ethnic studies

  • Amid Anti-Woke Panic, Interdisciplinary Programs Inherently Vulnerable

    by Timothy Messer-Kruse

    Because standards of academic freedom like those of the AAUP tie that freedom to expertise within recognized professional communities of scholars, those doing interdisciplinary work and working in programs like ethnic studies have less institutional protection against charges that they are engaged in politics rather than scholarship. 

  • My Students are Missing Their Own History

    by Arlene Dávila

    Disagreement over the particular labels used to describe Latino/a (or Latinx) people shouldn't overshadow the need for a more inclusive history. 

  • Building Racial Dialogue (and a Department) In a Time of Backlash

    by Leora Auslander and Atom Getachew

    When many stakeholders were inclined to suspicion or outright hostility, building an academic department to study race, ethnicity and migration required labor-intensive dialogue not to split the difference between opposing sides but to build a majority coaltion of support. 

  • Five Things Missing From Asian American History In Texas Schools

    KERA spoke to educators including historian Madeline Hsu about what Texas students are missing out on when it comes to Asian American history. They said the lack of diversity, notable figures and modern-day connection are some of the key issues.

  • Racist Attacks Revive Asian American Studies Program Demand

    Asian American student activists who are advocating for Asian American studies programs are carrying forward the legacy of student protest in the 1960s that led to the establishment of the first ethnic studies programs. 

  • Is It Time for All Students to Take Ethnic Studies?

    The position of ethnic studies in university curricula reflects changing intellectual currents but also longstanding battles over resources and power in higher education institutions. 

  • Ethnic Studies Can't Make Up for Whitewashed History in Classrooms

    by Jonathan Zimmerman

    "American history is ethnic studies. You simply can’t understand the United States without addressing its component races, ethnicities and religions. Sadly, the recent drive for ethnic studies demonstrates just how far we are from that ideal."

  • The Latest Resurgence of Ethnic Studies

    by Elwood Watson

    The history of ethnic studies as an academic movement is a cycle of rise and retrenchment; protest movements often push for more representative curricula, while forces of tradition and austerity seek to uphold a canon or push majors linked directly to the job market. Today's protest movements are pushing an ethnic studies renaissance despite the dire financial straits of many colleges and students.

  • Remaking Ethnic Studies

    Recognizing a rift between the words written on a chalkboard and the society that lies outside the classroom door, students are increasingly pushing for a course of study that allows them to learn about traditionally underrepresented figures and reckon with concepts of oppression and justice.