David De Micheli is Assistant Professor of Political Science and Ethnic Studies. De Micheli’s research interests include ethnic and identity politics, inequality, and citizenship with a regional focus on Latin America. His current book project examines state-led educational expansion as a cause of shifting patterns of racial identification in Brazil. This project is based on his doctoral dissertation, which was awarded the best dissertation prize from the Race and Ethnic Politics section of the American Political Science Association. You can find his research published in World Politics and Latin American Politics and Society. De Micheli teaches courses on comparative politics, identity politics, and race and ethnicity in Latin America, among others.
Charles Sepulveda (Tongva and Acjachemen) is an Assistant Professor in Ethnic Studies. He is currently at work on his first book project tentatively titled, Indigenous Nations v. Junípero Serra: Resisting the Spanish Imaginary, which analyzes the development of what he has named the Spanish Imaginary, a play on Emma Perez’s “colonial imaginary” – the historiography produced through the traditional discipline of history silencing and ignoring people of color, women and sexuality. His recent publication, Our Sacred Waters: Theorizing Kuuyam as a Decolonial Possibility, Sepulveda analyzes the desecration of the Santa Ana River in southern California and critically traces the logics of domestication that impact both Native peoples and our environments.
Darius Bost is Associate Professor of Ethnic Studies and co-editor of Frontiers: A Journal of Women Studies. His research focuses in the areas of black cultural studies; feminist, gender, and sexuality studies; and medical humanities. Bost is the author of the award-winning book, Evidence of Being: The Black Gay Cultural Renaissance and the Politics of Violence (University of Chicago Press, 2019). Related research has been published or is forthcoming in Criticism, Frontiers, Journal of American History, Journal of West Indian Literature, Occasion, Palimpsest, Souls, The Black Scholar, and several edited collections. Bost’s current book project is an interdisciplinary study of queer photographic practices across the Anglophone black diaspora from the 1970s to the present.
Alborz Ghandehari is an Assistant Professor of Ethnic Studies. His research centers social movements in Iran and Southwest Asia/North Africa (the Middle East), as well as movements in the region’s diasporas. Some of his publications appear in the Journal of Middle East Women’s Studies, Critical Ethnic Studies Journal, Frontiers: A Journal of Women Studies, Jadaliyya, and Dissident Voice. His forthcoming book, The Iranian Post/Revolutionary Condition, explores class and gender dynamics within contemporary Iranian popular struggles and their internationalist solidarities. Alborz is also the Instructional Coordinator of the Diversity Scholars program, a cohort program geared towards underrepresented and first-generation college students.
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.
Thomas Swensen is an assistant professor of Ethnic Studies at the University of Utah and was the 2017-2018 Katrin H. Lamon fellowship residential scholar at the School for Advanced Research, in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Born and raised in the Kodiak Archipelago and an original shareholder in the Alaska Native Claims Settlement corporations Koniag, Inc., and Leisnoi, Inc., Swensen is enrolled in the federally recognized Tangirnaq native village – a.k.a. the Woody Island tribe – and serves the Alutiiq on the board of directors of the Koniag education foundation, an organization that promotes the educational goals and economy of the Koniag Alutiiq and their descendants. Swensen’s study focuses on Native American and Western Hemispheric history, law, art, and literature and has interest in punk and urban studies.
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.
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.
Dr. Annie Isabel Fukushima is Associate Dean of Undergraduate Studies, Director of the Office of Undergraduate Research, and Associate Professor in the Division of Ethnic Studies, and author of Migrant Crossings: Witnessing Human Trafficking in the US(Stanford University Press, 2019), which examines the experiences and representations of Asian and Latina/o migrants trafficked in the United States into informal economies and service industries.
As an interdisciplinary scholar, she committed to praxis, therefore she has worked at all levels of organizations, where her expertise is nationally recognized; she has served as an expert witness for human trafficking cases in courts in California, Colorado, and Utah, provided expert reports for immigration cases submitted to USCIS, and a consultant for national and local organizations in California and Washington. She has authored multiple community based studies that focus on domestic violence, sexual assault, human trafficking, labor, and migration.