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Aren Aizura poses outdoors for a portrait

Aren Aizura on Mobile Subjects: Transnational Imaginaries of Gender Reassignment

“Claiming trans recognition or rights is not enough as long as we don’t look at how transgender identity is made possible through racial and imperial logics,” says Aren Aizura. His new book examines the racial dynamics and economic issues related to gender and gender reassignment. “I argue that trans culture and politics need to take account of its own whiteness and reliance on capitalist circuits.”
Professor Ray Gonzalez

Accolades

Professor Ray Gonzalez (English) has received a Southwest Book Award for Cutting the Wire: Photographs and Poetry from the U.S./Mexico Border, written with Lawrence Welsh.

Tackling the Challenge of COVID-19 Head On 

Throughout the past few weeks, and especially in recent days, the news about COVID-19 has increasingly occupied our thoughts and energy. The surge in cases across the world and in Minnesota have made us all think ever more of each other’s needs. In CLA, we have discussed our concerns for our students; our alumni, friends, and donors; our faculty, staff, and community partners; and all of those around us.
Portrait of Ross Etherton

An Unexpected Love

Before he discovered the joy of learning languages, Ross Etherton had no intention of going to college. Today, the GNSD department welcomes him as a thoughtful and engaged assistant professor. Read his journey from a small town in Nebraska to Austria and eventually to the UMN.
Portrait of Lisa Hilbink

A Historic Trip to Chile

Professor Lisa Hilbink studies comparative constitutionalism and the justice system in Chile and Latin America, focusing on human rights and popular perceptions of the justice system in those regions and examining how those perceptions affect people’s willingness to turn to the courts when rights are violated.

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