The Official Journal of the Critical Ethnic Studies Association

The Official Journal of the Critical Ethnic Studies Association

Critical Ethnic Studies provides a space for unique and insurgent critique among academic and activist intellectuals within ethnic studies. It invites interdisciplinary works that reposition the guiding assumptions of other fields, and engage the new methodologies, philosophies, and propositions of this emerging intellectual formation. It recognizes that distinct fields have been collapsed in the institutionalization of Ethnic Studies in universities, and presses back against equivocations which domesticate critique and action. 

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The Journal encourages and enacts several related, multilayered lines of inquiry. First, this journal questions the nation state model, paying attention to the present manifestations of colonialism, extra-national effects of globalization and privatization, as well as structural redevelopment programs on Indigenous people and people of color.

Second, this journal appraises the productive tensions between fields that have institutionalized together under the umbrella of Ethnic Studies. Particularly, Indigenous Studies has attended to ongoing settler colonialism and ongoing Indigenous resistance to occupation and erasure, whereas Ethnic Studies has often been vexed by the ways in which discussions of race, civil rights, immigration, labor exploitation, and inclusion may ignore settler colonialism.

Third, by explicitly foregrounding white supremacy as a logic and social formation intimately abetted by race and racism, the journal provide trenchant critiques of how and why race, racism, and antiblackness persist and not merely state or describe their persistence. 

Fourth, the journal reflects intersectional, feminist and queer analyses that treats categories such as race, class, gender, and sexuality not as additive modes of identity, oppression, or discrimination--but rather as constitutive, as robust analytics for critically apprehending and theorizing alternatives.


Critical Ethnic Studies Editorial Board

September 25, 2015 We are delighted to announce our editorial board members. The Critical Ethnic Studies Editorial Board is comprised of some of the most exciting scholars and community researchers working in fields that have come together under, and in critique to, ethnic studies. The Critical Ethnic Studies Editorial Board will help to establish the compass of the journal. Allowing for productive tensions across intellectual/political traditions and approaches such as Indigenous sovereignty, critiques of antiblackness, intersectional feminist and queer analyses, disability studies, border and migration studies, critical refugee studies, and more, Critical Ethnic Studies offers an interdisciplinary scope that presses back against the domestication of ethnic studies as a field. To define the significance, scope, edges and divergences in this conversation is the work ahead.

We are grateful to our editorial board for their participation!

Leoni Pihama (Te Ātiawa, Ngāti Māhanga, Ngā Māhanga a Tairi), University of Waikato

Lisa Kahaleole Hall (Kanaka Maoli), Wells College

Lisa Yoneyama, University of Toronto

Macarena Gómez-Barris, University of Southern California

Marc Lamont Hill, Morehouse College

Michael Hames-García, University of Oregon

Michael J. Dumas, University of California, Berkeley

Mimi Thi Nguyen, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

Mistinguette Smith, Black/Land Project

Nadine Naber, University of Illinois, Chicago

Nirmala Erevelles, University of Alabama

Noelani Goodyear–Ka‘ōpua (Kanaka Maoli), University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa

Roderick Ferguson, University of Illinois, Chicago

Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz, California State University, East Bay

Sherene Razack, OISE/University of Toronto

Steven Salaita, American University of Beirut

Thomas Michael Swensen (Tangirnaq Native Village), Colorado State University

Aileen Moreton-Robinson (Goenpul, Quandamooka First Nation), Queensland University of Technology

Alexander Weheliye, Northwestern University

Alyosha Goldstein, University of New Mexico

Candace Fujikane, University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa

Dean Itsuji Saranillio, New York University

Denise Ferreira da Silva, University of British Columbia

Glen Coulthard (Yellowknives Dene First Nation), University of British Columbia

Hortense Spillers, Vanderbilt University

Jasbir K. Puar, Rutgers University

Jessica Bissett Perea (Dena'ina), University of California, Davis

Jodi A. Byrd (Chickasaw), University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

Juana María Rodríguez, University of California, Berkeley

Kale Bantigue Fajardo, University of Minnesota

Karyn Recollet (Cree), University of Toronto

Keith L. Camacho, University of California, Los Angeles

Leanne Betasamosake Simpson (Michi Saagiig Nishnaabeg), Dechinta Centre for Research & Learning