Visiting Professors

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

  • 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).  

  • Visiting Scholar in Race and Ethnicity, assistant professor of English at Fordham University

    Scott Poulson-Bryant is an assistant professor of English at Fordham University. His academic work has appeared in American StudiesThe Journal of Popular Music Studies, and Palimpsest. One of the founding editors of VIBE magazine (and the editor who gave the magazine its name), Poulson-Bryant has published journalism, profiles, reviews, and essays in such publications as Rolling Stone, the Village Voice, SPIN, the New York TimesEssenceEbony, and The Source. He is the author of HUNG: A Meditation on the Measure of Black Men in America (Doubleday Books, 2006) and The VIPs, a novel published by Broadway Books/Random House in 2011. He is currently working on his monograph Brand New Day: Race, Ethnicity and the Making of U.S. Popular Culture in the 1970s

  • Visiting Scholar in Race and Ethnicity, Associate Professor in the Departments of History and American Studies at Indiana University, Bloomington

    Karen Inouye is the Ruth N. Halls Associate Professor in the Departments of History and American Studies at Indiana University, Bloomington.  An interdisciplinary scholar of race and ethnicity, her current project, "Indigeneity and Asian America: The Double Displacement of Wartime Incarceration," examines wartime incarceration of Nikkei on Native and indigenous lands in Hawaii, Arizona, Canada, and Australia. Her first book, "The Long Afterlife of Nikkei Wartime Incarceration," was published in Stanford University Press's Asian America Series in 2016.  She has also published in American Quarterly, the Journal of Transnational American Studies, the Journal of Asian American Studies, among other places. Currently, she is the Chair of the Department of American Studies at Indiana University, Bloomington and an elected member of the Nominating Committee of the American Studies Association.

  • Visiting Scholar in Race and Ethnicity, Assistant Professor, Politics, Occidental College

    Ainsley LeSure is an Assistant Professor of Politics and affiliated faculty of the Black Studies Program at Occidental College in Los Angles, California. She is a political theorist with broad interests in antiracist critical theory, democratic theory, social justice, and feminist theory. Her current book project “Subverting the Rule of Race: Achieving Racial Equality Democratically,” traces how an over-emphasis on the inner states of individuals – like implicit biases, intentions, motivations, sentiments, aversions, and beliefs – in explaining the tenacity of racial injustice in the contemporary moment blinds us to the way racism makes its appearance in the world.

  • Visiting Scholar in Race and Ethnicity, Associate Professor in the English Department at Wayne State University

    Sarika Chandra specializes in the areas of Twentieth and Twenty-First Century American Studies, Globalization Studies, Race and Ethnic Studies with emphasis on Comparative Racialization, Im/Migration, Imperialism, Critical Theory, Environmental and Food Politics.  She is the author of Dislocalism: The Crisis of Globalization and the Remobilizing of Americanism.