Department of Ethnic Studies - College of Letters and Science - University of California, Berkeley

Comparative Ethnic Studies

The study of race should be grounded in a deep understanding of the particular historical, social, economic, cultural, and political experiences of individual racialized groups as well as an analysis of the relationships among them.  Established in 1975, our Comparative Ethnic Studies (CES) program builds on and extends beyond the groups covered in our other majors by analyzing the multiple and intersectional ways in which groups are racialized, operate within and contest various forms of power, and build alliances. Collectively our faculty provide a wide range of interdisciplinary analyses across geographical areas, among various racialized peoples, and with other markers of social difference such as gender, class, and sexuality.  Our CES program enriches the study of individual racialized and indigenous groups and has long provided a model for the development of other Ethnic Studies departments across the country.

Faculty in Comparative Ethnic Studies

  • Greg Choy, Continuing Lecturer
    Comparative Multiethnic literature, Asian American literature, Education pedagogy
  • Keith Feldman, Assistant Professor
    Theories of Race, Nation, and Empire; Cultural Theory; African, Arab, and Jewish Diasporas; Visual Culture Studies; Transnational American Studies
  • john a. powell, Professor of Ethnic Studies, African American Studies, and Law
    Civil Rights & Civil Liberties; Structural Racism; Housing; Poverty; Democracy
  • Chris Zepeda-Millan, Assistant Professor and Chair of the Center for Research on Social Change
    Social Movements; Immigration; Race & Ethnic Politics; Interdisiplinary Research Methods; Comparative Racializations