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September 26, 2014

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 creates a labyrinth of barriers, challenges, and extra burdens that junior faculty of color must negotiate, often at great personal and professional risk. This volume addresses these obstacles, first by foregrounding essays written by junior faculty of color and second by pairing each essay with commentary by senior university administrators. These two university constituencies play crucial roles in diversifying the academy, but rarely have an opportunity to candidly engage in dialogue. This volume harnesses the untapped collective knowledge in these constituencies, revealing how diversity claims, when poorly conceived and under-actualized, impact the university as an intellectual work environment and as a social filter for innovative ideas.

Advanced praise:

“All university administrators, professors, and educators should read this book! A vital part of creating a “truly diversity faculty” is engaging in difficult dialogues with individuals who—because of race, gender or socioeconomic status—may experience the university differently than those in the mainstream. The Truly Diverse Faculty: New Dialogues in American Higher Education provides engaging and novel perspectives for doing this significant work.” — Hazel Rose Markus, Stanford University

“This unique collaboration-—across both ends of the university hierarchy-—provides critical insights for all those seeking to diversify their college faculty. Finally, here is a frank and open discussion about the challenges. Every administrator and member of a search or tenure committee should read this book.” — Linda Martín Alcoff, Hunter College and the CUNY Graduate School

“This is a superb book, one that will have a major impact on professors and university administrators.  The idea behind it — to organize a dialogue between senior administrators and faculty (of color) and junior scholars of color — is a powerful one. What is especially effective is the way the book combines a review of the relevant scholarship with an analysis of subjective experience.  It is this combination that makes the practical proposals of the book compelling. And it is the dialogic structure of the book that makes it fun to read, hearing voices that are rarely heard together building on one another’s cadences and meanings.  I am frankly quite moved by the experience of reading this book cover to cover and am thinking about how much we can all learn from it.” — Satya Mohanty, Cornell University

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 demonstrate the enormous impact of Anglo settler colonialism and assimilationism on Native people, just as they document multiple Native responses. But even at its peak in the first half of the 20th century, the federal boarding school system accounted for only half of the Indian students in the United States. Klopotek and Child began talking ten years ago about what other kinds of information were missing from the literature on indigenous education, and what kinds of essays they would like to have available for classes on the history of Native American education.

While there is ample material available on boarding schools in the United States and Canada between 1875 and World War II, it is much harder to find material on education outside the boarding school walls, outside the area between Arizona and the Upper Midwest, outside the classic boarding school era, and outside of the English settler states.  They had never found any material comparing indigenous educational histories in Latin American and Anglo North American nations.  And while there had been significant analysis of gender in indigenous education, issues of sexual identity and issues of race outside of the Indian-white dyad were virtually absent, as well.  They set out in search of scholars doing pathbreaking work that would begin to fill in some of these gaps and point to exciting new directions for future research.  Some they found already doing this work, and others they cajoled into doing it.

The essays in Indian Subjects push beyond the boarding schools, into an expansive range of indigenous communities, indigenous intellectual circles, and indigenous homes, to make a critical intervention into how we think about indigenous educational histories.  Changing the historical narrative of indigenous education to be multisited and multiscaled—even just shifting the terms from Indian to indigenous and back again—reshapes the parameters of the discussion.  When we envision this field more broadly to include Indian education in the southern United States under Jim Crow, indigenous education in Alaska, in California, in Hawai’i and other Pacific Islands, and in Mexico, Peru, Venezuela, and elsewhere in Latin America, new information and new patterns come to light.  Some of the essays in Indian Subjects are about boarding and residential school history, but the book is designed to open new doors for conversations about less familiar subjects.  The volume pushes toward more hemispheric and global conversations, fostering a critically neglected scholarly dialogue that has too often been limited by regional and national boundaries.

The book is available for purchase from SAR Press and from Amazon and other major retailers.  A public discussion of the book is being planned for later this year at the University of Oregon.  Details will be posted on the Ethnic Studies Facebook page as they become available.

ES Welcomes Professor Lani Teves

Ethnic Studies is thrilled to welcome Dr. Lani Teves.  She received her Ph.D., from the Program of American Culture at the University of Michigan in 2012, she held a Ford Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship at the University of California, Berkeley from 2012-2013.  Her research areas include Native Pacific Cultural Studies, Native American and Indigenous Studies; Decolonization in the Pacific; Comparative Indigeneity; Native and Women of Color Feminisms; Queer of Color Critique; Queer Indigeneity; Sovereignty; Performance Studies; Indigenous Theory.  She is currently working on her manuscript, Defiant Indigeneity: Kānaka Maoli Performance and the Politics of Aloha.

Q. Could you share  a little about your background and how/why you were driven to academia.
I grew up in Hawai’i across the street from Pearl Harbor, so I understood from early on the power of the twin industries of the military and tourism in Hawai’i. I also grew up in a time when the modern Hawaiian sovereignty movement became very prominent. Many of the leaders of that movement were scholars and activists whose books, speeches, and public performances really inspired me to question what was going on in Hawai’i. I began to wonder, how does someone become a professor?

I was also very active in music and performing. As I got more involved in the local music scene I began to make the connection between the pressures of Hawaiian indigeneity and the constraints it puts on expression and creativity. When I went to community college, Ethnic Studies and Women’s Studies courses really opened up my world and gave me the space to think about these things and to understand how all culture is political. Luckily, professors (in Ethnic Studies!) encouraged me and eventually helped me go to graduate school in Michigan. Haunani-Kay Trask told me that if I didn’t go, she’d beat me up! So, I went and it was the best thing I ever did. I always associated academia with activism and nurturing future generations of rabble-rousers, so here I am!

Q. Could you describe your research and how you got involved/interested in it?
My research is essentially about how indigeneity is performed. I use performance as a framework to analyze how all identities are imposed and maintained, imagined and real. I look specifically at how Native Hawaiian identity is attached to the Hawaiian concept of “aloha” and how it is used to discipline Native Hawaiians into docile Natives in the service of tourism and ongoing occupation. Rather than dismiss Hawaiian investments in “aloha” as being colonized or duped, I examine how Native Hawaiians retain aloha and rearticulate it to center community connectedness and belonging in unexpected places—such as in a freestyle battle or during a drag performance. My manuscript explores these spaces and other kinds of Hawaiian cultural productions, like ghost tours, plays, and short stories. I became interested in these different sites of performance because of my own experiences performing in punk bands and hanging around the non-Hawaiian music scene in Hawai’i when I was younger. These overlooked spaces got me questioning how “Hawaiianness” and “Nativeness” in general is policed by the State and within our own communities.

Q. What are you most looking forward to in terms of your new career here at the UO, and life in Eugene?
I’m really looking forward to building connections between Native Studies and Pacific Islander issues. I want to expose students to a different story about indigeneity, one that is thriving, complex, and global. The fact that the department has a Native Studies minor really speaks to how indigenous issues are not an afterthought here. So, I’m just elated to be part of this vibrant department with faculty that are intellectually engaged and committed to students. I feel very lucky to be in such a welcoming department and I’m excited to contribute to the intellectual life on campus. Off campus, I am hoping to connect with the surrounding communities of color and increase discussions of race and indigeneity in Eugene.

March 24, 2014

Will Work for Justice: ES Alumni in Social Justice Careers

alumn panel

UO Ethnic Studies alumni are playing leadership roles in social justice organizations, government, and education, putting the principles of ethnic studies into practice. On November 15, 2013, seven distinguished  ES alumni returned to campus to participate in a panel titled “Will Work for Justice: ES Alumni in Social Justice Careers.” The panel drew current students and alumni as well as participants from other Oregon campuses who were in Eugene to attend the annual Oregon Students of Color Conference at the UO that weekend.

Panelists discussed the many ways that ethnic studies prepared them to work as organizers, educators, trainers, researchers and advocates, and shared advice with current students about pursing opportunities to join this vibrant field. The panelists included:

ITON UDOSENATA, Principal, Cottage Grove (OR) High School, (ES ’03)–A graduate of North Eugene High School, Iton worked as a teacher and administrator at Willamette High School and in the Springfield School District before being named principal of Cottage Grove High School in 2013.

DIEGO HERNANDEZ, Board of Directors, Reynolds School District, (ES ’10)–Recently elected to a four-year term to the Board of Directors of the Reynolds School District in Portland (his high school alma mater), Diego was also recently named co-director of the Momentum Alliance in Portland.

CARINA MILLER, Former Service Coordinator at Children’s Protective Services for Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs, (ES ’11)–Carina handled Assisted Guardianship and child abuse and neglect cases and ran the Independent Living Program for the federally recognized Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs (OR).

JEN LLERAS, Trainer and Organizer, Western States Center (ES ’08)–Jen collaborates with dozens of community-based organizations across the Northwest to build a progressive movement for social, economic, racial and environmental justice.

KYLE WEISMANN-YEE, Project Assistant, McKenzie River Gathering Foundation, (ES ’08)–Kyle works with Oregon’s leading progressive foundation on fundraising, grantmaking, communications, and office management, helping to direct a half-million dollars in grants to community based organizations every year.

KHANH LE, Strategic Alliances Coordinator, American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME), Portland. (ES ’06)–Khanh works with one of the nation’s leading public employee unions to build long-term partnerships between union members and community-based organizations.

NATE GULLEY, Civic Engagement Coordinator, Oregon Voice, (ES ’08)–Nate builds the political engagement capacities of community and advocacy organizations across the state, with a particular emphasis on bridging the gap between organizing and technology.

October 10, 2013

Dr. Martin Summers speaks at 3rd Annual Pascoe Lecture

Summers Poster FINAL

On November 15, past ES Director, Professor Martin Summers returned to the University of Oregon to deliver the 3rd Annual Peggy Pascoe Memorial Lecture.  In honor of his own mentor, and mentor to many others across the country, Summers’ eloquently remembered the important work of our beloved colleague, Peggy Pascoe. His talk,”‘Broken Fragments of the Primitive Life’: Race and Dynamic Psychiatry in the Early-Twentieth-Century,” was drawn from his archival research of St. Elizabeth Hospital, a federal mental institution in Washington, DC.  Discussing specifically the way the hospital treated African American patients, Summers explores the intersections of the historical process of racial formation, medical and cultural understandings of mental illness, and the exercise of institutional power.

Special thanks to the History Department, and the Beekman Professor of Northwest and Pacific History, Dr. Jeff Ostler, for co-sponsoring and supporting this annual event that means so much to both of our departments. 

October 9, 2013

Reception Honoring ES Alumni – Friday, Nov. 15, 4-5:30 PM

Please join us in the Browsing Room of the Knight Library for an open reception honoring ES alumni, with special guest Dr. Martin Summers, ES Program Director from 2004-2006. We invite all ES alumni, students, faculty and friends to reconnect with ES graduates as well as Dr. Summers, who led a critical expansion of ES during his time as Director and championed diversity and equity efforts across campus.

For questions or to RSVP for the event, please email Michael King:

ES Alumni Panel: Careers in Social Justice

Friday, November 15, 3-4:00 PM, Knight Browsing Room

UO Ethnic Studies alumni are playing leadership roles in many prominent social justice organizations in the region. Join us as we learn more about their work as organizers, educators, trainers, researchers and policy advocates and find out the ways that ES prepared them for these critical positions.

Participants in the Panel will include:

Nate Gulley, Civic Engagement Coordinator, Our Oregon (ES ’08)
Diego Hernandez, Reynold School Board Member, (ES ’10)
Jen Lleras, Trainer and Organizer, Western States Center (ES ’08)
Kyle Weismann-Yee, Project Assistant, McKenzie River Gathering Foundation, (ES ’08)
Iton Udosenata, Principal, Cottage Grove High School, (ES ’03)
Khanh Le, Strategic Alliances Coordinator, American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, (ES ’06)
September 16, 2013

Hames-García: Faculty Excellence Award & CSWS Director

Recognized for his illustrious research record, campus leadership, and standing in his field nationwide, Michael Hames-García was selected to receive the Fund for Faculty Excellence. His major publications include, Fugitive Thought: Prison Movements, Race, and the Meaning of Justice (Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2004), Identity Complex: Making the Case for Multiplicity, (Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2011), the Lambda Award winning Gay Latino Studies: A Critical Reader, co-edited with Ernesto Martínez (Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 2011), Reclaiming Identity: Realist Theory and the Predicament of Postmodernism, co-edited with Paula M. L. Moya (Berkeley: University of California Press, 2000), and Identity Politics Reconsidered, co-edited with Linda Martín Alcoff, Satya Mohanty, and Paula M. L. Moya (Palgrave, 2006). At the University of Oregon, Hames-García served as the Program Director and Department Head of Ethnic Studies from 2008-2011, and from 2005-2011 the director of the Center for Race Ethnicity and Sexuality Studies.

According to Provost Jim Bean, “The recipients of this honor have been chosen on the basis of scholarly impact within their respective fields, their contributions to program and institutional quality at the UO, and their academic leadership.”  Congratulations Professor Hames-García – this is recognition well deserved!

Starting Fall 2014 Hames-García will begin his reign as the director of the University of Oregon’s Center for the Study of Women and Society (CSWS). For 40 years CSWS has been funding feminist scholarship and been a hub for feminist research through an endowment and mission to “create, fund, and share research that addresses the complicated nature of gender identities and inequalities.” Hames-Garcia is perfect to take the helm after the center’s 40th anniversary, and further the important projects established under the leadership of Carol Stabile.

March 6, 2013

Martinez Nominated for Lambda Literary Award

Professor Ernesto Martinez’s book, On Making Sense: Queer Race Narratives of Intelligibility, is a finalist for a Lambda Literary Award in the LGBT Studies category.  His book is truly cutting edge work in queer race studies – he courageously challenges dominant epistemological paradigms in the field through a careful, thought provoking, and provocative lens.

Last year, Martinez received the Lambda Literary Award with his co-editor Michael Hames Garcia for their book, Gay Latino Studies: A Reader.

December 18, 2012

Pascoe Lecture Series hosts Estelle Freedman on Jan 25, 2013

Save the date for the Ethnic Studies Second Annual Peggy Pascoe Memorial Lecture featuring Dr. Estelle Freedman, Friday January 25, 2013, refreshments start at noon and her lecture will begin at 12:30pm in the Knight Browsing Room. She will be speaking about her new forthcoming book, Redefining Rape, that brings together racial justice and women’s rights responses to sexual violence in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.

Dr. Freedman will also doing a graduate student workshop later that evening in the Alder Building Conference Room. The workshop is open to graduate students whose work engages Ethnic Studies scholarship.

For further information, please visit the lecture page of our website at

September 20, 2012

Cheney Wins Women’s Historian Award for “Blacks on Brown”

Prof. Charise Cheney recently won the Western Association of Women’s Historians’ Judith Lee Ridge Prize for her article “Blacks on Brown: Intra-Comunity Debates over School Desegregation in Topeka, KS, 1941-1955,” which was published this winter in the Western Historical Quarterly. This same article also garnered Honorable Mention for the 2012 Oral History Article Award for outstanding use of oral history.

September 10, 2012

Two Professors Win Lambda Literary Award in New York.

Ernesto Javier Martínez and Michael Hames-García—both professors in the Department of Ethnic Studies—were awarded the prestigious national Lambda Literary Award in the category of “best LGBT anthology” for their co-edited book Gay Latino Studies: A Critical Reader (Duke University Press, 2011).

This award was announced in early June at a sold-out gala ceremony in New York City. The event attracted over 400 attendees, sponsors, and celebrities to celebrate excellence in LGBT literature.

Previous winners of the Lambda Award include fiction writers Michael Cunningham, Jeanette Winterson, Colm Toibin, and Armistead Maupin; noted historians Martin Duberman, Alan Berube, and Lillian Faderman; mystery writers Joseph Hansen, Nicola Griffith, and Michael Nava; poets Adrienne Rich and Mark Doty; and playwright Tony Kushner.

Praise for the book:

Judith Halberstam, Professor of English at the University of Southern California, writes that Gay Latino Studies “ is a startlingly original collection of essays on the culture and social worlds of gay Latinos. Using a wonderful format that pairs essays with response pieces, the book as a whole reads like a sparkling conversation full of wit, insight, cultural relevance, and political critique. Covering topics from gay shame and shamelessness, to dance and sexual identity, to the impact of HIV on gay Latino communities, Gay Latino Studies will quickly find its way onto bookshelves and into classrooms around the world.”

Ramón Saldívar, Professor of English at Stanford University, writes “This collection will be an indispensable reference for any scholar working in queer or Latina/o studies. With its broad disciplinary and theoretical scope, it effectively establishes the field of gay Latino studies. It will shape the questions posed in this realm of study for some time to come

For more information, please contact Ernesto Javier Martinez (

HoSang’s RACIAL PROPSITIONS Wins Rawley Prize

Book Cover: Racial Propositons: Ballot Initiatives and the Making of Postwar CaliforniaProfessor Daniel Martinez HoSang received the 2011 James A. Rawley Prize from the Organization of American Historians for his book Racial Propositions: Ballot Initiatives and the Making of Postward California. The OAH declared Racial Propositions the best book on the history of race relations in the US.

The work also received the following honors:

-  John Hope Franklin Prize – Honorable Mention, American Studies Association

- Oliver Cromwell Cox Award – Honorable Mention, Racial and Ethnic Minorities Section of the American Sociological Association

Racial Formation in the Twenty-First Century

Book Cover: Racial Formation in the Twenty-First CenturyEdited by Daniel Martinez HoSang, Oneka LaBennett, and Laura Pulido. 

Available now from the University of California Press (For a 20% discount enter source code 12M0402 in the discount box) and Amazon. See Facebook page.


Michael Omi and Howard Winant’s Racial Formation in the United States remains one of the most influential books and widely read books about race. Racial Formation in the 21st Century, arriving twenty-five years after the publication of Omi and Winant’s influential work, brings together fourteen essays by leading scholars in law, history, sociology, ethnic studies, literature, anthropology and gender studies to consider the past, present and future of racial formation.

The contributors explore far-reaching concerns: slavery and land ownership; labor and social movements; torture and war; sexuality and gender formation; indigineity and colonialism; genetics and the body. From the ecclesiastical courts of seventeenth century Lima to the cell blocks of Abu Grahib, the essays draw from Omi and Winant’s influential theory of racial formation and adapt it to the various criticisms, challenges, and changes of life in the twenty-first century.


“This collection of essays marking the twenty-fifth anniversary of the publication of Michael Omi and Howard Winant’s Racial Formation in the United States demonstrates the importance and influence of the concept of racial formation. The range of disciplines, discourses, ideas, and ideologies makes for fascinating reading, demonstrating the utility and applicability of racial formation theory to diverse contexts, while at the same time presenting persuasively original extensions and elaborations of it. This is an important book, one that sums up, analyzes, and builds on some of the most important work in racial studies during the past three decades.”—George Lipsitz, author of How Racism Takes Place

“Racial Formation in the Twenty-First Century is truly a state-of-the-field anthology, fully worthy of the classic volume it honors—timely, committed, sophisticated, accessible, engaging. The collection will be a boon to anyone wishing to understand the workings of race in the contemporary United States.” —Matthew Frye Jacobson, Professor of American Studies, Yale University

“This stimulating and lively collection demonstrates the wide-ranging influence and generative power of Omi and Winant’s racial formation framework. The contributors are leading scholars in fields ranging from the humanities and social sciences to legal and policy studies. They extend the framework into new terrain, including non-U.S. settings, gender and sexual relations, and the contemporary warfare state. While acknowledging the pathbreaking nature of Omi and Winant’s intervention, the contributors do not hesitate to critique what they see as limitations and omissions. This is a must-read for anyone striving to make sense of tensions and contradictions in racial politics in the U.S. and transnationally.”—Evelyn Nakano Glenn, editor of Shades of Difference: Why Skin Color Matters


Daniel Martinez HoSang and Oneka LaBennett
Part I. Racial Formation Theory Revisited
1. Gendering Racial Formation
Priya Kandaswamy
2. On the Specificities of Racial Formation: Gender and Sexuality in the Historiographies of Race
Roderick A. Ferguson3. The Transitivity of Race and the Challenge of the Imagination
James Kyung-Jin Lee

4. Indigeneity, Settler Colonialism, White Supremacy
Andrea Smith

Part II. Racial Projects and Histories of Racialization 

5. The Importance of Being Asian: Growers, the United Farm Workers, and the Rise of Colorblindness
Matthew Garcia
6. The Unbearable Lightness of Being (Black): Legal and Cultural Constructions of Race and Nation in Colonial Latin America
Michelle A. McKinley7. Race, Racialization, and Latino Populations in the United States
Tomás Almaguer

8. Kill the Messengers: Can We Achieve Racial Justice without Mentioning Race?
Gary Delgado

9. The New Racial Preferences: Rethinking Racial Projects
Devon W. Carbado and Cheryl I. Harris

Part III. War and the Racial State

10. “We didn’t kill ’em, we didn’t cut their head off”: Abu Ghraib Revisited
Sherene H. Razack
11. The “War on Terror” as Racial Crisis: Homeland Security, Obama, and Racial (Trans)Formations
Nicholas De Genova12. Racial Formation in an Age of Permanent War
Nikhil Singh

Conclusion. Racial Formation Rules: Continuity, Instability, and Change
Michael Omi and Howard Winant


Daniel Martinez HoSang is Associate Professor of Political Science and Ethnic Studies at the University of Oregon. His first book, Racial Propositions: Ballot Initiatives and the Making of Postwar California (UC Press), won the James A. Rawley Prize of the Organization of American Historians.

Oneka LaBennett is Associate Professor of African and African American Studies and Director of the American Studies Program at Fordham University. She is the author of She’s Mad Real: Popular Culture and West Indian Girls in Brooklyn.

Laura Pulido is Professor of American Studies and Ethnicity at the University of Southern California. Among her books is Black, Brown, Yellow, and Left: Radical Activism in Los Angeles and A People’s Guide to Los Angeles, (UC Press).

August 16, 2012


Lynn Fujiwara holds her AAAS award iat the 2008 recognition ceremony.

Current Department Head Lynn Fujiwara received the 2010 Book Award in the Social Sciences for her 2008 publication Mothers Without Citizenship: Asian Immigrant Families and Welfare Reform (Minnesota Press). The award was given to Fujiwara by the Association for Asian American Studies.

February 25, 2010

What can the future govenor do for communitites of color?

Professor Hames-Garcia participated in an on-line round table discussion with gubernatorial candidate Bill Bradbury and ES major Lidiana Soto. The topic was “What can the future govenor do for communitites of color?” If you are interested in watching the discussion or sharing it with a friend, visit this site to see the recording please follow this link: Bradbury Roundtable

February 19, 2010

Aftermath of the Aaron Campbell Shooting

Prof. Daniel HoSang was interviewed in an Oregonian article about race and policing in the aftermath of the Aaron Campbell shooting. Read the article here

January 10, 2010

Rigoberto Hinojosa Profile

Ethnic Studies alum Rigoberto Hinojosa wass featured on the University of Oregon spanish-language homepage! See Rigoberto Hinojosa’s Profile