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 Tuesday, April 27, 2004 IssueFaculty/Staff E-Newsletter


New Ethnic Studies Faculty
By Monteith Mitchell

Three professors with notable scholarship, publishing, teaching and speaking experience have joined the ethnic studies department this year.

Associate Professor Arturo Aldama, a tenured professor from Arizona State University's department of Chicana/o Studies, is currently working on a comprehensive, two-volume academic reference encyclopedia of U.S. Latina and Latino popular culture, the first of its kind.

He also is writing a book on urban Latin music and how it travels across the U.S.-Mexico border and into Europe, and will be working with ethnic studies faculty on creating a book on Colorado's ethnic histories and cultures that will feature the contributions of Latinas/os, African Americans, Asian Americans and American Indians in the formation of Colorado.

Aldama earned a doctorate and a master's degree in ethnic studies from the University of California at Berkeley.

Associate Professor Emma Pérez, a tenured professor from the University of Texas, El Paso, has extensive experience in academia. Before joining the faculty at CU-Boulder, she served as chair of the history department, as well as assistant vice president for graduate studies and director of the Institute of Oral History.

Pérez earned her doctoral, master's and bachelor's degrees at the University of California, Los Angeles. Her doctorate is in history.

Her teaching and research interests include Chicana/Latina Studies in the United States and Mexico, gay/lesbian history, cultural studies, history and theory, feminist theory, postcolonial theory, women of color in the United States and creative writing.

Natsu Taylor Saito is an expert in international human rights law, with a focus on rights for indigenous people. She is a full professor on leave from the Georgia State University College of Law where she has taught for 10 years. She also is a member of the State Bar of Georgia.

Saito earned her law degree from Yale Law School and her master's degree in education from Georgia State University.

She teaches CU-Boulder undergraduate courses on American Indian Studies and race, ethnicity and the law, and a course on the immigration of racial minorities. Her research focuses on the legal and political history of race and racial subordination in the United States.

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