Race and Ethnicity
The cluster on Race and Ethnicity address issues of power and difference from a range of historical,¬† geographical, and theoretical perspectives.
Jos√© Aranda holds a dual appointment in the Department of Spanish, Portuguese & Latin American Studies¬† and has written articles on early U.S. criticism, 19th-century Mexican American literature, and the future of¬† Chicano/a studies. Krista Comer has published widely on such topics as Global Wests and settler colonialism,¬† feminist place-based worlding projects, public scholarship and critical ethnography, and feminist critical¬† regionalism. Rosemary Hennessy‚Äôs scholarship for the last three decades has involved various facets of marxist¬† feminist theory in the study of sexuality, U.S.-Mexican relations, labor, affect, film, and early twentieth-century¬† literature. More recently she has turned to writers of the 1930s who were loosely affiliated with the communist¬† party and attentive both directly and indirectly in their writing to the representation of race and ethnicity.¬†Amanda Louise Johnson researches how Anglo-American settlers used literary and cultural narratives to¬† fortify their ethnic and national identities in the Southeastern, Caribbean, and Gulf regions of America. Caroline Levander‚Äôs work analyzes the racial and ethnic dimensions of nation formation and transnational¬† migration. Kirsten Ostherr‚Äôs work examines how race and ethnicity are represented visually as biomedical¬† forms of identity, and how these categories function as hidden facets of personal data and as social determinants¬† of health. Nicole Waligora-Davis specializes in African-American and American literature and culture of the¬† late-19th and 20th centuries, with a particular emphasis on black intellectual history, black internationalism,¬† legal studies, critical race theory, and visual culture. Cary Wolfe‚Äôs research concerns the impact of¬† posthumanism, ecocriticism, environmental humanities, and animal studies on 20th- and 21st-century¬† discourses about race and other categories of difference.
Recent graduate courses on Race and Ethnicity include: Critical Regionalism (Comer); Wallace Stevens¬† and Others (Wolfe); Blackness: an Advanced Seminar on African-American Literature (Waligora-Davis); Race, Nation, and Empire in American Literature (Levander); Affect Theory (Hennessy).
Scholars in this cluster have guided dissertations on concepts of American belonging in the literature of¬† public health, race and class relations in Mexican-American literature, cultural representations of sound in¬† African-American and African diasporic literature, Anti-Catholicism and nineteenth-century U.S. imperialism, Trauma and Healing in Chicana/o literature; and other topics.