Ethnic Studies

Faculty & Staff

Ajuan Mance
Professor of English
Professor of Ethnic Studies
Mills Hall Room 311, 510.430.2213,
Professional Interests: African American literature, 19th-century American literature, US popular culture, the oral tradition in US literature, Black feminist thought, African American art

Margo Okazawa-Rey
Barbara Lee Distinguished Chair in Women's Leadership
Professor of Race, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
Professor of Public Policy
Vera Long Rm. 115, 510.430.2277,
Professional Interests: Militarism, feminist research methods, transnational feminist praxis

Julia Chinyere Oparah
Provost and Dean of the Faculty
Professor of Ethnic Studies
Mills Hall Room 204, 510.430.2096,
Professional Interests: African diaspora studies, Black British studies, black feminist theory, women of color organizing, transnational prison-industrial complex, women and transgender prisoners, black women and childbirth

Arely Zimmerman
Assistant Professor of Ethnic Studies
Mills Hall Room 345, 510.430.3162,
On leave 2018-19
Politics of identity (race, ethnicity, gender, sexuality); immigrant civic engagement and political participation; Social movements and protest politics; migration and transnationalism, Latin American/Latino politics, New Media and Media Activism; Central American communities; Youth, youth cultures, and youth civic engagement; comparative racialization; law and society; political theory; race, ethnicity, and gender.

Visiting Scholars

Natalee Kehaulani Bauer
Assistant Adjunct Professor of Race, Gender and Sexuality Studies
Mills Hall Room 338,
Professional Interests: American literature; decolonizing education; Polynesian and Native feminism

Mara Chavez-Diaz
Assistant Adjunct Professor of Ethnic Studies
Mills Hall Room 345,
Professional Interests: Healing justice; Indigenous environmental justice; educational policy and equity

Susan Ito
Assistant Adjunct Professor of Ethnic Studies
Mills Hall Room 343,
Professional Interests: Memoir; creative nonfiction; short fiction; unwrapping family stories and histories; writing as a means of discovering identity

Patricia St. Onge
Assistant Adjunct Professor of Ethnic Studies
Mills Hall Room 346,
Office Hours: Monday 3:00-4:00 and by appointment
Professional Interests: Cross-cultural effectiveness, shared leadership models, food justice, Indigenous histories and contemporary studies, decolonialism and spirituality

Affiliated Faculty

Margaret Hunter  (Sociology)
Professional Interests: Skin tone stratification and skin bleaching in the Black and Latina/o communities, comparative racial and ethnic relations, sociology of gender and the body, contemporary racial attitudes, race and gender politics in hip-hop

Priya Kandaswamy  (Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies)
Professional Interests: Feminist and queer theory; race, gender, and US welfare politics; women of color in the US; theories of race and sexuality; sexuality and citizenship; geographies of race, gender, and sexuality

Brinda J. Mehta  (French and Francophone Studies)
Professional Interests: Nineteenth-century French literature, psychoanalysis and feminist critical theories, Caribbean and African francophone literatures

Pedro Nava (Education)
Professional Interests: Urban and rural education, Latina/o education, school-community partnerships, participatory action research, communities and schools, critical pedagogy, critical race theory, (im)migrant education, geographic information systems


Nikole Wilson-Ripsom
Administrator, Cross-Departmental
Mills Hall Room 340, 510.430.2080,

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Last Updated: 9/17/18
Last Updated: 9/17/18