Bios reflect scholars’ status at the time of their appointment at the Center for Race & Gender.


Alisa Bierria

Alisa Bierria is a University of California President’s Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Gender & Women’s Studies at the University of California, Berkeley. Alisa is also the founder and coordinator of the Feminist Anti-Carceral Policy & Research Initiative, an initiative hosted by the Center for Race & Gender at UC Berkeley. She received her PhD in Philosophy from Stanford University. She is also a member of a number of community based projects, including Survived and Punished, a national project that develops policy, legal advocacy strategies, and community education and organizing materials that challenge the criminalization of survivors of domestic and sexual violence.

With a specific focus on black women’s agentic practices, Alisa’s dissertation, Missing in Action: Agency, Race, & Recognition, contends that philosophical accounts of intentional action must incorporate an analysis of sociality, relations of power, and recognition. She is a recipient of the Stanford University Diane J. Middlebrook Prize for Graduate Teaching, and has years of experience writing, teaching, and organizing on issues of gender violence and redress.  Other research interests include feminist/queer carceral studies, black feminist and feminist of color theory, social ontology, and popular culture.

Alisa is co-editor of Community Accountability: Emerging Movements to Transform Violencea special issue of Social Justice: A Journal of Crime, Conflict, and World Order.  Her writing can also be found in Hypatia: A Journal of Feminist PhilosophyJournal of Popular Music Studies; Left Turn Magazine; Shout Out: Women of Color Respond To Violence; What Lies Beneath: Katrina, Race, and the State of the NationThe Revolution Will Not Be Funded: Beyond The Non-Profit Industrial Complex; Color of Violence: The INCITE! AnthologyReal Change NewspaperThe Feminist Wire; and Scholar & Feminist Online.


Maria Faini

In 2017, Maria Faini completed her Ph.D. in Comparative Ethnic Studies with a Designated Emphasis in Critical Theory from UC Berkeley. Her work focuses on U.S. imperial culture; P.T.S.D., moral injury, and suicide; and veteran ​art practice. Her research interests are (broadly): art practice and performance, decolonial ethics, queer of color critique and affect theory, critical race theory, disability studies, and ​violence. Publications include pieces in Locating Life Stories: Beyond East-West Binaries in (Auto)Biographical Studies; Ada: A Journal of Gender, Technology, and New Media; and a/b: Auto/Biography Studies. She has written for Nation of Change and The Feminist Wire, was co-executive editor of nineteen sixty nine: an ethnic studies journal, and co-founder of IABA’s Life Writing SNS Network. S​he has been a 2016 Arts Research Center fellow at UC Berkeley and a 2016-17 Yerba Buena Center for the Arts (YBCA) fellow. She is currently a Postdoctoral Scholar for the Center for Race and Gender at UC Berkeley, a participant in UCHRI’s Exploratory Workshop on Experimentation,​ and working on a book project titled: The Art of Moral Injury: Decolonizing the Military Subject through Artisanal Destruction.


Evelyn Nakano Glenn

Evelyn Nakano Glenn is Professor Emerita of Gender & Women’s Studies and Ethnic Studies, and the Founding Director of the Center for Race & Gender, leading the CRG from its inception in 2001 to 2017. Her teaching and research interests focus on transdisciplinary methods, political economy of households, the intersection of race and gender, immigration, and citizenship. Her articles have appeared in journals such as Social Problems, Signs, Feminist Studies, Social Science History, Stanford Law Review, Contemporary Sociology, and Review of Radical Political Economy, as well as in numerous edited volumes. She is the author of Issei, Nisei, War Bride: Three Generations of Japanese American Women in Domestic Service (Temple University Press), Mothering: Ideology, Experience and Agency(Routledge),  Unequal Freedom,How Race and Gender Shaped American Citizen and Labor (Harvard University Press) Professor Glenn has recently published her newest book Forced to Care: Coercion and Caregiving in America (Harvard University Press) and the edited volume Shades of Difference: Why Skin Color Matters(Stanford University Press).


Farid Hafez

Farid Hafez, Ph.D. is a researcher at the University of Salzburg, Department of Political Science and was a visiting scholar at the CRG Islamophobia Research & Documentation Project. Hafez has been teaching at numerous universities in Austria and beyond (Indonesia, Turkey, Germany, USA). He has been Visiting Scholar at Columbia University in 2014 and is currently Botstiber Fulbright Visiting Professor for Austrian-American Studies. He is the editor of the Islamophobia Studies Yearbook ( and since 2015 co-editor of the European Islamophobia Report ( He is affiliated to the Islamophobia Research and Documentation Project at the Center for Race and Gender, working on Islamophobia in a Global Perspective. Hafez received the Bruno-Kreisky-Award for the political book of the year for his anthology Islamophobie in Österreich (Studienverlag 2009) co-edited with John Bunzl. He has more than 50 publications. His last publications include an anthology on young Muslims in Austria: “Jung, Muslimisch, Österreichisch. 20 Jahre Muslimische Jugend Österreich” (New Academic Press, 2016). Email:  In 2017, Hafez and his colleagues have released the annual European Islamophobia Report, documenting the state of Islamophobia in Europe as of 2016. The report is available to download as a PDF, and an excerpt of the introduction is below. Also, listen to Hafez discuss the findings from the report in a CRG podcast.


Fatima Khemilat

Fatima KHEMILAT is a PhD Student in Political Sciences at the IEP (Institute of Political Studies) in Aix-en-Provence (south of France). Thanks to her training in law and social sciences of religion, she approaches her work from a multidisciplinary viewpoint, drawing from intersectional analyses of gender, racialization and gentrification. Through law, sociology, political sciences and rhetoric, she endeavors to critique the controversies linked to the visibility of Islam in the European public space. She is a Visiting Scholar with the CRG and Islamophobia Research and Documentation Project and is compiling a bibliography of the different works dealing with islamophobia in France.  She discusses her research in this CRG podcast.



Thea Quiray Tagle is a PhD candidate in Ethnic Studies at UC San Diego.  Her dissertation, “Grounded Struggles: Filipino Americans in San Francisco and the Hunger for Justice,” is a sitespecific study of San Francisco-based Filipino American artists and activists involved in antigentrification, housing and labor, and urban farming issues. Her research illuminates the work done by queer and feminist Filipina American poets, performers, activists, and other cultural producers, focusing on how these productions expand understandings of Filipino American subjectivity and embodied experience as simultaneously raced, classed, sexualized, and gendered; and challenge the realm of what is considered “appropriate” politics for the larger San Francisco Bay Area Filipino American to engage.


Emily Thuma is a PhD candidate in American Studies at New York University. Her teaching and research interests include twentieth century U.S. social and cultural history; gender, race and sexuality studies; intellectual history and grassroots activisms; politics of sexual violence; historiography; and progressive pedagogy. Her dissertation examines community-based activist efforts to curb sexual and domestic violence at their intersections with the racial politics of criminalization and imprisonment in the United States since 1968.

Noémi MICHEL is a PhD candidate in Political Science at the University of Geneva.  Her disseration is entitled, When Words and Images Matter: Racialized Symbolic Politics in Postcolonial Europe A Critical Analysis of two Controversies in France and Switzerland.  In the frame of the Western European liberal State’s management of diversity, an increasing number of public controversies address the issue of symbolic politics. Groups and individuals marked by ethnic, racial or cultural differences question the State’s management of public words and images by claiming that these can inflict “injury” upon them. How can and should the State manage these “injuring” words and images circulating in the public sphere? On which normative grounds should they be censored or authorized? Why can words and images generate symbolic injury? Inscribing itself in the field of critical and poststructuralist political theory dealing with multiculturalism, but also drawing upon speech act theories and postcolonial approaches, this dissertation aims to address these questions by investigating two empirical cases of symbolic controversies in Switzerland and France.


Bethan Harries was a visiting fellow at CRG in 2010-11. She is currently a post-doc researcher at the Centre on Dynamics of Ethnicity ( at the University of Manchester in 2012. Her research focuses on the lived experience of racism and ethnicity. Her PhD examined how discourses which construct cities as tolerant and multicultural spaces are reproduced and simultaneously contradicted by everyday experiences. She is also interested in the relationship between the construction and implementation of ethnic categories and how these are experienced and understood to be used. Her research engages with representations of geographical patterns of inequalities and the social, cultural and historical conditions in which these are produced.

More Visiting Scholars

During 2002, the Center supported a Ford Foundation-funded project entitled “Multicultural Education and Critical Pedagogy.” UCB Professor Elaine Kim and four Comparative Ethnic Studies graduate students studied and compiled a report of recent research and writing on multicultural, immigrant, and language diversity education, as well as, race and education, gender and education, and critical pedagogy (April 2001-August 2002).

Rebecca Hall was the CRG’s Mellon Foundation Post-doctoral Fellow. Her research focuses on slavery, historical constructions of racialized gender and contemporary legacies of the same. She earned a J.D. from Boalt Hall and completed her PhD in History. Her dissertation, Not Killing Me Softly: African American Women, Slave Revolts, and Historical Constructions of Racialized Gender develops “a trans-Atlantic social history of African American women in slave revolts and examines the discourse surrounding these women.”

Joanne Barker was the CRG’s Ford Foundation Post-doctoral Fellow. She completed her PhD in the History of Consciousness Department at UC Santa Cruz. She is an assistant professor of American Indian Studies at San Francisco State University and an enrolled member of the Delaware Tribe of Indians. Her primary areas of research include indigenous jurisprudence, women ’s/gender studies, and cultural studies.