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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


    Ph.D., Performance Studies, University of California, Berkeley
    Joint appointment with Department of Communication
    Performance studies and cultural studies; women, gender, and sexuality

  • 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

  • José I. Fusté

    José I. Fusté

    Assistant Professor

    Ph.D., Ethnic Studies, UC San Diego

  • Andrew Jolivétte

    Andrew Jolivétte

    Professor and Chair of the Department of Ethnic Studies

    Director NAIS Program

    Ph.D., Sociology, University of California, Santa Cruz (2003)
    Native American and Indigenous Studies (Senior Specialist); Critical Mixed Race Studies; Two-Spirit, Gender and Sexuality Studies; Medical Sociology, Public Health and HIV; Research Justice, CBPR and Indigenous Methodologies; Decolonial Education; Queer Indigenous Citizenship and Knowledges; Creole, Black, Latinx and Comparative Critical Ethnic Studies.
  • Monika Gosin

    Monika Gosin

    Associate Professor

    Ph.D., Ethnic Studies, UC San Diego
    Black and Latinx studies, migration studies, race and gender in popular culture and media, intergroup relations.


  • Curtis F. Marez

    Curtis F. Marez


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

  • Sam Museus

    Sam Museus

    Vice Chair, Department of Ethnic Studies


    Ph.D., Higher Education Administration, Penn State University


  • Holly Okonkwo

    Holly Okonkwo

    Assistant Professor

    Ph.D., Anthropology, University of California, Riverside
    Technology and culture and the development of feminist science studies

  • Shaista Patel

    Shaista Patel

    Assistant Professor

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

  • Roy Pérez

    Roy Pérez

    Assistant Professor

    Ph.D., New York University 

  • Christopher Perreira

    Christopher Perreira

    Associate Professor

    Ph.D., University of California, San Diego

  • Christen T. Sasaki

    Christen T. Sasaki

    Director of Undergraduate Studies

    Associate Professor

    Ph.D., University of California, Los Angeles

  • Shelley Streeby

    Shelley Streeby

    Director of Graduate Studies


    Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley

    Environmentalisms and Ecologies; Speculative Futures and World-Making; Science Studies; Feminist and Queer Theories; Latinx and Hemispheric American Studies; Social Movements and Culture; Media Studies and Digital Humanities; Visual Culture

  • Daphne Taylor-García

    Daphne Taylor-García

    Associate Professor

    Ph.D., Ethnic Studies, University of California, Berkeley
    Decolonial philosophy and politics
  • K. Wayne Yang

    K. Wayne Yang


    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

  • Boatema Boateng

    • Associate Professor, Communication

      Globalization and culture, intellectual property law, gender studies

  • John D. (Jody) Blanco

    • Associate Professor, Literature

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

  • 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

  • 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

  • Jade Y. Power-Sotomayor

    • Assistant Professor, Theatre and Dance

      Latinx theatre and performance, epistemologies of the body, the intersections between race, gender and language, and inter-cultural performance in the Latin Caribbean diaspora

  • 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

  • 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 "bt" 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

  • Ly Thi Hai Tran (aka Hai Ly)

    Ly Thi Hai Tran (aka Hai Ly) (ucsd.edu)



    Office Hours: Remote
    Office Location: SSB 242


    • Fall 2023 Course
      • ETHN 122 Asian American Culture and Identity
    • Winter 2024 Course
      • ETHN 123 Asian American Politics
    • Spring 2024 Course
      • ETHN 126 Comp Filip & Vietnamese American Identity & Community
  • Tsekani Browne

    Tsekani Browne (ucsd.edu)



    Office Hours: 
    Office Location: SSB 242


    • Fall 2023 Courses 
      • ETHN 149 / HIUS 139 African American History in the 20th Century
      • ETHN 189 Spec. Topics: Racial/Gender Violence
    • Winter 2024 Courses
      • ETHN 164 / MUS 153 African Americans and the Mass Media
      • ETHN 170  Slavery and the Atlantic World
  • Mary Klann

    Mary Klann (ucsd.edu)


    Office Hours: 

    Office Location: RWAC 0728

    • Fall 2023 Course
      • ETHN 189 Spec. Topics: Sovereignty & Federal Indian Law
    • Winter 2024 Course
      • ETHN 112A History of Native Americans in the U.S. I
  • Esther Choi


    Office Hours: 

    Office Location: SSB 242


    • Fall 2023 Courses 
      • ETHN 117 Organic Social Movements
      • ETHN 121R Remote - Contemporary Asian American History
  • Katherine Steelman


    Office Hours: 

    Office Location: SSB 242


    • Winter 2024 Course 
      • ETHN 116 US-Mexico Border / Comparative. Perspectives
    • Spring 2024 Course
      • ETHN 183 / CGS 114 Gender,Race,Ethnicity & Class

Native American and Indigenous Studies Program Culture Bearer In Residence

  • Ethan L. Banegas

    Ethan L. Banegas

    Culture Bearer in Residence


    Ethan Lawrence Banegas, a descendant of the Kumeyaay, Luiseño/Payómkawichum, and Cupeño/ Kuupangaxwichem bands of Native Americans, grew up on the Barona Reservation in San Diego County. He received his Bachelor of Arts in History, Religious Studies and Political Science in 2009 and his Master of Arts degree in History in 2017 from the University of San Diego (USD). Banegas is the co-owner of Kumeyaay.com and Historian for the San Diego History Center, which operates the Junípero Serra Museum. He taught history within the Grossmont Cuyamaca College District (Kumeyaay College) for five years and currently teaches at San Diego State University. He served on the Board of Directors at the Kumeyaay Community College and Barona Museum. He was first published in 2017 (Indian Gaming in the Kumeyaay Nation) and in 2020 published the Kumeyaay Oral History Project, a community-based research project, after collecting thirty-one personal interviews, video-taped oral histories, and photographs from San Diego’s First People. Through this project, Banegas collected the voice of the Kumeyaay people, giving a voice to the voiceless.

President's Postdoctoral Fellow

  • Isabella Restrepo

    Isabella Restrepo

    President's Postdoctoral Fellowship Program

    Ph.D., Feminist Studies, University of California, Santa Barbara

     Isabella C. Restrepo (she/they) is an interdisciplinary feminist scholar whose research mobilizes disability studies, girlhood studies, Chicana feminist methods, and abolition studies to analyze the U.S. foster care system. Restrepo earned her doctorate in Feminist Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara. An incoming UC President’s Postdoctoral Fellow in the Ethnic Studies department at UC San Diego, Restrepo’s research offers a critical lens that excavates the criminalization and pathologization that is inherent in the foster care system and centers the experiences of racialized Latina foster girls with carceral tools like behavioral diagnosis and mandated services.

    Research interests: Criminalization, Girlhood Studies, Abolition Feminism, Latinx Studies, Feminist methodologies, Chicana studies, queer of color critique, medical oppression, pathologization


  • Andrew Jolivette

    Department Chair, Professor

    Phone: 858.246.0793
    Email: ajolivette@ucsd.edu

  • Gennie B. Miranda

    Chief Administrative Officer

    Phone: 858.534.3278
    Email: gbmiranda@ucsd.edu

    As the Chief Administrative Officer of the Department of Ethnic Studies, Gennie manages departmental administrative functions including finance and budget, faculty recruitment, faculty support, human resources, website, facilities, and staff supervision. Gennie is the contact for all academic personnel and academic appointment file processing for Faculty and Lecturers. She processes tasks such as advancement, compensation, benefits, UC Path entries, leaves of absence, APOL job postings and policies and procedures. As the departmental Departmental Security Administrators, she can grant access to Business Systems and Active Directory.

  • Jessica Williams

    Graduate Coordinator

    Phone: 858.534.6040
    Email: jjwilliams@ucsd.edu 

    Jessica is responsible for all aspects pertaining to the administration and implementation of the graduate program. She advises students, manages the graduate admissions process, Ph.D. program outreach, graduate recruitment visits, and new student orientation; she assesses need for TA and Reader support and facilitates TA and Reader employment. Jessica is the primary resource for graduate students and faculty/staff within and outside the department regarding fiscal support issues, including block grant/TA FTE and external agency support. She coordinates and manages the academic progress of graduate students, evaluation documentation, and maintains all graduate record files.

  • Mónica RodriQuez de Cabaza

    Mónica RodriQuez de Cabaza

    Undergraduate Coordinator

    Phone: 858.534.3277
    Email: ethnicstudies@ucsd.edu

    Monica is the Undergraduate Student Affairs Officer. Mónica is responsible for the administration of the Undergraduate Program, coordinating Department curriculum and scheduling, academic counseling and advising of undergraduate students on degree requirements, adds and drops, etc., evaluating and processing final degree checks, preparing the catalog copy, and all other miscellaneous course and undergraduate matters including the honors program. Mónica is the liaison with campus-wide undergraduate student affairs units and community. She actively recruits potential students, promotes and advertises the undergraduate program campus-wide, and attends all campus outreach events. Mónica also provides advice to undergraduate students on graduate school and career opportunities.

    Mónica earned her B.A. in Ethnic Studies at UC San Diego and attended Eleanor Roosevelt College. The UCSD Early Academic Outreach Program (EAOP) is what helped to encourage her to attend a four-year university and she was invited to participate in Summer Bridge to help acclimate her transition to UCSD. Unfortunately, due to the high cost of education and other personal factors, she had to drop out of college. Mónica was determined to earn her degree, she applied for a staff position on campus and was able to simultaneously complete her major.

    Mónica has now been on campus for 29 years both as a student and a staff member. She started as a part-time Intake Advisor/HR manager/finance assistant with the Warren Writing Program. She then had the opportunity to work at UCSD Extended Studies in Student Services. Next, Mónica worked for a high school summer outreach program called COSMOS at the Jacobs School of Engineering. Prior to working at Ethnic Studies, Mónica was the Program Coordinator for the Chinese Studies Program at UCSD. In 2016 Mónica returned to Ethnic Studies as the Undergraduate Academic Advisor and is achieving her career goal of helping Undergraduate students earn their degree at UC San Diego.

  • Amanda Vassall

    Financial and Human Resources Analyst

    Phone: 858.822.0650
    Email: avassall@ucsd.edu