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Click on a link below to learn more about our Adjunct, Affiliate, Temporary, and Emeritus Ethnic Studies Faculty.

Ethnic Studies Faculty

The Ethnic Studies curriculum is built upon both the individual interests and collective strengths of our faculty. We emphasize the use of interdisciplinary methodologies (such as archival, ethnographic, literary and critical cultural approaches) and comparative and relational frameworks (including transhistorical, transnational, feminist, queer, and decolonial analytics). Faculty members demonstrate a robust range of research and teaching specializations, yet we share a common interest in how relations of difference are produced, inhabited, and transformed. Particular areas of focus include aesthetics, performance, and cultural production; materialist approaches to labor, value and consumption; science and technology; (settler) colonialism, migration, and movement. Please see individual profiles for more information.

Department Faculty

Patrick W. Anderson

Associate Director, Critical Gender Studies Program (2014-2017)
Associate Professor
Ph.D., Performance Studies, University of California, Berkeley
Joint appointment with Department of Communication
Performance studies and cultural studies; women, gender, and sexuality.

Kirstie Dorr

Assistant Professor
Ph.D., Comparative Ethnic Studies, University of California, Berkeley
Critical race and gender studies, transnational cultural studies, and political geography, Latin America and the Latino/a United States.

Fatima El-Tayeb

Director, Critical Gender Studies Program (2014-2017)
Professor
Ph.D., History, University of Hamburg
Joint appointment with Department of Literature
African Diaspora Studies, Queer Theory, Transnational Feminism, Film Studies, European Migrant and Minority Cultures, Queer of Color Critique, Visual Cultural Studies, Media Theory

Yen Le Espiritu

Distinguished Professor
Ph.D., Sociology, University of California, Los Angeles
Gender and migration; Race and U.S. militarism; Refugee studies; Asian American studies; Southeast Asian American Studies

Ross H. Frank

Associate Professor and Chair
Ph.D., History, University of California, Berkeley
Native American History and Culture; Colonial Americas; Material Culture Studies; Indian-White Relations

Dayo Gore

Associate Professor 
Ph.D., History, New York University
African American Women's history; U.S. Political and Cultural Activism; African American and the African Diaspora politics; and Gender and Sexuality studies

Mattie Harper

Assistant Professor
Ph.D., Ethnic Studies, University of California, Berkeley
Cross-cultural relations in early North America, Ojibwe history, the intersecting lives of Native Americans and African Americans, Native Americans and the U.S. military, racial intermarriage and the construction of race, and 20th century Native American intellectuals

Jillian Hernandez

Assistant Professor
Ph.D., Women's and Gender Studies, Rutgers University
Ethnic and Critical Race Studies, Sexualities, Contemporary Art and Visual Culture, Critical Girlhood Studies, New Media, Performance, Feminist and Queer Theories, Masculinities, Hip Hop

Sara C. Kaplan

Associate Professor
Ph.D., Ethnic Studies, University of California, Berkeley
Literatures and cultures of the African Diaspora; feminist and queer theory; comparative ethnic studies; critical race feminism; theories of performance and performativity.

Roshanak Kheshti

Director of Graduate Studies (Winter-Spring 2017)
Associate Professor
Ph.D., Cultural Anthropology, University of California, Santa Cruz
Transnational feminisms and cultural anthropology, third world feminist theories, transnational queer theories, cross-cultural gender studies, sexuality, global popular culture

Curtis F. Marez

Professor
Ph.D., English, University of California, Berkeley
Latino/a studies, migration studies, and technology studies

Gabriel Mendes

Gabriel N. Mendes, Ph.D. is now Senior Lecturer in Medicine, Health, and Society at Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN, USA.
Ph.D., American Civilization, Brown University
African American intellectual and cultural history; Black radical thought and politics; history and critique of the human sciences; philosophy of race and racism; racism and public health

Shelley Streeby

Professor
Ph.D., English, University of California, Berkeley
19th and 20th Century US Literature and Culture; Chicana/o and Latina/o Studies; Comparative Colonialisms, War, and Cultural Memory; Fantasy, SF, and Speculative Fiction; Gender Studies and Queer Theory; Film, Media, and Visual Culture; Labor, Transnational Social Movements, and Radical History; American Studies

Daphne Taylor-García

Assistant Professor
Ph.D., Ethnic Studies, University of California, Berkeley
Comparative Colonialisms; Class, Gender, Race, and Sexuality Studies; Cultural Studies; Phenomenology; Decolonial Theory

Kamala Visweswaran

Professor
Ph.D.,Stanford University

Kalindi Vora

Vice Chair (Winter-Spring 2017)
Associate Professor
Ph.D., History of Consciousness (Feminist Studies), University of California, Santa Cruz
Science and Technology Studies, Postcolonial Theory, Critical Race and Gender Studies, South Asian Area and Diaspora Studies, Globalization, Marxist Theory, Cultural Studies

K. Wayne Yang

Director of Undergraduate Studies (Winter-Spring 2017)
Associate Professor
Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley
Youth Culture and Pedagogy in the Emergence of Social Movements 

Professor Emerita

Robert R Alvarez

Professor Emerita
Ph.D., Anthropology, Stanford University
U.S.-Mexico Borderlands; Ethnography; Transnational Markets and Entrepreneurs

Ana Celia Zentella

Professor Emerita
Ph.D. in Educational Linguistics, University of Pennsylvania
Anthro-Political Linguistics, Bilingualism, Child Language Socialization, Latino Spanish and English Dialect

Affiliated Faculty

In addition to the core faculty, faculty members from other UCSD academic departments, UC campuses and other regional Universities assist in teaching courses on race and ethnicity for our department. An index of affiliated faculty members is listed below:

Patty Ahn
Assistant Professor, Communication
Critical histories and theories of U.S. television, transnational media studies with a focus on the Asia-Pacific region, gender and sexuality studies, and popular music.
E-mail: pahn@ucsd.edu

Luis A. Alvarez

Associate Professor, History
Comparative race and ethnicity, popular culture, Chicana/o studies, Latina/o studies, African American studies, U.S.-Mexico borderlands, transnationalism, resistance, identity and community formation, cultural theory
E-mail: l2alvarez@ucsd.edu

John D. (Jody) Blanco

Associate Professor, Literature
Filipino literature; nineteenth-century Latin American and Caribbean literature; anti-colonial thought
E-mail: jdblanco@ucsd.edu

Boatema Boateng

Associate Professor, Communication
Globalization and culture, intellectual property law, gender studies
E-mail: bboateng@ucsd.edu

David Borgo

Associate Professor, Music
Jazz, ethnomusicology, integrative studies
E-mail: dborgo@ucsd.edu 
Website

Julie Burelle

Assistant Professor, Theatre & Dance
Performance Studies, Cultural Studies, Native American studies,First Nations Theatre
E-mail: jburelle@ucsd.edu

Robert Cancel

Assistant Professor, Literature
Oral literature; modern African literature and film; Caribbean literature
E-mail: rcancel@ucsd.edu

Gloria Elizabeth Chacon

Assistant Professor, Literature
Indigenous literatures of the Americas; Chican@/Latin@ literary and cultural movements; Central American poetics and politics; US Central Americans; Latin American literary and cultural theories.
E-mail: gchacon@ucsd.edu

Thandeka K. Chapman

Associate Professor, Educational Studies
Schooling outcomes of desegregation policies in urban and suburban districts, institutional racism in school climate, curriculum, adult and student relationships, and school policies, teaching and learning writing in secondary classrooms. 
E-mail: tkchapman@ucsd.edu

Dennis Childs

Associate Professor, Literature
African American literature and culture; Black literary modernism
E-mail: drchilds@ucsd.edu

Erica Cho
Assistant Professor, Visual Arts
Experimental film, short-form narrative, and LGBTQ and Asian American media art
E-mail: erc037@ucsd.edu  

Luz Chung
Lecturer/Supervisor Secondary World Languages, Educational Studies
Critical pedagogy, multicultural and multilingual education, and service-learning
E-mail: lmchung@ucsd.edu

Frances Contreras

Associate Professor, Education Studies
Equity and access for Latina/o; Underrepresented students in the education pipeline
E-mail: contrerasf@ucsd.edu

Anthony Davis

Professor, Music
African American music; the integration of improvised and notated expressive resources
E-mail: adavis@ucsd.edu  
Website

Zeinabu Davis

Professor, Communication
Altering and diversifying the terrain of mass media, film history, world cinema and folklore
E-mail: zdavis@ucsd.edu

Ricardo R. Dominguez

Associate Professor, Visual Arts
Co-founder of Electronic Disturbance Theater; co-Director of the THING, an ISP for artist and activist; former member of Critical Art Ensemble; member of the New York Zapatistas; performances, tactical media events, direct actions on the streets and around the world 
E-mail: rrdominguez@ucsd.edu 
Website

Gerald D. Doppelt

Professor, Philosophy
Ethics and Social Justice
E-mail: gdoppelt@ucsd.edu 
Website

Steven P. Erie

Professor, Political Science
Urban politics, public policy, ethnic/minority group politics, and American political development
E-mail: serie@ucsd.edu

Ivan T. Evans

Professor, Sociology
Power, culture, and social revolt; sociology of intellectuals
E-mail: ievans@ucsd.edu

Camille F. Forbes

Associate Professor, Literature
Nineteenth-century African-American literature and culture; African-American performance; American literature; cultural studies
E-mail: cfforbes@ucsd.edu
Website

Nadine A. George

Professor, Theatre & Dance
African American studies, feminist studies, theatre history, and dance history
E-mail: ngeorge@ucsd.edu

Jessica Graham

Assistant Professor, History
Twentieth century U.S. and Brazil, (U.S.) African American and Afro-Brazilian history, race, political ideology, cultural policy/diplomacy, and transnational history.
E-mail: jlgraham@ucsd.edu

David G. Gutiérrez

Professor, History
Chicano movements; immigration history
E-mail: dggutierrez@ucsd.edu
Website

Joseph Hankins

Associate Professor, Anthropology
Social movements of labor and identity, multiculturalism, neoliberalism, stigma; circulation, materiality, processes of recognition, publics; Japan, East Asia.
E-mail: jdhankins@ucsd.edu
Website

Michael Hardimon

Associate Professor, Philosophy
19th century German Philosophy, ethics, and social and political philosophy; development of ethical thought in German philosophy from Kant to Nietzsche, and its relevance for contemporary ethical theory; "normative meta-ethics"; applied and professional ethics and philosophical problems of race 
E-mail: mhardimon@ucsd.edu
Website

Louis J. Hock

Professor, Visual Arts
Films, video tapes, media installations, public art practice
E-mail: lhock@ucsd.edu
Website

Tara Javidi

Associate Professor, Electirical and Computer Engineering
Communication networks, stochastic resource allocation, stochastic control theory, and wireless communications
E-mail: tjavidi@ucsd.edu
Website

Sara E. Johnson

Associate Professor, Literature
Nineteenth- and twentieth-century anglophone, francophone and hispanophone Caribbean literature and theory; African-American literature; literature of the Americas; cultural studies of the African Diaspora 
E-mail: sejohn@ucsd.edu

Makeba Jones

Lecturer, Educational Studies
Urban education and educational equity, social and cultural organization of schools, student engagement, tracking/ability grouping, secondary school reform, educational policy, teacher professional development, school-university partnerships, and youth leadership
E-mail: m3jones@ucsd.edu

Bennetta Jules-Rosette

Professor, Sociology
Ethnographic Film, sociology, semiotic studies of religious discourse, tourist art, and new technologies in Africa
E-mail: bjulesrosette@ucsd.edu

Dredge Käng

Assistant Professor, Anthropology
Anthropology of love, beauty, sex work, sexual health, structural violence, and Hallyu (Korean Wave) studies. Geographic specialization is Southeast Asia (Thailand), with particular attention to inter-Asia and Asian diaspora connections. 
Email: kbyung@ucsd.edu

Martha Lampland

Associate Professor, Sociology
Political economy, history, feminist theory, science studies, social theory, and the symbolic analysis of complex societies 
E-mail: mlampland@ucsd.edu

Jin-Kyung Lee
Associate Professor, Korean and Comparative Literature
Modern Korean Literature; Gender Studies; Korean Diasporic Cultures
E-mail: jinkyung@ucsd.edu
Website

James Lin

Professor, Mathematics
Algebraic topology
E-mail: j2lin@ucsd.edu 

Simeon Man

Assistant Professor, History
Asian American history, transnational U.S. history, politics of race and empire, history of social movements
E-mail: siman@ucsd.edu   

George (Jorge) Mariscal

Professor, Literature
Sixteenth- and seventeenth-century Spanish culture; Chicano/a studies; U.S. literature of the Viet Nam War
Email: gmariscal@ucsd.edu

Luis Martin-Cabrera

Associate Professor, Literature
Peninsular and Latin American Literature and Culture; TransAtlantic Studies, Spanish Film, Critical Pedagogy, Cultural Theory
Email: lmartincabrera@ucsd.edu

Wendy Matsumura
Assistant Professor, History
Transnational labor struggles, development of class antagonisms, gender oppression and racialized discourses in the Japanese empire
E-mail: wmatsumura@ucsd.edu

John C. Moore

Professor, Linguistics
Spanish syntax, causative and restructuring constructions, lexical semantics, judgment types
E-mail: johnmoore@ucsd.edu
Website

Dana Murillo

Associate Professor, History
Intersections of colonialism with gender, ethnicity, identity formation in early Latin America
E-mail: dvmurillo@ucsd.edu

Elizabeth Newsome

Associate Professor, Visual Arts Ancient civilizations of Mesoamerica, including the Aztec, Olmec and Izapan cultures
E-mail: enewsome@ucsd.edu Website

Hoang Tan Nguyen
Associate Professor, Literature
Asian American visual culture, Southeast Asian cinema, queer cinema, experimental film, race and pornography, film programming, and video production.
E-mail: hoangnguyen@ucsd.edu

Kyong Park
Professor, Visual Arts
Public Culture, urban landscapes, contemporary social geography,  visual arts, architecture, theory and curatorial practices, and activism in public spaces
E-mail: kdpark@ucsd.edu

Danielle Raudenbush

Assistant Professor, Sociology
Health and well-being of low-income people living in the United States, health in urban contexts, social cohesion among the urban poor
E-mail: draudenbush@ucsd.edu

Vanesa Ribas

Assistant Professor, Sociology
International Migration, Race Relations, and Work
E-mail: vribas@ucsd.edu

Emily Roxworthy

Associate Professor, Theatre and Dance
Performance studies, race relations, interculturalism, and Asian American theatre
E-mail: eroxworthy@ucsd.edu

Rosaura Sánchez

Professor, Literature
Nationalism, ethnicity, and politics; critical theory; cultural studies; Third World studies; gender studies
E-mail: rasanchez@ucsd.edu

Gershon Shafir

Professor, Sociology
Director, IICAS; Comparative-historical sociology, with emphases on nationalism, ethnicity, and citizenship rights
E-mail: gshafir@ucsd.edu
Website

Christo Sims
Assistant Professor, Communication
Science and technology studies, moral and political anthropology, and design
E-mail: christosims@ucsd.edu

Erin Suzuki
Assistant Professor, Literature
Asian American literature, Pacific Island literatures, American literature 1850-present, transpacific studies
E-mail: esuzuki@ucsd.edu

Saiba Varma

Assistant Professor, Anthropology
Medical and cultural anthropology, questions of violence, medicine, psychiatry, and politics as they pertain to Indian-controlled Kashmir and South Asia more generally.  
E-mail: s2varma@ucsd.edu

Olga Vásquez

Associate Professor, Communication
Education, Language and Ethnic Identity
E-mail: ovasquez@ucsd.edu

Kathryn Walkiewicz

Assistant Professor, Literature 
Native American and Indigenous studies, early U.S. literature and culture, nineteenth-century literature and culture, hemispheric studies, print culture, and formations of U.S. empire
E-mail: kwalkiewicz@ucsd.edu 

Mariana Wardwell

Associate Professor, Visual Arts
Modern / Contemporary Latino American Art History
E-mail: mwardwell@ucsd.edu

Brad Werner
Professor, Scripps Institute of Oceanography
Coastal Processes, Coastal Oceanography, Global Hydrography and Circulation, Modeling and State Estimation of the Oceans, Atmosphere, and Climate.
E-mail: bwerner@ucsd.edu

Daniel Widener

Associate Professor, History
African American and Californian history; expressive culture, race and ethnicity and political radicalism
E-mail: dwidener@ucsd.edu

Tom K. Wong

Assistant Professor, Political Science
Politics of immigration, citizenship, and migrant illegality
E-mail: tomkwong@ucsd.edu

Elana Zilberg

Associate Professor, Communication
The borders between anthropology and cultural studies as they converge in debates about public culture, and Latino and Latin American studies as they intersect with developments in new critical area studies
E-mail: ezilberg@ucsd.edu
Website

Temporary Faculty

Justin De Leon

Lecturer
Email:
 judeleon@ucsd.edu  
Office Hours: 
Thursdays 2:00-3:30p
Office Location: SSB 243

Spring 2017 Courses:
ETHN 110 - Cultural Worldviews of Indigenous America
ETHN 189 - Special Topics: Film for Social Transformation

Ashvin Kini

Lecturer
Email:
akini@ucsd.edu
Office Hours: Mondays & Wednesdays from 1:30p-2:30p; by appointment
Office Location: 
SSB 252

Spring 2017 Courses:
ETHN 164 - African Americans and the Mass Media

Linh Thuy Nguyen

Lecturer
Email:
ltn024@ucsd.edu
Office Hours:  Sign up on https://linhnguyen.youcanbook.me for a specific time.
Office Hour Location: Cross Cultural Center Tranquility Room

 

Spring 2017 Courses:
ETHN 140 - Comparative Refugee Communities from Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodia
ETHN 185 - Discourse, Power & inequality

Mark Villegas

Lecturer
Email: m6villegas@ucsd.edu 
Office Hours: Wednesdays 3:30-4:30p; by appointment
Office Hour Location: SSB 243

Spring 2017 Courses:
ETHN 123 - Asian American Politics

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