Racial Propositions: Ballot Initiatives and the Making of Postwar California (University of California Press, 2010). Examines California’s history of racialized ballot measures in the post World War II era to unearth the tangled roots of “color blind” racial politics. UC Press description
“Parasites of Government: Racial Antistatism and Representations of Public Employees amid the Great Recession.” America Quarterly. (with Joseph Lowndes)
"Constructing the Trafficker: Sexual Violence and State Violence on the California Ballot.” New Political Science. 38(3): 390–410 (with Priscilla Yamin).
“The Ideological Alchemy of Contemporary Nativism.” Kalfou: A Journal of Comparative and Relational Ethnic Studies. 1(1): 61-86.
“On Racial Speculation and Racial Science: A Reply to Shiao et al.” Sociological Theory. 2014, Vol. 32(3): 228–243.
Racial Formation in the 21st Century, (University of California Press, 2012) Volume co-edited with Laura Pulido (University of Southern California) and Oneka LaBennett (Fordham University) related to Michael Omi and Howard Winant’s Racial Formation in the United States and conference convened at University of Oregon in April, 2009. UC Press description.
“The Changing Valence of White Racial Innocence: Black-Brown Unity in the 1970s Los Angeles School Desegregation Struggles. In J Kun and L Pulido edited, The Black and Brown Reader, (University of California Press, 2013).
“Race and the Mythology of California’s Lost Paradise.” Boom: A Journal of California. Volume 1, Issue 1, February 2011.
“Remaking Liberalism in the Sunbelt West: California’s 1964 Fair Housing Ballot Measure and the Politics of Racial Innocence.” In Darren Dochuk and Michelle Nickerson edited, Sunbelt Rising: The Politics of Space, Place and Religion in the American South and Southwest,(Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2011).
“Colorblindness.” In Routledge Companion to Race and Ethnicity, (New York: Routledge, 2011).
“The Rise of Racial Liberalism, the Decline of Racial Justice: Lessons from California,” in Joe Lowndes, Julie Novkov, and Dorian Warren edited Race and American Political Development, (NY: Routledge, 2008).
“Family and Community as the Cornerstone of Civic Engagement: Immigrant and Youth Organizing in the Southwest,” National Civic Review 95.4 (2007): 58-61.
“Beyond Policy: Race, Ideology and the Re-imagining of Youth,” in S. Ginwright, P. Noguera, and J. Cammarota edited, Beyond Resistance! Youth Activism and Community Change: New Democratic Possibilities for Practice and Policy for America’s Youth, (NY: Routledge: 2006).
Associate Professor of Ethnic Studies and Political Science and Department Head, Ethnic Studies.
Faculty Affiliate in Department of Planning, Public Policy, and Management and Center for the Study of Women in Society.
- BA, History, Wesleyan University, 1993;
- PhD, American Studies and Ethnicity, University of Southern California, 2007
- James A Rawley Prize of the Organization of American Historians for the best book on the history of U.S. race relations for Racial Propositions, 2011
- Honorable Mention for the John Hope Franklin Publication Prize of the American Studies Association for Racial Propositions, 2011
- Honorable Mention for the American Sociological Association's Section on Racial and Ethnic Minorities Oliver Cox Book Award for Racial Propositions, 2011
- UO Wayne Morse Center for Law and Politics, Resident Scholar, 2008-2009
- Best Dissertation Prize of the Race, Ethnicity, and Politics Section of the American Political Science Association, 2008
- 2008 W. Turrentine Jackson Prize for Best Dissertation on the 20th Century US West by the Pacific Coast Branch of the American Historical Association, 2008
- Outstanding Faculty Award, Office of Multicultural Academic Support (OMAS), University of Oregon, 2007-2008.
- Ralph Henry Gabriel Dissertation Prize of the American Studies Association, 2007
- Ethnic Studies 100: Music and Politics of California (with Loren Kajikawa)
- Ethnic Studies 101: Introduction to Ethnic Studies
- Ethnic Studies 252 Introduction to Asian American Studies
- Ethnic Studies 301: Theoretical Perspectives in Ethnic Studies
- Ethnic Studies 375: Race, Gender and Sports
- Ethnic Studies 407/507: Seminar in Community Organizing
- Ethnic Studies 498: Theories of Race and Ethnicity
- Political Science 407/507: Black Lives Matter
- Political Science 375: Race, Politics and Law
- Political Science 449: Racial Politics in the US II, 1945-present
- Political Science 399: Direct Democracy
- Political Science 399: Race and Criminal Justice (weekend course)
- Political Science 407/507 Race, Gender, and Public Policy
- Political Science 602: Professional Development
- Women’s and Gender Studies 607: Seminar on Intersectionality (with Linda Fuller)