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

People / Graduate Students


Michael Schulze-Oechtering

Comparative Histories of Race and Freedom, Filipino American Studies, Labor History, U.S. Empire, and Community-Engaged Research and Pedagogy

Bio & Research Interests

Michael Schulze-Oechtering is a PhD Candidate in the Ethnic Studies Department at the University of California, Berkeley.  His research uses social movement history to explore how communities of color both questioned and crossed racial boundaries.  His current research project, No Separate Peace: Relational Resistance and Afro-Asian Worker Solidarity in the Pacific Northwest, explores this process by examining the parallel and overlapping activism of Black construction workers in Seattle and Filipino cannery workers in Alaska during the 1970s and 1980s.  By drawing upon both archival data and oral histories, Michael's research examines the ability of workers of color to recognize and act upon their overlapping conditions of racialization and labor exploitation.





Courses Taught or Assisted

Courses Designed

Spring 2012 - University of California, Berkeley

A Comparative Survey of Racial and Ethnic Groups in the United States: Toward Abolition Pedagogy (Co-designed with Victoria Robinson)

Historically offered as an introductory survey course for UC Berkeley’s Ethnic Studies Department, in the Fall of 2011 Professor Robinson and I redesigned her course, Ethnic Studies 21 AC, around a new community partnership with the Oakland-based organization, Critical Resistance.  The course aimed to introduce students to the historical evolution of mass incarceration in the United States, as well as social movements that challenged this development.  Additionally, we coordinated a community-engagement portion of the class, where student were able work with organizers from Critical Resistance on local campaigns throughout the semester.

Fall 2012 - University of California, Berkeley

Ethnic Studies 98&198: Community-Engaged Research and Contemporary Racial Justice Movements

As an American Cultures Engaged Scholarship Public Fellow, I designed a one-unit community engagement course for students in Ethnic Studies 41 AC: A Comparative Survey of Protest Movement Since the 1960s.  My responsibilities as course instructor included teaching social science research methods, facilitating discussions about the importance of working with, as well as learning from, community organizers, and managing the placement of students with their respective community organizations.  Some of the organizations students worked with that semester included Youth Uprising, Mujeres Unidas y Activas, Causa Justa, National Network for Immigrant and Refugee Rights, and Communities for a Better Environment.

Graduate Student Teaching

Spring 2015 - Asian American Studies 145: Politics, Public Policy, and Asian American Communities with Professor Michael Omi.

Fall 2014 - Ethnic Studies 41 AC: A Comparative Survey of Protest Movements Since the 1960s with Professor Carlos Munoz Jr. (Also taught Fall 2012 and Fall 2011)

Spring 2014 - Ethnic Studies 185 AC: Prison: Big Ideas Course with Professors Patricia Hilden, Victoria Robinson, Jonathan Simon, and Jill Stone

Spring 2013 - Ethnic Studies 21 AC: A Comparative Survey of Racial and Ethnic Groups in the U.S. with Professor Victoria Robinson (Also taught Spring 2011 and Spring 2010)

Summer 2012 - History 7B: U.S. History From the Civil War to the Present with Professor Kyle Livie (Also taught Summer 2010)

Fall 2009 - Ethnic Studies 10 AC: A History of Race and Ethnicity in Western North America with Professor David Montejano

Select publications

“The Ebbs and Flows of Struggle: Manong Knowledge, Blues Epistemology, and the Alaska Cannery Workers’ Association (ACWA),” Accepted by the Amerasia Journal.

“To Die for Justice: The Activism and Assassinations of Silme Domingo and Gene Viernes.” Disorient: Critical Legal Journal of the Pacific Northwest 2 (2010).