“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.”
Over the course of her grad program, Amy Handlan has seized almost every opportunity that the economics department and the University of Minnesota have offered and grown not just as a researcher but also as an instructor and future professor of economics.
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.
Professor Iraj Bashiri devoted his career to accurately depicting the unique communities of Central Asia. Upon his retirement, he reflects on his career, which has spanned across languages, cultures, and countries.
Cultural Studies & Comparative Literature alumnus, P. Carl recently published his memoir "Becoming a Man: The Story of Transition". This New York Times book review introduces P. Carl and highlights striking moments from the memoir.
Can the invisible be made visible through the “magic” of statistical tools? Statistics assistant professor Sara Algeri is applying the principles of astrostatistics to help physicists “see” dark matter
As the 2020 election season ramps up and Americans deliberate which candidate to vote for at the polls this November, a University of Minnesota research center aims to understand what’s driving their decision.
On college campuses, Assistant Professor Kate Lockwood Harris is raising the conversation about sexual assault and helping institutions understand it’s not as simple as understanding what “yes” and “no” mean.
The goal of the McKnight Land-Grant Professorship Program is to advance the careers of new assistant professors at a crucial point in their professional lives. The designation of “McKnight Land-Grant Professor” is held by recipients for a two-year period.
Many Ojibwe people believe in the healing power of music and dance. American studies and American Indian studies professor Brenda Child reveals how an influenza epidemic in the 1920s gave rise to the jingle dress dance and traditions.
Geography assistant professor Eric Shook takes an untraditional approach to geography and explores the world through geospatial computing. His work is leading to better ways of using cropland here in Minnesota and a deeper understanding of how we interact with each other.
To Alysha Alloway (master of geographic information science ’19), a map can explore how the homeless interact with transit in the Twin Cities, and how a community can create a transit system that meets the needs of all its citizens. Her project, “A Better Way to Get There,” recently won the “Most Provocative/Transformative” award in the U of M’s annual U-Spatial Mapping Prize contest.
Josef Woldense has been able to construct a picture of the administration of 20th-century Ethiopian ruler Haile Selassie to provide a close analysis of ways autocrats keep their power. He has developed a game to help his students understand how precarious the role of an autocrat can be.
Elliott Powell, a professor in the American studies department, researches the historical intersection of sexuality, gender, and race in popular music. He looks at the role of sexuality in collaborations between South Asian and Black popular music from 1960 to the present.
Evolving culture means evolving language. Students in the Spanish and Portuguese graduate program are thinking about how to create inclusive classroom environments for all students, not only those with binary gender identities.
Kidiocus King-Carroll studies Black life in Milwaukee and the Midwest. As a doctoral candidate in American studies and resource co-coordinator at The Black Midwest Initiative, his research dives into the meaning and making of Black social life through autoethnography, family narratives, and social histories of his home in the Midwest.