Established in 1986, the Center for the Study of Race and Ethnicity in America was one of the nation's earliest academic centers dedicated to research, scholarship and academic exchanges in the field of Ethnic Studies. In 1996, CSREA became the home for Ethnic Studies at Brown University. Since 1996, several hundred Brown undergraduates have successfully completed the Ethnic Studies concentration. Many of these Brown alumni have gone on to do post-graduate work.
Our faculty, both core and affiliated, create and participate in groundbreaking Ethnic Studies scholarship. We have faculty whose areas of study include borderlands history, Latina/o literary studies, and indigenous movements. Of course, these are only a few examples. Additionally, students can chose to focus in Native American, Asian American, or Latino Studies and are encouraged to develop a thematic interest of their choosing such as, "social issues affecting racialized groups" (i.e. health disparities or educational inequality); "the study of cultural production or cultural representations;" "the history of a particular racial or ethnic group;" "the study of comparative processes of racialization," and so forth.
Students should feel free to contact individual professors via email to schedule appointments regarding their interest in Ethnic Studies. Please note that some Ethnic Studies faculty hold office hours at the CSREA, while other faculty hold office hours in their primary departments (i.e. American Studies, History, etc.). Professors Evelyn Hu-Dehart, and Hilda Lloréns currently serve as the main Ethnic Studies concentration advisors and are the signatory for all concentration forms.
CSREA is located at Dyer House.