Critical Race and Ethnic Studies

About the Cluster

The Critical Race and Ethnic Studies research cluster aims to foster dialogue leading to the creation of an institutional home at UC Santa Cruz for the interdisciplinary and intersectional study of race and ethnicity. Through a speaker series and a spring quarter symposium, our conversations will focus on the intellectual and institutional implications of formalizing an academic field out of a history of political and epistemic struggles within the university and in dialogue with a rapidly changing set of social relations in the United States and across the globe. Our first event of the year will be a talk and seminar by Dr. Joanne Barker of San Francisco State on October 3-4, 2013. To learn more, please visit:



June 6-7, 2014: “Doing Critical Race and Ethnic Studies in a Neoliberal Age” Symposium

October 4, 2013: Joanne Barker Seminar

October 3, 2013: Joanne Barker: “In Debt: A Reconsideration of ‘Race, Empire, and the Crisis of the Subprime’ from Manna-Hata”

May 20, 2013: Lisa Lowe: Sugar, Tea, Opium, and Coolies

January 9, 2013: Roderick A. Ferguson: Comparative Ethnic Studies

October 3, 2013: Joanne Barker: Native Debt

November 13, 2012: Sunaina Maira: “More Delicate than a Flower, Yet Harder than a Rock: Human Rights in the Shadow of an Empire”