gold Shield Faculty Prize.