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 supports research and teaching on race, indigenous studies, and migration by

  • advancing interdisciplinary research and teaching on these topics at Yale;
  • connecting faculty members, students, existing research efforts, administrative units, and relevant courses of study in new and innovative ways; and
  • promoting collaborations between members of the Yale Community and beyond, through partnerships with local, national, and international institutions, organizations, and individuals.

Center Staff

Stephen Pitti's picture Stephen Pitti
Founding Director; Professor of History and of American Studies
320 York St, New Haven, CT 06511-3627
Phone: +1 (203) 432-0560
Matthew Tanico's picture Matthew Tanico
Associate Director
35 Broadway, Room 212
Phone: +1 (203) 432-3260


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