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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

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