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Hokulani Aikau

Associate Professor

Hōkūlani K. Aikau (Kānaka ʻŌiwi) is an associate professor in the Division of Gender Studies and the Division of Ethnic Studies at the University of Utah. Aikau is an interdisciplinary scholar having received her doctorate from the University of Minnesota in American Studies, the master’s degree from The University of Memphis in sociology, and the bachelor’s of science degree from the University of Utah in sociology and women’s studies. She has received fellowships from the Ford Foundation and the MacArthur Foundation and research grants from the UH Mānoa Sea Grant Program and the SENCER Institute. She has published two books: A Chosen People, a Promised Land: Mormonism and Race in Hawaiʻi (University of Minnesota Press, 2012) and Feminist Waves, Feminist Generational Cultures: Life Stories from Three Generations in the Academy, 1968-1998 (co-edited with Karla Erickson and Jennier L. Pierce, University of Minnesota Press, 2007). Her next full length monograph Hoaʻāina: Resturning People and Practices to Heʻeia is an ethnography of a wetland restoration project on in Heʻeia, Oʻahu. She has published articles in American Quarterly, American Indian Studies, Arena Journal, and Frontiers: A Journal of Women’s Studies. She has also contributed to SAGE Handbook of Globalization and The International Encyclopedia of Anthropology (forthcoming). Aikau has served as associate editor of American Quarterly and serves on editorial boards for book series at the University of Arizona Press and the University of Hawaiʻi Press. She is also mother to Sanoe, ʻĪmaikalani, and Hiʻilei.

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Lourdes Alberto

Associate Professor

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Darius Bost

Assistant Professor

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Donna Deyhle


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Edmund Fong

Associate Professor

Edmund Fong is an associate professor in the Department of Political Science and the Division of Ethnic Studies. His research interests lie in examining the constitutive role of racial politics in the development of American political culture and American political institutions. He has published in journals and anthologies such as Political Research Quarterly, Politics, Groups, and Identities, and the Oxford Handbook of Racial and Ethnic Politics in the U.S.. His book, American Exceptionalism and the Remains of Race: Multicultural Exorcisms was published in July 2014 by Routledge Press through their Routledge Series on Identity Politics. He is currently working on a new book on how we tell time through race in American politics. He teaches broadly in the fields of Political Science and Ethnic Studies, from courses on the American Presidency to Racial/Ethnic Politics to seminars on Politics & Literature.

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Annie Fukushima

Assistant Professor

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Alborz Ghandehari

Assistant Professor

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Kimberly Jew

Associate Professor

Kimberly Jew holds a joint appointment in Theatre and Ethnic Studies. She teaches a wide range of topics ranging from Asian American and Pacific Islander studies, to theatre history, dramatic literature, and script analysis. Her expertise lies in 20th century American theatre. She has directed numerous university productions and has composed and edited a collaborative performance project based on local letters to the editor. Dr. Jew has written on a variety of topics, exploring the intersections of feminism, postcolonialism, theatrical experimentation and ethnic identity. Her essays can be found in the journals of Pacific Asia Inquiry, MELUS, and in the edited collections, Literary Gestures (Temple University), and Seeking Home (University of Tennessee Press), to name a few. She is currently co-editor of Frontiers, a Women Studies Journal. Dr. Jew received her doctorate from New York University, master’s from Georgetown University and bachelor’s from UC Berkeley.

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Karen Johnson

Associate Professor

Karen A. Johnson is an Associate Professor of Education and Ethnic Studies at the University of Utah. She is the Interim Director of Graduate Studies in the Department of Education, Culture & Society; and Corrdinator of African American Studies, a division in the Ethnic Studies Program. Her research interests are 19th century African American women educators, African American Intellectual history, historical and contemporary black educational issues, refugee education, urban education, gender education, black feminist theory, historical analysis and archival research. She is currently conducting archival research on Black women’s experiences during the U.S. Civil War. She is also working on a book project that examines the educational perspectives of Septima Poinsette Clark.

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Baodong Liu


Dr. Baodong Liu is a professor of political science at the University of Utah. His main research and teaching interests include urban and racial politics, voting and elections, cross-racial political analysis, and quantitative research methods.

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Ed Muñoz

Associate Professor

Dr. Ed A. Muñoz is an Associate Professor of Ethnic Studies and Sociology and Chair of the Ethnic Studies Division. In general, his research expertise deals with the Latinx experience in the Midwestern and Inter-Rocky Mountain regions of the United States. With regards to his criminal justice research agenda, he examines how racialization processes impact criminal justice decision-making and outcomes. Currently, he is investigating factors that produce disproportionate minority over-representation in Salt Lake City Peer Court, and the effectiveness of restorative justice practices to reduce recidivism among youth referred to Salt Lake Peer Court.

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Charles Sepulveda

Assistant Professor

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William Smith

In 2003, Dr. Smith was awarded the Ford Foundation Postdoctoral Research Fellowship to further develop his theoretical concept of Racial Battle Fatigue. Racial Battle Fatigue is an interdisciplinary theoretical framework that provides a clearer method for understanding the race-related experiences of People of Color. In general, Racial Battle Fatigue explains how the social environment (e.g., institutions, policies, practices, traditions, groups and individuals) perpetuates race-related stressors that adversely affect the health and academic achievement of Students of Color and the health, professional productivity, and retention among Faculty of Color. Professor Smith’s additional research interests are inter-ethnic relations, racial attitudes, racial identity & socialization, academic colonialism, affirmative action attitudes, and the impact of student diversity on university and college campuses.

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Armando Solorzano

Associate Professor

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Thomas Swensen

Assistant Professor

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