Approaches to Ethnic and Indigenous Studies Series

The Committee on Ethnicity, Migration, Rights hosts this monthly series of informal conversations with faculty from Harvard and beyond to consider the methodological contributions that ethnic and indigenous studies make across the academic disciplines.  These talks are open to the public.

We understand "ethnic and indigenous studies" to refer to scholarship that analyzes the production of differences based on race, ethnicity, and nation in their relationships to sexuality, gender, religion, and more.



October: Anthony Romero
Visiting Lecturer on Art, Film, and Visual Studies, Harvard University
Professor of Practice, School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Tufts University


November: Vivek Bald
Associate Professor of Writing and Digital Media, MIT



February: Ju Yon Kim
Professor of English
Faculty Director, Asian American and Pacific Islander Studies Working Group, EMR



Past Speakers


Durba MitraSeptember: Durba Mitra
Carol K. Pforzheimer Assistant Professor at the Radcliffe Institute
Assistant Professor of Studies of Women, Gender, and Sexuality


Vijay Iyer
October: Vijay Iyer
Franklin D. and Florence Rosenblatt Professor of the Arts
Department of Music; Department of African and African American Studies
Harvard Faculty of Arts and Sciences 

Tiya MilesNovember: Tiya Miles
Professor of History and Radcliffe Alumnae Professor at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study
Harvard Faculty of Arts and Sciences


headshot1_cropped_photo_credit_tommy_piantone_bwFebruary: Mimi Khúc
2019-2020 Scholar/Artist/Activist in Residence in Disability Studies
Georgetown University.

saldana_bwMarch: María Josefina Saldaña-Portillo
Professor of Social & Cultural Analysis
New York University
Co-sponsored by the Observatorio Cervantes, the Chalres Warren Center for Studies in American History, and the Harvard University Native American Program (HUNAP).


asultany_bwApril: Evelyn Alsultany
Associate Professor of American Studies and Ethnicity
University of Southern California


2019-2020: The Interdisciplinarity of Ethnic Studies

Robert Reid-PharrSeptember: Robert Reid-Pharr
Professor of Women, Gender, and Sexuality and of African and African American Studies
Harvard Faculty of Arts and Sciences

Co-sponsored by Studies of Women, Gender, and Sexuality

Roberto GonzalesOctober: Roberto Gonzales
Professor of Education
Harvard Graduate School of Education


Eram AlamNovember: Eram Alam 
Assistant Professor of History of Science
Harvard Faculty of Arts and Sciences

Co-sponsored by History of Science

Bruno CarvalhoFebruary: Bruno Carvalho
Professor of Romance Languages and Literatures and Affiliated Professor in African and African American Studies, Harvard Faculty of Arts and Sciences
Affiliated Professor in Urban Planning and Design at the Graduate School of Design

Co-sponsored by the Mellon Urban Studies Initiative

**March and April talks were rescheduled to 2020-2021**

2018-2019: Ethnic and Indigenous Studies Across the Disciplines

Gabriela Soto LaveagaHistory of Science: Gabriela Soto Laveaga



Natasha WarikooEducation: Natasha Warikoo



Noe MontezTheater and Performance: Noe Montez



Ajantha SubramanianAnthropology: Ajantha Subramanian



Stephanie Rivera BerruzPhilosophy: Stephanie Rivera Berruz



Philip DeloriaHistory: Philip Deloria