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Ethnic Studies is the interdisciplinary and comparative study of race and racism. Ethnic Studies scholars interrogate historical and contemporary manifestations of white supremacy and racial hierarchy and explicate how systems of domination have created, and continue to create, racial subjects. From its origins in the late 1960s, Ethnic Studies scholars have been committed to issues of social justice and highlighting the histories, experiences and movements of people of color within and outside the United States.

As an academic discipline, Ethnic Studies analyzes social, political, economic, cultural and intellectual (re)productions of power, hierarchies and inequalities as they relate to whiteness and white privilege. Ethnic Studies critically engages the ways that race, as a system of domination, is intimately tied to issues of gender, class, indigeneity and sexuality.

While the social construction of race in the U.S. is at the center of traditional Ethnic Studies, we recognize that it is impossible to produce knowledge about American racial dynamics without also paying significant attention to immigration, transnational migrations and diasporic formations resulting from the slave trade, indentured labor, settler colonialism, post-colonialism, imperialism and globalization.

We are now offering a minor in Native American Studies!
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Teaching Positions

Adjunct Position

The University of Oregon Ethnic Studies Department is establishing a pool of applicants for short-term teaching appointments. Positions may be part-time, temporary, limited duration appointments not to exceed one year however, these positions are renewable for up to three years. Applications will be accepted on a continuous basis and pool will remain active one year or until all available positions have been filled. Screening of applications will take place as positions become available and continue until positions are filled. The first screening will begin after September 30th 2013. A Master’s degree is required; candidates with a Ph.D. are preferred but applicants who have advanced to candidacy in a Ph.D. program will also be considered. Teaching experience and familiarity with Ethnic Studies are also required. [Click here for more information]