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Our faculty publish in Ethnic Studies, Women's and Gender Studies, Indigenous Studies, Queer Studies, Decolonial and Postcolonial Studies, Climate Change and Environmental Justice, and urgent areas of inquiry.

Carolin Aronis

  • Assistant Professor, Ethnic Studies
  • Affiliated Faculty, Communication Studies

Recent Publications

  • Aronis, C. (2022). The smartphone camera and the reconstruction of ‘good motherhood’ in the digital age. In F. Joy Green & J. McLeod Rogers (Eds.), Parenting/Internet/Kids: Domesticating Technologies. Bradford: DEMETER PRESS.
  • Aronis, C. (2022). The Technological Operation of the Swastika: A Media Ecology Approach. ALCEU: Revista de Comunicação, Cultura e Política, 22 (46), 96-115. *Published in both Portuguese and English:
  • Aronis, C. (2022). Architectural Liminality: The Communicative Ethics of Balconies and other Urban Passages. Cultural Studies, 36(3), 475-501. DOI: 10.1080/09502386.2020.1844254 – Top 4 Paper Award in Communication Theory and research, 2020 WSCA Annual Convention; Philosophy of Communication Top Paper Panel, 2020 NCA Annual Convention
  • Aronis, C. (2021). The ‘tweeting’ discourse of balconies and porches in the city: Identity politics and public speaking. In E. McClellan, Y. Shin, & C. Chandler (Eds.) Urban Communication Reader IV: Cities as Communicative Change Agents (pp. 141-162). New York: Peter Lang. – Urban Communication Top Paper Panel, 2020 NCA Annual Convention

Nikoli Attai

  • Assistant Professor
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Defiant Bodies: Making Queer Community in the Anglophone Caribbean

Attai, Nikoli. 2023. Defiant Bodies: Making Queer Community in the Anglophone Caribbean. New Brunswick: Rutgers University Press.

"Defiant Bodies: Making Queer Community in the Anglophone Caribbean by Dr. Nikoli Attai problematizes the neocolonial and homoimperial nature of queer human rights activism in four Anglophone Caribbean nations -- Barbados, Guyana, Jamaica, and Trinidad and Tobago -- and thinks critically about the limits of human rights as a tool for seeking queer liberation. It also offers critical insight into the ways that queer people negotiate, resist, and disrupt homophobia, transphobia, and discrimination by mobilizing “on the ground” and creating transgressive communities within the region."

Additional Recent Publications

  • Attai, Nikoli, Krystal Nandini Ghisyawan, Rajanie Preity Kumar and Carla Moore. 2020. "Tales from the Field: Myths and Methodologies for Researching Same Sex–Desiring People in the Caribbean." In Beyond Homophobia: Centring LGBTQ Experiences in the Anglophone Caribbean. Edited by Mojitos Anderson and Erin MacCleod. Kingston: University of the West Indies Press.
  • Cornel Grey and Nikoli Attai. 2019. “Revisiting LGBT Rights in the Caribbean: Talking Across Difference”. In The Oxford Handbook of Global LGBT and Sexual Diversity Studies. Edited by Michael J. BosiaSandra M. McEvoy and Momin Rahman. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  • Attai, Nikoli. 2017. “Let’s Liberate the Bullers! Toronto Human Rights Activism and Implications for Caribbean Strategies.” In The Journal of Eastern Caribbean Studies Volume 42(3):97-121.

Ray Black

  • Associate Professor

Recent Publications

  • Basile, V., York, A., & Black, R. (2019). Who Is the One Being Disrespectful? Understanding and Deconstructing the Criminalization of Elementary School Boys of Color. Urban Education, 004208591984262.
  • Ferrell, A. L., & Black, R. (2019). Of the Coming of John: A Contemporary Counter-Story of Race and Gifted Education. Urban Education, 0042085919842628.
  • Kim, J. K., Basile, V., Jaime-Diaz, J., & Black, R. (2018). Internal Orientalism and multicultural acts: The challenges of multicultural education in Korea. Multicultural Education Review0(0), 1–15.
  • Black, R. (2018). “What Is Said Here”: Reflections on an Informal Community for Black Men at an Historically White Institution. About Campus22(6), 10–17.

Roe Bubar

  • Professor

Recent Publications

  • Martinez, D. Cespedes, K., Bubar, R., & Souza, C. (2018). When the decolonial goes precolonial: Voices of ancestors, revolutions and beings. International Review of Qualitative Research.
  • Bubar, R., & Martinez, D. (2017). Trickster as resistance: Neoliberalism impacts on Indigenous research and Indigenous methodologies. In N. Denzin & M. Giradina (Eds.) Qualitative Inquiry and Neoliberalism (pp. 136-150). Walnut Creek, CA: Left Coast Press. Referred.
  • Bubar, R., Cespedes, K., & Bundy-Fazioli, K. (2016). Intersectionality and social work: Omissions of race, class, and sexuality in graduate student learning. Journal of Social Work Education, 52(3), 283-296.
  • Bubar, R., Rouner, D., Vernon, I., Long, M. & Aungie, B. (2015). Rap about the clap: A qualitative study of American Indian youth and STDs/STIs. American Indian Culture and  Research Journal, 39(2), 53-67.

Tom Cavanagh

  • Instructor
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Creating a Culture of Care in Schools: A Basic Primer

In this book, author Dr. Tom Cavanagh shares insights into the theories and thinking that are the foundation of his work. This work is dedicated to helping schools create a Culture of Care, based on restorative justice principles and practices and culturally appropriate relationships and interactions.

Sushmita Chatterjee

  • Professor and Department Chair

Meat! A Transnational Analysis

S. Chatterjee and B. Subramaniam (Eds.), Meat! A Transnational Analysis, Duke University Press. 2021, 96-120.

What is meat? Is it simply food to consume, or a metaphor for our own bodies? Can “bloody” vegan burgers, petri dish beef, live animals, or human milk be categorized as meat? In pursuing these questions, the contributors to Meat! trace the shifting boundaries of the meanings of meat across time, geography, and cultures. Edited by Sushmita Chatterjee and Banu Subramaniam and published by Duke University Press.

Recent Publications

  • Chatterjee, Sushmita, Deboleena Roy, and Banu Subramaniam. “Specters of Biological Politics: Conversations within and across South Asia,” In Birth Controlled: Selective Reproduction and Neoliberal Eugenics in South Africa and India, edited by Amrita Pande. Manchester University Press. 2022, 36-59.
  • Chatterjee, Sushmita and Kiran Asher. “Animal Sightings and Citings under Covid Capitalism: Beyond Liberal Sentimentalism,” special issue of Feminist Studies on Feminism and Capitalism. 47.3, 2021, 599-626.
  • Chatterjee, Sushmita. “Graphic Novels in the Classroom: A Postcolonial, Queer Methodology.” MLA series titled Teaching Anglophone South Asian Women Writers edited by Deepika Bahri and Filippo Menozzi. July 2021, 163-171.

Maricela DeMirjyn

  • Associate Professor

Recent Publications

  • DeMirjyn, M. (2012). Chicana/Latina undergraduate capital: surviving and thriving in higher edcuation. Ethnic Studies Review,33(2), 1-23.
  • DeMirjyn, M. (2011). The queer filiming of Frida: creating a cinematic latina lesbian icon. Praxis: Gender and Cultural Critiques,23(1), 11-22.
  • DeMirjyn, M. (2011). The voicing of Chicana/Latina ethnicity, emotion and equity in higher education. Making Connections: Interdisciplinary Approaches to Cultural Diversity, 13(1), 75-90.
  • DeMirjyn, M. (2009). Las Madonnas Morenas: feminist narratives of cultural and sexual spirituality, Phoebe: Journal of Gender and Cultural Critiques, 21(1), 23-37.

Eric Ishiwata

  • Associate Professor

Recent Publications

  • Whitehall, G. & Ishiwata, E. (2012). The international aesthetic of the Yasukuni Jinja and Yushukan Museaum. The New Violent Cartography: Geo-Analysis after the Aesthetic Turn (Interventions), 234-249.
  • Ishiwata, E. (2011). Probably impossible: multiculturalism and pluralisation in present-day Japan. Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, 37(10), 1605-1626.
  • Ishiwata, E. (2011). We're seeing people we didn't know exist: Katrina and the neoliberal erasure of race. The Neoliberal Deluge: Hurricane Katrina and the Politics of Disaster, 32-59.
  • Daum, C. and Ishiwata, E. (2009) Violent equalities: race, law, and the attack on Native entitlements. Law & Society, 44(3/4), 843-876.

Dr. Doreen E. Martinez

  • Associate Professor

Recent Publications

  • Gould, Rachelle K., Doreen E. Martinez, and Kristin R. Hoelting. 2023. "Exploring Indigenous relationality to inform the relational turn in sustainability science,"Ecosystems and People. 2023, 19(1).
  • Martinez, Doreen E.,  2021.  “Storying Traditions, Lessons and Lives: Responsible and Grounded Indigenous Storying Ethics and Methods,” Genealogy.  2021, 5(4): 84, pp. 1-16.
  • Martinez, Doreen E., Karina Cespedes, Roe Bubar and Caridad Souza. 2018. “When Decolonial Goes Precolonial: Voices of Ancestors, Revolutions and Being.” International Review of Qualitative Research, 11(1): Spring 2018, 81-94.
  • Bubar, Roe and Doreen E. Martinez. 2017. “Trickster as Resistance: Neoliberalism Impacts on Indigenous Research and Indigenous Methodologies,” for Qualitative Inquiry in Neoliberal Times.  Edited by Michael Giardina and Norman Denzin. Walnut Creek, California: Left Coast Press.

Ernesto Sagás

  • Professor
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Dominican Politics in the Twenty First Century: Continuity and Change

Jiménez Polanco, J., & Sagás, E. (Eds.). (2023). Dominican Politics in the Twenty First Century: Continuity and Change. New York, London: Routledge.

Dominican Politics in the Twenty First Century: Continuity and Change is a collection that examines the continuities and changes that have set the Dominican political system apart from its Latin American counterparts over the last couple of decades. Whereas traditional political parties have lost support throughout Latin America and electoral systems have devolved into illiberal democracies, Dominican democracy remains flawed but vibrant with a popular embrace of party politics. Published by Routledge.

Recent Publications

  • Sagás, E. (2023). Post-Authoritarian Transitions in the Dominican Republic and Haiti: Political Detours and Dead Ends in the Quest for Democracy. Caribbean Studies, 51(1), 3-38.
  • Román, E., and E. Sagás (2022). Rhetoric and the Creation of Hysteria. Cornell Law Review Online 107(4): 188-248.
  • Sagás, E. (2022). NAFTA’s Legacy in the High Country: Mexican Migration to Colorado’s Western Slope. In The North American West in the Twenty-First Century, ed. Brenden W. Rensink. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press.
  • Román, E., and E. Sagás (2021). A Domestic Reign of Terror: Donald Trump’s Family Separation Policy. Harvard Latinx Law Review 24(1): 65-109.

Jenne Schmidt

  • Assistant Professor
  • Ethnic Studies Minor Advisor
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Cripping environmental education: Rethinking disability, nature, and interdependent futures

Schmidt, J. (2022). Cripping environmental education: Rethinking disability, nature, and interdependent futures. Australian Journal of Environmental Education, 1–18.

In “Cripping environmental education: Rethinking disability, nature, and interdependent futures”, Schmidt calls for a cripping of environmental education as a necessary move in shifting away from the field’s current conceptions of disability as defect and deficiency, and towards disrupting the structures and processes that operate as normalizing technologies within ableism/sanism. Published in the Australian Journal of Environmental Education.

Recent Publications

  • Schmidt, J. (2022). The Place of Ruin within Wild Pedagogies. Canadian Journal of Environmental Education (CJEE), 25, Article 0.
  • Schmidt, J. (2021). ‪Eco-Listening: Listening to Place. Listening: Journal of Communication Ethics, Religion, and Culture., 56(2), 175–183.

Lindsey Schneider

  • Assistant Professor
  • Undergraduate Coordinator

Fish of the Future: Genetically Engineered Salmon and Settler Colonial Science

Schneider, L."Fish of the Future: Genetically Engineered Salmon and Settler Colonial Science." American Indian Quarterly, 46, no. 3 (2022) 225-259.

This article takes up the recent controversy over genetically engineered (GE) salmon and the FDA's approval of these fast-growing "frankenfish" for human consumption. Weaving together issues of ecology, climate change, and tribal sovereignty, this paper historicizes the GE salmon struggle within global processes of colonialism and resource extraction, and troubles the arguments GE fish are "unnatural." Published in the American Indian Quarterly, University of Nebraska Press.

Recent Publications

Caridad Souza

  • Associate Professor

Recent Publications

  • Souza, Caridad and Karina Lissette Céspedes, Dispatches from an Afro-Latinx Decolonial Feminism, Journal of Chicana/Latina Studies, Vol.22, No.1, 2023.
  • Bubar, R. Kelly, T., Souza, C., Lovato-Romero, L. and  Bundy-Fazioli, K. Disrupting Settler Colonial Microaggressions: Implications for Social Work, International Journal of Social Work Values and Ethics, Volume 19, Number 2 (2022).
  • Souza, Caridad, Roe Bubar, Karina Lissette Céspedes, and Kimberly Bundy-Fazioli, “Impact of Settler Colonialism and Racism on Social Work:  Considerations and Challenges for A Self-Reflexive Practice,” in Antiracist Social Work Practice: Beginning and Advanced Knowledge, Skills and Techniques ed. By Wendy Ashely.
  • Cespedes, K., Souza, C., Bubar, R., & Bundy-Fazioli, K. (2021). A queer decolonial feminist approach to teaching intersectionality. In L. Murti & Flores, G. (Eds.) Gender, Race and Class in the Lives of Today’s Teachers: Educators at Intersections. New York, NY: Springer International Publishing.