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Race and Ethnicity

We study the ways that racial and ethnic categories come into being, especially the manner in which they shape and are shaped by relations of power, social movements, elite and popular thought, and cultural production.  This cluster has considerable strength in the Americas, but bridges significantly into other regional fields such as Africa, Europe, the Atlantic, and the Pacific. We work across areas of specialization to construct an approach that is both comparative, marking how race works differently in different contexts, but also transnational, analyzing the ways that interactions among societies, especially imperialism and migrations, depend on, underwrite, and reconfigure local processes of racialization.  We maintain interdisciplinary ties with ethnic studies programs and African American Studies on campus, as well as area studies. Our faculty members and graduate students also seek to integrate the study of race and ethnicity into many other thematic specializations, considering by what means ideas and experiences of race and ethnicity intersect with other imaginings and structurings of difference, including class, gender, sexuality, nationality, religion, politics, science and technology, and space, to name a few.

Andy Rafael Aguilera
Doctoral Candidate in History; Latina/o Studies Program Certificate
Grace Argo
Doctoral Candidate in History and Women's and Gender Studies
Matthew Countryman
Associate Professor of History, American Culture
2759 Haven Hall 734.647.2434
Angela Dillard
Department Chair
Richard A Meisler Collegiate Professor of Afroamerican and African Studies and in the Residential College
Jeremy Johnson
PhD in Anthropology & History (2022)
Jennifer Dominique Jones
Assistant Professor in History and Women's and Gender Studies
2526 Haven Hall
Matthew Lassiter
Professor of History, Urban and Regional Planning, Arthur F. Thurnau Professor
2513 Haven Hall
Earl Lewis
Thomas C. Holt Distinguished University Professor of History, Afroamerican and African Studies and Public Policy
2735 Haven Hall
Devi Mays
Assistant Professor of Judaic Studies
2012 Thayer Building 734.615.6658
Bryan Roby
Assistant Professor of Jewish HIstory
2111 Thayer, 1608
phone: 734.615.8563
LaKisha Michelle Simmons
Associate Professor of History & Women's and Gender Studies Director of Graduate Studies and Associate Chair, Women's and Gender Studies
Lane Hall
Kira Thurman
Associate Professor of History
Associate Professor of German Studies
Associate Professor of Musicology (School of Music, Theatre, and Dance)