Working Groups

The Center for the Study of Race, Indigeneity, and Transnational Migration (RITM) hosts a number of faculty-led working groups that focus on topics related to race, indigeneity, and transnational migration. These working groups, which take a variety of forms, meet regularly during the academic year.

The 2016-2017 RITM Working Groups are:

Asian American Studies

Faculty Organizer: Mary Lui, Professor, American Studies and History

This working group is a space for faculty and graduate students who are working in the area of Asian American Studies.

Ethnography and Oral History

Faculty Organizer: Kathryn Dudley, Professor Anthropology and American Studies; Chair American Studies

The Ethnography and Oral History Working Group is a supportive space for exploring” “processes of planning, conducting, analyzing, and publishing interview-based research and for thinking through intellectual and ethical questions raised by interdisciplinary” “work in which ethnographic encounters are the primary source material.

French American Studies

Faculty Organizers:

  • Ryan André Brasseaux, Lecturer in American Studies; Dean, Davenport College
  • Edward S. Cooke, Jr., Charles F. Montgomery Professor of American Decorative Arts, History of Art
  • Jay Gitlin, Lecturer, History & Associate Director Howard R. Lamar Center for the Study of Frontiers & Borders

The French American Studies working group, launched in Fall 2016, supports academic work and intellectual inquiry about Francophone North America. If you are interested in joining their mailing list, please email Philippe Halbert.

Intersections: Emerging Scholars and Scholarship in Urban Studies

Faculty Organizer: Laura Barraclough, Assistant Professor of American Studies and Ethnicity, Race, and Migration

Intersections: Emerging Scholars and Scholarship in Urban Studies seeks to provide an informal but generative venue in which scholars can learn about each other’s work, become inspired, and build community around urban studies at Yale.

Race and Slavery in the Atlantic World

Faculty Organizer: Edward Rugemer, Associate Professor of History and African American Studies

This working group, housed within the Gilder Lehrman Center for the Study of Slavery, Resistance, and Abolition (GLC), is supported by the Yale Center for the Study of Race, Indigeneity and Transnational Migration. It is open to Yale affiliates interested in slavery and related subjects in North America, Latin America and the Caribbean, Europe and Africa before 1900.

Social Text

Faculty organizer: Tavia Nyong’o, Professor of African American Studies, American Studies, and Theater Studies; Co-editor of the Social Text Collective

The Social Text working group is associated with the journal, Social Text,a quarterly scholarly journal forging creative connections between critical theory and political practice.

Yale Group for the Study of Native America (YGSNA)

Faculty Organizer: Ned Blackhawk, Professor of History and American Studies

The Yale Group for the Study of Native America (YGSNA) began in 2003 as an interdisciplinary working group interested in topics relating to Native America. It has become Yale’s overarching graduate student as well as scholarly working group dedicated to study of Native American and Indigenous peoples. Generally meeting twice a month during the academic year and usually on Tuesdays, YGSNA showcases works in progress and is composed of graduate students, faculty, and staff from across Yale. National speakers in the humanities, the fields of law and journalism, and other scholarly disciplines have also presented at YGSNA.