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Brown faculty members: Supporting students of color in changing Brown

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



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