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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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Congratulations Alai Reyes-Santos

Professor Reyes-Santos was promoted to Associate Professor with indefinite tenure. She also received the Ersted Award for Excellence in Teaching. Her book, Our Caribbean Kin: Race and Nation in the Neolineral Antilles was published by Rutgers University Press in the Critical Caribbean Studies Series. To add to her accolades, she received the 2015 Guy Alexandre Paper Prize for her paper, “The Emancipated Children: Transcolonial Kinship in the Nineteenth Century Antilles at the Latin American Studies Association Conference.

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Know Thyself: The Power of Antiracist Students

Ibram X Kendi, Assistant of African American History, University of Florida

Know Thyself: The Power of Antiracist Students

February 1, 2016

4:00pm Browsing Room, Knight Library


What happens when students recognize the many forms of institutional and individual racism on their campuses, and their own power to challenge theses forms of racism? This dual recognition has been the key to educational change. It was the key in the 1960s, and it remains the key today as student activists demand an antiracist higher education.

Ibram X. Kendi is an assistant professor of African American history



Stephanie “Lani” Teves

Professor Lani Teves published her co-edited volume with Andrea Smith and Michelle Rajeha, Critical Issues in Indigenous Studies series, University of Arizona Press, 2015.

Native Studies: Keywords (University of Arizona, 2015)










This volume is a genealogical project that looks at the history of words that claim to have no history. It is the first book to examine the foundational concepts of Native American Studies, offering multiple perspectives and opening a critical new


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