Recent News

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
The UW Daily
For the Feb. 2, 2017 edition of The Daily’s “Sound Bite” weekly podcast, Vince Schleitwiler, Acting Assistant Professor of American Ethnic Studies, spoke with Alex Bruell about his new book, Strange Fruit of the Black Pacific: Imperialism’s Racial Justice and Its Fugitives (NYU Press).   Listen to the podcast at The Daily’s... Read more
Imagine Otherwise Podcast Ep 30
Vince Schleitwiler, Acting Assistant Professor of American Ethnic Studies, was featured on Episode 30 of Imagine Otherwise, a podcast “about the people and projects bridging art, activism, and academia to build better worlds.” Schleitwiler spoke with host Cathy Hannabach about Afro-Asian intersections, comparative ethnic studies, and the relationship between activism and the public humanities, as well as his new book, Strange... Read more
Shortly after the results of the presidential election were announced in early November 2016, AES felt compelled to post the following position statement in support of the many undocumented students in the department and across the UW campus who continue to experience fear and distress as a consequence of not knowing what their future holds. We urge everyone to continue providing all of the students that we serve in AES and across the UW campus with the support they need to navigate the... Read more
Students and Filmmakers at PICA 2016
For the fourth year in a row, AES students were crucial in planning the Pre-Conquest Indigenous Cultures and its Aftermath (PICA) conference with the support of their faculty advisor, AES Senior Lecturer Connie So. The conference enables students to highlight the greater Seattle community in a program that provides opportunities for both student and community activism and artistry. This year’s theme, “[Ethnic] America: Through Our Lens," highlighted the history and contributions of Native... Read more
Professors Sumida, Nomura, Kashima and Flores at the AES Symposium
Three long-serving members of the AES faculty retired in the spring of 2016; fortunately, they continue to contribute through their amazing work both to the department and the campus community in their new roles as emeritus faculty. Professor Tetsuden Kashima, for example, is slowly returning to writing and doing research for an article and a third book after taking time to clear his “cluttered and book-filled” office and doing some traveling with his wife. He now plans to go more frequently... Read more