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Dr. Kwame Holmes awarded fellowship at the Center for Africanamerican Urban Studies and the Economy (CAUSE)

April 24, 2014

Professor Kwame Holmes has been awarded a prestigious postdoctoral fellowship at the Center for Africanamerican Urban Studies and the Economy (CAUSE) at Carnegie Mellon University! Read more...

In Honor of Black History Month

February 4, 2014

Professor Reiland Rabaka's track from a bebop to hip hop project in collaboration with the Department of English and the College of Music. Read more...

Ethnic Studies mourns passing of Mandela

November 9, 2013


Not only did Nelson Mandela play a pivotal role in ending apartheid in South Africa, but he also inspired feedom struggles worldwide. Professor Reiland Rabaka discusses Mandela's tremendous legacy in a Denver Post article. Read more ... 


Ethnics Studies Spotlights

PhD Program

This is an exciting time for the Department of Ethnic Studies. Last spring, the Board of Regents approved our proposal for a Ph.D. in Comparative Ethnic Studies.This innovative and streamlined program is designed to provide students with broad training that enables them to research and analyze the intersectional and relational workings of race, ethnicity, gender, class, and sexuality in national and transnational contexts.  It provides flexibility for students to pursue their individual research interests, while ensuring that they are grounded in both the foundational and cutting-edge theories in ethnic studies.

Our department envisions ethnic studies as a field of study that prioritizes transnational, decolonial, indigenous and queer frameworks that interrogate the relational nature of race and its attendant categories, particularly gender, sexuality and nation.  However, we believe that rigorous comparative and relational analyses can only grow out of deep groundings in the particular areas of Africana, Asian American, Chicana and Chicano, and Native American/Indigenous studies.  Methodologically and theoretically, our faculty members possess training and expertise in interdisciplinary fields including ethnic studies, women’s and gender studies, cultural studies, literary and film studies, border studies, and American studies, as well as traditional disciplines including anthropology, history, philosophy and sociology.

We are now looking forward to admitting our first cohort of graduate students, who will begin studies in Fall 2014. We seek students who are driven to pursue projects that advance the field of ethnic studies, are motivated to map out individualized courses of study, and have demonstrated abilities to comprehend and apply theories, conduct original research, analyze data, and write effectively. Financial support will be available in the form of teaching assistantships and fellowships for especially qualified applicants.  The deadline to apply is December 1. Read more (including full details and application procedures) ...

Faculty Search in American Indian Studies

We are also pleased to be searching for an Assistant Professor of American Indian/Indigenous Studies. We welcome comparative, interdisciplinary, and intersectional approaches and innovative theoretical perspectives. The Department of Ethnic Studies is particularly interested in candidates with areas of specialization that complement the Department’s existing strengths, and who have the potential to increase the profile of the program as well as the Department’s ties with other departments/centers on campus (e.g. Native Legal Studies, Indigenous Governance, Environmental Science, Geography, Sustainability Studies, Political Science, Critical Prison Studies, Performance Studies, Transnational Indigenous Pacific Studies, and Community Health, among many other possibilities). The deadline for application is October 21. Read more (including full details and application procedures) ...

New Faculty Members

Two new faculty members join the department this year. Kwame Holmes is Assistant Professor of African Studies, specializing in African American history, queer history, urban history/studies, and modern U.S. history. Prior to coming to CU, he served as a postdoctoral fellow at the Carter G. Woodson Institute for African and African American studies. Jenny Lind Withycombe is Instructor of Critical Sports Studies. In addition to teaching courses on sports and their intersection with race, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, and nation, she will help to develop an interdisciplinary undergraduate certificate in Critical Sports Studies. To read more about these two exciting teachers and researchers, please download the first issues of the Ethnic Studies Newsletter. Welcome aboard, Kwame and Jenny!