Ethnic Studies

Faculty & Staff

Melinda Micco
Associate Professor of Ethnic Studies
Mills Hall Room 341, 510.430.3324,
Professional Interests: American Indian history; film studies and literature; multiracial identity studies; ethnic identity in tribal communities; indigenous women, nationally and internationally; enrolled member of Seminole Nation of Oklahoma

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,
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

Samar Habib
Assistant Adjunct Professor
Vera Long 130,
Office Hours: Tuesday 1:00-2:30 and by appointment
Professional Interests: Islam and women; female homosexuality in the Middle East; spirituality; gender and sexual minority activism and counter cultures in contemporaneous geographical contexts

Patricia St. Onge
Assistant Adjunct Professor
Mills Hall Room 338,
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

Judith Bishop (Women's, Gender & Sexuality Studies)
Professional Interests: Women in world religions; theoretical approaches to gender, body, and sexuality; religion in public discourse

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

Ajuan M. Mance (English)
Professional Interests: African American literature, 19th-century American literature, US popular culture, the oral tradition in US literature, Black feminist thought, African American art

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

Esther Ohito (Education)
Professional Interests: Social justice teacher education, urban education, critical theories and pedagogies, curriculum studies, race and gender in education, affect/emotion and embodiment in education; (black) feminist research, narrative inquiry


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

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Last Updated: 2/21/18
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