Op-eds

Brown faculty members: Supporting students of color in changing Brown

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Friday, November 13, 2015

Updated Nov. 15, 2015 at 4:35 p.m.

As faculty members who teach in American studies, ethnic studies, Africana studies, Asian American studies, Latino studies and Native American and Indigenous studies, or who are concerned about the current interplay of race and power, we affirm our support for students of color on Brown’s campus.

It is terrible that this affirmation is needed. We view the current crisis as deeply rooted in the structures of white supremacy found in our national institutions including in our most cherished universities and colleges. Hierarchies of power and privilege are deeply rooted and resistant to change, as generations of activist Black, Asian, Latino and Native American students and their White allies can attest. The savage inequalities of race, class, gender and sex that have only grown sharper in our society manifest themselves everyday, even in the rarified atmosphere of College Hill, and play out in the daily lives of our students.

When these students read a racist rant in The Herald, they had the courage to say “enough.” Sadly, some inside and outside of Brown were then shocked that they dared to speak at all and rode swiftly to the defense of supposedly embattled free speech and imperiled academic freedom. Calling out racism, we submit, is not an impingement on “freedom of speech” or “academic freedom.” It is an act of self-defense. And frankly, it is a relatively tiny one, lost in the sea of small slights, casual dismissals and serious incidents that our students confront each day.

We applaud and are hopeful about the call of the president and provost to unite around a University agenda of social justice. Many of us have long been asking for the rigorous and careful interrogation of race, racism and privilege. So we gladly join them with renewed energy for the creation and protection of new spaces and bodies of knowledge devoted to a more just and equitable society. We are ready and eager to be a part of what promises to be a remarkable, comprehensive transformation of Brown.

 

Leticia Alvarado, assistant professor of American studies and ethnic studies

Sarah Besky, assistant professor of anthropology and international and public affairs

Stefano Bloch, presidential postdoctoral fellow in urban studies

Anthony Bogues, professor of Africana studies and director of the Center for the Study of Slavery and Justice

Lundy Braun, professor of Africana studies

Nicole Burrowes, presidential postdoctoral fellow in history

Jordan Camp, presidential postdoctoral fellow in the Center for the Study of Race and Ethnicity in America and the Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs

Rebecca Carter, assistant professor of anthropology and urban studies

Wendy Hui Kyong Chun, professor of modern culture and media

Anani Dzidzienyo, associate professor of Africana studies

Jim Egan, professor of English

Kevin Escudero, presidential postdoctoral fellow in American studies

Paja Faudree, associate professor of anthropology

Lina Fruzetti, professor of anthropology

Matthew Guterl, professor of Africana studies, American studies and ethnic studies

Matthew Gutmann, professor of anthropology

Sherine Hamdy, associate professor of anthropology

Françoise Hamlin, associate professor of Africana studies and history

Beverly Haviland, associate professor of American studies

Elizabeth Hoover, asssistant professor of American studies and ethnic studies

Evelyn Hu-DeHart, professor of American studies, ethnic studies and history

Jose Itzigsohn, professor of sociology

Tamar Katz, associate professor of English and urban studies

William Keach, professor of English

Adrienne Keene, presidential postdoctoral fellow in anthropology and the Center for the Study of Race and Ethnicity in America

Michael Kennedy, professor of sociology and international and public affairs

Nancy Khalek, associate professor of religious studies

Daniel Kim, associate professor of American studies and English

Jennifer Lambe, assistant professor of history

Robert Lee, associate professor of American studies

Jessaca Leinaweaver, associate professor of anthropology

Lenore Manderson, visiting professor of environmental studies and anthropology

Yalidy Matos, presidential postdoctoral fellow in the Center for the Study of Race and Ethnicity in America and the Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs

Sara Matthiesen, presidential postdoctoral fellow of American studies

Monica Muñoz Martinez, assistant professor of American studies and ethnic studies

Jim McGrath, postdoctoral fellow in the Center for Public Humanities and Cultural Heritage

Richard Meckel, professor of American studies

Brian Meeks, professor of Africana studies

Kym Moore, associate professor of theatre arts and performance studies

Rebecca Nedostup, associate professor of history

Marion Orr, professor of political science and urban studies

Keisha-Khan Perry, associate professor of Africana studies

Samuel Perry, associate professor of East Asian studies

Felipe Martínez-Pinzón, assistant professor of Hispanic studies

Robert Preucel, professor of anthropology and director of the Haffenreffer  Museum of Anthropology

Daniel Rodriguez, assistant professor of history

Ralph Rodriguez, associate professor of American studies, English and ethnic studies

Tricia Rose, professor of Africana studies and director of the Center for the Study of Race and Ethnicity in America

Philip Rosen, professor of modern culture and media

Rebecca Schneider, professor of theatre arts and performance studies

Robyn Schroeder, postdoctoral fellow in the Center for Public Humanities and Cultural Heritage

Robert Self, professor of history

Naoko Shibusawa, associate professor of American studies, ethnic studies and history

Elena Shih, assistant professor of American studies and ethnic studies

Bhrigupati Singh, assistant professor of anthropology

Prerna Singh, assistant professor of political science and international and public affairs

Kerry Smith, associate professor of history

Susan Smulyan, professor of American studies and director of the Center for Public Humanities and Cultural Heritage

Sarah Thomas, assistant professor of Hispanic studies

Daniel Vaca, assistant professor of religious studies

Parker VanValkenburgh, assistant professor of anthropology

Lingzhen Wang, associate professor of East Asian studies

Debbie Weinstein, assistant professor of American studies

Esther Whitfield, associate professor of comparative literature and Hispanic studies

Andre Willis, assistant professor of religious studies

Patricia Ybarra, associate professor of theatre arts and performance studies

Vazira Zamindar, associate professor of history

Samuel Zipp, associate professor of American studies and urban studies