Abel, Elizabeth, English
My research over the past decade has addressed the intersections of gender, race, and psychoanalysis. In my current project, I analyze the representational politics of the Jim Crow signs that traversed the United States for three quarters of a century, and of the documentary movement that produced our cultural memory of these signs. I also track the motivations and pathways of the current industry in reproducing racial signs that have become coveted items both for white supremacists and for African American collectors struggling to preserve segregation's material history.
Agogino, Alice, Mechanical Engineering
Alice M. Agogino is the Roscoe and Elizabeth Hughes Professor of Mechanical Engineering and directs several computational and design research and instructional laboratories at Cal. She received a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of New Mexico, M.S. in Mechanical Engineering (1978) from the University of California at Berkeley, and Ph.D. from the Department of Engineering-Economic Systems at Stanford University (1984). She has authored over 120 scholarly publications in the areas of: MEMS/Mechatronics design methods; nonlinear optimization; intelligent learning systems; multi-objective and strategic product design; probabilistic modeling; intelligent control and manufacturing; graphics, multimedia and computer-aided design; design databases; digital libraries; artificial intelligence and decision and expert systems; and gender & technology.
Allen, Robert, African American Studies
I study social movements & political economy. I'm currently researching the life and work of C.L. Dellums, a major California labor and civil rights activist of national stature who, with A. Philip Randolph, was an organizer and leader of the Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters' Union, the largest black labor union in U.S. history. An Oakland resident, Dellums used his union base to lead the struggle against employment discrimination generally, ultimately securing passage of California's historic Fair Employment Practices law. As director of the West Coast Region of the NAACP he also played a critical role in the fight against discrimination in housing.
Bacchetta, Paola, Gender & Women's Studies
Transnational feminist theory; gender, sexuality, race, religion; nationalisms (especially Hindu nationalism); religious, ethnic and political conflict; social movements (feminist, lesbian, anti-racism, and right-wing); space; postcolonial theory; qualitative methods (discourse analysis and ethnography). Geographic areas of specialization outside the United States: India and France. (Read more about Professor Bacchetta in the Fall 2003 issue of Faultlines.)
Barrera, Mario, Ethnic Studies
I'm currently in the process of finishing a documentary film entitled "Latino Stories of World War II." My most recent article is "Are Latinos A Racialized Minority," which has been submitted for publications. I expect my future academic research to focus on the relationship between American political parties, on the one hand, and ethnic and religious groups on the other.
Bazian, Hatem, Near Eastern Studies
Arabic Language, Arab Society and Culture, Classical Arabic Literature and Poetry, Qur'anic Commentary, Colonialism and Post-Colonial Studies, Ethnic Studies, Muslim American Studies, Islamic Studies, Diaspora Studies and Comparative Immigration/Migration Studies, Islamic Law, Arab and Arab American Studies, Critical Race Theory, Multi-Cultural and Cross-Cultural Studies, International Relations and Globalization Studies, Palestine Studies, Social and Political Movement, Comparative Liberation Theologies, and Critical Media Studies.
Beam, Dorri, English
American Literature before 1865, Nineteenth-Century American Women Writers
Biolsi, Thomas, Native American Studies
Bloemraad, Irene, Sociology
Irene Bloemraad focuses on nexus between immigration and politics, with a special focus on the dynamics that facilitate (or hinder) immigrants' incorporation into the political systems of the United States and Canada. Current projects examine immigrant/ethnic community organizations, the role of NGOs in fostering immigrant women's political leadership, the degree of "public voice" accorded to immigrants in the mainstream media, the political socialization of Mexican-American children in mixed-status families and research on naturalization and dual citizenship. Some of these themes appear in Bloemraad's forthcoming book, Becoming a Citizen, to be published in 2006 by University of California Press.
Briggs, Charles, Anthropology
I have long been interested in the politics of language, knowledge, and communication, particularly as they inform and are informed by constructions of modernity and tradition and modes of structuring and naturalizing social inequalities. I have worked extensively in Chicano/a communities in New Mexico and indigenous communities in Venezuela, and I am now conducting research in Cuba, Venezuela, and California. My work focuses on racial inequalities in health and constructions of popular violence, and I am currently exploring how imaginations of knowledge and communication produce and stratify subjectivities, particularly through news coverage of health issues.
Britto, Karl, French
Professor Britto's teaching and research interests include francophone colonial and postcolonial literatures of Vietnam, Africa and the Caribbean; contemporary literatures of immigration; 19th- and 20th-century French literature; theories of gender, sexuality, and identity; cultural studies.
Carr, Claudia, Environmental Science, Policy & Management
I am primarily involved in research concerning alternative types of rural development policies in terrestrial (especially drylands and river basin environments) and coastal and offshore resources in the 'Third World.' My approach to development problems, for a number of years in Africa but also in parts of Latin America and Asia, entails identifying the global, national and local processes involved in development (and conservation), including the constraints they present for state and locally based policy and practice. The international aid process provides a major focus of this work, largely because of its pervasive influence on development policy and practice in developing countries. Much of my research has involved 'indigenous' populations and their resources, from African agropastoral to coastal agro-fishing economic contexts, including in western Latin America and the southern Pacific region.
Catanese, Brandi Wilkins, African American Studies & Theater, Dance, and Performance Studies
Interests: African American dramatic literature and performance studies, American popular culture, critical race studies, gender and sexuality studies, film, and visual arts.
Chang, Gordon, History (Stanford University)
Domestic identities and international relations.
Cheah, Pheng, Rhetoric
18th-20th century continental philosophy and critical theory, Postcolonial theory and anglophone postcolonial literatures, Theory of globalization, Philosophy and literature, Legal philosophy, Social and political thought, Feminist theory.
Chen, Mel, Gender & Women's Studies
Mel's research and teaching interests include queer and gender theory, animal studies, critical race theory, disability studies, and critical linguistics. In the Fall of 2009, Mel convened "Species Spectacles", a U.C. Humanities Research Institute Residential Research Group focused on animality, sexuality and race. Mel's short film, Local Grown Corn (2007), explores interweavings of immigration, childhood, illness and friendship; it has played in both asian and queer film festivals.
Cheng, Anne, English
My research interests often focus on the relationship between politics and aesthetics, using literary and psychoanalytic materials as the fulcrum through which to examine social issues relating to racial and gender grief. My book The Melancholy of Race argues for understanding race as a melancholic construction that imprisons both dominant and marginal subjects in haunted relations of identification and loss. My new research includes a project on the politics of beauty and race and a project on American film comedies and the staging of race and gender therein.
Chow, Julian, Social Welfare
My research has centered on two substantive areas: first, to study social service delivery and program development for ethnic minority and especially immigrant populations within a community context. Second, to understand the factors that are attributable to the differential use of human and social services among ethnic minority populations. My interest is to seek ways to improve access to services and to provide better community care for ethnic minority and immigrant groups.
Choy, Catherine Ceniza, Ethnic Studies
Professor Choy is an historian whose research interests include interdisciplinary and transnational approaches to the study of Asian American history, U.S. imperialism, and Philippine and Filipino American Studies. Her book, Empire of Care: Nursing and Migration in Filipino American History, analyzed the imperial origins of the professionalization of Philippine nursing and their connections to the mass migrations of Filipino nurses in the second half of the twentieth century. She is beginning a second book project that will focus on the history of the international adoption of Asian children in the United States.
Conkey, Meg, Anthropology
Feminist thought in anthropology and archaeology; the archaeology of gender, and the representation of gender in the past. (Also, early human visual culture; prehistory of Europe; archaeology and outreach; archaeology and multimedia.)
Feldman, Keith, Ethnic Studies
"Special Relationships: Israel/Palestine and U.S. Imperial Culture," the working title to the book manuscript growing out of my dissertation, utilizes a comparative approach to globalizing twentieth century American connections to Israel/Palestine. While the idea that the U.S. has a "special relationship" with Israel has achieved the present-day status of unassailable common sense, my book shows how the articulation of this relationship has been both mediated and repeatedly contested in African, Arab, and Jewish diasporic literary culture and political theory. Heated questions about the meaning and function of race and ethnicity, national identity and imperial cartography, encampment and emancipation, genocide and Holocaust, security and social justice were central to these debates, connecting seemingly "domestic" concerns to the facts and fate of Israel/Palestine.
In addition, I am pursuing a textual studies project to republish David Graham Du Bois' ...And Bid Him Sing (1975), an autobiographical novel about the cultural practices of black radicalism in Cairo in the 1960s.
García Bedolla, Lisa, Education & Political Science
Lisa García Bedolla's research interests center around the civic engagement, community activity, and political incorporation of racial/ethnic groups in the United States, with a particular focus on the intersection of race, class, and gender.
Gerde, Jon, History
I have worked on immigration and the development of ethnic groups in the United States with particular reference to the migration from Europe in the nineteenth century. I am presently working on a book length manuscript focused on anti-Catholicism in the antebellum era as vehicle to construct nationhood among the American born and the response of American Catholics to such a project.
González, Marcial, English
I am currently working on a book manuscript titled The Chicana/o Novel: Toward a Dialectical Literary Criticism. In this work, I undertake a study of several important Chicana/o novels published from 1970 to 1992. I also analyze postmodernism's influence on Chicana/o literary studies since 1980 and find that postmodernism's critique of history and subjectivity has limited the potential for Chicana/o literary and cultural studies to formulate an effective social criticism.
Guilbault, Jocelyne, Music
Ethnomusicology, Caribbean, popular and traditional musics, creolization, power, cultural politics, nationalism, diaspora.
Haney-Lopez, Ian, Boalt School of Law
My research focuses primarily on the legal construction of race, including not only how law formally defines and conceptualizes race, but how legal institutions and practices both depend upon and contribute to the racialization of various groups in the United States, whites and nonwhites alike. I have given particular attention to the areas of naturalized citizenship, as well as to the legal history of the Chicano movement, both nationally and in Los Angeles. My current research focuses on the history of reactionary colorblindness (the argument that affirmative action and invidious discrimination should be treated as equally suspect) in constitutional law. I teach courses on race and American law, constitutional law, and critical race theory.
Harris, Angela, Boalt School of Law
Law and subordination based on race, gender and class
Hart, Gillian, Geography
Interests: Political economy, social theory, critical development studies, gender, agrarian and regional studies, labor, Southern Africa, Southeast Asia
Hayes, Tyrone, Integrative Biology
My research focuses on the role of steroid hormones in amphibian development and I conduct both laboratory and field studies in the U.S. and Africa. The two main areas of interest are metamorphosis and sex differentiation, but I am also interested in growth (larval and adult) and hormonal regulation of aggressive behavior.
Henry, Charles, African American Studies
My current research is on the politics of reparations.
Hilden, Patricia, Ethnic Studies
I have just begun a project studying racialized groups and the building of the railroads in the Southwest in the period from the 1870s to WWII. I am particularly interested in Native Americans working as wage laborers on the railroads, ont he effects of railroads on Native communities (both physical and cultural). I am also interested in the ways in which members of racialized groups interacted while working for the railroads or for ancillary businesses.
Hinshaw, Stephen, Psychology
I am interested, among many topics, in the development of psychopathology (particularly attention deficits, antisocial behavior, and depression) in girls and women. Our longitudinal databases also include diverse samples from an ethnic and racial perspective. I am also pursuing research on the stigmatization of mental illness across diverse cultures.
Hinton, Leanne, Linguistics
My primary research interests revolve around language death and language revitalization, and thus the politics of language. Since race is a very important issue in language politics and language death, I have frequently been involved in language issues that involve race, such as the ebonics controversy, Official English, bilingual education, and laws affecting immigrant languages and Native American languages. I have also done research on language and gender, and run classes where many of the term papers are about language and gender, language and race, or an intersection of both. I am working on a book called The American Languages, related to a class I teach by the same name, which will have a number of chapters on language and race and/or gender. (Read more about Professor Hinton in the Spring 2003 issue of Faultlines.)
Hintzen, Percy, African American Studies
My research is an interrogation of the relationship between colonial forms of racial, cultural, ethnic identities and the social construction of nationalist discourse in efforts to explain post-colonial political economy in the global south. The primary substantive focus is on the Caribbean. Sub-focus on black immigrant identity construction in the United States.
Hollinger, David A., History
Impact of foreign missionary project (2/3 female) on American culture and politics; theories of race and identity.
Holmes, Seth, School of Public Health
Dr. Holmes is a cultural and medical anthropologist and physician whose work focuses broadly on social hierarchies, health disparities, and the ways in which perceptions of social difference naturalize and normalize these inequalities.
Ivey, Susan, School of Public Health
Dr. Ivey is interested in cardiovascular risk factors in vulnerable populations especially immigrants, and women especially. She also is interested in local and national policy change to improve access to health care services and improve overall health status.
Jackson, Shannon, Rhetoric and Theater, Dance, and Performance Studies
My research is located in performance studies and American studies from the late 19th century to contemporary, focusing on the role of social and aesthetic performances in movements for social change and in the history of higher education. My current project considers the infrastructural politics of art practices that respond to materially fraught issues such as housing, the environment, disability, childcare, labor inequity, and social welfare.
JanMohamed, Abdul, English
My current project: the effect of the threat of lynching on the formation of black male subjectivity.
Kammen, Dan, Public Policy
Science and technology policy focused on energy, development and environmental management. Technology and policy questions in developing nations, particularly involving: the linkages between energy, health, and the environment; technology transfer and diffusion; household energy management; renewable energy; women; minority groups. Global environmental change including deep cuts in greenhouse gas emissions and resource consumption. Environmental and technological risk. Management of innovation and energy R&D policy. Geographic expertise: Africa; Latin America.
Keltner, Dacher, Psychology
Dacher's research interests focus on three broad questions. A first pertains to the determinants and consequences of power and status. A second focuses on how individual differences in emotion, say the tendency towards compassion or awe, shape the individual's relationships life course. A final interest has to do with characterizing the forms and functions of the different positive emotions, including awe, love, gratitude, compassion.
Kim, Elaine, Ethnic Studies
I am interested in Asian American literature and visual art, Korean American literary and cultural studies, representations of gender and ethnicity, sites of conflict and collaboration among racialized groups, and U.S. public education.
Kray, Laura, Haas School of Business
My research explores the impact of gender stereotypes on how men and women negotiate. Specifically, I explore the contexts under which women fall prey to the negative stereotype that they are ineffective negotiators versus react against it and prevail at the bargaining table. I explore the interplay between power, cognition, and motivation in mixed-gender negotiations.
Kring, Ann, Psychology
My broad research interests are in emotion and psychopathology, with a particular emphasis on schizophrenia and depression. One ongoing study is examining emotional responding in women with schizophrenia. A second major focus of my research is on the origins and consequences of individual differences in emotional expressivity. Ongoing studies seek to answer questions such as under what circumstances and in the presence of what individuals might men and women differ in the expression of specific emotions; how social context modifies dispositional expressive tendencies, and the ways in which men and women use emotion to negotiate status and power differences.
Kronfeld, Chana, Comparative Literature
Modernist women poets (Hebrew, Yiddish, English); feminist stylistics; the marginal as exemplary in literary history; ideology in literary historiography; translation as cultural negotiation. Current projects include: The Grammars of Gender and the Genders of Grammar: Rereading the "Woman as Land" Metaphor; Israeli anti-war poetry and the return of the political poem; a monograph titled The Full Severity of Compassion: The Poetry of Yehuda Amichai, and a collaborative translation project (with Chana Bloch), the Selected Poetry of Dahlia Ravikovitch, the leading Israeli woman poet and peace activist.
Laguerre, Michel, African American Studies
Areas of academic interest include contemporary social theory, information technology, diaspora studies and transnational politics, multiculturalism and globalization, and global metropolitan studies.
Lee, Taeku, Political Science
My primary interests are in racial/ethnic politics, public opinion/survey research, and social movements/political participation. I am currently at work on several projects that examine the concept of "race" and "identity" and their consequences for contemporary politics in the US.
Leonard, David, Political Science and International & Area Studies
The politics and administration of development, particularly in Africa.
Lie, John, Sociology and International & Area Studies
I am currently working on two books. One is a work of general social theory that focuses on modes of explanation, tentatively entitled The Consolation of Social Theory. Another is probably the final installment of my research on the Korean diaspora, tentatively entitled Diasporic Nationalism.
Loewinsohn, Ron, English
Lye, Colleen, English
History of racialization and American empire; globalization and American culture; Asia Pacific regionalisms; Asian American literary formations; postcolonial theory and marxism. (Read more about Professor Lye in the Spring 2005 issue of Faultlines.)
Manz, Beatriz, Geography and Ethnic Studies
Interested in Mayan populations, refugees, migration to the US
Marino, Angela, Theater, Dance, & Performance Studies
Professor Marino focuses on the intersection of politics and performance in the Americas. Her research includes popular cultures, fiesta and carnival, U.S. Latina/o and Latin American plays, history and performance.
Martin, Waldo E. Jr., History and African American Studies
Modern African American Cultural Politics: 1945-1980. Examining the cultural impact and significance of the Civil Rights and Black Power struggles on the Black Freedom Struggle specifically, and postwar American Culture more generally.
Mendoza-Denton, Rodolfo, Psychology
My broad research interests lie in issues at the interface of culture, social cognition, and intergroup processes. More specifically, I draw from an interactionist, Person-in-Situation perspective to understand how marginalization of one’s social group affects basic processes related to social identity and intergroup relationships.
Micco, Melinda, Ethnic Studies, Mills College
American Indian history, film studies and literature, Multiracial identity studies, Ethnic identity in tribal communities
Moallem, Minoo, Gender & Women's Studies
Minoo Moallem is Professor of Gender and Women's Studies at UC Berkeley. She is the author of Between Warrior Brother and Veiled Sister. Islamic Fundamentalism and the Cultural Politics of Patriarchy in Iran, University of California Press, 2005. She is also the co-editor (with Caren Kaplan and Norma Alarcon) of Between Woman and Nation: Nationalisms, Transnational Feminisms and The State, Duke University Press, 1999, and the guest editor of a special issue of Comparative Studies of South Asia, Africa and the Middle East on Iranian Immigrants, Exiles and Refugees.
Monteljano, David, Ethnic Studies
Dr. Montejano's major areas of interest include Comparative and Historical Sociology, Political Sociology, Social Change, Race and Ethnic Relations, and Community Studies.
Moran, Rachel F., Boalt School of Law
My research has examined issues of race, ethnicity, and discrimination, particularly as they relate to educational access and the growing Latino population in the United States. In addition, I have published a book on Interracial Intimacy: The Regulation of Race and Romance and I am currently working on an anthology of "Race and Law Stories." Other current projects include a study of the recent Michigan litigation challenging affirmative action in law school admissions.
Nakano Glenn, Evelyn, Ethnic Studies
My research interests focus on the political economy of households, the intersection of race and gender, immigration, and citizenship. My current project is a historical comparative study of the transnational race and gender division of caring labor, which examines historical continuities in the association between unequal citizenship and caring labor.
Nealon, Chris, English
I'm interested in vernacular theories of history and historical experience.
Omi, Michael, Ethnic Studies
Asian Americans and racial stratification, racial and ethnic categories and the U.S. Census, and both racist and anti-racist social movements.
Ong, Aihwa, Anthropology
My research and teaching have always dealt with the multiple connections between the United States and Asia. I have written on overseas Chinese and on Southeast Asian refugees in the United States. I treat the experiences of Asian immigrants as a lens through which to ruminate on American citizenship, and its reliance on race and gender modes of governing. Currently, I am completing a book of essays that discusses the links between neoliberal values and citizenship expectations in various locales in the Asia Pacific. A new project explores the interplay of knowledge, race and gender in globalizing Asian cities.
Organista, Kurt, Social Welfare
HIV prevention and the treatment of depression with Mexican/Latino migrants in the US.
Peng, Kaiping, Psychology
The central theme of my current research interests is the intricate relationship between human cultures and basic psychological processes, with focuses on two lines of research: 1) culture and social cognition, studying cultural effects on causal inference, judgment and decision making, 2) cultural and cognitive aspects of ethnicity and race, including the nature, function and centrality of white, black and Asian identities.
Perez, Laura, Ethnic Studies
Professor Perez’s teaching and research are in contemporary U.S. Latina and Latin American women's writing; Chicana/o literature and visual arts; and contemporary cultural theory. (Read more about Professor Perez in the Spring 2004 issue of Faultlines.)
Perlstein, Daniel, Education
My work focuses on the relationship of democratic aspirations and social inequality in the history of American education. This work has touched on issues ranging from gender and school violence to the racial politics of urban education and the pedagogical ideas of the African American freedom struggle. Current projects include a history of the evolving relationship of liberalism and American education.
Piatote, Beth H., Native American Studies
I am currently completing the manuscript, Domestic Subjects: Gender, Citizenship, and Law in Native American Literature, which focuses on legal discourses in the literary works of the following indigenous writers: E. Pauline Johnson, John Oskison, Mourning Dove, Alice Callahan, and D’Arcy McNickle. I am completing a short fiction collection called Beading Lesson and Other Stories, and continue to write translations of Ni:mi:pu: literary, liturgical, and historical texts. My second academic book project, funded in part by a grant from the Hellman Family Foundation, will focus on Nez Perce texts and translation.
Premnath, Gautam, English
My broad research and teaching interests are in Anglophone postcolonial literature (especially from the Caribbean and South Asia), post-1945 British literature, and theories of nationalism, transnationalism, and diaspora. My current research centers on rethinking the relationship between diaspora and nation, through an examination of the cultural and literary traffic between India and the diasporic Indian community in Trinidad.
Quigley, John M., Economics
I study spatial economic relationships in urban areas -- linkages between housing, public services, and employment, for example. I've studied the relationship between housing market segregation and employment outcomes and evaluated policies to reduce the mismatch between the residential locations of low-income and minority households and metropolitan jobs. Most recently, I've analyzed the linkage between immigration between and among metropolitan areas and the levels of house prices in those areas.
Raiford, Leigh, African American Studies
My teaching and research interests include race, gender and visual culture with an emphasis on film and photography; race and racial formations of the United States; twentieth century African American social movements; memory; and black popular culture.
Rhodes, Richard, Linguistics
Algonquian languages (Ojibwe/Ottawa, Cree), Mixe-Zoquean languages (Sayuleño), mixed languages (Métchif), language contact, language spreads, pronominal systems.
Rodriguez, Juana, Gender & Women's Studies
Prof. Rodriguez is the author of Queer Latinidad: Identity Practices, Discursive Spaces (NYU 2003) and has published numerous articles related to her research interests in sexuality studies, queer activism in a transnational context, critical race theory, technology and media arts, and Latin@ and Caribbean studies. She holds a B.A. in Liberal Studies from San Francisco State University, an MA in Comparative Literature from Columbia University and a Ph.D. in Ethnic Studies from UC Berkeley. Before joining the faculty at Berkeley, she was faculty at Bryn Mawr College and UC Davis, where she served as Director of the Cultural Studies Graduate Group. She is currently working on a book manuscript about imagining queer interventions into everyday life. (Read more about Prof. Rodriguez in the Fall 2009 issue of Faultlines.)
Saldivar, Jose, Ethnic Studies and English
My teaching and research focus on the areas of literary and cultural studies, the history of the ethnic novel, inter-American subaltern studies, and Chicano/a Studies. My articles have appeared in ALH (American Literary History), Daedalus: Journal of the Arts & Sciences, Nepantla, Revista Casa de las Américas, The Americas Review, and other major journals.
Sanchez-Jankowski, Martin, Sociology
My work involves the study of inter-ethnic violence in Los Angeles and Oakland Schools, and research on the dynamics of social change and persistence in long-term poverty neighborhoods in Los Angeles and New York City.
Saragoza, Alex, Ethnic Studies
Alex M. Saragoza received his Ph.D. in Latin American history from University of California, San Diego. A specialist on modern Mexico. Saragoza's work delves into the intersections of Latin American history with that of the United States as a consequence of migration. His research has examined the structural origins of Mexican migration, focusing on the role of the state in the process of the concentration of wealth and power in Mexico. In addition, he has done research on the transnational aspects of cultural formations in Mexico, including work on Mexican cinema, radio and television. His current interests center on ideology and representation from a transnational perspective.
Schaeffer-Grabiel, Felicity, Latin American/Latino Studies, UC Santa Cruz
I am interested in transnational culture, intimacy, and popular culture between Latin America and the United States. In my current project, I look at how globalization affects intimacy across national borders, how women from Latin America use contemporary global changes - from neoliberalism, to the expansion of the Internet, migration circuits, tourism, to Internet marriage industries - for their own benefit. Some of the questions I am interested in are: How does love intersect with the political economy? In what ways do contemporary patterns of desire reflect a history of empire? How do global changes reshape U.S. men's masculine identities?
Shultz, Marjorie, Boalt School of Law
My research interests include issues of both race and gender especially in the context of health care law and policy, as well as in legal education. I have done considerable work on the law and ethics of reproductive technology and medical research. I am currently completing a 5 year empirical study that seeks to develop a new law school admission test. The test my Co-Investigator, Sheldon Zedeck and I, are creating will try to predict who will be good lawyer rather than simply who will be a good law student, as is the focus of the current Law School Admission Test. We believe that such a test could improve the racial diversity of law school student bodies.
Siu, Lok, Asian American & Asian Diaspora Studies, Ethnic Studies
Professor Siu was educated at Berkeley and Stanford before teaching first at New York University and most recently at the University of Texas at Austin. She is the author of Memories of a Future Home: Diasporic Citizenship of Chinese in Panama (2005), co-editor, with Ethnic Studies alumna Rhacel Parrenas, of Asian Diasporas: New Formations, New Conceptions (2007) and co-editor, with the gender and cultural citizenship working group, of Gendered Citizenships: Transnational Perspectives on Knowledge Production, Political Activism, and Culture (2009). She will be teaching Asian American Studies 131: Asian Diasporas.
Sklansky, David Alan , Boalt School of Law
Among my interests are issues of race and gender in criminal justice. I have written, for example, about racially disproportionate drug sentences, about racial bias in vehicle stops, about the role of equality in the law of search and seizure, and about the changing racial and gender demographics of American police forces.
Small, Stephen, African American Studies
Stephen Small’s research is organized around the social scientific analysis of contemporary racial formations, and addresses links between historical structures and contemporary manifestations of racial formations in the USA and elsewhere in the Diaspora. His interest include race and representations in public history and collective memory; racial formations in Europe and the US; and race and race mixture in the US and the Caribbean under slavery and in contemporary times.
Smith, Sandra, Sociology
My research interests focus on urban poverty, joblessness, and social networks and social capital. I am currently completing a book manuscript, tentatively titled Lone Pursuit: Cultures of Distrust and Individualism among Black Poor Jobseekers, in which I examine the role of joblessness discourses in inhibiting or facilitating cooperation between black poor jobseekers and their jobholding ties.
Stovall, Tyler, History
Professor Stovall specializes in the history of modern France, especially the history of race, class, and colonization His books include The Rise of the Paris Red Belt (1990) and Paris Noir: African Americans in the City of Lights (1996). He is currently working on a study of migration from the Caribbean to France.
Taylor, Ula, African American Studies
Prof. Taylor is the co-author of Panther: The Illustrated History of the Black Panther Movement and the Story Behind the Film. She teaches two required history courses in African American Studies and courses such as the Civil Rights Movement of the 60's and African American Women's History. Current work in progress: Re-Gendering a Nation: A History of the Nation of Islam. (Read more about Professor Taylor in the Fall 2002 issue of Faultlines.)
Thompson, Charis, Rhetoric and Gender & Women's Studies
My current research involves the ways in which various kinds of "cultural" views of race, ethnicity, nation, and immigration status are being reinscribed back into the language of science through DNA, genetic, and reproductive science and medicine. In particular, I am looking ethnographically at hierarchies of choice and preference of egg and sperm and embryo donors by couples and individuals in a number of different sites in the US, and transnationally. Skin color and its codings as beauty, class, agragrian status, ethnorace, nation, and so on, are a major dimension of my analysis. Areas of interest include Feminist Theory; Science and Technology Studies; Reproductive and Genetic Technologies; Transnational Comparative Studies of Reproduction, Population, Biodiversity and Environment. Recent book: Ontological Choreography: Reproductive Technologies and their Subjectivities and Economies.
Thorne, Barrie, Gender & Women's Studies and Sociology
I am currently writing a book about children (ages 5 to 11), from varied social class and racial-ethnic backgrounds, who are growing up in a mixed-income area of Oakland, California. This ethnographic study of contemporary urban childhoods is based on three years of team fieldwork and interviews with 82 kids and 80 parents from a wide range of social class and racial-ethnic backgrounds who live in the area we are studying. How, this project asks, do parents and children who live in the same city, but in different material and cultural circumstances, perceive and negotiate larger political and economic changes such as widening income gaps, an increasingly diverse racial-ethnic landscape, and the decline of public responsibility for children? How are boundaries relating to "race," social class, immigration, gender, and age constituted and reconfigured, partly through the actions of children?
Um, Katharya, Ethnic Studies
Prof. Um has written and published extensively on the politics and developments in Southeast Asia, particularly Indochina, and has participated in many international conferences on the Pacific Rim. She brings to the field of Asian American Studies an emphasis on the socio-historical and comparative approaches to refugee and migration studies. Her current research interests focus on transnational and on cultural transmission in the context of population dislocation.
Volpp, Leti, Boalt School of Law
My research centers on legal understandings of the relationship between culture, migration and identity, and on theories of citizenship. I am in particular interested in Asian American racialization and in the culturalization of racism, especially as it is expressed through concern about cultural forms of gendered subordination.
Wacquant, Loic, Sociology
My interests include race as a denegated form of ethnicity; embodiment; the penal state; urban marginality; social theory and the politics of reason. One project is a comparative historical sociology of the four "peculiar institutions" that have fabricated race in the United States over four centuries: slavery, the Jim Crow system of racial terrorism, the urban ghetto, and the hyperghetto-cum-prison.
Wagner, Bryan, English
My current research concerns violence and political modernization after slavery. I’m writing a book, Disturbing the Peace: Black Vagrancy and the Grounds of Race, which advances this inquiry by reading black popular culture of the late nineteenth century.
Wang, Ling-Chi, Ethnic Studies
Asian American history, Asian American civil rights issues; Overseas Chinese; U.S. foreign policies in Asia; bilingual education; and Asian Americans in higher education.
Williams, Linda, Rhetoric/Film
I am interested in the intersections of race, gender and sexuality in moving image culture.
Weir, Margaret, Sociology
My research examines the politics of metropolitan inequalities in the United States, with a particular focus on the politics of coalition-building. My current project examines the politics of inclusive growth, with special attention to Chicago and Los Angeles.
Wong, Sau-Ling C,, Ethnic Studies
Construction of gender, sexuality, ethnicity, and national & cultural membership in Asian American literature, esp. Chinese American literature and Chinese-language immigrant literature and film.
Worrell, Frank, Education
My research interests include a focus on racial and ethnic identity and their relationship to achievement and risk status in the United States and in Trinidad and Tobago. I am also interested in developing instruments to measure these constructs.