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Ethnic Studies

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Vivian Chin
Associate Professor of Ethnic Studies
Co-Department Head
Mills Hall Room 338, 510.430.3206, vchin@mills.edu
Professional Interests: Asian American, Asian Diaspora, and Pacific Islander literature and history; cultural studies; race and gender studies; popular culture

Melinda Micco
Associate Professor of Ethnic Studies
Mills Hall Room 341, 510.430.3324, melinda@mills.edu
Professional Interests: American Indian history; film studies and literature; multiracial identity studies; ethnic identity in tribal communities; indigenous women, nationally and internationally; enrolled member of Seminole Nation of Oklahoma

Julia Chinyere Oparah
Associate Provost
Professor of Ethnic Studies
Co-Department Head
Mills Hall Room 212, 510.430.3163, jcoparah@mills.edu
Professional Interests: African diaspora studies, Black British studies, black feminist theory, women of color organizing, transnational prison-industrial complex, women and transgender prisoners, black women and childbirth

Arely Zimmerman
Assistant Professor of Ethnic Studies
Mills Hall Room 345, 510.430.3162, arzimmerman@mills.edu
Politics of identity (race, ethnicity, gender, sexuality); immigrant civic engagement and political participation; Social movements and protest politics; migration and transnationalism, Latin American/Latino politics, New Media and Media Activism; Central American communities; Youth, youth cultures, and youth civic engagement; comparative racialization; law and society; political theory; race, ethnicity, and gender.

Visiting Scholars

Aubree Kendall
Visiting Assistant Professor
Mills Hall Room 341, akendall@mills.edu
Professional Interests: American Indian Studies, Law and Policy on American Indian Reservations

Leece Lee
Assistant Adjunct Professor
Mills Hall Room 343, lelee@mills.edu
Office Hours: Tuesday 11:00-1:00 and by appointment
Professional Interests: Interdisciplinary Native American/Indigenous, race, ethnic, gender and queer studies; Native American histories and contemporary studies; western expansion, American nation formation, law and phenomenology; “Red,” postcolonial, and transnational feminisms; visual culture and media studies; decolonialism

Patricia St. Onge
Visiting Assistant Professor
Mills Hall Room 341, pst.onge@mills.edu
Professional Interests: Interfaith Studies, Cross Cultural Effectiveness, Coalition Building

Affiliated Faculty

Margaret Hunter  (Sociology)
Professional Interests: Skin tone stratification and skin bleaching in the Black and Latina/o communities, comparative racial and ethnic relations, sociology of gender and the body, contemporary racial attitudes, race and gender politics in hip-hop

Priya Kandaswamy  (Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies)
Professional Interests: Feminist and queer theory; race, gender, and US welfare politics; women of color in the US; theories of race and sexuality; sexuality and citizenship; geographies of race, gender, and sexuality

Ajuan M. Mance (English)
Professional Interests: African American literature, 19th-century American literature, US popular culture, the oral tradition in US literature, Black feminist thought, African American art

Brinda J. Mehta  (French and Francophone Studies)
Professional Interests: Nineteenth-century French literature, psychoanalysis and feminist critical theories, Caribbean and African francophone literatures

Pedro Nava (Education)
Professional Interests: Urban and rural education, Latina/o education, school-community partnerships, participatory action research, communities and schools, critical pedagogy, critical race theory, (im)migrant education, geographic information systems

Staff

Nikole Wilson-Ripsom
Administrator, Cross-Departmental
Mills Hall Room 340, 510.430.2080, nwilsonripsom@mills.edu

Savannah Smith
Office Assistant
Mills Hall Room 340

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P: 510.430.2080
F: 510.430.2067
E: ethnic_study@mills.edu

Last Updated: 9/14/16
Last Updated: 9/14/16