Recent News

In her eighteen years as a professor in the Department of American Ethnic Studies, Gail Nomura has been happy to see the leaps and bounds that scholarship and students have made in Asian American studies. As a pioneer in the field, Nomura leaves her post as a professor in the department having seen her field develop, improve, and continue to grow. “I’m glad that we’ve reached a point where we’ve been able to plant Asian American studies at major universities,” she notes. “Students can major in... Read more
Professor Tetsuden Kashima, who is retiring at the end of spring quarter after 39 incredible and productive years as an AES faculty member, has made his mark with several remarkable projects for the UW and the wider Seattle community. Kashima, who received his PhD in Sociology from the University of California at San Diego, has been a professor at the University of Washington since 1976. He worked as a Director of Asian American Studies until the program joined with the African American Studies... Read more
Professors Guerra, Million, Yee and Sumida
On February 11th, an array of faculty, staff, graduate and undergraduate students, and community members gathered for a Forum on Race and Equity co-sponsored by the Departments of American Ethnic Studies, American Indian Studies, and Gender, Women & Sexuality Studies. Conceived in part in response to UW President Ana Mari Cauce’s ongoing Race & Equity initiative, the forum served as an opportunity for a representative from each of the three departments to reflect critically on what... Read more
Dante Pettis and Azeem Victor
Azeem Victor and Dante Pettis have taken multiple American Ethnic Studies courses. They’re also star players on the UW Husky football team. Most importantly, to hear them tell it, they are both mentors to dozens of young students in south Seattle.     Listening to Victor and Pettis talk about their work through the AES Community Ambassadors Program is inspiring. The program, founded by AES’s Dr. Terry Scott and now in its inaugural year, has given seven UW student-athletes a remarkable... Read more
Jannette Gutiérrez and Carlos Vargas
Professor Erasmo Gamboa has provided an exceptional opportunity to several AES students by inviting them to work on his oral history project of Latino/as from the Yakima Valley. Gamboa’s project collects stories and photos from Latino/a residents of the Yakima Valley from 1930 to 1960. These stories are being collected in part to create a map of sites of historical significance to the Valley, but also to create a museum exhibit for the Sea Mar Latino Museum and Cultural Center that is currently... Read more
Professors Sumida, Nomura, Kashima and Flores at the AES Symposium
On Friday, May 6th, various members of the University of Washington community and beyond gathered at the Samuel E. Kelly Ethnic Cultural Center for the first American Ethnic Studies research symposium titled “Toward Transdisciplinary Perspectives.” The event marked the 30th anniversary of the establishment of AES as a department and the 45th anniversary of the founding of three programs that eventually joined together to become the department: African American Studies, Asian American Studies... Read more
AES Chair Juan Guerra
As I approach the end of my first year as AES Chair, there is much to look back on that reminds us all just how important the work we do 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 this 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... Read more
•	Consul of Mexico Presents “Ohtli” Award to University of Washington Professor Lauro Flores
On May 5th, 2016 the Consul of Mexico in Seattle,... Read more
AES Graduation
Graduating seniors, their families, and friends are invited to the 2015 American Ethnic Studies Graduation Celebration. Keynote Speaker: Elmer Dixon Date: Friday, June 10, 2:30pm RSVP for details   COME & CELEBRATE WITH US THE ACCOMPLISHMENTS OF THE CLASS OF 2016! This is a fun, special celebration with family and friends – there will be a short program, and a reception immediately after. Seniors, be sure to... Read more
ACTING ASSISTANT PROFESSORS. The Department of American Ethnic Studies at the University of Washington invites applications for TWO full-time acting assistant professors in American Ethnic Studies starting Autumn Quarter 2016 until Spring Quarter 2017, with the possibility of a second year. Applicants should have a PhD degree, or be an advanced PhD candidate, in ethnic studies, interdisciplinary studies, literature (or English), sociology, or history. Preference will be given to... Read more