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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

    Patrick W. Anderson

    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

    Kirstie Dorr

    Associate 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

    Fatima El-Tayeb


    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, Medi

  • Yến Lê Espiritu

    Yến Lê 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

    Ross H. Frank

    Associate Professor

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

  • Jose I. Fuste

    Jose I. Fuste

    Assistant Professor

    Ph.D., Ethnic Studies, UC San Diego

  • Dayo F. Gore

    Dayo F. Gore

    Associate Professor and Chair

    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

  • Sara C. Kaplan

    Sara C. Kaplan

    Director, Critical Gender Studies Program
    Associate Professor

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

  • Roshanak Kheshti

    Roshanak Kheshti

    Director of Graduate Studies
    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

    Curtis F. Marez


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

  • Shaista Patel

    Shaista Patel

    Assistant Professor

    Ph.D., Social Justice Education, University of Toronto

  • Shelley Streeby

    Shelley Streeby


    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

    Daphne Taylor-García

    Associate Professor

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

  • Kamala Visweswaran

    Kamala Visweswaran


    Ph.D., Stanford University

  • K. Wayne Yang

    K. Wayne Yang

    Associate Professor

    Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley
    Youth Culture and Pedagogy in the Emergence of Social Movements

Professor Emeriti

  • Robert R. Alvarez

    Professor Emeritus

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

  • Ramón Gutiérrez

    Professor Emeritus

    Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Madison
    Chicano history, race and ethnicity in American life


  • Louis J. Hock

    • Professor Emeritus, Visual Arts

      Films, video tapes, media installations, public art practice
      lhock@ucsd.edu | Website

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • John D. (Jody) Blanco

    • Associate Professor, Literature

      Filipino literature; nineteenth-century Latin American and Caribbean literature; anti-colonial thought

  • Boatema Boateng

    • Associate Professor, Communication

      Globalization and culture, intellectual property law, gender studies

  • David Borgo

  • Julie Burelle

    • Assistant Professor, Theatre & Dance

      Performance Studies, Cultural Studies, Native American studies,First Nations Theatre

  • Robert Cancel

    • Assistant Professor, Literature

      Oral literature; modern African literature and film; Caribbean literature 

  • 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

  • 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

  • Dennis Childs

    • Associate Professor, Literature

      African American literature and culture; Black literary modernism

  • Erica Cho

    • Assistant Professor, Visual Arts

      Experimental film, short-form narrative, and LGBTQ and Asian American media art

  • Luz Chung

    • Lecturer/Supervisor Secondary World Languages, Educational Studies

      Critical pedagogy, multicultural and multilingual education, and service-learning

  • Frances Contreras

    • Associate Professor, Education Studies

      Equity and access for Latina/o; Underrepresented students in the education pipeline

  • Anthony Davis

    • Professor, Music

      African American music; the integration of improvised and notated expressive resources
      adavis@ucsd.edu | Website

  • Zeinabu Davis

    • Professor, Communication

      Altering and diversifying the terrain of mass media, film history, world cinema and folklore

  • 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
      rrdominguez@ucsd.edu | Website

  • Gerald D. Doppelt

  • Steven P. Erie

    • Professor, Political Science

      Urban politics, public policy, ethnic/minority group politics, and American political development

  • Ivan T. Evans

    • Professor, Sociology

      Power, culture, and social revolt; sociology of intellectuals

  • Camille F. Forbes

    • Associate Professor, Literature

      Nineteenth-century African-American literature and culture; African-American performance; American literature; cultural studies
      cfforbes@ucsd.edu | Website

  • Nadine A. George

    • Professor, Theatre & Dance

      African American studies, feminist studies, theatre history, and dance history

  • 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

  • David G. Gutiérrez

  • Joseph Hankins

    • Associate Professor, Anthropology

      Social movements of labor and identity, multiculturalism, neoliberalism, stigma; circulation, materiality, processes of recognition, publics; Japan, East Asia
      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
      mhardimon@ucsd.edu | Website

  • Tara Javidi

    • Associate Professor, Electirical and Computer Engineering

      Communication networks, stochastic resource allocation, stochastic control theory, and wireless communications
      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

  • 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

  • Bennetta Jules-Rosette

    • Professor, Sociology

      Ethnographic Film, sociology, semiotic studies of religious discourse, tourist art, and new technologies in Africa

  • 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

  • Martha Lampland

    • Associate Professor, Sociology

      Political economy, history, feminist theory, science studies, social theory, and the symbolic analysis of complex societies

  • Jin-Kyung Lee

    • Associate Professor, Korean and Comparative Literature

      Modern Korean Literature; Gender Studies; Korean Diasporic Cultures
      jinkyung@ucsd.edu | Website

  • James Lin

  • Simeon Man

    • Assistant Professor, History

      Asian American history, transnational U.S. history, politics of race and empire, history of social movements

  • George (Jorge) Mariscal

    • Professor, Literature

      Sixteenth- and seventeenth-century Spanish culture; Chicano/a studies; U.S. literature of the Viet Nam War

  • Luis Martin-Cabrera

    • Associate Professor, Literature

      Peninsular and Latin American Literature and Culture; TransAtlantic Studies, Spanish Film, Critical Pedagogy, Cultural Theory

  • Wendy Matsumura

    • Assistant Professor, History

      Transnational labor struggles, development of class antagonisms, gender oppression and racialized discourses in the Japanese empire

  • John C. Moore

    • Professor, Linguistics

      Spanish syntax, causative and restructuring constructions, lexical semantics, judgment types
      johnmoore@ucsd.edu | Website

  • Dana Murillo

    • Associate Professor, History

      Intersections of colonialism with gender, ethnicity, identity formation in early Latin America

  • Elizabeth Newsome

    • Associate Professor

      Visual Arts Ancient civilizations of Mesoamerica, including the Aztec, Olmec and Izapan cultures
      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

  • Kyong Park

    • Professor, Visual Arts

      Public Culture, urban landscapes, contemporary social geography, visual arts, architecture, theory and curatorial practices, and activism in public spaces

  • 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

  • Vanesa Ribas

    • Assistant Professor, Sociology

      International Migration, Race Relations, and Work

  • Emily Roxworthy

    • Associate Professor, Theatre and Dance

      Performance studies, race relations, interculturalism, and Asian American theatre

  • Rosaura Sánchez

    • Professor, Literature

      Nationalism, ethnicity, and politics; critical theory; cultural studies; Third World studies; gender studies

  • Gershon Shafir

    • Professor, Sociology

      Director, IICAS; Comparative-historical sociology, with emphases on nationalism, ethnicity, and citizenship rights
      gshafir@ucsd.edu | Website

  • Christo Sims

    • Assistant Professor, Communication

      Science and technology studies, moral and political anthropology, and design

  • Erin Suzuki

    • Assistant Professor, Literature

      Asian American literature, Pacific Island literatures, American literature 1850-present, transpacific studies

  • 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

  • Olga Vásquez

    • Associate Professor, Communication

      Education, Language and Ethnic Identity

  • 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

  • Mariana Wardwell

    • Associate Professor, Visual Arts

      Modern / Contemporary Latino American Art History

  • 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

  • Daniel Widener

    • Associate Professor, History

      African American and Californian history; expressive culture, race and ethnicity and political radicalism

  • Tom K. Wong

    • Assistant Professor, Political Science

      Politics of immigration, citizenship, and migrant illegality

  • 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
      ezilberg@ucsd.edu | Website

Temporary Faculty

  • Nadeen Kharputly


    Office Hours: Mondays 12:10-2pm
    Office Location: SSB 252

    Fall 2018 Courses

    ETHN 103 Environmental Racism

    ETHN 152 Law and Civil Rights

    Winter 2019 Courses

    ETHN 104 Race, Space, and Segregation

    ETHN 117 Organic Social Movements

    Spring 2019 Courses

    ETHN 142 Medicine, Race, and the Global Politics of Inequality

    ETHN 153 Citizenship and Civil Rights in the Twentieth Century

  • Lisa Ho


    Office Hours: TBD
    Office Location: SSB 243

    Fall 2018 Courses

    ETHN 123 Asian American Politics

    ETHN 151 Ethnic Politics in America

    Winter 2019 Courses

    ETHN 121 Contemporary Asian-American History

    ETHN 186 Special Topics in Ethnic Studies

    Spring 2019 Courses

    ETHN 109 Race and Social Movements

    ETHN 122 Asian American Culture and Identity

  • Cathleen Kozen



    Office Hours: Thursdays 1:30-3:30pm in SSB 252, Wednesdays 11am-12pm Skype by appointment
    Office Location: SSB 252

    Fall 2018 Course

    ETHN 20 Intro to Asian American Studies

  • Heather Ponchetti Daly



    Office Hours: Tuesdays 5:30pm-6:30pm, Thursdays 1:30-2:30pm
    Office Location: SSB 243

    Fall 2018 Course

    ETHN 185 Discourse, Power and Inequality

  • Jorge Montesinos



    Office Hours: Wednesdays 1:30-3:30pm
    Office Location: SSB 252

    Fall 2018 Course

    ETHN 113 Decolonizing Education

  • Crystal R. Perez


    Office Hours: TBD
    Office Location: SSB TBD

    Winter 2019 Courses

    ETHN 116 The United States-Mexico Border in Comparative Perspective

    ETHN 137 / CGS 137 Latina Issues and Cultural Production

    Spring 2019 Course

    ETHN 119 Race in the Americas

  • Melissa Hidalgo


    Office Hours: TBD
    Office Location: SSB TBD

    Spring 2019 Course

    ETHN 187/CGS 187 Latinx Sexualities