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What is ethnic studies?


Ethnic studies originated in the interdisciplinary and comparative study of ethnicity, indigeneity, race, and racism in the United States. Since its beginnings in the late 1960s, ethnic studies scholars have studied issues of social justice, identity, and resistance, highlighting the perspectives and experiences of people of color.

The research and teaching of the UO Ethnic Studies Department examines the way that race, as a system of domination, is intimately tied to issues of gender, class, sexuality, migration, indigeneity, and colonialism. With our students, we interrogate historical and contemporary manifestations of white supremacy and explain how systems of domination and acts of resistance create and recreate racial subjects.

And while Ethnic Studies traditionally centers the social construction of race in the United States, it also pays significant attention to transnational migrations and diasporas resulting from the slave trade, indentured labor, colonialism, imperialism, and globalization.


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Many of our courses fulfill required group credits in American Cultures and in Social Science group credits required for graduation. 

Call (541) 346-0900 with questions about Ethnic Studies courses or click here for more information on becoming an Ethnic Studies major or minor.



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Job Announcement:

Assistant Professor of Ethnic Studies: Race & Sport

      The Department of Ethnic Studies at the University of Oregon (UO) seeks to hire an Assistant Professor specializing in Race and Sport beginning Fall 2019. This tenure track position is broadly conceived and we welcome applications from scholars working on any dimension of race and sport, including, but not limited to, cultural studies, media, history, social science approaches and urban studies. We especially encourage applications from scholars engaged in intersectional analyses, including gender, sexuality, comparative and relational approaches, as well as transnational perspectives. The department is open to expertise in any field of ethnic studies, including African American, Asian American, Chicanx/Latinx, Native Studies, Pacific Islander and Arab-American Studies. The successful applicant will be expected to teach introductory, upper-division, and eventually graduate courses. It is expected that the candidate will develop both specialized courses in sport and race, as well as other, more general courses that contribute to the major and our proposed Ph.D. program. The successful candidate will have earned a Ph.D. by Fall 2019. Candidates must show evidence of and be committed to scholarly excellence, as seen in publications, grants, fellowships and research collaborations. Evidence of teaching excellence in ethnic studies is required as well.

Application Deadline: Review of applications will begin September 17, 2018

To apply use the University of Oregon’s MyTrack website:
 All questions should be directed to: Laura Pulido, Department Head,



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