Areas of Research

Core Faculty

Ethnic Studies core faculty members have training and expertise in a wide range of interdisciplinary fields including ethnic studies, women’s studies, American studies, cultural studies, film studies, criminology, and border studies, as well as traditional social science and humanities disciplines. Our faculty emphasizes the use of critical and interdisciplinary methodologies (such as archival, ethnographic, literary, cultural, and other human science approaches), as well as comparative, intersectional, and relational frameworks (including transethnic, transhistorical, transnational, feminist, queer, decolonial, and critical race theories). Major areas of research include: Native histories and Red feminisms; Asian American history, politics, and radicalism; Chicana/o history, politics, feminisms, and social movements; African, African American and Caribbean history, politics, feminisms, and social movements; Queer history and theory; interdisciplinary justice studies, critical race theory; popular music and popular culture studies; critical sports studies; and critical white studies. Please see the Core Faculty profiles for more information.


Faculty Affiliates

Faculty Affiliates, who are rostered in other units at the University of Colorado Boulder, teach courses in their home units and conduct research on topics broadly applicable to Ethnic Studies.  Graduate students may look to faculty affiliates for courses and guidance on the theories and methodologies most relevant to their research interests. Faculty affiliates have considerable training and expertise in a wide array of interdisciplinary areas and traditional disciplines. For instance, although many of the affiliates are tenured or tenured-track faculty in traditional disciplines such as anthropology, English, history, philosophy, sociology, and religious studies, their work is deeply interdisciplinary and connected to many of the core concerns of ethnic studies. Major areas of research include: American literary and popular culture studies; comparative literature; Algonquian linguistics, Arapaho verbal narrative, and anthropological linguistics; intimate partner abuse, feminist criminology, and sociology of gender; indigenous politics in the Americas and critical cartography; race, gender, class and culture in education; social, political, moral and feminist philosophy; cultural anthropology; women and gender studies; Latina/o studies; Islamic studies; Jewish studies; and Queer studies. Please see the Faculty Affiliates profiles for more information.