About the Center

The Yale Center for the Study of Race, Indigeneity, and Transnational Migration (RITM) is an academic and research center that houses the undergraduate Ethnicity, Race, and Migration Program and the academic journal, Social Text.

RITM’s mission is to advance rigorous, innovative research and teaching on key topics of historical and contemporary importance. Building upon Yale’s longstanding strengths, RITM fosters intellectual exchanges that cross institutional, disciplinary, and geographic borders; enrich and challenge academic fields; and foreground perspectives often underrepresented in university and policy circles. Through research, teaching, and programming, the Center deepens and transforms scholarship, supports undergraduate and graduate education, and engages local and global audiences.

We have three overarching goals:

  • To support the creation and dissemination of innovative scholarship in ethnic studies fields;
  • To introduce new audiences to this work; and
  • To build collaboration and community among scholars across all disciplines working on issues relating to race, indigeneity, and transnational migration.

Center Staff

Stephen Pitti's picture Stephen Pitti
Founding Director; Professor of History and of American Studies
35 Broadway, Room 214
Phone: +1 (203) 432-0560
Matthew Tanico's picture Matthew Tanico
Associate Director
35 Broadway, Room 212
Phone: +1 (203) 432-3260
Nicole Edwards's picture Nicole Edwards
Sr. Administrative Assistant
35 Broadway, Room 210
Phone: +1 (203) 4323233


Established in February 2016 by Yale President Peter Salovey and Provost Benjamin Polak, the Center for the Study of Race, Indigeneity, and Transnational Migration (RITM) was conceived as an interdisciplinary center that would “advance intellectual work related to ethnic studies fields; intersectional race, gender, and sexuality research; and Native and diasporic communities, both in the United States and in other countries.”

An implementation committee comprised of Yale faculty and administrators from across the University met throughout the spring 2016 semester to develop the Center’s initial programming for the 2016-2017 academic year.

The undergraduate program in Ethnicity, Race, and Migration (ER&M), now housed within the Center, was established in 1997.

RITM Implementation Committee membership Spring 2016
New center to explore issues of race, indigeneity, and transnational migration YaleNews, February 2016
Toward a better Yale”, a statement by President Salovey November 2015