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Faculty, staff: Make Brown a sanctuary

Dear President Christina Paxson P’19 and Provost Richard Locke P’17:


We write with some urgency to request that you investigate the possibility of our campus serving as a sanctuary for our students, our staff members and their family members who face imminent deportation.


We have reason to believe that Providence Police officers cannot enter the campus without permission of the University. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers are also subject to similar restrictions based on a 2011 Memo regarding places of worship, schools and hospitals. Given that many students, staff members and their families are directly affected by this issue, we urge the University to immediately work to develop a protocol for the University serving as a sanctuary campus.


Our active support of our most vulnerable members will demonstrate Brown’s commitment to defend our values of inclusion, justice and humanity. It may give comfort to those, especially within the Brown community, who are frightened and unsure about their future and safety.


We thank you for your consideration.


Sincerely yours,


Maria Abascal, Postdoctoral Research Associate in Population Studies


Faiz Ahmed, Assistant Professor of History


Leticia Alvarado, Assistant Professor of American Studies and Ethnic Studies


Emma Amador, Postdoctoral Research Associate in Race and Ethnicity in America


Paul Armstrong, Professor of English


Ariella Azoulay, Professor of Modern Culture and Media and Comparative Literature


Narges Bajoghli, Postdoctoral Research Associate in International and Public Affairs


Sarah Besky, Assistant Professor of Anthropology and International and Public Affairs


Timothy Bewes, Professor of English


Robert Blair, Assistant Professor of Political Science and International and Public Affairs


Stefano Bloch, Postdoctoral Senior Research Associate in Urban Studies


Anthony Bogues, Professor of Humanities and Critical Theory and Africana Studies


Sheila Bonde, Professor of History of Art and Architecture and Chair of History of Art and Architecture


Lundy Braun, Professor of Medical Science and Africana Studies


Nicole Burrowes, Postdoctoral Research Associate in History


Jordan Camp, Postdoctoral Fellow in Race and Ethnicity in American and International and Public Affairs


Jennifer J. Carroll, Research Fellow in Psychiatry Human Behavior


Rebecca Louise Carter, Assistant Professor of Anthropology and Urban Studies


Peggy Chang ’93 AM’13, Assistant Dean of Engaged Learning and Director of the Curricular Resource Center


Ross Cheit, Professor of Political Science


Anne Chen, Visiting Assistant Professor of History of Art and Architecture


Jessica Cho, Program Coordinator of East Asian Studies


Nitsan Chorev, Professor of Sociology and International Studies


Michelle Clayton, Associate Professor of Hispanic Studies and Comparative Literature


Tony Cokes, Professor of Modern Culture and Media


Jeff Colgan, Associate Professor of Political Science and International Studies


R. Douglas Cope, Associate Professor of History


Harold J. Cook, Professor of History


Colleen Kim Daniher, Postdoctoral Research Associate in Theatre Arts and Performance Studies


Joan Copjec, Professor of Modern Culture and Media


Bathsheba Demuth, Assistant Professor of History and Environmental Studies


Christina Downs, Manager of Center for the Study of Race and Ethnicity in America


Beshara Doumani, Professor of History, Director of Middle East Studies


Jim Egan, Professor of English


Kevin Escudero, Postdoctoral Research Associate in American Studies and Ethnic Studies


Rebecca Stephens Falcasantos, Visiting Scholar in Religious Studies


Linford D. Fisher, Associate Professor of History


Andrea Flores, Assistant Professor of Education


Rodrigo Fonseca, Assistant Professor of Computer Science


Caroline Frank, Visiting Associate Professor of American Studies


Eva Gómez García, Lecturer in Hispanic Studies


Olakunle George, Associate Professor of English and Africana Studies


Alma Gottlieb, Visiting Scholar in Anthropology


Dana Graef, Postdoctoral Fellow in International Humanities


James N. Green, Professor of History and Portuguese and Brazilian Studies


Jennifer Greenburg, Postdoctoral Research Associate in International and Public Affairs


Amy Greenwald, Associate Professor of Computer Science


Matthew Guterl, Professor of Africana Studies, Chair of American Studies


Matthew Gutmann, Professor of Anthropology


Sherine Hamdy, Associate Professor of Anthropology


Yannis Hamilakis, Professor of Archaeology and Modern Greek Studies


Françoise N. Hamlin, Associate Professor of History and Africana Studies


Ed Hardy, Visiting Lecturer in English


Beverly Haviland, Senior Lecturer and Visiting Associate Professor of American Studies


Patrick Heller, Professor of Social Sciences, Sociology and International and Public Affairs


Daniel Hirschman, Assistant Professor of Sociology


Diane Hoffman-Kim, Associate Professor of Medical Science and Engineering


Joseph Hogan, Professor of Biostatistics


Benjamin Holtzman, Visiting Assistant Professor of History


Bonnie Honig, Professor of Modern Culture and Media and Political Science


Elizabeth Hoover, Assistant Professor of American Studies and Ethnic Studies


Saori Hoshi, Visiting Lecturer in Japanese and East Asian Studies


Mariaelena Huambachano, Postdoctoral Research Associate in American and Ethnic Studies


Evelyn Hu-DeHart, Professor of History, American Studies and Ethnic Studies


José Itzigsohn, Professor of Sociology


Nancy Jacob, Professor of History


Lynne Joyrich, Professor of Modern Culture and Media


Seny Kamara, Associate Professor of Computer Science


Tamar Katz, Associate Professor of English


Julie Kauer, Professor of Medical Science and Neuroscience


Adrienne Keene, Assistant Professor of American Studies and Ethnic Studies


Michael D. Kennedy, Professor of Sociology and International and Public Affairs


Nancy Khalek, Associate Professor of Religious Studies


Daniel Kim, Associate Professor of English and American Studies


Dawn King, Lecturer in Environment and Society


Jill S. Kuhnheim, Visiting Professor of Hispanic Studies


Caroline Kuo, Assistant Professor of Behavioral and Social Sciences


David Laidlaw, Professor of Computer Science


Andrew Laird, Professor of Classics and Humanities, Professor of Hispanic Studies


Jennifer Lambe, Assistant Professor of History


Robert Lee, Associate Professor of American Studies


Jessaca Leinaweaver, Associate Professor of Anthropology


Patsy Lewis, Visiting Professor of International and Public Affairs


Zhuqing Li, Adjunct Associate Professor of East Asian Studies


Catherine Lutz, Professor of Anthropology and International Studies


Amanda Lynch, Professor of Environmental Studies and Earth, Environmental and Planetary Studies, Director of the Institute at Brown for Environment and Society


Richard M. Mariita, Postdoctoral Research Associate in Chemistry


John Mazza, Manager of Web and Multimedia Technology


Monica Muñoz Martinez, Assistant Professor of American Studies and Ethnic Studies


Felipe Martínez-Pinzón, Assistant Professor of Hispanic Studies


Yalidy Matos, Postdoctoral Research Associate in Race and Ethnicity in America


Sara Matthiesen, Postdoctoral Research Associate in American Studies


Stephen T. McGarvey, Professor of Epidemiology


Jim McGrath, Postdoctoral Fellow in Public Humanities


Brian Meeks, Professor and Chair of Africana Studies


Stephanie Merrim, Professor of Comparative Literature and Hispanic Studies


Casey Miller, Postdoctoral Fellow in Population Studies


Nicholas Miller, Assistant Professor of Political Science and International and Public Affairs


Sreemati Mitter, Assistant Professor of History and International and Public Affairs


Jennifer Montgomery, Adjunct Assistant Professor of Modern Culture and Media


Kym Moore, Associate Professor of Theatre Arts and Performance Studies


Gregory Duff Morton, Postdoctoral Research Associate in International and Public Affairs


Jeremy Mumford, Assistant Professor of History


Paul E. Nahme, Assistant Professor of Judaic Studies and Religious Studies


Yusuf Neggers, Postdoctoral Research Associate in International and Public Affairs


Rebecca Nedostup, Associate Professor of History


Tara Nummedal, Associate Professor of History


Don Operario, Professor of Behavioral and Social Sciences and Associate Dean for Academic Affairs


Itohan Osayimwese, Assistant Professor of History of Art and Architecture


Emily A. Owens, Assistant Professor of History


Domenico Pacifici, Associate Professor of Engineering


Naomi Parker, Adjunct Lecturer in Portuguese and Brazilian Studies


Tate Paulette, Postdoctoral Research Associate in Archaeology and the Ancient World


Keisha-Khan Perry, Associate Professor of Africana Studies


Samuel Perry, Associate Professor of East Asian Studies


Ethan Pollock, Associate Professor of History and Slavic Studies


Stephen Porder, Associate Professor of Ecology, Evolutionary Biology and Environment and Society


Thangam Ravindranathan, Associate Professor of French Studies


Marc Redfield, Professor of English and Comparative Literature, Chair of Comparative Literature


Ravit Reichman, Associate Professor of English


Lindsay Reynolds, Assistant Professor of Population Studies


Maralie Armstrong Rial, Adjunct Assistant Professor of Modern Culture and Media


Joan L. Richards, Professor of History


Lukas Rieppel, Assistant Professor of History


Timons Roberts, Professor of Environmental Studies and Sociology


Seth Rockman, Associate Professor of History


Ralph E. Rodriguez, Associate Professor of American Studies, Ethnic Studies and English


Daniel Arturo Rodriguez, Assistant Professor of History


Tricia Rose, Professor of Africana Studies, Associate Dean of the Faculty for Special Initiatives, Director of the Center for the Study of Race and Ethnicity in America


Philip Rosen, Professor of Modern Culture and Media


James Russell, Associate Professor of Earth, Environmental and Planetary Sciences


Kenneth Sacks, Professor of History and Classics


Felicia Salinas-Moniz, Assistant Director of the Sarah Doyle Women’s Center


Kate Schapira, Lecturer in English


Andrew Scherer, Associate Professor of Anthropology


Rebecca Schneider, Professor of Theatre Arts and Performance Studies and History of Art and Architecture


Robyn S. Schneider, Professor of Theatre Arts and Performance Studies


Nidia Schuhmacher, Senior Lecturer in Hispanic Studies


Robert Self, Professor of American History, Chair of the History Department


Naoko Shibusawa, Associate Professor of History and American Studies


Elena Shih, Assistant Professor of American Studies and Ethnic Studies


Kerry Smith, Associate Professor of History


Victoria Smith, Senior Lecturer in Hispanic Studies


Susan Smulyan, Professor of American Studies, Director of the John Nicholas Brown Center


Patricial Sobral, Senior Lecturer of Portuguese and Brazilian Studies


Silvia Sobral, Senior Lecturer of Hispanic Studies


Alexander Starre, Visiting Assistant Professor of American Studies


Sydney Skybetter, Lecturer of Theatre Arts and Performance Studies


Tracy Steffes, Associate Professor of Education and History


Sarah Thomas, Assistant Professor of Hispanic Studies


Hsin-I Tseng, Lecturer of East Asian Studies


Daniel Vaca, Assistant Professor of Religious Studies


Leah VanWey, Professor of Sociology and Environment and Society


Mercedes Vaquero, Professor of Hispanic Studies, Medieval Studies


Siri Veland, Assistant Professor of Environment and Society


Germán Vergara, Postdoctoral Fellow in Environment and Society


Yang Wang, Senior Lecturer of East Asian Studies


Kate Weinberg, Postdoctoral Research Associate in Environmental Studies


Deborah Weinstein, Assistant Professor of American Studies


Gregory Wellenius, Associate Professor of Epidemiology


Esther Whitfield, Associate Professor of Comparative Literature and Hispanic Studies


Annie Wiart, Senior Lecturer of French Studies


Andre C. Willis, Assistant Professor of Religious Studies


John-Eng Wong, Special Advisor for American Studies MA Program


Patricia Ybarra, Associate Professor of Theatre Arts and Performance Studies


Vazira Zamindar, Associate Professor of History


Alex Zaslavsky, Professor of Engineering and Physics


Samuel Zipp, Associate Professor of American Studies and Urban Studies


This list reflects the faculty members who signed the petition by 6:15 p.m. Nov. 13. The letter was originally sent Nov. 11. Faculty members can still add their names to the letter. Undergraduates can also add their names to the same letter.



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