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The Faces of Ethnic Studies

Meet Our Team

Department Chair

Sushmita Chatterjee

  • Professor and Chair

Ethnic Studies and Women's Studies & Gender Research

Dr. Sushmita Chatterjee's research interests include feminist and queer theory, transnational gender and sexuality studies, postcolonial theory, animal studies, and visual politics. She has published in journals such as Feminist Studies, Hypatia: Journal of Feminist Philosophy, Gender, Place, and Culture,...

Faculty & Instructors

  • Carolin Aronis

    • Assistant Professor, Ethnic Studies

    Ethnic Studies

    Dr. Carolin Aronis is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Ethnic Studies. She studies race, gender, antisemitism, and Jewish experiences through the intersection of critical media studies, rhetoric, and technologies. Her work focuses on rhetorical and technological systems of hate and...

  • Nikoli Attai

    • Assistant Professor, Ethnic Studies

    Ethnic Studies

    Dr. Nikoli Attai is an Assistant Professor of Ethnic Studies, focusing on Black queer and feminist studies. Alongside his teaching, he also collaborates with LGBTIQ+ communities in Trinidad and Tobago, Jamaica, Barbados and Guyana, and with members of Toronto’s LGBTIQ+...

  • Ray Black

    • Associate Professor

    Ethnic Studies

    Dr. Ray Black is an assistant professor of ethnic studies focusing on African American studies. His primary academic focus is on how current students of color, from early childhood through graduate school, succeed. His secondary scholarly focus is on representations...

  • Aaunterria Bollinger-Deters

    • Instructor

    Ethnic Studies

    RESEARCH: Race, Gender and Sexuality in Film, Television and Comics. (concentrating in Blackness, Womanhood, Queerness and Representation) TEACHING: ETST 100: Introduction to Ethnic Studies, ETST 205: Ethnicity and the Media, and ETST 411: Black Feminisms.

  • Roe Bubar

    • Professor

    Ethnic Studies

    RESEARCH: Health disparities including: sexual violence, child maltreatment, intersectionality, drug endangered children, racial microaggressions experienced by Natives, qualitative inquiry and Indigenous research methods. TEACHING: ETST 541 Gender, Violence, and Indigenous Peoples, ETST 502 Research Methods, ETST 493 Ethnic Studies Research Methods...

  • Tom Cavanagh

    • Instructor

    Ethnic Studies

    I reside in Fort Collins, Colorado, right next to the Rocky Mountains, where I spend time hiking in the summer and snowshoeing in the winter. I have degrees from four post-high school institutions, including graduate degrees in Organizational Leadership from...

  • Maricela DeMirjyn

    • Associate Professor

    Ethnic Studies

    RESEARCH: Life histories and visual narrative analysis, Chicana/Latina epistemologies and praxis within the University, and Intersectional and queer studies. TEACHING: ETST 537 Critical Disability Studies, ETST 535 Chicana Feminism: Theory and Form, ETST 502 Research Methods, ETST 454/SPCM 454...

  • Allison Goar

    • Instructor

    Ethnic Studies

  • Eric Ishiwata

    • Associate Professor

    Ethnic Studies

    RESEARCH: Race Relations in Fort Morgan TEACHING: ETST 544/POLS National Identities and Nation Building, ETST 503 Contemporary Ethnic Studies Issues, ETST 501 Ethnic Studies History and Theory, ETST 404 Race Formation in the United States, ETST 320 Ethnicity and...

  • Joon K. Kim

    • Professor of Ethnic Studies

    Ethnic Studies

    RESEARCH: Political Economy of Labor, Immigration, and Race in Asia and the U.S.; Multiculturalism and Diversity; Labor Migration and Civil Society TEACHING: ETST 580 Immigration and Citizenship in the US, ETST 501 Ethnic Studies History and Theory, ETST 493...

  • Erica Lafehr

    • Instructor

    Ethnic Studies and Women's Studies & Gender Research

    Research areas: Labor and social movements, Deconstructing White Femininity and White Woman Victimism, Public Health, Substance use and the relationship to intergenerational gendered, classed, and racialized trauma, Necropolitics and Necroeconomy, unsettling Settler Colonialism Theoretical orientations: Marxist Feminism, Decolonial, Multiracial,...

  • Dr. Doreen E. Martinez

    • Associate Professor

    Ethnic Studies and Women's Studies & Gender Research

    Dr. Doreen E. Martinez is Mescalero, Apache (paternally) and Pennsylvania Dutch (maternally.) She is a transnational Indigenous epistemologist with a Sociology PhD. Her scholarly expertise is in Indigenous knowledge systems, research methodologies, visual culture, and, sociopolitical land and environment issues. ...

  • Ernesto Sagás

    • Professor

    Ethnic Studies

    RESEARCH: Race/ethnicity/identity in Latin America and the Caribbean, transnational politics, Latinx politics, Latinos in Colorado, race/ethnicity/identity and U.S. immigration policies, and race/ethnicity/identity in the American West. TEACHING: ETST 261 Latinx Populations in the U.S., ETST 370 Caribbean Identities, ETST...

  • Jenne Schmidt

    • Assistant Professor

    Ethnic Studies

  • Lindsey Schneider

    • Assistant Professor
    • Undergraduate Coordinator

    Ethnic Studies

    RESEARCH: Environmental Studies, Settler Colonialisms, Indigenous Feminisms & Indigenous Feminist Methodologies, Queer Theory, Indigenous Food Justice TEACHING: ETST 550 Indigenous Law, Policy, & Peoples; ETST 365 Global Environmental Justice Movements; ETST 342 Queer Indigenous Studies;  ETST 240 Native American...

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Staff

Staff

  • Joanna Doxey

    • Academic Success Coordinator

    Joanna Doxey is the Academic Support Coordinator for students majoring in Ethnic Studies, Philosophy, and English. Joanna recently earned her Master of Fine Arts in creative writing with a focus in poetry from CSU. While a graduate student, she...

  • Lillian Nugent

    • Budget Manager
  • Sarah Schwister

    • Human Resources Partner

    Sarah Schwister is a United States Air Force veteran with a degree in Human Resources Management and Creative Writing. She has worked HR in both the military and private sector, and loves the field and using that knowledge to help...

  • Shelby Skumanich

    • Communications Specialist
    • Internship Coordinator

    Shelby Skumanich is a quilt alchemist, an artist, a community facilitator, a storyteller, and an agent of change whose work thrives in the in-between and questions assumptions about craft and women’s work. She received a Bachelors of Fine Art from...

  • Alie Wise

    • Assistant to the Chair

In addition to our staff, the Department of Ethnic Studies is supported by our outstanding work study students. Please reach out to cla_ethnicstudies@mail.colostate.edu to contact them.