Research Justice at the Intersections

Coined by DataCenter, an Oakland-based community research organization, research justice “is a strategic framework that seeks to transform structural inequities in research. . . . When marginalized communities are recognized as experts, and reclaim, own, and wield all forms of knowledge and information,” then research justice is achieved.

Research Justice at the Intersections (RJI) is an interdisciplinary research group at Mills College that fosters social justice-oriented research and groundbreaking critical analysis. RJI encourages scholars to consider new forms of knowledge production that challenge traditional research hierarchies, mobilize the leadership of those directly affected by the investigated phenomena, and acknowledge and engage subaltern ways of knowing.

Growing out of the Mills College Ethnic Studies Department’s involvement in hosting the National Association for Ethnic Studies’ (NAES) conference “Research as Ceremony: Decolonizing Ethnic Studies” in 2014, RJI supports research that centers an intersectional analysis of race, class, gender, sexuality, religion, and nation, within a context of globalization and transnationality. Supported by the Provost’s Office, the RJI Fellows program is coordinated by a faculty steering committee and hosted by the Center for Teaching and Scholarship,

RJI Steering Committee

Sheila Lloyd, RJI Director, Associate Provost for Teaching, Learning, and Faculty Affairs, and Professor of English

Brinda Mehta, Professor of French & Francophone Studies and Women's, Gender, & Sexuality Studies

Kirsten Saxton, Professor of English

Current RJI Fellows

Upcoming Events

Starting September 27th, 2019, RJI Fellows will meet biweekly to share and comment on their ongoing work. Meetings will take place in Mills Hall 218 from 9:00 am to 11:00 am, immediately followed by a writing session from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm.

Several RJI Fellows will present their work at their Fall 2019 Symposium scheduled for Thursday, December 5 from 12:00 pm to 1:30 pm in Mills Hall Living Room. Light refreshments will be served at 11:30 am.

Contact Us:

Mills College
Sheila Lloyd, RJI Director
Office of the Provost
5000 MacArthur Blvd. MB #39
Oakland, CA 94613
rji@mills.edu