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Ethnic Studies Department

Our Vision

Situated in a region where the US-Mexico border zone, indigenous national and tribal governments, and the Asia-Pacific interact to produce a dynamic geopolitical location, UCSD’s Ethnic Studies Department is a vibrant community of scholars committed to the interdisciplinary study of race, ethnicity, indigeneity, gender, sexuality, class, and dis/ability.

The department’s innovative approach represents a commitment to transnational, relational, and intersectional methods for producing critical knowledge about power and inequality, including systems of knowledge that have emerged from racialized and indigenous communities in global contexts.

Ethnic Studies is devoted to creative, conceptual, and empirical research; critical pedagogy; collaborations with a broad group of affiliated faculty; and social justice projects developed with and for the university, our home communities, and the broader public.


Congratulations to Jill Hernandez!

Congratulations to Jillian Hernandez who has been awarded a 2015/2016 Hellman Fellowship in recognition of her book project, Aesthetics of Excess: Visual Culture and the Sexual Radicalization of Girls and Women of Color.

Congratulations to Davorn Sisavath!

Ethnic Studies is pleased to announce that Ph.D. candidate Davorn Sisavath has been awarded the prestigious two year UC President's Postdoctoral Fellowship beginning Fall 2015.

She will be working with Professor Mariam Lam at UC Riverside.  For her postdoctoral research, she will continue her work on the social and environmental impact of U.S. military debris in Laos, with a particular focus on comparing the scrap metal industries in Detroit and Laos.

Congratulations to Luis Marinez!

Congratulations to Luis Marinez who has awarded the UC San Diego Extension’s quarterly “Alumni Change the World” Scholarship, a merit-based award that covers up to $5,500 in tuition for any continuing education certificate or special study program offered by Extension. The full article of the award ceremony can be viewed here.

Marinez, who graduated from ethnic studies this year, is currently completing the final course of Extension’s Professional Certificate in Paralegal, along with pursuing a master’s degree in education at UC San Diego.

Congratulations to Kyung Hee Ha

Congratulations to Kyung Hee Ha (Ph.D. Candidate) who has been awarded a UC Center for New Racial Studies Research Grant, which will fund the final phase of her dissertation research on Zainichi Koreans (Koreans in Japan). 

Congratulations to Salvador Zarate

Congratulations to Salvador Zarate (Ph.D. Candidate) who has been awarded the Center on Global Justice Human Rights Fellowship.

Congratulations to Martin Boston and Jennifer Mogannam

Congratulations to Martin Boston and Jennifer Mogannam, Ph.D. students who have both been awarded the 2014 UCSD Friends of the International Center Scholarship.

Congratulations to Kit Myers (PhD 2013) on his postdoctoral fellowship!

Congratulations to Kit Myers who has just accepted a two-year Chancellor's Postdoctoral Fellowship in the Humanities and World Cultures unit at UC Merced.

Please send your warmest congratulations and best wishes to Kit at kmyers1@gmail.com.

Congratulations to Ma Vang (PhD 2012) on her new job at UC Merced!

Congratulations to Ma Vang who has just accepted an offer for an appointment in Ethnic Studies in the Humanities and World Cultures unit in the School of Social Sciences, Humanities and Arts at UC Merced.

Please send your warmest congratulations and best wishes to Ma at ma.vang@ucr.edu.  Ma is currently in her second year as a UC President's Postdoctoral Fellow at UC Riverside.

Congratulations to Ayako Sahara!

Congratulations to Ayako who has been offered the position of Assistant Professor at Ohtsuki City College in Yamanashi, Japan. 

Please send your warmest congratulations to Ayako at aysahara@gmail.com

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