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Faculty Spotlight


Dr. Jesse Mumm

Congratulations to Professor Jesse Mumm who teaches CES 402: Mobility & the State. He was awarded the 2019 LAS Excellence in Teaching Award for Contingent Faculty. Professor Mumm is a cultural anthropologist interested in gentrification, race and racism, Latino community formations in Chicago, and the intersections of latinidad and whiteness.


Dr. Ann Russo

Ann Russo is an Associate Professor in Women’s and Gender Studies and the Director of DePaul's Women's Center whose work focuses on queer, antiracist, and feminist movement building to end violence and to build socially just and caring communities. Her recently released book, Feminist Accountability: Disrupting Violence and Transforming Power (NYU Press, 2018), offers an intersectional analysis of three main areas of feminism in practice: anti-racism, accountability, and transformative justice, and US-based work in and about violence in the global south. She explores accountability as a set of frameworks and practices for community- and movement-building against oppression and violence.

Francesca Royster

Dr. Francesca Royster

On October 6th, 2017, Francesca Royster, PhD, received the DePaul University College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences 2017 Cortelyou-Lowery Award. Professor Royster is from the English Department and also serves as an advisory board member for the Critical Ethnic Studies Program.

"She received her PhD in English from the University of California, Berkeley in 1995. She is the author of Becoming Cleopatra: The Shifting Image of an Icon (Palgrave/MacMillan in 2003) and Sounding Like a No-No: Queer Sounds and Outrageous Acts in the Post-Soul Era (University of Michigan, 2013), which won Honorable Mention in the Modern Language Association’s William Sanders Scarborough Prize for an Outstanding Scholarly Study of African American Literature or Culture."

Congratulations Professor Royster! A special thanks for your dedication to the Critical Ethnic Studies Program!

Dr. Shailja Sharma

Dr. Shailja Sharma

Professor Shailja Sharma, one of the founding professors of the Forced Migration and Refugee Studies MA Program here at DePaul University, recently received a 2018-19 J. William Fulbright Scholarship which she will use to conduct research at the Center for Study of Developing Societies in New Delhi, India.

In the past, she has featured in a WBEZ Chicago interview where she discussed the concerning the rise of the refugee crisis, sanctuary cities, and the necessity of the Forced Migration and Refugee Studies program. Professor Sharma is not only Director of the Forced Migration and Refugee Studies MA Program, but also a professor in International Studies affiliated with the Critical Ethnic Studies MA Program and serving on our advisory board.

Professor Sharma's most recent publication is titled Postcolonial Minorities in Britain and France: In the Hyphen of the Nation-State published in 2016 by Manchester University Press.

Queering Contemporary Asian American Art Book Cover

Professor Laura Kina

Published in conjunction with her brand new anthology Queering Contemporary Asian American Art Critical Ethnic Studies Program Director and Professor of Art, Media, and Design Laura Kina has published a collaborative online exhibit Queer Horizons. Co-edited by Professor Kina and Jan Christian Bernabe Queering Contemporary Asian American Art takes Asian American differences as its point of departure, and brings together artists and scholars to challenge normative assumptions, essentialisms, and methodologies within Asian American art and visual culture.

Queer Horizons features work by Asian diasporic artists that envisions a queer future that unsettles the past, disrupts the present, and imagines new worlds beyond the limits of the horizon. The exhibit is free and accessible to the public.​