The University of California Humanities Research Institute (UCHRI) is a multicampus research unit of the UC Office of the President, serving all ten campuses in the UC system. UCHRI was founded under the University of California Humanities Initiative, established by former UC President David P. Gardner in 1987.
Recognized nationally and internationally, the Institute promotes collaborative work representing different fields and institutions both within and beyond the University of California. UCHRI addresses topics traditional to the humanities in disciplines such as literature, philosophy, classics, languages, and history, as well as the pressing human dimensions that arise in the social and natural sciences, technology, art, medicine, and the professions. Stressing interdisciplinary research, UCHRI bridges gaps between disciplines across the humanities and human sciences and seeks to overcome the intellectual and institutional barriers that can separate the humanities from other fields.
UCHRI manages the UC Humanities Network website and oversees grant administration for the Humanities and Changing Conceptions of Work, Multicampus Research Groups, and the Society of Fellows.