Head shot of Yehuda Sharim
  • Kinder Scholar
  • Assistant Professor in Media and Performance in School of Social Sciences, Humanities and Arts
  • University of California, Merced

Yehuda Sharim is a scholar, filmmaker, and an assistant professor in the Program of Global Art Studies, University of California, Merced. He holds a Ph.D. in culture and performance from UCLA’s World Arts and Cultures program.

His films, which have appeared in various film festivals, art venues, and universities across the world, provide a comparative study of immigration and displacement, shedding light on the changing constructions of home, nation, and belonging. For more info about his films, please see: www.sharimstudio.com.

His book manuscript, "We Are In It: An Anthology of Border Crossing An Anthology of Border Crossing," presents personal accounts by refugees and those who seek refuge without documentation. Comprised of interviews in monologue form, their stories reveal the fear, trauma, and resilience of immigrants and refugees in Houston, TX. Additionally, Sharim's report, co-authored with Yan Digilov, titled “Refugee Realities: Between National Challenges and Local Responsibilities,” is an attempt to historicize and trace the changes and politics that have shaped refugee resettlement programs in the USA.

In his future report, he is interested in examining how the contemporaneous (and ongoing) climate of fear has impacted the lives of Houston's most vulnerable communities. His upcoming film, "Letters2Maybe" (2021), questions the multiple crises that have shaped topographies of sentiment in Houston.