Diversity and Inclusion Research

Many of our faculty, current graduate students, and alumni are extensively involved with diversity research initiatives. Explore the academic and research endeavors of just a few of them below.

portrait of Kaila Akina.

Kaila Akina

U of M Anthropology PhD student: “I am interested in studying indigenous peoples in the diaspora, an interest stemming from my own family histories. In my dissertation research, I combine historical and archaeological materials to examine the daily experiences of Polynesian Latter-day Saints living in a Utah town called Iosepa from 1889 to 1917."


Photograph of professor Kat Hayes

Professor Katherine Hayes

"My work broadly considers the ethics, values, and meanings of archaeology and preservation for contemporary communities, particularly those historically marginalized from the decision-making process on what gets preserved and researched. This means addressing both the content and practice of public historical scholarship: whose stories get told, who can tell them, and how can we make these professional fields more inclusive? I am an active affiliate in American Indian Studies and the Heritage Studies and Public History program."

Portrait of Karen Bauer.

Karen Bauer

U of M Anthropology PhD student, and McNair Scholar Ambassador: “At the University of Minnesota, I am a member of the Critical Race and Ethnic Studies Interdisciplinary Graduate Group, where scholars of color come together every other week to workshop each other's work. I also frequently attend events through the Race, Indigeneity, Gender and Sexuality Studies Initiative (RIGS) and the Community of Scholars Program (COSP) through the Office for Diversity in Graduate Education."


Portrait of Erin Durban.

Professor Erin Durban-Albrecht

Erin Durban-Albrecht's interdisciplinary research moves across and between transnational American studies, LGBTQI studies, black studies, and disability studies. They are affiliated with UMN Gender, Women's, and Sexuality Studies and Global Studies.