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    Global Racial Justice Podcast with Camilla Hawthorne

    April 15, 2021

    CRES faculty Camilla Hawthorne and activist Shailja Patel talk about global racial justice

  • Congratulations to Christine Hong, CRES Director (LIT) on the publication of her article "White Terror, 'Red' Island": a People's Archive of the Jeju 4.3 Uprising and Massacre

    April 8, 2021

    Congratulations to Christine Hong, CRES Director (LIT) on the publication of "White Terror, 'Red' Island": a People's Archive of the Jeju 4.3 Uprising and Massacre," a special forum of the abusable past, the online companion to Radical History Review. The Abusable Past is a digital venue that emerges from the work of the Radical History Review. For over forty years, Radical History Review has stood at the nexus of historical scholarship and active political engagement. The Abusable Past provides a space for critical scholarship and rigorous debate with implications for how we think through the past, understand the present, and envision the future.

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    CRES Principal Faculty, A.M. Darke receives major award from UCSC Arts Research Institute

    April 5, 2021

    Please join us in congratulating A.M. Darke (Assistant Professor DANM/AGPM/CRES) who was recognized for her work “Open Source Afro Hair Library”!

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    CRES DE, Ka-Eul Yoo's research paper recognized by the Association for Asian American Studies

    April 2, 2021

    Literature Ph.D student and CRES DE, Ka-eul Yoo received the Best Graduate Student Paper Award from the Association for Asian American Studies.

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    Campus launches first Black studies minor

    February 26, 2021

    UC Santa Cruz's Black Studies minor offers students grounding in the intellectual histories, political movements, cultural expressions, and critical theories of the Black diaspora.

  • CRES Faculty Jenny Kelly and Camilla Hawthorne on "Border Regimes" Research Cluster

    February 19, 2021

    FMST professor Jenny Kelly and SOCY professor Camilla Hawthorne speak about "Border Regimes and Resistance in Global Perspectives," one of three research clusters connected to THI's 2020-2021 theme "Memory."

  • Graduate Student Spotlight: Theresa Hice-Fromille (Sociology)

    February 10, 2021

    CRES DE, Theresa Hice-Fromille (Sociology), spoke with fellow CRES DE and grad rep, Jane Komori to discuss her love of travel and research around community-based roots travel organization (CBRTO)--an educational space in which youth participants learned about themselves and Blackness and came to form their racial identity.

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    Anthropologist Savannah Shange wins book award for insights on race and education

    February 01, 2021

    Anthropology faculty member Savannah Shange received one of the most prestigious honors in the field when she was awarded the 2020 Gregory Bateson Book Prize from the Society for Cultural Anthropology.

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    Italian newspaper ranks sociology professor among top women of the year

    January 20, 2021

    Camilla Hawthorne is being recognized for shedding light on emergent Afro-Italian identities and activism during a time of racial reckoning in Italy and beyond.

  • Graduate Student Spotlight: Uriel Serrano (Sociology)

    January 12, 2021

    CRES Designated Emphasis (DE) student, Uriel Serrano (Sociology), sat down with fellow CRES DE and grad rep, Jane Komori at the end of last quarter to discuss his research in youth studies, critical race theory, and critical carceral studies.

  • micha cárdenas: Sin Sol / No Sun

    January 7, 2021

    CRES faculty, micha cárdenas (Art & Design: Games and Playable Media) and her AR game, Sin Sol featured in two recent articles.

  • This artist is creating a “belligerent algorithm” to expose AI bias

    January 7, 2021

    Artist and game maker A.M. Darke is creating a system based on their own prejudices to highlight the problem of AI bias, calling for programmers to be held accountable for algorithms that govern everything from credit ratings to criminal convictions. The art project has been commissioned by the Open Data Institute (ODI), which has made Darke its research and development artist-in-residence. Darke is writing an algorithm that is overtly biased against the demographic predominantly designing the algorithms influencing our lives: white men. The ongoing project seeks to flip the usual narrative, in which the inherent biases of this demographic are unwittingly reflected in the AI systems they build...”

  • A.M. Darke, Open Source Afro Hair Library

    January 7, 2021

    CRES principal faculty, A.M. Darke was named one of this year’s most impactful people in the game industry for her development of Open Source Afro Hair Library. She was featured in the online series "GI 100 | Game Changers -- Part Ten" on

  • APEX Express Radio Interview with CRES DE, Jane Komori

    October 30, 2020

    APEX Express is a weekly magazine-style radio show featuring the voices and stories of Asians and Pacific Islanders from all corners of the community. The show is produced by a collective of media makers, deejays, and activists. Last month the hosts interviewed Jame Komori (History of Consciousness doctoral student ) as part of a series about Asian diasporic activists where she discussed political education with the hosts.

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    CRES Director Christine Hong Publishes A New Book

    October 12, 2020

    Christine Hong, Associate Professor of Literature, principal faculty member in CRES, and current CRES director, has published a new book titled "A Violent Peace: Race, U.S. Militarism, and Cultures of Democratization in Cold War Asia and the Pacific."

  • THI Graduate Profile: Noya Kansky, Feminist Studies Doctoral Student

    October 1, 2020

    Noya Kansky is a PhD Student in the Feminist Studies Department at UC Santa Cruz researching the history and enduring legacies of settler colonialism.

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    The Morning After: A (Post)Election Conversation

    September 24, 2020

    In this Cultural Studies event, CRES principal faculty member Savannah Shange, Gina Dent, and Debbie Gould will start a conversation the morning after the November 3rd US Presidential election. We will gather as a community the morning after to process the preceding night (and preceding years) and to think together about the weeks, months, and years to come.

  • Critical Race and Ethnic Studies Introduces Black Studies Minor

    September 22, 2020

    Amid nationwide protests in support of Black Lives Matter, the UC Santa Cruz critical race and ethnic studies (CRES) department unveiled a new minor — Black studies.

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    New art game explores intersection of personal trauma and climate induced wildfires

    September 10, 2020

    Sin Sol (No Sun) is an augmented reality game that allows players to experience the feelings of a climate change event. Set 50 years in the future, it tells the story of environmental collapse from the past—which is our present in 2020.

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    History professor Eric Porter examines musical improvisation as a response to crisis

    August 31, 2020

    "Playing for Keeps: Improvisation in the Aftermath" is an exploration of the various ways that musical improvisation can be used as a method for responding to crisis and dealing with trauma and stress.

  • A.M.Darke: Conceptual Artist and Game Designer

    July 16, 2020

    The Art of Change hosts in depth interviews with artists from the University of California, Santa Cruz who believe in the transformative power of art-making and are committed to proactive social engagement. Hosted by Lyle Troxell, in February of this year he sat down with A.M. Darke, Assistant Professor in Digital Arts and New Media and CRES principal faculty.

  • Mikael Owunna’s Photographs Show the Essence of Black Healing

    June 12, 2020

    Anney Traymany is a library worker and a recent graduate in CRES (2020). She has an interest in archival work, particularly pertaining to the Southeast Asian diaspora. Anney conducted this interview with photographer Mikael Owunna for Aperture, a not-for-profit foundation, that connects the photo community and its audiences with the most inspiring work, the sharpest ideas, and with each other—in print, in person, and online.

  • Announcing the Black Studies Minor

    June 11, 2020

    CRES is thrilled to announce the approval of the Black Studies minor, effective Fall 2020.

  • Artist-Made Tools Resist Algorithmic Racism and Empower Communities

    June 10, 2020

    “How can I be useful as an artist?” Many contemporary artists are critically engaging with technology to answer that question. Here are five artist-made tools that support protests on the ground, resist surveillance’s biased gaze, fight back against social alienation and combat technologies imbued with anti-Blackness. micha cárdenas, an artist, poet and professor at UCSC discusses how she helps empower communities that regularly face systemic violence.

  • Dear Class of 2020

    June 9, 2020

    New Banana Slug alumna Nyereath Nhial, was one of the featured profiles showcasing the breadth of talent, scholarship and achievement in this year's graduating class!

  • K-12 Teaching Credential Workshop for Humanities PhDs

    June 1, 2020

    In this workshop, learn more about simultaneously pursuing a teaching credential and master's degree in education while completing your doctoral degree in the humanities! Explore the possibilities of public school teaching in California for a union-backed career. Ethnic studies students, learn about how you would be positioned to roll out ethnic studies in the public high school curriculum statewide!

  • Queer Convoys: American Imperial Militarism and Global Asian Cultural Production

    April 2, 2020

    CRES DE in Literature Department, Talib Jabbar, describes how their work searches for a queer politics in the age of permanent war, a politics that dissents the normativizing logic of American-led imperial warfare.

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    Why Nick Mitchell Is Returning the Chancellor’s Achievement Award for Diversity

    February 21, 2020

    Professor Nick Mitchell shares why he returned his Chancellor's Achievement Award for Diversity and expresses solidarity with the COLA campaign.

  • CRES Solidarity Statement with COLA Campaign

    February 10, 2020

    CRES faculty stands behind striking graduate students and their fight for a cost of living increase

  • CRES Graduate Spotlight--Christian Alvarado (History of Consciousness)

    January 13, 2020

    Christian Alvarado, a CRES DE in the Department of History of Consciousness discusses with Jane Komori, also a CRES DE in the same department, his interdisciplinary research around education and culture in (anti)colonial (as well as post-colonial) Kenya.

  • Transgender Studies Quarterly Journal Issue, Co-edited by CRES Faculty, micha cárdenas

    December 2, 2019

    CRES faculty micha cárdenas co-edited Volume 6, Issue 4 of Transgender Studies Quarterly

  • Sociology PhD candidate named UC Free Speech Fellow

    October 2, 2019

    Saugher Nojan will examine free speech and civic engagement among Muslim students across UC system

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    Nick Mitchell Speaks at Ithaca

    September 19, 2019

    Nick Mitchell is the first speaker for a discussion series, “Roots and Routes: Reflecting Toward Change" at Ithaca College's Center for the Study of Culture, Race, and Ethnicity, celebrating the 50th anniversary of ethnic studies nationally. He gave a presentation Sept. 10 on the history of student movements and the creation of the ethnic studies department at San Francisco State.

  • Nick Mitchell and Saugher Nojan Receive Chancellor's Diversity Awards

    June 11, 2019

    Professor Nick Mitchell (FMST and CRES) and Saugher Nojan (CRES DE) each received a 2019 Chancellor's Achievement Award for Diversity.

  • Graduate Spotlight: Christine Rosales (Psychology)

    June 7, 2019

    CRES grad student Christine Rosales traces forms of everyday resistance for Latinx women in the Santa Cruz area.

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    Nick Mitchell to Give Kresge Commencement Address

    June 6, 2019

    Professor Nick Mitchell (Feminist Studies and Critical Race & Ethnic Studies) will be giving the commencement address for Kresge College's celebrations on June 15, 2019.

  • Graduate Spotlight: Claire Urbanski (Feminist Studies)

    May 16, 2019

    CRES graduate Claire Urbanski's project explores the ways that the San Francisco Bay area was able to develop by evacuation, desecration, and museum collections of Ohlone dead. This is done in order to question how the dead and the space of afterlife are central to the formation of settler colonial expansion and capital production.

  • Congratulations: 2018-19 Dean's Undergraduate Research Award Recipients!

    May 3, 2019

  • Summer Session Information

    April 19, 2019

    Hello CRES majors! Thinking about Summer Session? Here are some fast facts on what that could look like for you!

  • Graduate Spotlight- Dana Ahern

    March 23, 2019

    CRES graduate student Dana Ahern shares their project and how it tracks the development and movement of transgender knowledge and bodies. It also looks for the origin points of transgender medicine and research and examines the histories and presences of colonialism and imperialism required to make transgender medicine possible, and so much more.

  • Graduate Spotlight- Saugher Nojan (Sociology)

    March 1, 2019

    CRES graduate Saugher Nojan depicts the struggle the Muslim student community and their struggle to have a dedicated prayer space at UC Santa Cruz through their photovoice project.

  • Graduate Spotlight- Sheeva Sabati (Education)

    January 10, 2019

    CRES graduate DE student Sheeva Sabati depicts the settler colonial imaginaries and the naming of the first UC campus.

  • Graduate Research Spotlight - Jess Whatcott (Politics)

    January 10, 2019

    CRES graduate student Jess Whatcott shares their research on eugenics-based policy-making in California history that enacts state violence.

  • CRES Faculty Condemn Recent Police Violence against Student Protesters

    January 4, 2019

    CRES principal faculty sent a letter to Napolitano, Blumental, and Tromp as a response to the violence UCPD brought upon students on Friday, November 16, 2018.

  • Graduate Student Spotlight- Trung PQ Nguyen (History of Consciousness)

    December 13, 2018

    CRES graduate DE student Trung PQ Nguyen shares their research on how the U.S. used visual culture to distort the history about the war in Southeast Asia.

  • Micha Cárdenas's Plenary Address at the National Women's Studies Association

    December 13, 2018

    CRES principal faculty member Micha Cárdenas was honored as a plenary speaker on the "Future of Gender." This plenary panel also featured nationally renowned scholar-activists and cultural producers Cathy Cohen, Tourmaline, C. Riley Snorton, Dean Spade, and Kendall Thomas.

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    New CRES Faculty Spotlight: Jenny Kelly

    November 8, 2018

    An interview with new CRES faculty member, Jenny Kelly, with Robert Parke, CRES and biochemistry double-major.

  • 2018 CRES Newsletter

    November 1, 2018

    Read the latest from the CRES community, including a welcome message from Director Atanasoski, introductions to CRES faculty and student representatives, announcements and news, and information on course offerings.

  • Graduate Research Spotlight - Ka-eul Yoo (Literature)

    October 17, 2018

    CRES graduate DE student Ka-eul Yoo researches Hansenin, or Hansen’s disease (leprosy), patients in South Korea.

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    Central Valley Freedom Summer registers voters, changes lives

    October 02, 2018

    For most kids who grow up in the Central Valley, the goal is to get out. But this summer, 25 UC Santa Cruz and UC Merced students turned that narrative on its head and returned home, eager to give back to their communities.

  • 2017 CRES Newsletter

    October 2, 2017

    Read the latest from the CRES community, including a welcome message from Director Atanasoski, introductions to CRES faculty and student representatives, and information on courses.

  • The Long, Dirty History of U.S. Warmongering against North Korea

    April 25, 2017

    Christine Hong, associate professor of Literature and Critical Race and Ethnic Studies, contributed an article to The Progressive, giving a historical perspective to the current rising tensions between the U.S. and North Korea.

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    UCSC to offer new B.A. degree in Critical Race and Ethnic Studies

    June 06, 2014

    Beginning this fall, students at UC Santa Cruz can now declare a major in Critical Race and Ethnic Studies (CRES), leading to a new bachelor of arts degree.