Recent News

Prof. Stephen Sumida
During the 2016-2017 school year, Professor Emeritus Stephen Sumida was able to serve as a host and mentor to a visiting scholar from the University of Dalian in China, Professor Helen Jiang. Jiang is an associate professor of literature who has published scholarly work in American Ethnic and African American literary studies. Jiang contacted Sumida in 2015 to express interest in studying with him at the University of Washington. She wanted to come to work with Sumida to enrich her studies in... Read more
Prof. Gamboa with President Ana Mari Cauce, Provost Jerry Baldasty, and Graduate School Dean Dave Eaton
Professor Erasmo Gamboa, who retired from AES at the end of Spring Quarter 2017, brought a  nearly 50-year stay at the University of Washington to a dramatic close on May 17 as one of 18 award recipients at the first annual Latinx Faculty Recognition Event sponsored by the UW Latino Center for Health. At the event, Gamboa was recognized for his many accomplishments and contributions to the UW by President Ana Mari Cauce, Provost Jerry Baldasty, and Graduate School Dean Dave Eaton, among them... Read more
Nicolas Khamphilom
In March, AES major Nicolas Khamphilom was recognized as a member of the prestigious cohort of the Husky 100. The Husky 100 is a university award that recognizes both undergraduate and graduate students from across the Bothell, Tacoma, and Seattle campuses. Students recognized for the Husky 100 award are honored because they “actively connect what happens inside and outside of the classroom and apply what they learn to make a difference on campus, in their communities, and for the future.”... Read more
Professor Rick Bonus with John Robyn Buenavista
In Fall Quarter 2016, Professor Rick Bonus was approached by a group of students in his AES 360 course on Critical Filipino American History. The group of AES students—John Robyn Buenavista, Bryttnii Cariaso, Jelwyn Agbayani, Megan DeMorse, and RJ Dumo—were all interested in doing an independent study to help contribute to the upcoming centennial anniversary of the founding of the Filipino American Students Association (FASA) at the UW. Before long, this small group of students began to pursue... Read more
Day of Remembrance Poster
In February, AES professors emeriti were active in organizing a Day of Remembrance event on the UW campus. The event, titled “How Could Concentration Camps Happen?,” was held in Kane Hall on the seventy-fifth anniversary of the signing of Executive Order 9066, which allowed for the incarceration of Japanese Americans in internment camps during World War II. AES professors emeriti Gail Nomura, Stephen Sumida, and Tetsuden Kashima were heavily involved in continuing their legacy of holding events... Read more
AES Chair Juan Guerra
As I approach the beginning of my third year as AES Chair, there is much to look back on that reminds us of how important our work is in supporting the well-being of the department. While we have faced our share of challenges, it is in the celebratory moments we showcase in each issue of All Eyes on AES that we find the most authentic manifestation of our commitment to a future that beckons and asks us to remember who we are and where we’re going. Once again, the diverse activities and multiple... Read more
2017 AES Graduation
On June 9, AES faculty, staff, students—along with their family and friends—gathered in the Mountaineers Program Center to confer diplomas and celebrate the achievements of the Class of 2017. This year, AES conferred diplomas to 54 students. After a welcome by department Chair, Professor Juan Guerra, the crowd was greeted by a keynote address from Professor Erasmo Gamboa, who retired at the end of the 2016-2017 academic year. Gamboa, who has been a professor of Chicano Studies for 33 years,... Read more
Prof. Erasmo Gamboa, UW President Ana Mari Cauce, UW Regent Rogelio Riojas
Dr. Erasmo Gamboa was one of 19 UW Latina and Latino faculty recognized for scholarly achievements at the inaugural Latinx Faculty Recognition reception on May 16, 2017 --   hosted by the Latino Center for Health at UWMore photos  
Lauro Flores, professor of American Ethnic Studies, received the 2016 UW Alumni Association Multicultural Alumni Partnership (MAP) Distinguished Community Service Award. In honor of his many contributions to the larger community, Flores received the Premio Ohtli award earlier in... Read more
Department of American Ethnic Studies -- Statement of Support
Over the last several months, many students at the University of Washington and across the country have felt personally vulnerable as a consequence of increased incidents, including hate speech and propaganda, physical intimidation and verbal assaults aimed at disrupting their lives by making them apprehensive and fearful about the future. As members of the Department of American Ethnic Studies, we want you to know that we value the inherent dignity and uniqueness of all individuals and... Read more