Meeting regularly throughout the academic year, RITM faculty-led working groups advance interdisciplinary scholarship. Many of these groups have also organized lecture series and small conferences.

Explore the 2019-20 Working Groups below.

Asian American Studies Working Group

The Asian American Studies Working Group is a space for graduate students to workshop their works-in-progress with peers and faculty members.
Faculty Advisor: Mary Lui, Professor of American Studies and History

Black Affect Reading Group

The Black Affect Reading Group is a collaborative group of scholars which meets biweekly to discuss the relationship between the discipline of affect theory and the particularities of Black life and experience.
Faculty Advisor: Tavia Nyong'o, Professor of African American Studies, American Studies, and Theater & Performance Studies

Black Feminist Theory Working Group

This working group is a space for faculty and graduate students working on Black Feminist Theory. The group gathers two times a month to discuss texts in Black Feminist Theory, and provide a space for its members to present their work as the year progresses. It is open to Yale faculty and graduate students who are interested in the black feminist movement and related subjects.
Faculty Advisor: Aimee M. Cox, Associate Professor of Anthropology and African American Studies

Colonial Relations, Conditional Futures Working Group

We are committed to developing alternative epistemologies that critique colonial conditions of possibility and destabilize the colonial present.
Faculty Advisor: Lisa Lowe, Samuel Knight Professor of American Studies

French North American Studies Working Group

Founded in 2016, the Yale French North American Studies Working Group supports academic work and intellectual inquiry on French North America, including the Caribbean/ Fondé en 2016, le Yale French North American Studies Working Group a pour objet la recherche et la formation sur l'Amérique française, y compris les Antilles.
Faculty Advisors: Jay Gitlin, Lecturer in History; Edward Cooke, Charles F. Montgomery Professor of the History of Art and Professor of American Studies; Ryan Brasseaux, Lecturer in American Studies

Histories of Colonialism and Modernity

The Histories of Colonialism and Modernity reading group at Yale University brings together graduate students and faculty for the purpose of critically examining and creatively reimagining the histories, definitions, and theories of colonialism and modernity across a range of temporalities and geographies.
Faculty Advisors: Tisa Wenger, Associate Professor of American Religious History; Ayesha Ramachandran, Associate Professor of Comparative Literature; Anne Eller, Associate Professor of Latin American and Caribbean History; Sally Promey, Professor of American Studies and Religious Studies

Latinx Studies

The Latinx Studies Working Group offers a weekly gathering for graduate students and faculty members to discuss research methodologies, current scholarship, and works-in-progress.
Faculty Advisors: Stephen Pitti, Professor of History, American Studies, and Ethnicity, Race, & Migration; Alicia Schmidt Camacho, Professor of Ethnicity, Race, & Migration