People

Directors

Director

Email:
dokamoto@indiana.edu
Website:
http://dinaokamoto.strikingly.com/

Dina Okamoto is the Director of the Center for Research on Race and Ethnicity in Society (CRRES) and Professor of Sociology at Indiana University. Her research focuses on race and ethnicity, immigrant incorporation, as well as intergroup conflict and cooperation in the U.S. context.

Associate Director

Email:
mimoyd@indiana.edu
Website:
https://history.indiana.edu/faculty_staff/faculty/moyd_michelle.html

Michelle Moyd is the Associate Director of the Center for Research on Race and Ethnicity in Society (CRRES) and Associate Professor of History at Indiana University. She is a historian of eastern Africa, with special interests in the history of African soldiers and warfare. Other research interests include German colonial history, the history of racial thought in Europe, Africa, and the United States, and the history of race as a factor in labor and military recruitment processes in Africa and elsewhere.

Staff

Jessica Smith

CRRES Administrative Assistant

Email:
crres@indiana.edu

Jessica maintains the CRRES office and provides administrative support for the Center’s activities. She assists with the room reservations and scheduling of CRRES events such as the Speaker Series, Coffee with Affiliates, and the Postdoctoral Scholars Program. She makes travel arrangements for CRRES and processes funding requests and reimbursements for the Center. Jessica earned her B.A. in Psychology at Indiana University and brings years of experience in customer service and administrative work to the Center. If you have questions about travel, CRRES funding or reimbursements, room reservations, scheduling, or general inquiries about the Center, please contact Jessica.

Mai Thai

Ph.D. Candidate, Department of Sociology

Email:
crresgra@indiana.edu

Mai Thai (pronounced "my tie") is a Ph.D. Candidate in Sociology and her research areas are in education, deviance and social control, and race/ethnicity. Her dissertation examines school-police partnerships and how they shape the experiences of youth and their communities. As the lead graduate assistant for CRRES, she manages the Undergraduate Research Program, helps coordinate programming and events, and provides outreach and marketing support. If you have questions about listservs, email communications, promoting a related event/project, or becoming a CRRES affiliate, please contact her at crresgra@indiana.edu.

Chavonté Wright

Spring 2019 CRRES Graduate Research Assistant

Email:
crressym@indiana.edu

Chavonté is from Houston,Texas. In 2016, She received her B.A. in sociology from Rice University. Prior to graduate school, her interests in race, education, and mental health led her to classroom teaching and work in college access. Currently a first-year PhD student in Sociology, she studies race, gender, and mental health disparities within higher education institutions. In particular, she is interested in the cultural and social psychological mechanisms through which students persist. Chavonté assists with the organization of the Graduate Student Research Symposium, and coordinates CRRES Graduate Student Affiliates.

Monica Heilman

Spring 2019 CRRES Graduate Research Assistant

Email:
crres411@indiana.edu

Monica Heilman is Ph.D. student in Sociology. She hails from Colorado, where she earned her degree in Sociology and Art at the University of Denver. After graduating, Monica taught English in South Korea, worked as a freelance digital marketing writer, and began designing enamel pins. Monica's research interests lie broadly in multiracial identity, shifting categorizations of race in the US, and race relations in South Korea. Her current work examines how multiracial individuals present their identities in the face of challenges to and expectations of an adherence to rigid racial categories. Monica assists in maintaining the CRRES website, marketing, and producing web content.

Alicia Harmon

CRRES Social Media Intern

Alicia Harmon is an IU sophomore from Columbus, Ohio and the CRRES social media undergraduate intern. She is majoring in sociology/African-American and African Diaspora studies as well as minoring in Spanish and creative writing. She is passionate about race and class issues, especially those pertaining to the criminal justice system, housing discrimination, and educational inequality. In the future, she hopes to go to law school, obtain a PhD in sociology, and write. 

Samanta Zapien

CRRES Cox Scholar

Samanta Zapien is an undergraduate student studying Apparel Merchandising and Spanish with minors in Psychology and Entrepreneurship and Small Business Management. She assists CRRES as a Cox Scholar working on undergraduate outreach, networking, and photography of events. She previously participated in the Undergraduate Research Program with CRRES and is excited to continue to work with the center in her senior year at Indiana University. 

Faculty Affiliates

Ishan Ashutosh

Assistant Professor, Department of Geography

Email:
iashutos@indiana.edu

Dr. Ashutosh is a critical human geographer whose work encompasses the study of migration, the politics of race and ethnicity from an international and comparative perspective, and urban studies. His research examines the multiple and contested representations of South Asia through projects situated in migration and area studies.

Clark Barwick

Senior Lecturer, Kelly School of Business

Email:
mbarwick@indiana.edu
Website:
http://kelley.iu.edu/CPCS/faculty/page12712.cfm?ID=33241

Dr. Barwick is a literary critic and cultural historian whose research focuses on African American literature and the racial politics of cultural memory. His current project examines the “making” of the Harlem Renaissance, particularly in regards to how certain African American lives, texts, and performances have been neglected in the period’s ongoing canon formation.

Jeannine Bell

Richard S. Melvin Professor, Maurer School of Law

Email:
jeabell@indiana.edu
Website:
http://www.law.indiana.edu/about/people/bio.php?name=bell-jeannine

Dr. Bell is a founding member of the Michigan Journal of Race and Law and is a nationally recognized scholar in the area of policing and hate crime. Her newest book, Hate Thy Neighbor: Move-in Violence and the Persistence of Racial Segregation in American Housing (NYU Press) investigates anti-integration violence directed by white residents at minorities who move into their neighborhoods.

Cara Caddoo

Associate Professor, Department of History and The Media School

Email:
ccaddoo@indiana.edu
Website:
https://history.indiana.edu/faculty_staff/faculty/caddoo_cara.html

Dr. Caddoo's research examines popular culture, print and visual media, religion, and historical intersections of race, gender, and ethnicity. Her work focuses on 19th and 20th century social, political, and institutional formations organized around the idea of blackness, and how African Americans and Asian Americans contributed to these developments. Her book, Envisioning Freedom: Cinema and the Building of Modern Black Life (Harvard UP), is a history of early African American cinema.

Koji Chavez

Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology

Email:
kochavez@iu.edu

Dr. Chavez is a sociologist whose current research focuses on inequality-producing social processes within organizations. Specifically, he focuses on how gender, race, ethnicity, and "foreignness" influence job candidate evaluations and selection, and legitimation of hiring decisions. Dr. Chavez takes a "mixed methods" approach to his work to provide a comprehensive view of sociological phenomena. He also teaches courses on the sociology of work, and on race and ethnic intergroup relations.

Deborah Cohn

Professor, Departments of American Studies and Spanish and Portuguese

Email:
dncohn@indiana.edu

Dr. Cohn's research interests include comparative literatures of the Americas, the Mexican Intelligentsia, and the Global South. Her current project examines the promotion of Latin American literature in the U.S. during the 1960s and 1970s, studying how U.S. Cold War politics played a role in motivating support for this activity.

Christopher DeSante

Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science

Email:
cdesante@indiana.edu

Dr. DeSante's research examines race and racism in America, American political partisanship, and political methodology. His past work explores attitudes toward racialized and redistributive policies such as welfare, testing whether ‘hard work' is rewarded in a color-blind manner, and his current book project examines racial attitudes in American politics.

Freda Fair

Assistant Professor, Department of Gender Studies

Email:
ffair@iu.edu
Website:
https://genderstudies.indiana.edu/about/faculty/fair-freda.html

Dr. Freda Fair is an interdisciplinary scholar and teacher who studies race, gender, sexuality and culture in the United States with a focus on the American Midwest. Freda's research interests include queer politics and aesthetics, women of color feminist thought, labor, and social movement responses to policing, normativity, surveillance, and precarity.

Bernard Fraga

Associate Professor, Department of Political Science

Email:
bfraga@indiana.edu

Dr. Fraga's research interests are in the areas of American political behavior, electoral politics and policy, and racial and ethnic politics. He is particularly interested in how electoral institutions, partisanship, and racial/ethnic context shape vote choice and voter turnout. Dr. Fraga's recent works examine redistricting and the causal impact of the Voting Rights Act language minority provisions.

Terri Francis

Associate Professor, The Media School

Email:
francist@indiana.edu
Website:
https://mediaschool.indiana.edu/people/profile.html?p=francist

Dr. Francis researches noncommercial black film. In 2014 sx salon published her curated collection of essays, “Unexpected Archives: More Locations of Caribbean Film.” She served as guest editor of a close-up on Afrosurrealism in Film/Video for Black Camera, which explored experimental filmmaking and thought in African Diaspora cinema.

Ross Gay

Professor, Department of English

Email:
rgay@indiana.edu
Website:
https://mediaschool.indiana.edu/people/profile.html?p=francist

Ross Gay is the author of three books of poetry: Against Which; Bringing the Shovel Down; and Catalog of Unabashed Gratitude, winner of the 2015 National Book Critics Circle Award and the 2016 Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award. His collection of essays, The Book of Delights, was released by Algonquin Books in 2019. He is currently at work on a book-length essay about gardens, land, race, nation and the imagination, called This Black Earth.

Landon Shane Greene

Professor, Department of Anthropology

Email:
lsgreene@indiana.edu

Dr. Greene's research is motivated by an interest in movements for social justice and political transformation. He examines these movements through projects on urban subcultures, ethnicity, the environment, and the politics of culture in the Latin American context. His recent book project focuses on the unique position of punk rock musicians and artists in Lima during Peru's historical period of massive political violence in the 1980s and early 1990s.

Valerie Grim

Professor, Department of African American and African Diaspora Studies

Email:
vgrim@indiana.edu

Dr. Grim's research focuses on African American history, agricultural history, black rural communities, and the black family. Her current book projects examine white paternalism and black self-determinism in a Mississippi Delta Community from 1910-1970 and black farmers' protests against the United States Department of Agriculture from 1995-2005.

Vivian Nun Halloran

Associate Professor, Departments of American Studies and English

Email:
vhallora@indiana.edu

Dr. Halloran specializes in Caribbean literature and her research explores the connections between art, history, literature, and performance. Her work has focused on plays as vehicles through which the political history of various islands has impacted how contemporary Caribbean writers throughout the diaspora think through and perform their national and/or collective Caribbean identities. In addition she engages in work on Literary Food Studies, examining culinary memoirs related to the slave trade.

Sarah Imhoff

Assistant Professor, Department of Religious Studies and Borns Jewish Studies Program

Email:
seimhoff@indiana.edu
Website:
http://indiana.edu/~relstud/people/profiles/imhoff_sarah

Dr. Imhoff's research interests include: Gender and American Jewish History, race and Jewishness, Rabbinic Literature, and American religious history. One of her current research projects deals with the relationship of race and DNA in defining Jewish identity and community. She is currently completing her first monograph, Masculinity and the Making of American Judaism.

Karen Inouye

Associate Professor, Department of American Studies

Email:
kinouye@indiana.edu

Dr. Inouye's research interests focus on Asian American and Asian Canadian Studies, transnational American Studies, 20th-Century U.S. History, and critical race studies. Her book, The Long Afterlife of Nikkei Wartime Incarceration (Stanford University Press, 2016) focuses on questions of belonging, race and ethnicity. Her next book project concerns the cultural and political impacts of the decision to build prison camps for Nikkei on Native American and Indigenous lands.

Pamela Braboy Jackson

Professor, Department of Sociology

Email:
pjackson@indiana.edu

Dr. Jackson served as the inaugural director for CRRES from 2012-14. Her research focuses on the impact of work and family roles on well-being. She has several projects underway including a book manuscript Family Stories, with Dr. Rashawn Ray, which uses narrative accounts of family situations to reveal how black and white families in the U.S. navigate the social system we call the family.

Alisha Jones

Assistant Professor, Department of Folklore and Ethnomusicology

Email:
jonesall@indiana.edu
Website:
http://www.indiana.edu/~folklore/people/jones.shtml

Dr. Jones is an ethnomusicologist whose research interests include musical masculinities, music and theology, business and the music industry, music and mysticism, Western European art music, vocal pedagogies of the world, and African-American music. Her research examines black men's performance of gender and sexuality in gospel music and African American worship settings. She is also an engaged ethnomusicologist and practitioner whose research is incorporated in public arts programming in low income, high minority neighborhoods.

Aziza Khazzoom

Associate Professor, Department of Near Eastern Languages and Cultures

Email:
khazzoom@indiana.edu
Website:
http://www.indiana.edu/~jsp/faculty/profile_aKhazzoom.shtml

Dr. Khazzoom's work traces the formation of ethnic inequality among Jews in Israel, combining quantitative and qualitative methods. She is the author of Shifting Ethnic Boundaries and Inequality in Israel, Or: How the Polish Peddler Became a German Intellectual (Stanford University Press).

Danielle Kilgo

Assistant Professor of Journalism at The Media School

Email:
dkilgo@iu.edu
Website:
https://mediaschool.indiana.edu/people/profile.html?p=dkilgo

Dr. Kilgo researches the production, distribution, and effects of media representations of marginalized populations in the context of news and social media. Her current work centers social justice movements for Black and Brown lives and representations of these movements in traditional, citizen, and alternative journalisms. She also investigates emerging power dynamics in the new media landscape, examining how social media audiences respond and redistribute mediated narratives.

David Konisky

Professor, O'Neill School of Public and Environmental Affairs

Email:
dkonisky@indiana.edu
Website:
https://spea.indiana.edu/faculty-research/directory/profiles/faculty/full-time/konisky-david.html

Dr. Konisky is a political scientist whose research focuses on U.S. environmental and energy policy, with a particular emphasis on regulation, federalism and state politics, public opinion, and environmental justice. His recent research has examined racial and ethnic disparities in government enforcement of pollution control laws, the effectiveness of federal environmental justice policy, and how the energy transition is affecting vulnerable communities.

Hyeyoung Kwon

Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology

Email:
kwonhye@indiana.edu

Dr. Kwon is a sociologist whose work focuses on race/ethnicity, immigration, and childhood/family. Her research mainly examines how marginalized actors respond to social exclusion in ways that reproduce and challenge multiple inequalities. Her current work examines this question through the case of bilingual working-class Mexican-and Korean-Americans who navigate racialized nativism as “language brokers” for their families in adult-centric, English-speaking institutions. Dr. Kwon previously served as a CRRES postdoctoral fellow.

Jennifer Lee

Associate Professor, Department of Sociology

Email:
lee484@indiana.edu

Dr. Lee's research and teaching interests include sociology of education, immigration, and Asian American studies. Her current work examines how co-ethnic communities and bilingual proficiency influence the educational and occupational experiences and outcomes of Asian and Latino children of immigrants. In other work, Dr. Lee has examined Asian immigrants' employment in ethnic economies, as well as racial attitudes towards Asian Americans.

Sonia Song-Ha Lee

Associate Professor, Department of American Studies and Latino Studies Program

Email:
soslee@iu.edu
Website:
https://americanstudies.indiana.edu/about/faculty/lee-sonia.html

Dr. Lee is a social, political, and intellectual historian of twentieth-century United States, with particular interests in race, ethnicity and the history of medicine. She investigates the ways in which the labor economy, social movements, electoral politics, housing reforms, educational curricula, and mental health treatment shaped contemporary notions of blackness and latinidad in the United States.

Stephanie Li

Professor, Department of English

Email:
stephli@indiana.edu
Website:
https://english.indiana.edu/about/faculty/li-stephanie.html

Stephanie Li is the Susan D. Gubar Chair in Literature. A literary scholar who focuses on issues of race, representation and political discourse primarily in African American narratives, she is the author of five books, most recently, Pan-African American Literature: Signifyin(g) Immigrants in the Twenty-First Century (Rutgers UP, 2018). Her research interests span from the nineteenth to the twenty first centuries.

Alex Lichtenstein

Professor, Department of History

Email:
lichtens@indiana.edu
Website:
https://history.indiana.edu/faculty_staff/faculty/lichtenstein_alex.html

Dr. Lichtenstein's work centers on the intersection of labor history and the struggle for racial justice in societies shaped by white supremacy, particularly the U.S. South (1865-1954) and 20th-century South Africa. His current book project, Trouble in Paradise: Labor Radicalism, Race Relations, and Anticommunism in Florida, 1940-1960, explores the interplay of the civil rights and labor movements in Florida during the 1940s. His book on photographer Margaret Bourke-White's 1950 trip to South Africa will be published by Indiana University Press in 2015.

Michael T. Martin

Professor, Cinema and Media Studies

Email:
martinmt@indiana.edu
Website:
https://mediaschool.indiana.edu/people/profile.html?p=martinmt

Dr. Martin is currently the Director of the Black Film Archives and his research interests include diasporic and émigré formations, transnational migration, and diasporic and postcolonial film. He is currently working on two book projects, Caribbean Cinemas: Evolution, Articulations, Transnationality and History Betrayed: Gillo Pontecorvo's Cinema of Decolonization. Dr. Martin's other works have examined race and gender in Ed Bland's Cry of Jazz, and the pioneering of the African American documentary tradition.

Sylvia Martinez

Associate Professor, Department of Education Leadership and Policy Studies, School of Education

Email:
symartin@indiana.edu

Dr. Martinez's research interests include women's work experiences, Latino/a sociology, and the sociology of education. Current work examines what Latino/a high school students know about accessing a post-secondary education and how they access that information. Additionally, Dr. Martinez has received a grant to examine the role of ethnic identity on participation in a college Latino cultural center, and how this may impact retention in higher education.

Jason McGraw

Associate Professor, Department of History

Email:
jpmcgraw@indiana.edu
Website:
https://history.indiana.edu/faculty_staff/faculty/mcgraw_jason.html

Dr. McGraw’s research examines the overlapping processes of slavery, emancipation, colonialism, and capitalism that produced the Atlantic World. His book, The Work of Recognition: Caribbean Colombia and the Postemancipation Struggle for Citizenship (UNC Press), tells the story of postemancipation Colombia, and received the 2015 Michael Jiménez Prize in the Colombia Section from the Latin American Studies Association.

Rasul Mowatt

Professor, Department of Recreation, Park, and Tourism Studies, School of Public Health

Email:
ramowatt@indiana.edu
Website:
https://info.publichealth.indiana.edu/faculty/current/mowatt-rasul-a.shtml

Dr. Mowatt is an Affiliate Faculty Member in the Department of African American and African Diaspora Studies and his primary research interests are leisure behavior, social justice, cultural studies, and critical pedagogy. Dr. Mowatt's recent works have examined black, female body hypervisibility and invisibility, as well as heterosexism in campus recreational club sports.

Michelle Moyd

Associate Professor, Department of History

Email:
mimoyd@indiana.edu
Website:
https://history.indiana.edu/faculty_staff/faculty/moyd_michelle.html

Dr. Moyd's research interests include African military history, militaries and labor, the everyday history of colonialism, and power and its expressions. Her first book, Violent Intermediaries: African Soldiers, Conquest, and Everyday Colonialism in German East Africa, examines the social and cultural history of African soldiers in the colonial army of German East Africa, today's Tanzania. Dr. Moyd is currently working on a short book, Africa, Africans, and the First World War, which will examine the spectrum of African experiences in the war.

Mary C. Murphy

Associate Professor, Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences and Cognitive Science Program

Email:
mcmpsych@indiana.edu

Dr. Murphy's research focuses on understanding how people’s social identities and group memberships, such as their gender, race, and socio-economic status, interact with the contexts they encounter to affect people’s thoughts, feelings, motivation, and performance. In the realm of education, her research illuminates the situational cues that influence students’ academic motivation and achievement with an emphasis on understanding when those processes are similar and different for majority and minority students. She develops, implements, and evaluates social psychological interventions that reduce identity threat for students and examines their effects on students’ motivation, persistence, and performance. In the realm of organizations and tech, her research examines barriers and solutions for increasing gender and racial diversity in STEM fields.

Walton Muyumba

Associate Professor, Department of English, Assistant Director of Creative Writing

Email:
wmuyumba@indiana.edu
Website:
https://english.indiana.edu/about/faculty/muyumba-walton.html

Dr. Muyumba is a literary scholar and author. Professor Muyumba’s areas of research include African American literature, African Diaspora literature, literary and arts criticism, creative nonfiction, Black Atlantic studies, jazz studies, cultural studies, pragmatism, and postcolonial studies. He is currently completing a book about contemporary American literary art and popular music, as well as undertaking projects on John Edgar Wideman’s literary works and about ethnic American art in the age of terrorism.

Amrita Chakrabarti Myers

Associate Professor, Departments of History and Gender Studies

Email:
apmyers@indiana.edu
Website:
https://history.indiana.edu/faculty_staff/faculty/myers_amrita.html

Dr. Myers' research interests focus on race, gender, freedom, and citizenship and the ways in which these constructs intersect with one another in the lives of black women in the Old South. Her recent book, Forging Freedom: Black Women and the Pursuit of Liberty in Antebellum Charleston, (UNC Press) illuminates the lives of free black women, both legal and de facto, in Charleston, South Carolina, from 1790-1860. Her current book project examines interracial families and relationships in the antebellum South.

Ashlyn Aiko Nelson

Associate Professor, School of Public and Environmental Affairs

Email:
ashlyn@indiana.edu
Website:
https://spea.indiana.edu/faculty-research/directory/profiles/faculty/full-time/nelson-ashlyn.html

Dr. Nelson studies how the education market is influenced by housing markets, financial institutions, and policies. Her work examines the causes and consequences of inequality in the overlapping areas of housing and education, with articles exploring credit scores, race, and residential sorting as well as non-English speakers' barriers to mortgage access.

Radhika Parameswaran

Herman B. Wells Endowed Professor, Journalism, The Media School

Email:
rparames@indiana.edu
Website:
https://mediaschool.indiana.edu/people/profile.html?p=rparames

Dr. Parameswaran researches media and its intersections with gender, ethnicity, race, and nation in the context of globalizing India. Her current project examines how the imaginative and resistant media tactics of activist citizens form an emergent global civil society that is centered on challenging colorism and racism in South Asian communities. Dr. Parameswaran is the Editor of Communication, Culture & Critique, a flagship journal of the International Communication Association.

John Nieto-Phillips

Associate Professor, Department of History

Email:
jnietoph@indiana.edu
Website:
https://history.indiana.edu/faculty_staff/faculty/nieto-phillips_john.html

Dr. Nieto-Phillips' research interests center on U.S. Latina/o history, race and citizenship, and Latin America and the Caribbean. In the classroom and in his research, he explores the various means by which Latinas and Latinos have sought full citizenship and equality in the schools, in politics, and in public spaces.

Dina Okamoto

Professor, Department of Sociology

Email:
dokamoto@indiana.edu
Website:
http://dinaokamoto.strikingly.com/

Dr. Okamoto's research focuses on understanding how group boundaries and identities shift and change, which has broader implications for racial formation, immigrant incorporation, as well as intergroup conflict and cooperation. Her recent book, Redefining Race: Asian American Panethnicity and Shifting Ethnic Boundaries (Russell Sage Foundation), traces the complex evolution of "Asian American" as a panethnic label and identity.

Stephanie Power-Carter

Associate Professor, Department of Literacy, Culture, and Language Education, School of Education

Email:
stecarte@indiana.edu
Website:
http://www.iub.edu/~blackedu/

Dr. Power-Carter's research primarily focuses on how Black students, particularly African American females, negotiate their identity in predominately white educational settings. She utilizes Black feminist theory, Black women's fiction writings, and research on whiteness to frame her scholarship. She has two co-authored books in addition to several articles on these topics.

Alan C. Roberts

Senior Lecturer, Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences

Email:
alarober@indiana.edu

Dr. Roberts' research interests focus on personality and individual differences in vulnerability to eating pathology and weight disorders. Recent projects have examined whether images of female beauty and ideal body type have changed over time, as well as the relation between ethnicity, attitudes toward body weight, dating behavior, and female body satisfaction.

Fabio Rojas

Professor, Department of Sociology

Email:
frojas@indiana.edu

Dr. Rojas' research interests include organizational analysis, political sociology of social movements, sociology of education, and mathematical sociology. His work has focused on how the Black Power Movement became an academic discipline and a variety of topics related to the anti-war movement. His new book, Party in the Street: The Antiwar Movement and the Democratic Party after 9/11, explores the interaction between political parties and social movements in the United States.

Micol Seigel

Professor, Departments of American Studies and History

Email:
mseigel@indiana.edu

Dr. Seigel's research interests include: policing, prisons, and race in the Americas; critical ethnic studies; popular culture; Latin American studies; postcolonial and queer theory; and cultural studies. She is a member of Critical Prison Studies caucus of the American Studies Association, and the organizing collective of the Tepotzlán Institute for Transnational Studies of the Americas. Her recent works examine the global currents of U.S. prison growth and racialization in the era of hyperincarceration.

Marvin Sterling

Associate Professor, Department of Anthropology

Email:
mdsterli@indiana.edu

Dr. Sterling's research interests include contemporary Japan, African Diaspora, race, social identity, Afro-Asia, Performance Studies, transnationalism, and human rights. He has examined the Japanese community in Jamaica, with his first book, Babylon East: Performing Dancehall, Roots Reggae and Rastafari in Japan, investigating the ways that many Japanese involved in reggae as musicians and dancers, and those deeply engaged with Rastafari as a spiritual practice, seek to reimagine their lives through Jamaican culture. Dr. Sterling recently developed a new line of research, which traces the development of human rights discourse in Jamaica.

Brenda R. Weber

Professor, Department of Gender Studies

Email:
breweber@indiana.edu
Website:
https://genderstudies.indiana.edu/about/faculty/weber-brenda-r.html

Dr. Weber’s research engages with a wide archive of mostly discredited cultural texts, including non-canonical nineteenth-century transatlantic women’s literature and contemporary media, specifically literature, film, and television. Her work questions how the identity is discursively gendered, constructed, and embodied through written and mediated means, as well as how gender, sex, sexuality, race, and class work together to inform notions of the “normative” self.

Jakobi Williams

Associate Professor, Departments of History and African American and African Diaspora Studies

Email:
jakowill@indiana.edu
Website:
https://history.indiana.edu/faculty_staff/faculty/williams_jakobi.html

Dr. Williams' research interests are centered on questions of resistance and the social justice revolutions found within the historic African American community. His most recent book, From the Bullet to the Ballot, demonstrates how Chicago's Black Power movement was both a response to and an extension of the city's civil rights movement.

Phoebe Wolfskill

Assistant Professor, Department of African American and African Diaspora Studies

Email:
pwolfski@indiana.edu
Website:
https://genderstudies.indiana.edu/about/faculty/weber-brenda-r.html

Dr. Wolfskill studies African American art history with a particular interest in complicating standard assumptions about the relationship between an artist’s racial identity and his or her artistic production. Her recent book, Archibald Motley Jr. and Racial Reinvention: The Old Negro in New Negro Art (Illinois, 2017) speaks to the complicated aesthetics and divergent ideologies surrounding the Negro Renaissance and Motley’s place within it.

Y. Joel Wong

Professor, Department of Counseling and Educational Psychology, School of Education

Email:
joelwong@indiana.edu

Dr. Wong's research interests are in the areas of Asian/Asian American psychology, the psychology of men and masculinities, and positive psychology (particularly gratitude and encouragement). In particular, he is interested in the relationship between cultural variables and mental health, such as risk and protective factors and help seeking patterns.

Cynthia Wu

Associate Professor, Department of Gender Studies

Email:
cynwu@iu.edu
Website:
https://genderstudies.indiana.edu/about/faculty/wu-cynthia.html

Dr. Wu's research focuses on gender, sexuality, and disability in the Asian diaspora in the United States. She is the author of Chang and Eng Reconnected: The Original Siamese Twins in American Culture and Sticky Rice: A Politics of Intraracial Desire. She is currently writing a manuscript on the U.S. military in the Asian American imagination.

Ellen Wu

Associate Professor, Department of History

Email:
wue@indiana.edu
Website:
https://history.indiana.edu/faculty_staff/faculty/wu_ellen.html

Dr. Wu's research interests include 20th Century United States History, Asian American History, race and ethnicity, citizenship, migration, and Chinese diaspora. Her research asks questions regarding issues of race, immigration, citizenship, and nation through the lens of Asian American history. Her recent research has examined the transformation of Asians in the United States from the "yellow peril" to "model minorities."

Faye Gleisser

Assistant Professor, Department of Art History

Email:
frgleiss@indiana.edu

Faye Gleisser is a curator and interdisciplinary scholar and teacher who explores constructions of race and gender in contemporary art, with a focus on art produced and displayed in the United States. Faye’s areas of specialization include art and theory of the African Diaspora, theories of abstraction, curatorial activism, and photographic imaginaries of crime, whiteness, and surveillance. Her current book project analyzes how artists’ deployment of guerrilla tactics in art negotiates cinematic and televisual expressions of militancy, policing, and criminal code reform in the United States during the 1970s and 1980s.

Alberto Ortega

Assistant Professor, O'Neill School of Public and Environmental Affairs

Email:
alorte@iu.edu

Dr. Ortega is an applied microeconomist with research that examines how social factors and social policies affect the health and educational outcomes of vulnerable populations. Previous work examined funding inequities faced by minority-serving institutions of higher education. Some of his current research evaluates the role of social welfare policy in access to substance use treatment.

Maisha Wester

Associate Professor, American Studies, African American and African Diaspora Studies

Email:
mwester@indiana.edu
Website:
https://americanstudies.indiana.edu/about/faculty/wester-maisha.html

Dr. Maisha Wester is an Associate Professor in American Studies, and African American and African Diaspora Studies. She is also Fulbright scholar, having won a 2017-2018 fellowship to the UK. Her general areas of interest are Gothic literature and Horror Film Studies. Dr. Wester's research specifically interrogates the politics of black representation in Gothic literature and Horror film, how these tropes and trends are translated into actual sociopolitical discourse and legislation, and how Black diasporic authors and directors write back to and against these representations. Her first monograph African American Gothic: Screams from Shadowed Places specifically interrogate African American appropriation of the Gothic, from narratives of slavery on into the late twentieth-century fiction of writers such as Toni Morrison and Randall Kenan. She is also co-editor of the collection Twenty-First-Century Gothic and the book review editor for the international journal Gothic Studies.

Carlos Avenancio-Leon

Assistant Professor, Kelley School of Business

Email:
cfavenan@iu.edu
Website:
https://kelley.iu.edu/faculty-research/faculty-directory/profile.cshtml?id=CFAVENAN

Dr. Avenancio-León is an economist whose work lies at the intersection of finance, labor economics, and political economy. His research agenda focuses on Equitable Finance; i.e. the role of financial mechanisms in economic redistribution and its implications for disadvantaged communities and inequality. More specifically, some of his recent work in this area has documented the link between incarceration and access to credit, and between corporate debt and racial gaps in job security.

Graduate Affiliates

Ryan Comfort

Doctoral Student, The Media School

Email:
rcomfort@indiana.edu

Ryan's research examines the production roles, media frames, and audience effects created when Native Americans participate in visual media creation and dissemination. As a Native American (KBIC Ojibwe) producer of short-form documentary narratives himself, Ryan is deeply invested in conducting applied research in Native American communities. He is currently working on a documentary production project with the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma on the revitalization of the traditional game of Stickball.

Giselle Cunanan

Ph.D. Student, Department of American Studies

Email:
gcunanan@indiana.edu

Giselle situates her work in the overlapping fields of Critical Ethnic Studies and Asian American Studies to study how colonial histories and narrations of identity shape the material realities of Filipinos’ everyday lives. She is particularly interested in the larger paradoxes of racialization, identification, and resistance as they exist for Filipinos who occupy a vexed position to the U.S. state. Pursuing her questions via ethnography and in-depth interviews, Giselle studies the ways that Filipinos work with and against underlying conditions of subjectivity that structurally positon Filipinos in close relation to non-Filipino groups.

Jessica David

Ph.D. Student, Department of Counseling Psychology

Email:
jldavid@indiana.edu

Jessica's research interests include racial identity, stress and coping, and student-athlete health and holistic development. She is also a graduate assistant for the Groups Scholars Program, an initiative created to address low attendance rates of marginalized populations and first-generation college students. As a member of the Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) Diversity Outreach Team, she works to raise mental health awareness in traditionally underserved populations on IU's campus.

Ryan J. Davis

Ph.D. Student, Higher Education (School of Education)

Email:
ryjdavis@indiana.edu

Ryan's research interests focus on understanding pedagogies that influence learning and success in STEM disciplines, particularly among underrepresented students of color. He coauthored the monograph Racial and Ethnic Minorities Students’ Success in STEM Education (Jossey-Bass) and he has coauthored 10 peer reviewed journal articles about the role of race in the experiences and outcomes of college students.

Carrie Fudickar

Ph.D. Student, Department of History

Email:
cfudicka@umail.iu.edu

Carrie's research interests include the intersections of African American and Native American history, Black autonomy in the American West, and Race and Colonialism. Her dissertation topic covers Afro-Creek resistance movements from the Civil War through the Tulsa Race Riot.

Kirk A. Harris

Ph.D. Student, Department of Political Science

Email:
ryjdavis@indiana.edu

Kirk studies democracy and development in Sub-Saharan Africa – a research focus that brings together work on the politics of development, ethnicity, and democratic accountability. Kirk’s dissertation examines how variation in the political salience of ethnicity in Kenya mediates the provision of local public goods like schools, clinics, and roads by Kenya’s Constituency Development Fund (CDF).

Dan Johnston

Ph.D. Student, Department of Geography

Email:
dantjohn@umail.iu.edu

Dan is a geographer with a background in secondary education. His research interests center on issues of race and immigration here in the United States, and on the colonial discourses perpetuated through the rhetoric of the 'immigrant nation'. His dissertation project looks at community integration among the refugee populations in Boise, ID, and their ability to access their rights to the city in this new urban situation.

Monica Heilman

Ph.D. Student, Department of Sociology

Email:
mlheilma@iu.edu

Monica's research interests include multiracial identity, racial categorization, and racial and ethnic relations in South Korea. Her current work examines the strategies multiracial individuals employ when presenting their identities to others in the face of challenges ranging from interpersonal to structural levels. After teaching in South Korea for two years, Monica has also become interested in exploring the social dynamics and tensions that have emerged with Korea's growing multiracial population.

Mihee Kim-Kort

Ph.D. Student, Religious Studies

Email:
rkimkort@iu.edu

Mihee's subarea in Religious Studies is Religion in the Americas with a minor in Critical Race and Post-Colonial Studies. Her primary research interests are in American Protestantism in relationship to categories of immigration, indigeneity, and diasporic identity in the 20th century to the present. Using ethnographic and textual methods, she explores the racialization of particular bodies through theological discourses of purity along with the phenomenon of American exceptionalism and evangelical Christianity's reification of a (white) U.S. American national identity.

Samuel H. Kye

Ph.D. Student, Department of Sociology

Email:
skye@indiana.edu

Sam’s current research examines middle-class ethnic neighborhoods known as ethnoburbs: ethnic yet suburban neighborhoods of affluence, representing the outcome of unprecedented levels of minority population growth over the past quarter century and the continued movement of minority groups into the American “mainstream.” He is formulating quantitative analysis strategies to add to this growing research field at the nexus of sociology, political science, and American studies.

Jordan Lynton

Ph.D. Student, Anthropology

Email:
jylynton@indiana.edu

Jordan's research interests include transnationalism, hyphenated identities, immigrant networks, and cultural associations, principally concerning the Chinese Diaspora in the Caribbean. She has spent extensive time in Jamaica conducting fieldwork on Chinese communities and cultural organizations in Kingston. Her dissertation project utilizes ethnographic methodology with geographic spatial analysis in order to consider identity formation and citizenship negotiation in Chinese-Jamaican communities.

Anne Mahady

Ph.D. Candidate, Department of African American and African Diaspora Studies

Email:
amahady@iu.edu

Anne Mahady is a PhD candidate in the Department of African American and African Diaspora Studies at Indiana University. In her research, she examines questions of the role of the folk within 20th-century discourses on American national identity and racial representation. Her dissertation, entitled Envisioning the American Folk in the Art of Palmer C. Hayden, investigates the ways in which African American modernist Palmer Hayden addressed, replied to and re-framed discourses about "the folk" and folklore in his mid-career works. Her research interests include: 20th-century African American art, folklore and laborlore, American modernisms and curatorial ethics. Her dissertation research on Palmer Hayden was funded by a Travel Grant from the Center for Research on Race and Ethnicity in Society (CRRES) at Indiana University and by the Indiana University Graduate School.

Stephanie Nguyen

Ph.D. Student, Higher Education (School of Education, Department of Educational Leadership and Policies)

Email:
stenguye@indiana.edu

Stephanie is interested in the intersection between organizational theory, sociology of education, history of education, as well as race and ethnicity. Her current research topic focuses on understanding how social movements and campus activism can lead to organizational change to make higher education systems more equitable and relevant to college students of color. Through archival methods and oral histories, her dissertation will examine the organizational history of how Asian American Studies programs are created and established at Midwest research institutions.

Helen Plevka

M.A. Student, Department of Comparative Literature

Email:
heplevka@iu.edu

Helen thinks about issues of social inequality through relationships between music and literature. Her master ’s paper considers the ways imperialism is embedded within the history and structures of Western classical music then analyzes how these values can resonate through a contemporary novel. As a former secondary educator and active musician, she continues to seek opportunities to engage with the local community through her research.

Daniel Runnels

Ph.D. Student, Department of Spanish and Portuguese

Email:
runnelsd@indiana.edu

Daniel’s research interests include literature, political thought, and indigeneity in Latin America, with a special focus on Bolivia and the Andes Mountain region. His interests are interdisciplinary, having primarily studied 20th-21st century literary and cultural production related to the nation and indigenous inclusion, and he is currently developing a new interest in architecture, space, and race.

Meaghan Rysdale

Ph.D. Student, Department of Political Science

Email:
meamorre@iu.edu

Meaghan is interested in racial and ethnic politics and the role of inequality in political agendas and class systems. Her previous research has looked at how class in the US compares to that of the UK while her current research explores the relationship between police budgets and police related fatal encounters. As a former McNair scholar, her hope is to bring attention to the growing inequality gap in the United States and the need to revisit policy initiatives to address issues of inequality.

Mai Thai

Ph.D. Candidate, Department of Sociology

Email:
maithai@iu.edu

Mai's research areas are in education, deviance and social control, and race/ethnicity. Her dissertation examines school-police partnerships and how they shape the experiences of youth and their communities.

Lei Wang

Ph.D. Student, Department of Counseling Psychology

Email:
lw55@indiana.edu

Lei's research interests involve racial and ethnic minorities in the U.S., particularly international students and Asian Americans. She focuses on issues of mental health, cultural orientation, cross-national experiences, and related problems of perfectionism, shame, alcohol use, bystander intervention, and suicidal patterns. Lei has co-led a support group for Chinese international students and currently provides counseling services to Mandarin-speaking students and community members at the Center for Human Growth.

Donovan A. Watts

Ph.D. Student, Department of Political Science

Email:
donwatts@iu.edu

Donovan A. Watts is a PhD student in the IU Department of Political Science. Watts’ research interests involve racial and ethnic politics, political behavior, and political participation in the United States. At present, he is studying how cases of police violence toward African Americans impact political behavior and political participation among African American millennials. In addition, Watts is the recipient to numerous awards and fellowships highlighted by his 2017 APSA Minority Fellow selection.

Chavonté Wright

Ph.D. Student, Department of Sociology

Email:
chwrig@iu.edu

Chavonté studies racial identity, mental health, and education. She is interested in the social psychological and educational experiences of individuals who persist at the intersections of racial, economic, and gendered social structures. In particular, she examines mechanisms of resistance and agency among black students and organizations at predominantly white institutions.

Ting-Han Chang

Ph.D. Student, Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies

Email:
tc25@indiana.edu

Ting-Han's research interests focus on equity-based research in higher education, including race and racism in higher education, organizational change and institutional equity, and college student leadership for social justice. Her dissertation utilizes the critical qualitative methodology to examine the ways undergraduate student leaders of color conceptualize racial justice leadership.

Michael C. Montesano

Ph.D. Student, Department of Comparative Literature

Email:
mmontesa@iu.edu

Michael studies literary representations of systemic inequalities in West Africa and the Americas. He is most interested in creative practices that subvert and defy the violence of racial regimes in today’s capitalist societies. His dissertation focuses on literatures of Nigeria, Peru, and the United States. The study investigates the common tropes that authors use to critique injustice at the same time that it showcases the life-affirming visions and alternative futures that some artists make possible in their works.

Ani Abrahamyan

Ph.D. Student, Department of Slavic and East European Languages and Cultures

Email:
aniabrah@iu.edu

Ani’s work centers on representations of imperial minorities in nineteenth-century Russian literature. Treating fictional ethnography as a narrative technique, she explores the aesthetic, ethical, and political implications of granting a voice to gendered, religious, and ethnic Others. Her current research examines the narrative miscommunications and exclusions that result from the use of dialects and foreign languages in Russian fiction.

Anna E. Acosta Russian

Ph.D. Student, Department of Sociology

Email:
aerussia@iu.edu

Anna's research lies at the intersection of gender, sexuality, and race. Using the case study of former college athletes transitioning to adulthood, her dissertation critically interrogates how race permits some respondents (e.g. white women) and not others to transgress gender and sexuality norms once they leave the context of college athletics. Another strand of research focuses on understanding stereotypes surrounding Asians and Asian-Americans in the United States through experimental methods.

Nelson O. O. Zounlome

Ph.D. Student, Department of Counseling Psychology

Email:
nzounlom@indiana.edu

Nelson O. O. Zounlome, M.S.Ed., is a McNair Scholar, Ford Predoctoral Fellow, and Counseling Psychology doctoral student at Indiana University. His program of research focuses on studying the impact of intersectional oppression on groups with marginalized identities. Within this framework, he studies academic persistence, mental wellness, and sexual violence prevention to promote holistic healing among People of Color and Indigenous Peoples (POCI). Nelson’s dissertation experimentally examines the impact of an intersectionally informed social-psychological intervention on Black university student’s academic, mental health, and intersectional identities-related outcomes.

Christen Priddie

Ph.D. Student, Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies

Email:
cpriddie@iu.edu

Christen’s research interests include how diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts appear in undergraduate and graduate student Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) contexts for Black students. She also specifically examines the intersectional experiences of Black women undergraduate students, graduate students, and faculty in higher education. Her dissertation aims to examine culturally relevant collaborative learning experiences of Black students.

Teeka Gray

Ph.D. Student, Department of Physics, Astronomy and Astrophysics, Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, and BS Environmental Science

Email:
grayle@indiana.edu

Teeka’s research focuses on African Americans in Japan and the ways they navigate transnational subjecthood, old and new minority statuses, and racisms derived from the United States and Japan. Her current research connects to her broader interests in AfroAsian interactions and history. Her dissertation research uses ethnographic methods and social network analysis, as well as drawing upon multimedia resources. Teeka has been the recipient of an NSF-East Asian and Pacific Summer Institute Fellowship, as well as a Fulbright Fellowship. 

Jazma Sutton

Ph.D. Student, Department of History

Email:
jazmsutt@iu.edu

Jazma earned a B.A. in Africana Studies and History at Southern Illinois University Carbondale, a M.A. in U.S. History at Indiana University and is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in U.S. History with a minor in Gender Studies at IUB. Her dissertation explores the origins and development of Indiana’s rural free black communities, the gendered experiences of freedom, and free and self-liberated black women’s roles in the Underground Railroad. Jazma recently led a CRRES sponsored History Harvest involving descendants of the Greenville community she studies in Randolph County, Indiana and Darke County, Ohio and is working to transform their historical artifacts and oral histories into a digital archive.

Current Postdocs

Denia Garcia

CRRES Postdoctoral Scholar, 2017-2020

Email:
degarci@iu.edu

Denia Garcia is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Center for Research on Race and Ethnicity in Society and a Visiting Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology at Indiana University. She received her Ph.D. in Sociology from Princeton University in 2017. Her research interests include race/ethnicity, urban sociology, political sociology, and organizations. She is currently working on a book manuscript based on a three-year ethnography of a multiethnic neighborhood in Chicago, which speaks to ongoing debates about the consequences of ethnic/racial diversity for social relations and civic participation. She has also examined how social cues influence the perception of race and skin color, racial attitudes, and social capital among urban families using survey and experimental data.

Tennisha Riley

CRRES Postdoctoral Scholar, 2018-2020

Email:
rileytn@iu.edu

Tennisha N. Riley is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Center for Research on Race and Ethnicity in Society and a Visiting Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences at Indiana University. She received her PhD. In Developmental Psychology from Virginia Commonwealth University in 2018. Her research interests focus on cognitive and emotional processes associated with the development of both risk-related and prosocial behaviors among African American youth. Specifically, she is interested in the degree to which adolescents’ emotion-related physiological responses in particular contexts (i.e., family, peers, school, and community settings) informs decision-making. She received her M.A in Marriage and Family Therapy from LaSalle University in 2009, and subsequently worked as a multi-systemic therapist for adolescents and their families. Her previous work with families and clinical training informs her current research in adolescent development, as well as her interest in translational research and intervention development.

Candace Miller

CRRES Postdoctoral Scholar, 2019-2021

Email:
cannmill@iu.edu

Candace Miller is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Center for Research on Race and Ethnicity and a Visiting Assistant Professor in O’Neill School of Public and Environmental Affairs. She received her Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Virginia in 2019. Her research interests have focused on race/ethnicity, urban sociology, and culture. Candace’s is currently working on a book based on a mixed-methods examination of the disparate impacts of gentrification on Black-owned and white-owned businesses in Detroit, MI. In addition, she has recently examined how arts organizations are distributed among poor and minority urban neighborhoods, how students from different racial groups construct spatial meaning and interpret a sense of belonging on a public university campus, and how race and gender create inequality in among biology Ph.D. students in laboratory workspaces.

Oscar Patron

CRRES Postdoctoral Scholar, 2019-2021

Email:
opatron@iu.edu

Oscar E. Patrón is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Center for Research on Race and Ethnicity in Society and a Visiting Assistant Professor in the Higher Education and Student Affairs program in the School of Education. Oscar received his PhD from the University of Pittsburgh and spent the last two years of his program as a Visiting Scholar and Research Associate at the USC Race and Equity Center at the University of Southern California. His research interests broadly examine the racialized, gendered, and sexualized experiences of Latina/o students in higher education; men of color; student success; and resilience. Oscar's dissertation, which was funded by a National Academy of Education/Spencer Foundation dissertation fellowship, examined processes of resilience that gay Latino men undergo as it relates to social identities that are most salient to them. In doing so, he accounts for the role and manifestation of systems of oppression that underlie the adversity encountered by Latino men.

Christine Peralta

CRRES Postdoctoral Scholar, 2019-2021

Email:
cperalta@iu.edu

Christine Noelle Peralta is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Center for Research on Race and Ethnicity in Society and a Visiting Assistant Professor in the Department of History at Indiana University. She is a first-generation college student who grew up in Houston, Texas. She received her Ph.D. in History with a minor in Asian American Studies from the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign (2019). Her research interests are in the fields of U.S. history, empires and imperialism, comparative ethnic studies, gender and women’s studies, and migration. Her book project uses a transnational approach to examine the history of Filipina women’s medical knowledge production during Spanish and U.S. empire. Locating Filipina women’s intellectual labor in unexpected places, she assembles a wide-ranging archive that includes sources from demography, botany, medicine, and native folklore in order to recover women’s stories by carefully examining these sources for traces of their erased knowledge, revealing the multiple interactions women had with colonial medicine. She is also interested in developing decolonial pedagogies for the classroom, collecting comic books, and listening to ghost stories.

Past Postdocs

Vanessa Cruz Nichols

CRRES Postdoctoral Scholar, 2017-2019

Email:
vcruznic@iu.edu

Vanessa Cruz Nichols was a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Center for Research on Race and Ethnicity in Society in 2017-19 and accepted a tenure-track position as Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science at Indiana University.  Her research interests have centered on citizen activism and motivators of political participation with a particular focus on reassessing the hypothesis that threat is the main catalyst that awakens the Latino “sleeping giant.” Instead of potentially exacerbating feelings of helplessness while only emphasizing a sense of urgency (or policy threat), combining these messages with more opportunity-based policy alternatives may be an improved strategy to catalyze a group to rise, and not succumb, to the challenge before them. Vanessa’s dissertation leveraged data from an original bilingual survey experiment and observational survey analyses from the American National Election Study. To build on her dissertation work, Vanessa is conducting mobilizer interviews and analyzing data from a second survey experiment, which delves into the causal mechanisms of fear and hope. Vanessa’s book project is tentatively titled “Latinos Rising to the Challenge: Political Responses to Peril and Promise.”

CRRES Postdoctoral Scholar, 2016-2018

Email:
dojlevy@indiana.edu

Dorainne Green was a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Center for Research on Race and Ethnicity in Society and a Visiting Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences at Indiana University from 2016-2018. Following her fellowship with CRRES, she accepted a position as Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences at Indiana University. She received her Ph.D. in Social Psychology from Northwestern University in 2016. Her research explores the pathways through which stigma-related stressors contribute to disparities in education and health between socially advantaged and socially disadvantaged individuals. A primary interest is the identification of strategies to help stigmatized individuals manage the challenges of navigating diverse spaces, including those with the potential to expose them to stigma-related stressors.

Adam Bledsoe

CRRES Postdoctoral Scholar, 2016-2017

Adam Bledsoe was a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Center for Research on Race and Ethnicity in Society during the 2016-2017 academic year. Following his fellowship with CRRES, he accepted a tenure-track position as an Assistant Professor of Geography and African American Studies at Florida State University. His research focuses on racialization, social movements, and struggle in the context of the African Diaspora, drawing on participatory research, archival work, and critical theory to examine the historical and contemporary struggles of Black communities in Salvador, Brazil, as they seek to defend their territories from a series of land grabs. He is currently working on a book manuscript tentatively titled Defending Our Piece of Ground: The Quilombos of the Bay of Aratu.

Tristan Ivory

CRRES Postdoctoral Scholar, 2015-2017

Tristan Ivory served as a Postdoctoral Fellow with CRRES from 2015-2017, and is now  in a tenure-track position as an Assistant Professor in the Industrial and Labor Relations School at Cornell University.  Tristan’s areas of specialization include international migration, race and ethnicity, inequality, and transnationalism, and he utilizes ethnographic observation, interviews, contemporary news accounts, and archival data to examine the resources and strategies that Sub-Saharan African migrants use to try to maximize social and economic outcomes in the Tokyo Metropolitan Region. He is currently working on his first book project, tentatively titled Greener Pastures: Sub-Saharan Africans and the Pursuit of Social Mobility in Japan.

Hyeyoung Kwon

CRRES Postdoctoral Scholar, 2015-2017

Hyeyoung Kwon received her Ph.D. in Sociology from University of Southern California. Following her Postdoctoral Fellowship with CRRES (2015-2017), she accepted a tenure-track Assistant Professor position in the Department of Sociology at Indiana University. Her research focuses on immigration, comparative race/ethnicity, social inequality, and family. Drawing from in-depth interviews and ethnographic data, she is currently writing her book manuscript, tentatively titled, Translating Race, Class, and Immigrant Lives, which examines the daily lives of Mexican- and Korean-American “language brokers” who use their bilingual skills to navigate English-speaking institutions for their immigrant parents. In a socio-historical moment where immigrants of color are depicted as threats to the economic stability of “true” Americans, her work seeks to expose the contradictions between the ideal of equality and the actual practices of race, class, and language-based exclusion. Her publications appear in Social Problems, Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, and Childhood.

Sean Everette Gantt

CRRES Postdoctoral Scholar, 2014-2016

Website:
https://seangantt.wordpress.com/

Sean Everette Gantt earned his Ph.D. in Anthropology at the University of New Mexico before joining CRRES as a Postdoctoral Fellow in 2014. Following his CRRES Fellowship, Sean accepted a position as Assistant Director of Education at Crow Canyon Archaeological Center in Cortez, CO. Sean is a visual and public anthropologist with training in archaeology and ethnography, specializing in Southeastern U.S. Native American Studies and focusing on economic development, indigenous self-representation, and identity. His dissertation, entitled “Nanta Hosh Chahta Immi? (What are Choctaw Ways?): Cultural Preservation in the Casino Era,” investigates the long-term impacts of tribal economic development programs on the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians reservation in East-Central Mississippi.

Diana Martha Louis

CRRES Postdoctoral Scholar, 2014-2016

Diana Martha Louis received her Ph.D. in English from Emory University in July 2014. Following her Postdoctoral Fellowship with CRRES, she accepted a tenure-track position as an Assistant Professor of Women’s Studies and American Culture at the University of Michigan. Her research pursues the intersections of Disability Studies and Critical Race Studies with respect to issues of mental illness in African American life. Her current project, The Colored Insane: Slavery, Asylums and Mental Illness in 19th-Century America, examines the impact of major transformations in both American psychiatry and African Americans’ social condition—the end of one of America’s prototypical institutions of confinement and the expansion of another, slavery and asylums, respectively.

Nicole Ivy

CRRES Postdoctoral Scholar, 2013-2015

Following the conclusion of her Postdoctoral Fellowship with CRRES, Nicole became an American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) Public Fellow in Washington, D.C., where she also worked as a Futurist with the Center for the Future of Museums. In this her unique role as a Futurist with a formation in History, Nicole collaborated with museums, educators, and researchers to innovate museum practice and conducts research on the history of labor organizing in the nonprofit sector. She is now an Assistant Professor in American Studies at George Washington University. Her scholarly work focuses on racial formations, memory, and the labor of representation. 

Julie Lee Merseth

CRRES Postdoctoral Scholar, 2013-2015

Julie Lee Merseth received her Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Chicago in 2013. After finishing her Postdoctoral Fellowship with CRRES in 2015, she accepted a tenure-track position as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science at Northwestern University. Her areas of specialization are situated in the field of American politics with a dual and overlapping focus on race and immigration. Her research is especially animated by questions of how racial and ethnic politics in the United States are changing as a result of fast-growing populations of immigrants, largely from Latin America, Asia, Africa, and the Middle East. Her current book project, tentatively titled, Beyond Panethnicity: Immigration and the Challenges of Racial Solidarity, investigates the potential and pitfalls of forging a race-based political solidarity among Asian Americans and Latinos.

Visiting Scholars

Aaron Ponce

Email:
ponceaar@msu.edu

Aaron is Assistant Professor of sociology at Michigan State University. His research draws on the sociology of immigration and global migration, political sociology, and race and ethnicity. Aaron's work investigates how overlapping symbolic boundaries (race, gender, religion) constitute citizenship and national ways of belonging in immigrant-receiving societies. Much of his recent work has focused on immigration to Europe, and on the reception and perception of Muslim immigrant populations. His current work compares the Muslim experience in Europe and the U.S., and examines Muslim Americans' and other immigrant-background groups' status in a historically racialized landscape. Among the questions that his research has answered are: Do more accommodating modes of belonging increase migration? How do racial hierarchies define which groups are perceived as assimilable or desirable? How do seemingly discrete social categories (religion, gender) become racialized in processes of group boundary making? Findings from his research speak to the contradictions inherent in immigration regimes, immigrant reception processes, and the norms that define and reinforce liberal democracies.

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