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Prof. Medak-Saltzman wins Ford fellowship

April 8, 2015

Professor Danika Medak-Saltzman has won a prestigious Ford Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship. Read More...

Prof. Aldama wins BFA Award

April 6, 2015

Professor Arturo Aldama has won the BFA Faculty Recognition Award, to honor his service to the CU community. Read More...

Interview on 1965

February 3, 2015

Dr. Rabaka discusses the significance of 1965 to the Civil Rights Movement Read More...


Ethnic Studies Spotlights

We've Moved!

Due to an extensive renovation of the Ketchum Building, we have relocated to the Fleming Building, near the Wolf Law School. The front office is in Suite 208 and most faculty offices are on the fifth floor. We're looking forward to returning to a sparkly new Ketchum in 2016, but in the meantime, please come visit us in our temporary digs!

Welcome to the 2014-15 Academic Year

We are thrilled to announce the addition of three outstanding faculty members to the Department of Ethnic Studies. Hillary Potter joins the department as an Associate Professor whose research and teaching interests converge on race, gender, and class in the study of crime and violence. Her many publications include Battle Cries: Black Women and Intimate Partner Abuse (New York University Press, 2008) and Racing the Storm: Racial Implications and Lessons Learned from Hurricane Katrina (Lexington Books, 2007). Dr. Potter has been a long-time friend of the department and we are excited to have her as a core faculty member. Clint Carroll holds a Ph.D. in Environmental Science, Policy and Management from the University of California, Berkeley. His research investigates American Indian environmental policy, ecology, and environmental health and he will begin as an Assistant Professor in the Fall 2015 semester. Angelica Lawson, who earned a Ph.D. in American Indian Studies from the University of Arizona, conducts research on American Indian film and literature. She will begin a joint appointment as Assistant Professor of Ethnic Studies and Film Studies in Fall 2015. Welcome, Hillary, Clint, and Angelica!

Ph.D. Program

Our Ph.D. program in Comparative Ethnic Studies is entering its second year. 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 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 15, 2015 for students who wish to enroll in Fall 2016.