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Faculty Spotlight 

Dr. Francesca Royster

On October 6th, 2017, Francesca Royster, PhD, will receive the DePaul University College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences 2017 Coutelyou-Lowery Award. Professor Royster is from the English Department and also serves as an advisory board member for the Critical Ethnic Studies Program.
Francesca Royster
"She received her PhD in English from 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 is one of the founding professors of the Forced Migration and Refugee Studies M.A. Program here at DePaul University. She was recently featured in a WBEZ Chicago interview on June 7th, 2017 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 M.A. Program, but also a professor in International Studies affiliated with the Critical Ethnic Studies M.A. 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.