Stanford University
Faculty Seminar Series

The Faculty Seminar Series was initially sponsored by the Mellon Foundation in 1994 to create a forum for faculty to explore topics related to race and ethnicity in an interdisciplinary and comparative framework. The series led to an expanding community of Stanford faculty members and graduate students committed to the study of race and ethnicity in the United States and abroad, exploring their influences on life in multiple social domains (including schools, employment, housing, immigration policies, and law, as well as representations in literature and the arts).

This monthly Seminar Series continues with a focus on a variety of topics concerning race and ethnicity. Participation in the series is an excellent way to hear and discuss the work of a multidisciplinary group of colleagues from Stanford and other institutions. The Faculty Seminar Series is open to all affiliated Stanford Faculty and Graduate Students. To attend, please RSVP to Tracy Holmes at

2010 Autumn Quarter Seminars

October 28, 2010
Vilashini Cooppan
, Associate Professor of Comparative Literature, UC-Santa Cruz
"Traumatic Memory and Racial History: Post Aparteid South African Narrative"

November 4, 2010
Circe Sturm
, Associate Professor of Anthropology, University of Texas-Austin
"Becoming Cherokee: Racial Transformations and the Specter of Whiteness"

December 2, 2010
Prudence Carter
, Associate Professor of Education and, by courtesy, of Sociology, Stanford University
"Stubborn Roots: Weeding out Racial, Class and Educational Inequality in U.S. & South African Schools"

2010 Autumn Quarter FSS Flyer

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Faculty Seminar Series (2009-2010)

April 15, 2010
José David Saldívar
, Professor of Comparative Literature, Stanford University
"Politcial Race, Transmodern Realism, and the Miner's Canary"

May 13, 2010
Allyson Hobbs
, Assistant Professor of History, Stanford University
"When Black Becomes White: The Problem of Racial Passing in American Life"

June 3, 2010
Claude M. Steele
, Provost and Professor of Psychology, Columbia University
"Whistling Vivaldi And Other Clues to How Stereotypes Affect Us"

Jaunary 21, 2010
Hazel Markus
, Professor of Psychology, Stanford University
Paula Moya, Associate Professor of English, Stanford University
"Doing Race"

February 25, 2010
Bruce Haynes
, Associate Professor of Sociology, UC Davis
"How the Hebrews Got Their Grove Back: The Journey of the Beta Israel"

March 11, 2010
Rich Benjamin, Ph.D.
, Senior Fellow, Demos
"Whitopia vs. ObamaNation: America's Demographic Future in a 'Post-Racial' Age"

October 1, 2009
Nalini Ambady
, Professor of Psychology, Tufts University
"Social Identities, Behavior, and Performance"

November 12, 2009
Alicia Schmidt Camacho
, Associate Professor of American Studies, Yale University
"Migrant Suffering and the Event without Witness""

December 10, 2009
Phillip Atiba Goff
, Assistant Professor of Psychology, UCLA
"Racial Bias in Policing---and Other Things We Know Nothing About"

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Faculty Seminar Series (2008-2009)

October 16, 2008
Richard Ford
, Stanford Law School
“The Race Card: Bluffing About Bias & Racism Without Racists”

November 20, 2008
Tomás Jiménez
, Assistant Professor of Sociology, Stanford University
“The Replenished: Mexican Americans, Mexican Immigration and the Dynamics of Ethnic Identity”

December 11, 2008
Melissa Harris-Lacewell
, Associate Professor of Politics and African-American Studies,
Princeton University
“Pecola’s Politics: Black Women and Shame”

January 15, 2009
Howard Winant
, Professor of Sociology, UC-Santa Barbara, RICSRE Faculty Fellow
“Colorblindness and Democratic Agency in the Age of Obama”

February 19, 2009
James T. Campbell
, Professor of History, Stanford University
“Settling Accounts? Reconciling Histories/Historical Reconciliation in Divided Societies”

March 5, 2009
Kimberlé W. Crenshaw
, Professor of Law, UCLA
Luke C. Harris, Associate Professor of Political Science, Vassar College, RICSRE Faculty Fellow
George Lipsitz, Professor of Black Studies, UC-Santa Barbara, RICSRE Faculty Fellow
“Color Blind Talk and Color Bound Realities: Why Racial Injuries Require Racial Remedies”

April 16, 2009
Lani Guinier
, Professor of Law, Harvard University
“The Case for Democratic Merit: Rethinking Race, Class and Merit in the Obama Era”

May 7, 2009
Jennifer Richeson
, Associate Professor of Psychology and African-American Studies,
Northwestern University
“Psychological Consequences with Contending with Group-Based Discrimination”

June 4, 2009
Davíd Carrasco
, Harvard Divinity School
“Mapping Ethnicity and Marriage Outside the Lines: Ethnic Imagery in a Recovered Mexican Codex”

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Faculty Seminar Series (2007-2008)

October 14, 2007
Laura Gomez
, Professor of Law, University of New Mexico
"Manifest Destinies: The Making of Mexican American Race"

November 15, 2007
Monique Ward
, Associate Professor of Psychology, University of Michigan
"Media Myths, Models, and Messages: Exploring Television’s Role as a Socialization Agent Among Black Adolescents"

December 6, 2007
Mark Sawyer
, Associate Professor of Political Science, UCLA, RICSRSE Visiting Fellow
"Blacks, Nation and Race in the Americas: The US, Cuba, Brazil, Venezuela, and Colombia"

January 24, 2008
Douglas S. Massey
, Professor of Sociology, Princeton University
"The Roots of Minority Academic Underperformance"

February 21, 2008
Dorothy Roberts
, Professor of Law, Northwestern University, RICSRE Visiting Fellow
"Is Race-Based Medicine Good for Us? African American Approaches to Race,
Biotechnology and Equality"

March 13, 2008
Arnold Rampersad
, Professor of English, Stanford University
"Ralph Ellison, Race and Biography"

April 24, 2008
Scott Momaday
, Pulitzer Prize Winning Author, Poet and Scholar
" Ethnic Perspectives on Oral Tradition"

May 22, 2008
Ramon Saldivar
, Professor of English and Comparative Literature, Stanford University
"Idioms of Race, Nation, and Identity: Japan, Asia, and the US Borderlands"

June 5, 2008
Gordon Chang
, Professor of History, Stanford University
"Biology or the Social Construction of Race: Medicine and Personal Experience"

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Faculty Seminar Series (2006-2007)

October 19, 2006
Michael Omi
, Associate Professor of Sociology, University of California, Berkeley and RICSRE Visiting Fellow
"The Contradictions of Colorblindness: Racial Privacy, Racial Profiling and Race as Biology"

November 9, 2006
Lawrence D. Bobo
, Martin Luther King Jr., Centennial Professor; Director, CCSRE
and Program in African and African American Studies, Stanford University
"Of Punitiveness and Prejudice: Racial Attitudes and the Popular Demand for Harsh Crime Policies"

December 7, 2006
Renya Ramirez
, Assistant Professor of American Studies, University of California, Santa Cruz
"Native Hubs: Culture, Community, and Belonging in Silicon Valley and Beyond"

January 11, 2007
Clarence Jones
, King Institute Scholar in Residence and former counsel, speech writer, and friend to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
"THANK YOU, MARTIN A Tribute to Winter Soldiers: Stories from the Front"

February 15, 2007
Edward Telles
, Professor of Sociology, University of California, Los Angeles
"Racialized Assimilation: Mexican Americans Across the Generations"

March 8, 2007
Bernice Johnson Reagon
, Professor Emeritus of History, American University and
Curator Emeritus at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of American History
"Coalition Politics: Turning the Century"

April 12, 2007
Jeanne L. Tsai
, Assistant Professor of Psychology, Stanford University
"Beyond the Pursuit of Happiness: Cultural Variation in Affect Valuation"

May 10, 2007
Vincent L. Hutchings
, Associate Professor of Political Science, University of Michigan
"Wedge Politics: Structure and Function of Racial Cues in American Politics"

June 7, 2007
Abbas Kadhim
, Assistant Professor of Middle East Studies, Naval Postgraduate School
"Reflections on the 1920 Revolution in Iraq: A Review of the Memoirs of Sayyid Muhsin Abu Tabikh (1878-1961)"

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Faculty Seminar Series (2005-2006)

October 20, 2005
Purnima Mankekar, Associate Professor of Social & Cultural Anthropology, Stanford University
"Spaces of Danger: Culture, Gender and Identity in South Asian American Communities After September 11, 2001 "

November 1, 2005
Glenda Carpio, Assistant Professor of African & African American Studies and English and American Literature, Harvard University and RICSRE Visiting Fellow
"Slavery and Humor: Listening to Richard Pryor's "Prison Play " "

December 1, 2005
Thomas A. Guglielmo, Assistant Professor of Assistant Professor of American Studies, George Washington University and RICSRE Visiting Fellow
"The Rights of Race and Nation: African-American Emancipation and Indian Sovereignty in the Post-Civil War Era "

January 13, 2006
Rick Baldoz, Assistant Professor of Sociology, University of Hawaii-Manoa and RICSRE Visiting Fellow
"The Third Oriental Invasion: Filipino Immigrants as 'Race Problem' in the Early Twentieth Century American West "

February 16, 2006
Judith F. Baca, Professor of Fine Arts, UCLA and IDA Visiting Fellow
"Race and Contested Public Spaces: Danzas Indigenas Monument "

March 16, 2006
Al Camarillo, Professor of History & Co-Director of RICSRE, Stanford University
"Ethnic and Racial Borderlands in American Cities: The Urbanization of Euro-Americans, African Americans and Mexican Americans, 1900-1960 "

April 13, 2006
Prudence Carter, Associate Professor of Sociology, Harvard University
"The Sociology of "Acting White": Identity, Ideology and Social Boundaries Among Low-Income Black and Latino Students "

May 11, 2006
Jennifer Eberhardt, Associate Professor of Psychology, Stanford University
"Racial Residue: Rethinking How and Why Racial Biases Endure "

June 1, 2006
Jeremy Weinstein, Assistant Professor of Political Science, Stanford University
"Why Does Ethnic Diversity Undermine Public Goods Provision? An Experimental Approach "

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Faculty Seminar Series (2004-2005)

October 7, 2004
Amanda Lewis, Assistant Professor of African-American Studies and Sociology, University of Illinois, Chicago
"Everyday Race-Making"

November 11, 2004
Patricia Greenfield, Professor of Psychology, UCLA
"The Dynamics of Social Change and Value Conflict in the Maya of Chiapas and Latino Immigrants in Los Angeles "

December 2, 2004
Barbara Krauthamer, Assistant Professor of History, New York University, RICSRE Visiting Fellow
"The Rights of Race and Nation: African-American Emancipation and Indian Sovereignty in the Post-Civil War Era"

January 13, 2005
Ronald Sundstrom, Assistant Professor of Philosophy, University of San Francisco
"Responsible Mixed Race Politics"

February 10, 2005
Luis Ricardo Fraga, Associate Professor of Political Science, Stanford University
"Playing the 'Latino Card': Race, Ethnicity, and National Party Politics in 2000 and 2004"

March 10, 2005
Marcyliena Morgan, Associate Professor of Communication, Stanford University
"Politics, Discourse and Drama in Hiphop"

April 21, 2005
Nicole Shelton, Assistant Professor of Psychology and RICSRE Visiting Fellow, Princeton University
"Prejudice Concerns and Interethnic Interactions"

May 19, 2005
James S. Jackson, Professor of Psychology and Director of the Institute of Social Research, University of Michigan
"Racial Difference in Physical and Mental Health"

June 2, 2005
Mica Pollock, Assistant Professor of Education, Harvard Graduate School of Education, Harvard University
"Talking About Race Talk: Everyday Racism and Antiracism in Education"

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Faculty Seminar Series (2003-2004)

October 9, 2003
Monica McDermot
, Assistant Professor of Sociology, Stanford University
"Varieties of White Racial Identity"

November 6, 2003
Ulrich Wagner
, RICSRE Visiting Fellow, Professor of Social Psychology, Philipps– University Marburg
“Contact and Prejudice in a Non-Immigrant Country “

December 4, 2003
Keith Wailloo
, Professor of History, Rutgers University
"How Cancer Crossed the Color Line: The Strange Career of Race, Ethnicity, and Disease in America”

January 8, 2004
Troy Duster
, Professor of Sociology, New York University and Chancellor’s Professor, University of California, Berkeley
“Human Molecular Genetics and the Subject of Race: Contrasting the Rhetoric with the Practice in Medicine and Law”

February 5, 2004
Rick Shweder
, RICSRE Visiting Fellow, William Claude Reavis Professor of Human Development, University of Chicago
"The End of Tolerance: Engaging Cultural Differences"

February 26, 2004
Linda Alcoff
, Professor of Philosophy and Women Studies, Syracuse University
"The Political Critique of Identity Politics"

April 8, 2004
James Campbell
, RICSRE Visiting Fellow, Associate Professor of History, Brown University
“Native Son of Africa: Richard Wright, the Chicago School, and the Gold Coast Revolution”

May 13, 2004
Shanto Iyengar
, Professor of Communications and Political Science, Stanford University
"Wedge Issues in Campaigns: A Voter Guide"

June 3, 2004
Claudine Gay
, Assistant Professor of Political Science, Stanford University
“Putting Race in Context: Identifying the Environmental Determinants of Black Racial Attitudes”

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Faculty Seminar Series (2002-2003)

October 3, 2002
Glenn Loury, University Professor and Professor of Economics
Director of the Institute on Race and Social Division, Boston University
“The Anatomy of Racial Inequality”

November 7, 2002
Hazel Rose Markus, Davis-Brack Professor in the Behavioral Sciences, Stanford
Claude M. Steele, Lucie Stern Professor in the Social Sciences, Stanford
“Structure versus Agency”

December 12, 2002
Loïc Wacquant, Professor of Sociology, University of California, Berkeley
Researcher, Centre de Sociologie européenne du Collège de France
“EXPLOIT AND OSTRACIZE: A Model of Four Centuries of Racial Domination in America”

January 9, 2003
Greg Sarris, Fletcher Jones Professor of Creative Writing & Literature, Loyola Marymount University
“Homestories: Translating from the front porch to the written text”

February 13, 2003
Michèle Lamont, Professor of Sociology, Harvard University
"Competence, Religion, and Other African-American Anti-Racist Strategies"

March 13, 2003
Michele Birnbaum, RICSRE Visiting Fellow, Associate Professor of English and African American Studies, Director of Women’s Studies, University of Puget Sound
“The Literary Politics of Mixed Race, Part II”

April 18, 2003
Derrick A. Bell, Jr., Visiting Professor of Law, New York University School of Law

May 8, 2003
Chandra Talpade Mohanty, Jane Watson Irwin Chair in Women's Studies, Hamilton College, New York

June 5, 2003
P. Sterling Stuckey, Professor of History, University of California, Riverside

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Faculty Seminar Series (2001- 2002)

October 18, 2001
Michael Hames-García, Assistant Professor of English, State University of New York, Binghamton
"(Prison) Literature as Social Praxis and the Question of Values"

November 15, 2001
John F. Dovidio, Professor of Psychology, Colgate University
"Changing habits of mind: Reducing racial biases"

December 6, 2001
R. Richard Banks, Professor of Law, Stanford University
"Discrimination, Equality, and Empirical Studies of Racial Profiling"

January 10, 2002
David Palumbo-Liu, Director, Program in Modern Thought and Literature, Stanford
"Hybridities and Histories: Imaging the Rim"

February 21, 2002
Albert M. Camarillo, Professor of History, Stanford University
"Black and Brown in Compton: Demographic Change and Ethnic/Race Relations in a South Central Los Angeles Community, 1950-2000"

March 14, 2002
Kaiping Peng , Professor of Psychology, University of California, Berkeley
"Culture and Cognition: Make sense of sense-making in everyday life"

April 18, 2002
Eduardo Bonilla-Silva, Associate Professor of Sociology, Texas A & M University
"WE ARE ALL AMERICANS!: The Latin "Americanization of Race Relations in the USA."

May 9, 2002
James Lowell Gibbs, Jr., RICSRE Senior Fellow, and Professor of Anthropology Emeritus, Stanford University
"Television and Diversity: The Quantum Leap Model"

June, 2002
Thomas Pettigrew, RICSRE Visiting Fellow, Professor of Psychology Emeritus, University of California, Santa Cruz
"The Social Science Study of American Race Relations in the 20th Century"

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Faculty Seminar Series (2000 – 2001)

October 19, 2000
Gordon H. Chang, Associate Professor of American History and Chair of Asian American Studies, Stanford
“Asian American and Politics”

November 9, 2000
William B. Gould, Beardsley Professor of Law, Stanford University
“The Life and Times of William Benjamin Gould: A Black Sailor in the War of the Rebellion”

December 7, 2000
John R. Rickford, Professor of Linguistics and Director of African and African American Studies, Stanford University
“The Oakland Ebonics Controversy – Revisited”

January 11, 2001
Linda Darling-Hammond, Professor of Education, Stanford University
“Examining the Achievement Gap: How Schools Construct Inequality for Students of Color”

February 15, 2001
Lawrence D. Bobo, Professor of Sociology and Afro American Studies, Harvard
“Prejudice in Politics”

March 1, 2001
Jacquelynne S. Eccles, Wilbert K. McKeachie Collegiate Professor of Psychology, Women’s Studies, and Education, University of Michigan
“The Role of Ethnic Identity as a Protective Factor against Exposure to Discrimination”

April 12, 2001
Ruben G. Rumbaut, Professor of Sociology, Michigan State University
“Pigments of the Imagination: the construction of ethnic and racial identities among children of immigrants in the United States”

May 24, 2001
C. Matthew Snipp, Professor of Sociology and Chair of Native American Studies, Stanford University
"Race and Ethnicity in Early 21st Century America"

June 7, 2001
David B. Abernethy, Professor of Political Science and Senior Fellow at the Institute for International Studies, Stanford University
"The Impact of European Colonial Rule on Global Patterns of Race Relations"

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