Visiting Professors

Below is a list of current Visiting Professors. View a list of former Visiting Professors. 

  • photo of Bakirathi-Mani in front of trees

    Visiting Scholar in Race and Ethnicity in America, CSREA, Fall 2021, Professor of English Literature, Swarthmore College

    Bakirathi Mani is Professor of English Literature and Coordinator of the Gender and Sexuality Studies Program at Swarthmore College. She is the author of Unseeing Empire: Photography, Representation, South Asian America (Duke University Press, 2020) and Aspiring to Home: South Asians in America (Stanford University Press, 2012). Her current research examines an archive of family photography mapping migration from India to Japan, the Middle East, and the U.S. from the mid-twentieth through the twenty-first centuries. A scholar of Asian American studies, postcolonial theory, and feminist and queer of color studies, Mani is also a curator of Asian American visual cultures, working with artists and non-profit organizations in Philadelphia and nationwide.  Her work on South Asian diasporic public cultures has been published in American Quarterly, Social Text, the Journal of Asian American Studies, Diaspora, Positions, and Asian Diasporic Visual Cultures and the Americas, among other venues. Mani earned her Ph.D. from Stanford University, her M.A. from Jawaharlal Nehru University, and her B.S.F.S. from Georgetown University.

  • picture of Gwendolyn-Purifoye sitting on a red couch with a multicolored headscarf

    Visiting Scholar in Race and Ethnicity in America, CSREA, Fall 2021, Associate Professor, Sociology Department, North Park University

    Gwendolyn Purifoye is an urban sociologist who specializes in ethnographic studies of social, spatial, and material experiences in public places, especially on and around public transportation. Her research projects are interdisciplinary and intersectional. At the heart of her work is understanding how the human dignity of racial minorities is undermined, and how it is regained and reimagined by the communities themselves. Her work has been published in various volumes and journals including Du Bois Review, City & Community, and Mobilities. Her current book project, Race in Motion: Public Transportation and Restricted Mobile Spaces, uses ethnographic and archival data to examine how public transportation is used to support persistent inequalities and inequities that are raced, spatial, material, social, and embodied. Her most recent research project, which is nearing conclusion, ethnographically explores how Black men and women are put in harm's way - in the form of raced and gendered surveillance, social aggression, social shunning, and workplace hazards - in and around public transportation hubs and parks in Chicago and Washington, D.C.

  • Visiting Professor of the Practice of Race and Ethnicity, CSREA and the School of Public Health, Brown University

    Ronald Aubert is Visiting Professor of the Practice of Race and Ethnicity, CSREA and The School of Public Health. He is also a Faculty Director of the Presidential Scholars Program at Brown University.  Prior to joining Brown he worked as Director of Research Strategy in the Data Generation and Observational Studies group at Bayer Healthcare, LLC; Chief Science Officer and lead scientist for Research and Evaluation Analytics, LLC; Vice President of Advanced Analytics in Medco Health Solutions’ Department of Advanced Clinical Services and Research; Senior Health Care Analyst at the Aetna Center for Health Care Research; and a Commander for the U.S. Public Health Service, Chief of the Epidemiology Section, Division of Diabetes Translation at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).  

  • picture of Jina-B.Kim wearing a red sweater and black collar with trees and greenery in the background

    Visiting Scholar in Race and Ethnicity in America, CSREA, Fall 2021, Assistant Professor of English Language and Literature and of the Study of Women and Gender, Smith College

    Jina B. Kim is Assistant Professor of English and the Study of Women and Gender at Smith College. She teaches and writes about critical disability studies, feminist- and queer-of-color critique, and contemporary ethnic American literature. She is currently at work on a book manuscript titled Dreaming of Infrastructure: Crip-of-Color Imaginaries after the US Welfare State, which examines women- and queer-of-color writing in the afterlife of 1996 U.S. welfare reform. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Signs, Social Text, MELUS, American Quarterly, Disability Studies Quarterly, The South Atlantic Quarterly, and The Asian American Literary Review.