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

  • Thomas Biolsi, Professor
    Race-Making, Indian Law & Policy, Governmentality
  • Michael Chang, Lecturer
    Law, race, and culture; civil rights; critical race theory; Ethnic Studies; Asian American Studies; Diaspora Studies; Post-colonial Studies; Education Law; Administrative law.
  • Greg Choy, Continuing Lecturer
    Comparative Multiethnic literature, Asian American literature, Education pedagogy
  • Raúl Coronado, Associate Professor
    The comparative history of writing in the colonial and 19th century Americas; Latina/o intellectual & literary history; theories of modernity & postcolonialism; histories of sexuality & of the academic disciplines
  • Keith Feldman, Associate Professor
    Theories of Race, Nation, and Empire; Cultural Theory; African, Arab, and Jewish Diasporas; Visual Culture Studies; Transnational American Studies
  • Christian Paiz, Assistant Professor
    Comparative Latino Studies, United States History, Social Movement History, Historical Methods
  • john a. powell, Professor of Ethnic Studies, African American Studies, and Law
    Civil Rights & Civil Liberties; Structural Racism; Housing; Poverty; Democracy
  • Victoria Robinson, Lecturer & American Cultures Program Director
  • racialized gender and sexuality; Latinx media and popular culture; critical legal theory; LGBTQ activisms