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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.


“We Are Not Red Indians” (We Might all be Red Indians): The Gender of Anticolonial Sovereignty Across the Borders of Time, Place and Sentiment, a lecture by Dr. Audra Simpson (Kahnawake Mohawk) Nov 17, 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm

Knight Library Browsing Room

Abstract: In a 2004 interview Yasser Arafat, in a state of near confinement and exhaustion, reflected upon his incapacity to move without the immediate threat of assassination, about the Palestinian right of return, about American elections, and his achievements. Among these achievements was the fact that “the Palestine case was the biggest problem in the world” and that Israel had “failed to wipe us out.” As a final mark of that success, he added the declarative and comparative and final point of distinction, “we are not red Indians.” This paper uses



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