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Ethnic studies is the interdisciplinary and comparative study of ethnicity, indigeneity, race, and racism in the United States. From its origins in the late 1960s, ethnic studies scholars have been committed to studying issues of social justice, identity, and resistance, and highlighting the perspectives and experiences of people of color. Ethnic studies scholars rigorously interrogate historical and contemporary manifestations of white supremacy. We seek to understand and explain how systems of domination and acts of resistance have created, and continue to create, racial subjects. We analyze social, political, economic, cultural, and intellectual struggles over racial hierarchies through an interdisciplinary lens.  As a department at the University of Oregon, we critically engage the ways that race, as a system of domination, is intimately tied to issues of gender, class, sexuality, migration, indigeneity, and colonialism.  Furthermore, while the social construction of race in the U.S. is at the center of traditional ethnic studies, we recognize that to understand U.S. racial dynamics, we must also pay significant attention to transnational migrations and diasporas resulting from the slave trade, indentured labor, colonialism, imperialism, and neoliberal globalization.


We are now offering a minor in Native American Studies!
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Brian Klopotek

Brian Klopotek’s new book, which he co-edited with Brenda Child of the University of Minnesota, was released in May 2014. Titled Indian Subjects: Hemispheric Perspectives on the History of Indigenous Education, the book includes contributions from scholars from a wide range of disciplines and backgrounds to remap the history of indigenous education through different regions and eras.

Alumni who took Klopotek’s History of Native American Education class will be familiar with the devastating history of federal boarding schools for Native peoples.  The lessons learned from these histories



Dr. Steven Salaita, “Indigenous Peoples and Academic Freedom in the New Era of Civility,”

Friday April 10 at 2pm (Location TBA) Sponsored by Codac and ES

Steven Salaita, a Palestinian-American Professor of American Indian Studies, was a tenured associate professor whose signed job contract in October of 2013 with the University of Illinois Urbana-Champlain and resigned from his previous position at Virginia Tech. Two weeks before he was set to begin his new post, he received a letter from the Chancellor unilaterally rescinding their offer. You can read Steve’s account of the experience in this




Ernesto Martínez

ES Professor Martínez has co-edited, with Stephanie Fryberg, a groundbreaking new volume of essays on diversity in American higher education.

The Truly Diverse Faculty: New Dialogues in American Higher Education (Palgrave, October 2014)

From the back cover:

Many universities in the twenty-first century claim “diversity” as a core value, but fall short in transforming institutional practices. The disparity between what universities claim as a value and what they accomplish in reality