History of Race

Much like the multifaceted object of study itself, our historians specializing in race approach the topic with complex, multilayered, and interdisciplinary lenses and methods. While our strengths may be found in the Americas, our foci stretch across the Pacific and Atlantic into racialized hierarchies in East, Southeast, and South Asia, crises of migration and citizenship in Europe, and the nexus of gender and state-craft in Africa. Imperialism, transnationalism, and globalism may be buzzwords in other departments, but our faculty seriously considers the value of comparative history, the movement beyond center-periphery in imperial and postcolonial studies, and the centrality of race and racialization in the study of global human rights history. Drawing from the strength of other disciplines in the humanities and social sciences, our historians of race look towards the multiple intersecting axes through which race must be understood: gender, class, sexuality, nationality, religion, and space, among many others. Our scholars of race are experts in legal, political, social, cultural, visual, and material histories. We are constantly in active scholarly conversation and programming (if not also affiliation) with other units on campus, such as the Center for the Study of Race, Politics, and Culture (CSRPC) and the Center for the Study of Gender and Sexuality (CSGS).