Members of the Ethnic Studies faculty play significant roles in the leadership and/or founding of a number of campus-based research centers. ES graduate students have also participated in research projects and found support such as grants, fellowships, and mentoring through the research centers.
Evelyn Nakano Glenn is the founding and current director of the Center for Race and Gender, and ES faculty who serve on the CRG Advisory Committee include Tom Biolsi, Elaine Kim, Beatriz Manz, Nelson Maldonado-Torres, and Khatharya Um. The CRG is an interdisciplinary center that “fosters explorations of race and gender and their intersections. … The Center cultivates collegial support and exchange among faculty and students throughout the university and between the university and nearby communities of color.”
Nelson Maldonado-Torres serves on the Faculty Advisory Committee of the Center for Latin American Studies, and the following professors are affiliated faculty: Ramon Grosfoguel, Beatriz Manz, David Montejano, Laura Perez, Jose David Saldivar, and Alex Saragoza. CLAS is committed to “promoting research and community awareness about issues affecting Latin America.”
Catherine Ceniza Choy and Khatharya Um are Core Faculty at the Center for Southeast Asia Studies, which promotes “the expansion of Southeast Asian studies on the Berkeley campus by facilitating faculty and graduate research, by presenting campus lecture series and cultural programs, by organizing public outreach and international conferences, and by hosting visitors and scholars from around the world.”
Michael Omi recently served as interim director of the Institute for the Study of Social Change, and David Montejano is an affiliated faculty member. The ISSC is a research center “dedicated to understanding the processes of social change and contributing to the transformation of conditions of inequality. ISSC researchers use a combination of qualitative and quantitative approaches to undertake empirical investigations into critical social issues facing the nation, with a particular focus on California communities.”