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Faculty

The Department faculty’s research and teaching interests address a variety of critical social questions and scholarly concerns.  Our work moves between and across the social sciences and humanities:  a number of faculty members are situated in the traditional disciplines, while others are substantively interdisciplinary and/or “transdisciplinary” in their research methods and scholarly practices.  Collectively, we examine politics, history, and culture in their diverse manifestations, including social and cultural movements, grass-roots activism, community organizing, radical and revolutionary struggles, artistic innovations (especially music, dance, performance, cinema, and literature), and other socially engaged forms of intellectual production.

Our faculty trains undergraduate and graduate students in a variety of disciplinary and interdisciplinary methodologies, including archival research, ethnography, oral history, literary criticism, social and cultural theory, and policy analysis.  Our faculty members hold Ph.D.’s in Ethnic Studies, American Culture, African American Studies, History, Sociology, Anthropology, Political Science, Education, Law, and Modern Thought and Literature.  They have conducted research not only across the United States, but also in Bolivia, Mexico, Cuba, Spain, the Basque Country, Great Britain, Sweden, Korea, and the Philippines, and have been selected as research and/or postdoctoral fellows by the Ford Foundation, National Research Council, Mellon Foundation, Rockefeller Foundation, Social Science Research Council, the UCLA Institute of American Cultures, UC Office of the President, UC Humanities Research Institute, the Bancroft Library, and the Huntington Library, among other institutions and foundations.

Maile Arvin Maile Arvin
Assistant Professor
Jodi Kim Jodi Kim
Associate Professor
Crystal Mun-Hye Baik Crystal Mun-Hye Baik
Assistant Professor
Wesley Y. Leonard Wesley Y. Leonard
Assistant Professor
Jayna Brown Jayna Brown
Associate Professor
Anthony Macias Anthony Macías
Associate Professor
Edward Chang Edward Chang
Professor
Alfredo Mirande Alfredo Mirandé
Distinguished Professor
Gerald Clarke Gerald Clarke
Assistant Professor
Jennifer Najera Jennifer Nájera
Associate Professor
Ashon Crawley Ashon Crawley
Assistant Professor
Robert Perez Robert Perez
Associate Professor
Alfonso Gonzales Alfonso Gonzales
Associate Professor
Dylan Rodriguez Dylan Rodríguez
Professor and Chair of the Academic Senate (2016-2018)
Paul Green Paul Green
Associate Professor
Andrea Smith Andrea Smith
Associate Professor and Director of Graduate Studies
Keith Harris Keith Harris
Associate Professor and Department Chair
Deborah R. Vargas Deborah R. Vargas
Associate Professor

Emeriti

Edna Bonacich Edna Bonacich
Professor Emeritus
Armando Navarro Armando Navarro
Professor Emeritus
Ralph L. Crowder Ralph L. Crowder
Professor Emeritus