Faculty

The faculty of ethnic studies  is committed providing you with an understanding of the forces that have made African Americans, Native Americans, and Latinos and Asian Americans integral and yet distinct groups in American society.

Brenda Flanagan

Brenda Flangan (Faculty Liaison)
Ph.D. University of Michigan

As the Edward Armfield Sr. Professor, I teach creative writing, African American, Caribbean, and World Literatures. I am also Faculty Liaison for the ethnic studies interdisciplinary minor.

Melissa Gonzalez

Melissa Gonzalez
Ph.D., Columbia University

I specialize in U.S. Latina/o and 20th century Latin American literature and culture, gender studies, and queer theory.

Laurian Bowles

Laurian Bowles
Ph.D. Temple University

I am a cultural and visual anthropologist whose research interests include ethnographic photography, Africa and the Diaspora, gender, urbanization, the anthropology of race, and transnationalism.

Gerardo Marti

Gerardo Marti
Ph.D. University of Southern California

The focus of my research and teaching is race-ethnicity, religion, identity, and social change. I am most interested in uncovering the dynamics of contemporary issues like diversity, religious innovation, and generational differences in self-understanding. My courses are often seminar style and are best characterized by a cooperative process of critical thinking and analytical dialogue.