Carolyn Schutten

Graduate Student

M.A. Public History, Emphasis in Museum Curatorship

M.U.R.P. Urban and Regional Planning, Emphasis in Environmental Planning

Research Areas

Borderlands, cultural landscapes, place studies, social and environmental movements, history of urban planning, geography, social art practice, and
environmental art

Contact Information
Department of History

Carolyn Schutten is conducting research for “Flow and Obstruction: Tijuana River and Environmental Activism at the U.S.-Mexico Border, 1970s-2010s,” an environmental history of the Tijuana River at the San Diego-Tijuana border area. She holds a master's degree in urban and regional planning with an emphasis in environmental planning and a master's degree in public history with an emphasis in museum curatorship. Carolyn is interested in architectural history, landscapes, and historic preservation and recently published research on Spanish Colonial Architecture for Getty Foundation Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA. She is an active public historian and has curated exhibitions, such as Flow I Obstruction: process.dialogue.inquiry, There is a River Here, Tlahualiles: The Glorious Masks of Sahuayo, and Self Help Graphics: Aztlán, the Permanent Collection, and Beyond. Carolyn is interested in digital humanities, has produced short films, and has managed GIS projects, including "Mapping Riverside's Latinx Cultural Landscape." She is a seasoned non-profit professional and grant writer with experience in audience development, strategic planning, brand management, engagement, project management, program evaluation, and fund development. Carolyn recently presented research at The Getty Center, American Society of Environmental Historians Conference, National Council on Public History Conference, California Preservation Conference, and the Huntington-USC Institute on California and the West. Carolyn is a dedicated educator, receiving two UCR Graduate Teaching Assistant Awards and completing the University Teaching Certificate Program. Carolyn has received: UC MEXUS Grant for Dissertation Research, Blum Initiative Collaborative Research Grant, UC California Studies Consortium Grant, UC Humanities Research Institute, UCLA Institute for Research on Labor and Employment, Chancellor’s Distinguished Fellowship, and UCR Center for Ideas and Society Research Grant, among others. Carolyn was a UCMEXUS Resident Scholar, was selected as a Visiting Fellow at the Center for U.S.-Mexican Studies, and she is currently a National Science Foundation IGERT Water SENSE Fellow.



Arts Council for Long Beach Public Arts Advisory Committee, Humanists@Work Graduate Advisory Council, UCR Science and Technology Studies Humanizing Engineering, Getty Foundation Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA, Arts Connection: The Arts Council of San Bernardino County Board Member, California Association of Museum California Networks for Collaboration: Inland Empire Regional Council Member and Audience Research Learning Collaborative, Humanities Action Lab

Awards Received

California Preservation Foundation Graduate Paper Award

UC Humanities Research Institute Humanists@Work Graduate Advisory Council

UC Riverside Graduate Teaching Assistant Award, History, 2017

UC Humanities Research Institute Travel Grant: Humanists@Work

UCR University Teaching Certificate Program

Anne Siebert Academic Scholarship for Historic Preservation

Blum Initiative Collaborative Research Grant

UC Riverside Graduate Teaching Assistant Award, History, 2015

UC Institute for Mexico and the United States Grants for Dissertation Research

UCHRI California Studies Consortium Graduate Student Travel Grant

UC Riverside Center for Ideas and Society Research Grant

UCLA Institute for Research on Labor and Employment Research Grant


“Voids of the Aggregate: Materializing Ethnic Mexicans in Spanish Colonial Revival,” in Myth & Mirage: Inland Southern California, Birthplace of the Spanish Colonial Revival (Seattle: Lucia | Marquand, 2017).

“Setting the Stage: Picturing the Stories of Guantánamo,” Guantánamo Public Memory Project, Oct. 10, 2012. 

“The Prowl: Winogrand Walking,” in Confessions* Rethinking Winogrand’s Women, ed. Susan Laxton (Riverside: UCR ARTSblock, 2013).