CRG research working groups are opportunities for faculty, students, activists, practitioners, and artists to facilitate deeper understandings of a wide variety of research topics and seed new ideas. Below is a brief summary of key accomplishments and updates:


Critical Trauma Working Group held a conference in Spring 2017 entitled, “Contextualizing and Confronting the Effects of Complex Trauma on Youth Development.” Attended by over 175 guests, the conference was, to group members’ knowledge, the first of its kind to center the discussion of trauma and modalities of healing through science and youth-centered community organizations.

Muslim Identities & Cultures organized the forum, “Dalit Feminist Emancipation in Modern India: Refusing to Sweep & be Swept Under the Rug,” a discussion between Dalitbahujan academics and activists on Dalit emancipation, gender, sexuality, labor rights, and annihilation of caste in contemporary India.

The Living Archives working group continued to engage in the study of the overlapping archive of women’s movements, LBT movements, and revolutionary anti-imperialisms and pan-Africanism of the 1960s and 1970s.

Islamophobia, Gender, and Sexuality members are editing a special issue of the Islamophobia Studies Journal, an academic journal published by the CRG Islamophobia Research & Documentation Project.

Last year, the Social Movements working group invited speakers who work on social movements such as reproductive justice and immigration justice. (See p. 8-9 for more details).

The Color of New Media working group is moving forward on their upcoming anthology, #identity, which they will discuss in a November 2, 2017 CRG Thursday Forum. (See p. 5 in the Fall 2017 issue of FaultLines for more details.)

The Asian American and Asian Diaspora Studies working group organized a lunchtime speaker series and a graduate student symposium where graduate student presented their developing research.


Black American History Seminar will provide opportunities to network with those who study African American history, those who are working on projects related to African American history, and those who want to learn more about African American history. Geographically, our focus will be on North America, attuned to the global and transnational flows of bodies, peoples, ideas, and commodities across time.

Black/Girlhood Imaginary will critically engage theoretical frameworks and qualitative analytics in order to conceptualize our framework of the “Black/Girlhood Imaginary.” Members will seek to wrestle with understandings of Black girlhood and open up a conversation between the fields of education, performance studies, and African American studies.

Indigenous Americas Workshop will engage current scholarship in Native American and Indigenous Studies, workshop members’ own works-in-progress, host Native American and Indigenous Studies (NAIS) scholars on campus, and generate important conversations about contemporary art and politics in NAIS.

Radical Decolonial Queer Pedagogies of Composition (RADQOMP) asks how can teachers intervene in systemic hierarchies and oppression that play out in classroom environments and beyond? The group will research and integrate radical and queer feminist pedagogies that decolonize classroom spaces, hierarchies, and systems.

In addition to these working groups, the CRG hosts several major research initiatives, including the Islamophobia Research & Documentation Project; Political Conflicts, Gender, and People’s Rights Project; the Arts & Humanities Initiative (see p. 7 in the Fall 2017 issue of FaultLines); the Feminist Anti-Carceral Policy & Research Initiative; and a new research initiative on immigration, forced migration, and indigeneity.

More details about all of these projects can be found at:

Photo above is the Critical Trauma Working Group Core Committee [L-R] Ivy Jeanne  McClelland, Robyn Gee, Gabby Falzone, Sabine Dabady, and Rafael Yamir Gomez-Carrasco (photo Cailey Cotner)