Karen Barad is Professor of Feminist Studies, Philosophy, and History of Consciousness at UC Santa Cruz. Barad’s Ph.D. is in theoretical particle physics and quantum field theory. Barad held a tenured appointment in a physics department before moving into more interdisciplinary spaces. Barad is the author of Meeting the Universe Halfway: Quantum Physics and the Entanglement of Matter and Meaning (Duke University Press, 2007) and numerous articles in the fields of physics, philosophy, science studies, poststructuralist theory, and feminist theory. Barad’s research has been supported by the National Science Foundation, the Ford Foundation, the Hughes Foundation, the Irvine Foundation, the Mellon Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Humanities. Barad is the Co-Director of the Science & Justice Graduate Training Program at UCSC.
Amalia L. Cabezas is Associate Professor of Women’s Studies at UC Riverside and author of Economies of Desire Sex and Tourism in Cuba and the Dominican Republic (Temple University Press, 2009), and co-author (with Ellen Reese and Marguerite Waller) of The Wages of Empire: Neoliberal Policies, Repression and Women’s Poverty (Paradigm Publishers, 2007). Her research interests include sex tourism, women’s human rights, the politics of gender, health, and women’s labor.
Fatima El-Tayib is Associate Professor of Literature and Ethnic Studies at UC San Diego. She is author of European Others. Queering Ethnicity in Postnational Europe (University of Minnesota Press, 2011), as well as a number of articles. Her research interests include African and comparative diaspora studies, queer theory, transnational feminism, European migrant and minority cultures, Muslim communities in the west, queer of color critique, visual cultural studies, and media theory.
Leela Fernandes is the Glenda Dickerson Collegiate Professor of Women’s Studies and Political Science at the University of Michigan. She studies the relationship between politics and culture through both qualitative empirical research and theoretical scholarship. Her research examines the ways in which cultural meanings, practices and identities shape political behavior and deepen our explanations of political conflicts and processes. She has pursued this research agenda through extensive field research on labor politics, democratization and the politics of economic reform in India. Her focus on identity, culture and politics has led her to work extensively on qualitative and interdisciplinary methods including ethnographic and interpretive methods.
A central dimension of Professor Fernandes’ research is the study of gender in shaping cultural, economic and political processes. She has worked on theories of intersectionality and has also examined the gendered dimensions of nationalism and transnationalism. An ongoing foundation of Professor Fernandes’ research is the study of social inequality with a particular emphasis on researching and theorizing class identity and inequality.
Mishuana Goeman is Associate Professor of Gender Studies at UC Los Angeles, and is author of Mark My Words: Native Women Mapping Our Nations (University Of Minnesota Press, 2013). Her research interests include Native American literature, 20th century American literature, and race and ethnic theory.
Grace Hong is Associate Professor of Women’s Studies at UCLA; she also holds a joint appointment in Asian American Studies. She earned her Ph.D. in Literature at UC San Diego, and her M.A. in Asian American Studies at UCLA. Her research focuses on women of color feminism as an epistemological critique of and alternative to Western liberal humanism and capital, particularly as they manifest as contemporary neoliberalism. Most recently, she has been working on situating women of color feminism as a theory of contemporary necropolitics that attends to the conjoined histories of race, colonialism, gender, and sexuality. She is the author of The Ruptures of American Capital: Women of Color Feminism and the Cultures of Immigrant Labor (University of Minnesota Press, 2006) and the co-editor (with Roderick Ferguson) of Strange Affinities: The Gender and Sexual Politics of Comparative Racialization (Duke University Press, 2011). She is the co-editor (also with Roderick Ferguson) of the Difference Incorporated book series at the University of Minnesota Press. She teaches courses on women of color feminism and Asian American culture.
Julietta Hua is Associate Professor of Women and Gender Studies at San Francisco State University. Her areas of interest include feminist theory, human rights and global feminism, Asian American Studies and the implications of the politics of difference in the post-Civil Rights, post-Cold War Era. Her major current project examines US women’s human rights discourse and the production of categories like “Third World women” and “feminism” at the turn of the millenium.
Nick Mitchell is Assistant Professor of Ethnic Studies at UC Riverside. His research and teaching explore the social arrangements of knowledge and the ways that knowledge and its institutional practices arrange social worlds. Currently, he is at work on a book tentatively titled Disciplinary Matters: Black Studies, Women’s Studies, and the Neoliberal University, that places the institutional projects of black studies and women’s studies not at the margins but the heart of the consolidation of the post-Civil Rights U.S. university. Examining the historical emergence of black studies and women’s studies as knowledge formations in their own right, and as sites to which the university has turned in order to manage and negotiate the social upheavals consequent to the mass admission of black (and) women students in the late 1960s, Disciplinary Matters aims to rethink what it means—and where we turn—to approach the university itself as an object of knowledge.
Kasturi Ray is Assistant Professor of Women and Gender Studies at San Francisco State University. Her areas of interests include women and work; globalization and transnationality; immigration and diaspora studies; and colonial, postcolonial, and neo-colonial studies. She is currently at work on a book, The Trade in Maids: Cross-Cultural Readings of Paid and Unpaid Domestic Workers, which is a historical examination of women’s work in Hawai’I, Bengal, the Bay Area, and the Philippines. She is also working on a comparative social history of women workers on nineteenth-century sugar plantations in Hawai’I, Louisiana, and Trinidad and Tobago.
Sherene Razack is Professor of Humanities, Social Sciences and Social Justice Education at the University of Toronto. Razack’s research and teaching interests lie in the area of race and gender issues in the law. She is co-editor (with Malinda Smith and Sunera Thobani) of States of Race: Critical Race feminism for the 21st Century. (Toronto: Between the Lines, 2010). Her previous books include Casting Out: Race and the Eviction of Muslims From Western Law and Politics (University of Toronto Press 2008), Dark Threats and White Knights: The Somalia Affair, Peacekeeping and the New Imperialism (University of Toronto Press, 2004), an edited collection Race, Space and the Law: Unmapping A White Settler Society (Toronto: Between the Lines, 2002), Looking White People in the Eye: Gender, Race, and Culture in Courtrooms and Classrooms (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 1998,1999, 2000) and Canadian Feminism and the Law: The Women’s Legal and Education Fund and the Pursuit of Equality (Toronto: Second Story Press, 1991). She has also published articles on Canadian national mythologies and immigration policies of the 1990s, race, space and prostitution, and gendered racism. She is a founding and coordinating committee member of Researchers and Academics of Colour for Equality (R.A.C.E.).
Clarissa Rojas is Assistant Professor of Chicano and Latino Studies at California State University, Long Beach. Her current research explores young Latinas’ experiences with and conceptualizations of multiple and intersecting manifestations of violence. Her transdisciplinary research and teaching interests include: Violence; Sex/Gender/Sexuality Studies; Race/Racialities; Chican@, Latin@, Latin American, Zapatista, Transnational, Decolonizing/Post-Colonial, and Women of Color Literatures, Feminisms and Movements; Globalization, Border and Migration Studies; Sociology of Health and Illness, Medical Violence and Latin@ Health; Cultural Studies. She co-edited Color of Violence: the INCITE Anthology (Southend Press, 2006), and her poetry has been published in literary journals in Mexico and the U.S.
Felicity Amaya Schaeffer is Associate Professor of Feminist Studies at UC Santa Cruz. Her research interests include transnational feminism, migration, Latin American/Latino studies, Chicana/o studies, technology and the body, sexuality.
Kalindi Vora is Assistant Professor of Ethnic Studies at UC San Diego. Her research focuses on Science and Technology Studies, Postcolonial Theory, Critical Race and Gender Studies, South Asian Area and Diaspora Studies, Globalization, Marxist Theory, and Cultural Studies.
Tiffany Willoughby-Herard is Assistant Professor of African American Studies at UC Irvine. Her research examines the international dimensions of racialization, racial identities, and the racialization of poverty. She studies philanthropic and educational organizations that have had a global reach to talk about the production of traveling academic and popular debates about race, culture, poverty, and work. She is particularly concerned with the influence that scholars from South Africa and the United States have had on each other in the framing of their distinctive national debates about race and post-raciality. As a comparative political theorist she is concerned about the function of race and enslavement in national identity which has important implications for theories of citizenship, immigration, democracy, and justice.
Her current book project, Waste of a White Skin: Carnegie and the Making of Global Whiteness and Misery, analyzes the political and historical impact and effects of the Carnegie Commission Study of Poor Whites in South Africa, 1927-1932. Waste of a White Skin is a study of the international dimensions of racialization of the poor in South Africa.