Research Centers

Gender and Cultural Research

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The Department of Ethnic Studies has two centers, the Ethnic Studies Research Center and the Center for Women's Studies and Gender Research, that are specifically designed to research and promote gender and cultural growth and understanding.

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Center for Women's Studies and Gender Research

The Center for Women’s Studies and Gender Research (CWSGR) focuses on gender and sexuality as they intersect with race/ethnicity, class, ability, religion, age, oppression, and privilege.  CWSGR is housed within the department of Ethnic Studies and offers a major, minor, an Ethnic Studies Concentration in Women’s Studies, and a Graduate Certificate.  The program is interdisciplinary and includes classes from a number of departments, including: anthropology, economics, music, and ethnic studies.  The Center also offers an opportunity for study abroad and service learning in Ghana.

For more information please contact Dr. Nikoli Attai at and Dr. Caridad Souza at

Ethnic Studies Research Center

The Center’s main goal is to coordinate and streamline overlapping research interests among diverse faculty members and to address pressing social issues in an efficient and collaborative way.  These social issues include a wide variety of topics, including: police-community relations, immigration, food security, and the centrality of race and ethnicity throughout national and international social, political, and cultural issues.

The Center works to promote research in the area of ethnic studies to a larger audience through forums, symposiums, and conferences.  The Ethnic Studies Research Center represents the main research unit focusing on race and ethnicity on campus and the collaborative nature of the Center allows for junior faculty and graduate students to work with senior faculty from the conceptual stage of their research to publication.  The Center strives to engage the public and the university communities in critical conversations through community-based research projects.

For more information please contact Dr. Maricela DeMirjyn at