African American & African Diaspora Studies

Michael Cohen

Michael Cohen is broadly interested in the cultural and political history of the United States from the Civil War to the Present. Teaching Areas: US Cultural History from the Civil War to the Present; Work and Labor History; World War II; Race, class and American popular culture; Cultural Studies and Marxist Theory; Drugs and Alcohol in US History

Jovan Scott Lewis

Jovan Scott Lewis (Ph.D., London School of Economics) is an economic anthropologist who works in the field sites of Tulsa, Oklahoma and Montego Bay, Jamaica. His research examines the cultural mechanisms, institutional forms, and social practices through which an unequal living of, and coping with, the economy, its failures and contingencies are understood.

Darieck Scott

Prof. Scott’s teaching and research interests include: 20th and 21st century African American literature; creative writing; queer theory, and LGBTQ studies; race, gender and sexuality in fantasy, science fiction, and comic books.

Tianna Paschel

Prof. Paschel’s 2016 book, Becoming Black Political Subjects: Movements and Ethno-Racial Rights in Colombia and Brazil, examines the shift from colorblind state discourses to the adoption of ethno-racial policies in Colombia and Brazil in the 1990s, as well as the impact this shift has had on political institutions and broader socio-cultural change in these countries. More broadly, research interests are in the fields of race and ethnicity, politics and development and globalization

Brandi Wilkins Catanese

African American Theater and popular culture; performance theory; performance and politics; performance and diaspora; Black Theater Workshop. Joint appointment in African American Studies, Affiliated faculty in Gender and Women’s Studies. Articles in Theatre Journal, Performance Research, Journal of American Drama and Theatre, and Contemporary African American Women Playwrights: A Casebook; forthcoming articles on black women’s diaspora performance; whiteface performance; the politics of representation in black theater; and black political culture. Catanese is currently completing Racial Transgressions, a book-length study of the impact of multiculturalism and colorblindness on black performance practices.

Ula Taylor

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.)

Stephen Small

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 interests 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.

Leigh Raiford

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.

Nikki Jones

Areas of expertise include urban ethnography, urban sociology, race and ethnic relations and criminology and criminal justice, with a special emphasis on the intersection of race, gender, and justice.

Robert Allen (Emeritus)

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.


Laurie Wilkie

Historical and Contemporary Archaeology, Preservation and Heritage, Household archaeology, US and Caribbean

Stefania Pandolfo

Cultural Anthropology, theories of subjectivity, postcolonial criticism, anthropology and literature; Islam, Middle East and the Maghreb

Charles Hirschkind

Religion, anthropology of the senses, media theory, language and performance, Islam and the Middle East.

Daniel Fisher

Social Cultural Anthropology; Media; Music and Sound; Photography and Cinema; Australia

Aihwa Ong

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.

Meg Conkey

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.)

Charles Briggs

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.


C. Greig Crysler

Prof. Crysler leads an overlapping program of teaching, research and service concerned with activism and the spatial politics of urban life.

Art History

Lauren Kroiz

Prof. Lauren Kroiz focuses on modern art in the United States. She is particularly interested in the history and theory of photography and new media, race and ethnic studies, and the relationships between regionalism, nationalism and globalism.

Darcy Grimaldo Grigsby

Prof. Darcy Grimaldo Grigsby specializes in 18th- through early 20th-century French and American art and visual and material culture, particularly in relation to the politics of race and colonialism. Grigsby writes on painting, sculpture, photography and engineering as well as the relationships among reproductive media and new technologies from the 18th to the early 20th centuries.

Julia Bryan-Wilson

Research interests include theories of artistic labor, feminist and queer theory, performance, production/fabrication, craft histories, photography, video, visual culture of the nuclear age, and collaborative practices.

Asian American & Asian Diaspora Studies

Carolyn Chen

Prof. Chen is the author of the book Getting Saved in America: Taiwanese Immigration and Religious Experience (Princeton 2008) and co-editor of Sustaining Faith Traditions: Race, Ethnicity and Religion among the Latino and Asian-American Second Generation (NYU 2012). She is currently working on a book that examines the usage of Asian spiritual practices in Silicon Valley firms.

Sau-Ling C. Wong

Construction of gender, sexuality, ethnicity, and national & cultural membership in Asian American literature, esp. Chinese American literature and Chinese-language immigrant literature and film.

Ling-Chi Wang (Emeritus)

Asian American history, Asian American civil rights issues; Overseas Chinese; U.S. foreign policies in Asia; bilingual education; and Asian Americans in higher education.

Khatharya Um

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.

Lok Siu

Transnationalism; Migration; Cultural Citizenship; Un/Belonging; Racial, Ethnic, and Gender Formation; Asians in the Americas; Cultural Politics of Food; Ethnography

Michael Omi

Racial Theory and Politics, Racial/Ethnic Classification and Identity, Comparative Racialization, Asian Americans and racial stratification, racial and ethnic categories and the U.S. Census, and both racist and anti-racist social movements.

Elaine Kim (Emerita)

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.

Catherine Ceniza Choy

Asian American History; Philippine and Filipino American Studies; Adoption; Nursing; Migration; Gender


Laura Kray

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.

Chicana/o and Latina/o Studies

Ramon Grosfoguel

Decoloniality; International Migration; Political-Economy of the World-System; Racism; Islamophobia

Felicity Schaeffer-Grabiel (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?

Alex Saragoza

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.

Laura Pérez

Post-sixties U.S. Latina/o literary, visual, and performance arts; U.S. women of color femininist and queer thought; decolonial spiritualities, decolonial aesthetics. (Read more about Professor Perez in the Spring 2004 issue of FaultLines.)

Beatriz Manz (Emerita)

Interested in Mayan populations, refugees, migration to the US, Latin America; Peasantry; Migrations; Social movements; Human Rights; Political/Social/Ethnic Conflict

Raúl Coronado

Research interests: The comparative history of writing in the colonial and 19th century Americas; Latina/o intellectual & literary history; theories of modernity & postcolonialism; histories of sexuality & of the academic disciplines


Comparative Ethnic Studies

Alisa Bierria

Alisa Bierria is an Assistant Professor in Ethnic Studies at UC Riverside. Research interests include gender violence, redress, feminist/queer carceral studies, black feminist and feminist of color theory, social ontology, and popular culture.

Christian Paiz

Comparative Latino Studies, United States History, Social Movement History, Historical Methods

Keith Feldman

Theories of Race, Nation, and Empire; Cultural Theory; African, Arab, and Jewish Diasporas; Visual Culture Studies; Transnational American Studies

Juana María Rodríguez

Professor Rodríguez is the author of two books, Queer Latinidad: Identity Practices, Discursive Spaces (NYU 2003) and Sexual Futures, Queer Gestures and Other Latina Longings (NYU 2014) and has published numerous articles related to her research interests in sexuality studies, queer activism in a transnational American context, critical race theory, technology and media arts, and Latin@ and Caribbean studies. She is currently working on a third book project that considers the intersection of age, sexuality, race and visual culture. (Read more about Prof. Rodriguez in the Fall 2009 issue of FaultLines.)

Mario Barrera

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.

Evelyn Nakano Glenn (Emerita)

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.

Comparative Literature

Judith Butler

critical theory, gender and sexuality studies, comparative literature, 19th and 20th century continental philosophy, social and political thought, philosophy and literature

Karl Britto

Francophone colonial and postcolonial literatures of Vietnam, Africa and the Caribbean

Chana Kronfeld

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.

East Asian Languages and Cultures

Andrew Jones

Professor Jones teaches modern Chinese literature and media culture. His research interests include music, cinema, and media technology, modern and contemporary fiction, children’s literature, and the cultural history of the global 1960s.


Tina Trujillo

Dr. Trujillo uses tools from political science and critical policy studies to study the political dimensions of urban district reform, the instructional and democratic consequences of high-stakes testing and accountability policies for students of color and English Learners, and trends in urban educational leadership. Her recent research examines the instructional and political implications of private intermediary organizations as technical assistance providers for public school districts.

Janelle Scott

Prof. Scott’s research explores the relationship between education, policy, and equality of opportunity, and centers on three related policy strands: the racial politics of public education, the politics of school choice, marketization, and privatization, and the role of elite and community-based advocacy in shaping public education.

Zeus Leonardo

Much of Prof. Leonardo work is interdisciplinary and draws insights from sociology, contemporary philosophy, and cultural studies. In particular, he engages critical theories to inform his analysis of the relationship between schooling and social relations, such as race, class, culture, and gender.

Kris Gutiérrez

Prof. Gutiérrez’s research examines learning in designed learning environments, with attention to students from non-dominant communities and English Learners. Her work on Third Spaces examines the affordances of hybrid and syncretic approaches to literacy, new media literacies, and STEM learning and the re-mediation of functional systems of learning.

Michael Dumas

Prof. Dumas’ research sits at the intersection(s) of the cultural politics of Black education, the cultural political economy of urban education, and the futurity of Black childhood(s).

Prudence Carter

Dr. Prudence Carter’s primary research and teaching agenda focuses on causes of and solutions to enduring social and cultural inequalities among social groups, especially in education and schooling. Her expertise ranges from issues of youth identity and race, class, and gender, urban poverty, social and cultural inequality, the sociology of education and mixed research methods. Specifically, she examines academic and mobility differences shaped by the effects of race, ethnicity, class, and gender in U.S. and global society.

Patricia Baquedano-Lopez

Patricia Baquedano-López’s studies of language, race, and immigration examine the ways educational ideologies and policies are tied to practices and processes of inclusion and exclusion, and of academic success and failure. A strand of her work focuses on indigeneity and Latinidades in schools. Her most recent research project is funded by the Spencer Foundation and addresses the educational experiences of indigenous students of the Maya diaspora (Yucatan-California).

Frank Worrell

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.

Daniel Perlstein

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.

Lisa García Bedolla

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.


Hertha Sweet Wong

Prof. Wong writes about and teaches autobiography, Native American literatures, ethnic American literatures, and visual studies.

Susan Schweik

I’m the author of The Ugly Laws: Disability in Public (NYU, 2009) and A Gulf So Deeply Cut: American Women Poets and the Second World War (1991), and I’m completing a book on cognitive disability, eugenics and reproductive justice tentatively titled Unfixed: How the Women of Glenwood Changed American IQ, and Why We Don’t Know It.  I’ve been involved with the development of disability studies at Berkeley for over twenty years. I am co-director of Berkeley’s Disability Studies minor and have been very actively involved in the advanced Disability Studies Research Cluster in Berkeley’s Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society. I was also co-coordinator of the Ed Roberts Fellowships in Disability Studies post-doctoral program at Berkeley (coordinated by the Institute for Urban and Regional Development). I’ve taught and co-taught undergraduate courses in Disability and Literature, Discourses of Disability, The Disability Rights Movement, Disability and Digital Storytelling, Psychiatric Disability, Literature and Medicine, Disability Studies and Animal Studies, and Race, Ethnicity and Disability, among others, and graduate courses in Body Theory and Disability Studies and Advanced Disability Studies. My other teaching and research interests include twentieth century poetry, late nineteenth century American literature, women’s studies and gender theory, urban studies, grant writing, war literature and children’s literature. My proudest honor is the name sign given to me by students at Gallaudet:

Scott Saul

My interests run to the great cultural watershed that was modernism in the arts — whether it took the form of William Carlos Williams’s poetry, Charlie Chaplin’s films, or Duke Ellington’s music — and to the starburst of creative activity that has followed up to the present. I’m especially interested in the connections between 20th-century artistic movements and 20th-century social movements — or, on the individual level, how particular artists are catalyzed by the history they are living through.

I generally teach courses in 20th-century American literature and cultural history, ranging from “The Culture of the Cold War” and “The Seventies” to “Fictions of Los Angeles,” “American Avant-Gardes” and “Race and Performance in the 20th-century U.S.”.

Steven Lee

My research interests include twentieth-century American literature, comparative ethnic studies, and Soviet and post-Soviet studies.  After graduating from Amherst College, I was among the inaugural group of Fulbright students to conduct research in the Central Asian Republics, where I compared Soviet Korean and Korean American literatures and histories.  I went on to receive my doctorate from Stanford’s Modern Thought and Literature program, spent a postdoctoral year at NYU’s Center for the United States and the Cold War, and began teaching at Berkeley in 2009. I am also an affiliated faculty member at the Center for Korean Studies and the Institute of Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies.

Nadia Ellis

Prof. Ellis’ research traces the trajectories of literary and expressive cultures from the Caribbean to Britain to the United States and she is most intellectually at home at various intersections: between the diasporic and the queer; imperial identification and colonial resistance; performance and theory; migrancy and domesticity. She teaches classes on postcolonial literature and the city, black diasporic culture, queer theory, and US immigrant literature.

Bryan Wagner

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.

Poulomi Saha

My research and teaching agenda spans eastward and forward from the late 19th century decline of British colonial rule in the Indian Ocean through to the Pacific and the rise of American global power and domestic race relations in the 20th century. Engaging postcolonial studies, ethnic American literature, and gender and sexuality theory, I hope to map an expansive view of empire and of what constitutes Anglophone literature routed not primarily through Great Britain and Western Europe but rather through circuits of affiliation and encounter between Asia and the Americas.

Colleen Lye

Prof. Lye teaches courses on marxism, postcolonial theory, world systems theory, Asian American literature, Asian Anglophone literature, and world literature. Her current research project is on Asian American leftist movements and literature after 1968.

Abdul R. JanMohamed

Whereas The Death-Bound-Subject explored the central role of the threat of death (aka, lynching) on the formation of individual and collective subjects in slave and Jim Crow societies, Prof. JanMohamed’s current research, provisionally entitled Thick Love: Birthing the Death-Bound-Subject, focuses on black feminist neo-slave narratives that depict the vicissitudes of giving birth to and nurturing life in a culture organized around the production of death-bound-subjectivity.  More generally, his current research is animated by an attempt to theorize why and how people “allow” themselves to be coerced and exploited so thoroughly and relentlessly.

Environmental Science, Policy and Management

Michael Mascarenhas

Rachel Morello-Frosch

Race and class determinants of the distribution of health risks associated with air pollution among diverse communities in the United States.

Claudia Carr

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.


Linda Williams (Emerita)

I am interested in the intersections of race, gender and sexuality in moving image culture.


Debarati Sanyal

19th-century literature and culture; 20th-21st century studies; postwar French and Francophone intellectual culture; Holocaust studies; transcultural memory studies; critical refugee studies.

Églantine Colon

Areas of inquiry include the intersections between literary creation and critical theory; theories and practices of care, precarity and the community; space and politics in neo-colonial and neo-capitalist contexts; postmodernisms and their current renewals.

Gender & Women's Studies

Leslie Salzinger

Prof. Salzinger is an ethnographer, focused on gender, economic sociology, globalization, and feminist theory. Much of her research is in Latin America. Her primary research interests lie in the cultural constitution of economic processes, and in the creation of subjectivities within political economies.

Laura Nelson

Prof. Nelson’s current research project is a study of breast cancer as a medical, cultural, personal, environmental, political and transnational phenomenon in South Korea.  She is also in the early stages of a project looking at policies pertaining to the children of immigrant brides in South Korea.

Minoo Moallem

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.

Mel Y. Chen

Prof. Chen’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, Prof. Chen convened “Species Spectacles”, a U.C. Humanities Research Institute Residential Research Group focused on animality, sexuality and race. Prof. Chen’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.

Paola Bacchetta

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.)


Jake Kosek

Cultural politics of nature and difference; cultural geography, science and technology studies; critical race theory; critical cartography; biopolitics; human and the non-human; and environmental politics

Sharad Chari

Geography as history of the present and as Earth/world-writing, social theory, political economy, development, agrarian studies, labor and work, racial/sexual capitalism, Black radical tradition, biopolitical struggle, oceanic humanities, photography, South Asia, South Africa, Indian Ocean.

Jovan Scott Lewis

Jovan Scott Lewis (Ph.D., London School of Economics) is an economic anthropologist who works in the field sites of Tulsa, Oklahoma and Montego Bay, Jamaica. His research examines the cultural mechanisms, institutional forms, and social practices through which an unequal living of, and coping with, the economy, its failures and contingencies are understood. Other interests include economic geography, constructions and infrastructures of poverty, inequality, race (blackness), economy, and the market; the Caribbean (esp. Jamaica) and African-American communities.

Beatriz Manz (Emerita)

Interested in Mayan populations, refugees, migration to the US, Latin America; Peasantry; Migrations; Social movements; Human Rights; Political/Social/Ethnic Conflict


Deniz Gokturk

Prof. Gokturk’s publications include a book on literary and cinematic imaginations of America in early twentieth-century German culture: Künstler, Cowboys, Ingenieure: Kultur- und mediengeschichtliche Studien zu deutschen Amerika-Texten 1912-1920 (1998) as well as seminal articles on migration, culture, and cinema.

Jeroen Dewulf

Prof. Dewulf’s research interests are as diverse as Dutch and Portuguese (post)colonial literature and history, transatlantic slave trade, Low Countries studies, Swiss literature and culture and European politics in general.


Dylan Penningroth

Dylan C. Penningroth specializes in African American history and in U.S. socio-legal history.  Penningroth is currently working on a study of African Americans’ encounter with law from the Civil War to the modern civil rights movement. Combining legal and social history, the study explores the practical meaning of legal rights for black life. His next project is a study of the legacies of slavery in colonial Ghana.

Elena Schneider

Elena Schneider is a historian of Latin America and the Atlantic World.  Her research explores the ways that war, trade, and slavery integrated the eighteenth-century Caribbean and Atlantic across regional and what would later become national boundaries.

Stephanie E. Jones-Rogers

African-American history, the history of American Slavery, slavery and the law, the history of women, women and early American law

Brian DeLay

US and the World; American West; 19th-century Americas; transnational history; US-Mexico Borderlands; Native American History; International Arms Trade

Waldo E. Martin

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.

David A. Hollinger

Impact of foreign missionary project (2/3 female) on American culture and politics; theories of race and identity.

Integrative Biology

Tyrone Hayes

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.


Kathryn Abrams

Before entering academia, Kathy Abrams clerked for Judge Frank M. Johnson of the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals. She has taught at the law schools at Boston University, Indiana University-Bloomington, Harvard University and Northwestern University. Most recently, she was Professor of Law and Associate Professor of Ethics and Public Life at Cornell University. While at Cornell, she served as Director of the Women’s Studies Program, and won several awards for teaching and for service to women. She joined the Boalt faculty in 2001.

Abrams teaches feminist jurisprudence, voting rights and constitutional law. Her scholarship has explored questions of employment discrimination, minority vote dilution, campaign finance, constitutional law, and law and the emotions, but it has focused most centrally on feminist jurisprudence. Within this area, Abrams has written on feminist methodology and epistemology, the jurisprudence of sexual harassment, and cultural and theoretical constructions of women’s agency.

Abrams’ recent publications include “Fighting Fire with Fire: Rethinking the Role of Disgust in Hate Crimes” in the California Law Review (2002), “Subordination and Agency in Sexual Harassment Law” in Directions in Sexual Harassment Law (2003), “Extraordinary Measures: Protesting Rule of Law Violations after Bush v. Gore” in Law & Philosophy (2002), and “The Legal Subject in Exile” in the Duke Law Journal (2001).

Sarah Song

Sarah Song is a political theorist with a special interest in issues of citizenship and migration. She teaches in the Jurisprudence and Social Policy Program at Berkeley Law School and is also affiliated with the Political Science Department. She is the Director of the Kadish Center for Morality, Law, & Public Affairs.

Dylan Penningroth

Dylan C. Penningroth specializes in African American history and in U.S. socio-legal history.  Penningroth is currently working on a study of African Americans’ encounter with law from the Civil War to the modern civil rights movement. Combining legal and social history, the study explores the practical meaning of legal rights for black life. His next project is a study of the legacies of slavery in colonial Ghana.

Sonia Katyal

Prof. Katyal’s scholarly work focuses on intellectual property, art law, civil rights (including gender, race and sexuality), property theory, and technology/new media. Her past projects have studied the relationship between copyright enforcement and surveillance; the impact of artistic activism on trademark law, commerce and advertising; and the intersection between copyright law and gender with respect to fan-generated works. Katyal also works on issues relating to intellectual property and indigenous people’s rights, with a special focus on cultural property and trademark law in the United States and abroad. Her current projects focus on the intersection between technology, internet access and civil/human rights, with a special focus on the right to information, and a variety of projects on the intersection between gender, sexuality, and the commons.

Angela Onwuachi-Willig

Angela Onwuachi-Willig is Chancellor’s Professor of Law at the University of California, Berkeley School of Law.  She is a leading scholar of law and inequality and writes in a variety of areas, including Employment Discrimination, Family Law, and Critical Race Theory.

Russell Robinson

Prof. Robinson’s scholarly and teaching interests include anti-discrimination law, race and sexuality, law and psychology, constitutional law, and media and entertainment law.

Joy Milligan

Joy Milligan studies the intersection of law and inequality, with a particular focus on race-based economic inequality.  Her current work examines how and why federal agencies chose to foster racial segregation before the civil rights “revolution” of the 1960s.

Jonathan Simon

Prof. Simon teaches criminal law, an advanced criminal law seminar on mass incarceration, sociology of law, and several classes in the undergraduate legal studies program (foundations of legal studies; prisons; punishment, culture and society). His scholarship concerns the role of crime and criminal justice in governing contemporary societies.

Karen Tani

Karen M. Tani is a scholar of U.S. legal history, with broad interests in poverty law and policy, administrative agencies, rights language, federalism, and the modern American state. She teaches torts, legal and constitutional history, and social welfare law.

Ian Haney López

Prof. Haney López’s current research emphasizes the connection between racial divisions in society and growing wealth inequality in the United States. His most recent book, Dog Whistle Politics: How Coded Racial Appeals Have Reinvented Racism and Wrecked the Middle Class, lays bare how conservative politicians exploit racial pandering to convince many voters to support policies that ultimately favor the very rich and hurt everyone else.


Richard Rhodes

Algonquian languages (Ojibwe/Ottawa, Cree), Mixe-Zoquean languages (Sayuleño), mixed languages (Métchif), language contact, language spreads, pronominal systems

Leanne Hinton

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.)

Mechanical Engineering

Alice Agogino

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.


T. Carlis Roberts

Prof. Roberts’ research investigates the connections between sound and social identities, centering on marginalized histories of popular and folk music in the Americas. Specific interests include: interracial musical collaboration, music of enslaved Africans in the U.S. and Caribbean, intercultural percussion performance, women’s drumming communities, diasporic connections in African American and Afro-Caribbean folkloric traditions, queer and trans popular music making, and the technology and politics of spiritual musical practice.

Native American Studies

Thomas Biolsi

Race-Making, Indian Law & Policy, Governmentality

Shari Huhndorf

Interdisciplinary Native American studies, literary and visual culture, cultural studies, gender studies, American studies

Beth H. Piatote

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.

Steve Crum

(Read more about Professor Crum in the Fall 2004 issue of Faultlines.)

Political Science

Sarah Song

Sarah Song is a political theorist with a special interest in issues of citizenship and migration. She teaches in the Jurisprudence and Social Policy Program at Berkeley Law School and is also affiliated with the Political Science Department. She is the Director of the Kadish Center for Morality, Law, & Public Affairs.

Wendy Brown

Professor Brown’s fields of interest include the history of political theory, nineteenth and twentieth century Continental theory, critical theory and theories of contemporary capitalism.  She is best known for intertwining the insights of Marx, Nietzsche, Weber, Freud, Frankfurt School theorists, Foucault, and contemporary Continental philosophers to critically interrogate formations of power, political identity, citizenship, and political subjectivity in contemporary liberal democracies.  In recent years, her scholarship has focused on neoliberalism and the political formations to which it gives rise.

Taeku Lee

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.


Jason Okonofua

Mindsets; stereotypes; education-based motivation; large-scale psychological intervention; social cognition; teacher-student relationships; school-to-prison pipeline; discipline in K-12 schooling

Kaiping Peng

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.

Ann Kring

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.

Dacher Keltner

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.

Stephen Hinshaw

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.

Public Health

Amani M. Nuru-Jeter

  • Race and socioeconomic health disparities
  • Biobehavioral and psychobiological pathways for health disparities
  • Stress and coping
  • Mixed methods research (quantitative and qualitative)
  • Place, person-environment interactions, and health
  • Measurement and study of racism as a determinant of racial health disparities

Denise Herd

Research interests include

  • Health disparities
  • Images of alcohol, drugs, and violence in rap music
  • Activism in African American communities
  • Drinking and drug use patterns and problems
  • Social movements
  • Multicultural health

Osagie K. Obasogie

Prof. Obasogie’s research and writing is on bioethics, with a focus on the social, ethical, and legal implications of new reproductive and genetic technologies. Obasogie’s research also looks at the past and present roles of science in both constructing racial meanings and explaining racial disparities. He has a particular interest in developing legal mechanisms that can create the conditions for eliminating health disparities.

Seth Holmes

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.

Susan Ivey

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.

Public Policy

Steven Raphael

Prof. Raphael’s research focuses on the economics of low-wage labor markets, housing, and the economics of crime and corrections.  His most recent research focuses on the social consequences of the large increases in U.S. incarceration rates and racial disparities in criminal justice outcomes.  Raphael also works on immigration policy, research questions pertaining to various aspects of racial inequality, the economics of labor unions, social insurance policies, homelessness, and low-income housing.

Rucker Johnson

As a labor and health economist, Prof. Johnson’s work considers the role of poverty and inequality in affecting life chances. He has focused on such topics as the long-run impacts of school quality on educational attainment and socioeconomic success, including the effects of desegregation, school finance reform, and Head Start.  He has investigated the determinants of intergenerational mobility; the societal consequences of incarceration; effects of maternal employment patterns on child well-being; and the socioeconomic determinants of health disparities over the life course, including the roles of childhood neighborhood conditions and residential segregation.

Jesse Rothstein

Economics of education; local public finance; school and teacher accountability and performance measurement; discrimination; inequality; affirmative action; black-white gaps in educational and economic outcomes; tax and transfer policy.

Dan Kammen

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.


Samera Esmeir

My research and teaching are at the intersection of legal and political thought, Middle Eastern history and colonial and post-colonial studies. One ongoing intellectual focus has been to examine how late-modern colonialism has introduced liberal juridical logics and grammars that in turn shaped modalities of political praxis, and how those have persisted in the post-colonial era and have traveled in different countries in the Middle East. My first book, Juridical Humanity: A Colonial History (Stanford University Press, 2012), pursues this problem in relation to colonial Egypt and examines how colonial juridical powers have reconfigured the concept of the human during the late-modern colonial era by bonding the human to the law. I am currently working on a second book project also guided by the intersectionality of law and politics. Titled The Struggle that Remains, this book in progress tracks the modern entry of the word international into the English language, theorizes its emergence as a contending signifier of the world (in legal and political discourse), explores its reconfiguration of horizons of struggle, in particular in how it has contributed to shifting the relationship between war and revolution, and probes the struggle that remains in excess. I also have ongoing interest in questions of destruction, natural, legal, and political. I have been pursuing these questions in preparation for a project on natural catastrophes and colonial annihilation.

Nasser Zakariya

My research interests concern science, narrative and documentary; topics in the history and philosophy of mathematics and physics; and science, law and race. My current manuscript centers on the emergence of the so-called “scientific epic” as one among a set of possible frames or genres for synthesizing branches of knowledge according to a narrative, historical structure.

Marianne Constable

Legal rhetoric and philosophy, Theories of interpretation, Social and political thought, Anglo-American legal traditions Continental philosophy, Contemporary law and society

Shannon Jackson

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.

Social Welfare

Erin M. Kerrison

Prof. Erin M. Kerrison’s work extends from a legal epidemiological framework, wherein law and legal institutions operate as social determinants of health. Specifically, through varied agency partnerships, her mixed-method research agenda investigates the impact that compounded structural disadvantage, concentrated poverty and state supervision has on service delivery, substance abuse, violence and other health outcomes for individuals and communities marked by criminal justice intervention.

Tina Sacks

Fields of special interest include racial disparities in health; social determinants of health; race, class and gender; and poverty and inequality.

Kurt Organista

HIV prevention and the treatment of depression with Mexican/Latino migrants in the US.

Julian Chow

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.


Cybelle Fox

Prof. Fox’s main research interests include race and ethnic relations, the American welfare state, immigration, historical sociology, and political sociology. Her most recent book, Three Worlds of Relief (Princeton University Press, 2012), compares the incorporation of blacks, Mexicans, and European immigrants in the American welfare system from the Progressive Era to the New Deal.

Loic Wacquant

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.

Sandra Smith

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.

Martin Sanchez-Jankowski

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.

John Lie

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.

Irene Bloemraad

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.

Spanish & Portuguese

Estelle Tarica

Prof. Tarica is the author of The Inner Life of Mestizo Nationalism (University of Minnesota Press, 2008), concerning the discourse of indigenismo and mestizaje in Mexico, Peru and Bolivia and focusing on the work of José María Arguedas, Rosario Castellanos and Jesús Lara. Her current book manuscript examines the circulation and reception of Holocaust testimony in Latin America. Her research areas include the study of racial ideologies and how these are linked to discourses of cultural decolonization, especially in Mexico, the Andes and the French Caribbean.

Daylet Domínguez

Daylet Domínguez is an Assistant Professor of Latin America and Caribbean literatures and cultures. Her work focuses on modern travel cultures and costumbrismo; visuality and writing; empire, nation and revolution; and slavery.

Theater, Dance, & Performance Studies

Abigail De Kosnik

Berkeley Center for New Media and the Department of Theater, Dance, and Performance Studies; Member of Gender & Women’s Studies; Popular media, particularly digital media, film and television, and fan studies

SanSan Kwan

Research interests include critical dance studies; transnational Asian American studies; theories of space and kinesthesia, and interculturalism.

Brandi Wilkins Catanese

African American Theater and popular culture; performance theory; performance and politics; performance and diaspora; Black Theater Workshop. Joint appointment in African American Studies, Affiliated faculty in Gender and Women’s Studies. Articles in Theatre Journal, Performance Research, Journal of American Drama and Theatre, and Contemporary African American Women Playwrights: A Casebook; forthcoming articles on black women’s diaspora performance; whiteface performance; the politics of representation in black theater; and black political culture. Catanese is currently completing Racial Transgressions, a book-length study of the impact of multiculturalism and colorblindness on black performance practices.

Angela Marino

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.