Yale’s Center for the Study of Race, Indigeneity, and Transnational Migration is devoted to advancing intellectual work related to Ethnic Studies fields; to intersectional race, gender, and sexuality research; and to Native and diasporic communities both in the United States and other countries. We anticipate that the center will serve as the new home of the Ethnicity, Race, and Migration Programand that it will reach beyond Yale to connect with local, national, and international institutions, organizations, and individuals.


The center in part responds to President Salovey’s call for a more integrated, more open, and more inclusive University, one in which students, faculty members, researchers, and others connect more easily across academic units.

We are excited about the work that this important new center will undertake in the coming semesters, beginning with major programming already set for Fall 2016 semester.


The Center will bestow the Yale Bassett Award for Community Engagement on a select number of high school juniors (class of 2018) in the United States beginning in Spring 2017. Learn more and apply here.

The center builds upon longstanding efforts at Yale, and on the legacy of students such as Ebenezer Bassett (1833-1908).

Born in Connecticut into a Native American (Schaghticoke) and African American family, Ebenezer Bassett excelled in coursework at the Connecticut Normal School (now Central Connecticut State) and at Yale, where he pursued courses in mathematics and classics in the 1850s.

Facing racial discrimination, Bassett became an influential educator, an abolitionist, and a public servant with a national and international vision. Twelve Yale faculty members supported his bid for a government appointment after the Civil War, and in 1869 Bassett became consul general to Haiti and chargé d’affaires to the Dominican Republic. Conversant in both French and Haitian Creole, he gained a hemispheric understanding of racial politics, the Black diaspora, and political refugees, and his Handbook on Haiti was published in four languages.

Ebenezer Bassett served as Haiti’s consul in New York City, and his sons Ebenezer and Ulysses both attended Yale College. He is buried at Grove Street Cemetery in New Haven not far from faculty members and prominent New Haven residents such as John Blassingame, Sylvia Ardyn Boone, Mary Goodman, Asakawa Kan’ichi, Vashti Duplex and Courtland Van Resellaer Creed, Kingman Brewster, and others who shared many of Bassett’s interests. 

To advance teaching and research, and to bolster Yale’s leadership in key academic fields, the center intends to sponsor conferences, colloquia, and working groups, and to initiate other programming.

Plans for new programs will be announced in the coming months. 

Research Fellowships

The center will serve as the new home of the Ethnicity, Race, and Migration Program, and offered its first summer research fellowship opportunities to undergraduate and graduate students at Yale during summer 2016.

Predoctoral and Postdoctoral Fellowships

The center will help to host Yale’s American Indian Studies Dissertation Writing Fellowship 

In the coming weeks, the center will introduce two postdoctoral associates who will research and teach at Yale during the 2016-2017 academic year, and it will publicize a number of events, activities, and opportunities that will be open to faculty and students conducting research in RITM areas.

Implementation Committee

Stephen Pitti
Founding Director of the RITM Center; Professor of History and of American Studies
320 York St, New Haven, CT 06511-3627
Phone: +1 (203) 432-0560
Elijah Anderson
William K. Lanman, Jr. Professor of Sociology
493 College St, New Haven, CT 06511-8907
Phone: +1 (203) 432-3321
Ned Blackhawk
Professor of History and of American Studies
320 York St, New Haven, CT 06511-3627
Phone: +1 (203) 432-8530
David Blight
Class of 1954 Professor of American History and Director of the Gilder Lehrman Center at Yale
320 York St, New Haven, CT 06511-3627
Phone: +1 432-8521, 432-3339
Hazel Carby
Charles C. and Dorathea S. Dilley Professor of African American Studies, Professor of American Studies, and Director of the Initiative on Race Gender and Globalization
81 Wall St, New Haven, CT 06511-6606
Phone: +1 (203) 432-9059
Inderpal Grewal
Professor of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies; of American Studies; and of Anthropology
100 Wall St, New Haven, CT 06511-6607
Phone: +1 (203) 432-0848
Mary Lui
Professor of American Studies, History, and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies; and Master of Timothy Dwight College
320 York St, New Haven, CT 06511-3627
Phone: +1 (203) 432-8288
Jock Reynolds
Director of the Yale University Art Gallery
201 York, New Haven, CT 06511-8926
Phone: +1 (203) 432-7802
J Lloyd Suttle
Staff Liaison; Deputy Provost for Academic Resources
2 Whitney Ave - Suite 400, New Haven, CT 06510
Phone: +1 (203) 432-4453