Ethnic Studies Spotlights
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!
Our Ph.D. program in Comparative Ethnic Studies is entering its first 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 1.