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Claire Oberon Garcia

Director of Race and Ethnic StudiesClaire Garcia

Professor of English

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Office: Armstrong Hall, #254
Tel:(719) 389-6510


Ryan Raul BanagaleRyan Banagale

Assistant Professor of Music

Packard 109

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Santiago GuerraSantiago Guerra

Assistant Professor 

Hulbert Center Room #202

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Alberto Hernandez-Lemus

Associate Professor of Philosophy

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Office: Armstrong Hall, #134
Tel:(719) 389-6029






Christina Leza

Assistant Professor

Christina Leza is a cultural and linguistic anthropologist whose research interests include indigenous peoples of the Americas, discourse and identity, racial and ethnic discourses, grassroots activism, and cognitive anthropology.   She earned her Ph.D. in Anthropology at the University of Arizona in 2009 and joined The Colorado College faculty in 2011.  Her most recent research has focused on border indigenous activist responses to U.S.-Mexico border policy in collaboration with the grassroots indigenous organization Alianza Indígena Sin Fronteras / Indigenous Alliance Without Borders.  Her current writing projects include a book manuscript, Divided Nations: Policy, Activism and Indigenous Identities on the U.S.-Mexico Border, and a chapter on hip-hop as U.S.-Mexico border activism and identity discourse for a scholarly volume on indigenous music and modernity.

Office: Barnes 306
Phone: ext. 6131

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Anne Hyde

Anne Hyde

Professor of History

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Office: Palmer Hall, #205A
Tel:(719) 389-6923





W. Chris Johnson

Riley Scholar in Residence


W. Chris Johnson is Riley Scholar-in-Residence for Race and Ethnic Studies during the academic year 2013-2014. Chris is currently completing a PhD in African American Studies and History at Yale University. His teaching and research navigate histories of transnationalism and migration, gender and sexuality, feminism and intersectionality, Empire and anti-imperialism, Afro-Asian liberation movements, and the Caribbean. Chris’s dissertation, “Bridges to Babylon: Gender, Migration, and the Interwoven Itineraries of Everyday Revolutionaries in the Twentieth-Century Atlantic World,” maps networks of migrant activists who fought racism, poverty, and patriarchy in Trinidad and Tobago, Britain, Africa, and North America. At Colorado College, Chris is teaching two classes: the Introduction to Comparative Study of Race and Ethnicity, and Black Power in the Atlantic World.


A.B., Vassar College, 2005

M.A., Yale University, 2006

M.F.A., Indiana University, 2009

Ph.D., Yale University, expected 2014


Emily Chan

Emily Chan

Associate Professor of Psychology

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Office: Tutt Science Center, #306E
Tel:(719) 227-8202







Anusha KedharRoberts

Assistant Professor in Dance

Cornersone #407


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Doug Monroy Doug Monroy

Professor of History
America, U.S. Southwest
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Palmer  215E
(719) 389 - 6526




Mario Montano

Associate Professor of Anthropology

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Office: Barnes, #310
Tel:(719) 389-6824


Laura Padilla

Assistant Professor of English

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Office: Armstrong Hall, #253
Tel:(719) 389-6509

Heidi R. Lewis

Assistant Professor
Feminist and Gender Studies

Interdisciplinary House, 205

 Heidi R. Lewis is an Assistant Professor of feminist and gender studies (FGS), as well as a core member of the race and ethnic studies faculty. Heidi has been a member of the Colorado College faculty since 2010, when she became a Riley Scholar-in-Residence for FGS. Her teaching and research focus on feminist theory and criticism, gender and sexuality, Critical Media Studies and popular culture, Critical Race Theory, Critical Whiteness Studies, Black Studies, and social justice and activism. She is currently drafting a manuscript, Canaries in the Post-Racial Coal Mine: An Examination of Narratives about Black Fathers and White Mothers, which theorizes narratives by and/or about women with black fathers and white mothers as manifestations of the ways in which women of color have problematized anti-racism and anti-sexism projects that have historically ignored and/or erased women of color. Her other research interests include mediated constructions of black gay men, hip hop culture, the ways in which black women experience and shape academia, and intellectual parenting. Heidi also serves on the Editorial Collective of The Feminist Wire, an online publication that provides sociopolitical and cultural critiques of anti-feminist, racist, and imperial politics, and is a member of the American Studies Association, Association for the Study of the Worldwide African Diaspora, Critical Ethnic Studies Association, Cultural Studies Association, National Council for Black Studies, National Women’s Studies Association, and Popular Culture/American Culture Association.

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Manya Whitaker

Assistant Professor 


Manya Whitaker

As a developmental educational psychologist, I am committed to investigating issues of diversity and equity in K-12 public schools. In courses such as Diversity & Equity in Education and Urban Education we examine the influence of social factors such as race, gender, language and class on school and family practices. In the Connecting Learning Across Social Settings (C.L.A.S.S.) Lab I work with one graduate and two undergraduate students to study how low income and ethnic minority parents construct their role in children's schooling.








Naomi Pueo WoodNaomi Wood

Assistant Professor

My research is based in the connections between studies of the “Americas,” feminist and gender studies and critical race studies. I look at the ways that different bodies—in literature, film, dance, and popular culture—perform as emblems for different nationalist projects. My research looks specifically at contemporary culture in Brazil and the Hispanic Caribbean but at its core assumes that there are important ties between these regions and the larger Americas that can be found in studies of contemporary performance. I am interested in the ways the queer studies can be expanded and interpreted as a productive theory for breaking down heterocentric and racist reproductions of Nation.  I teach courses in Spanish, Portuguese, and English such as “Caribbean Feminisms” and “Race and Gender in Brazil.” 

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Office: Armstrong Hall #338
Tel: (719) 389-6519




Rashna Singh

Visiting Professor

I was born and raised in India and received my B.A. Honours degree from the University of Calcutta in English and Political Science, my M.A. in English from Mount Holyoke College, and my Ph.D. in English from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.  I am the author of "The Imperishable Empire: British Fiction on India" and "Goodly is Our Heritage: Children’s Literature, Empire, and the Certitude of Character". I am also the author of the following book chapters: “Kipling’s Other Burden: Counter-narrating Empire,” in Kipling and Beyond: Patriotism, Globalisation and Postcolonialism, “‘The Art of Conversation:’ How the ‘Subaltern’ Speaks in Joseph Conrad’s Heart of Darkness and Chinua Achebe’s Things Fall Apart,” in Things Fall Apart 1958-2008, and “In the Vortex of the Expulsion: The Search for an Asian African Imaginary,” in The Critical Imagination in African Literature, forthcoming from Syracuse University Press.
I have also contributed to Asian American Playwrights: A Biobibliographical Critical Sourcebook (Greenwood Press, 2002) and to the Encyclopedia of the Jewish Diaspora: Origins, Experiences, and Culture (ABC-CLIO, 2008).  In addition, I have written numerous scholarly articles and have presented conference papers on issues in British colonial and postcolonial literature, as well as on multicultural and pedagogical issues. In 2003, I was awarded a National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Institute Grant to participate in an Institute on “Representations of the Other: Jews in Medieval Christendom” at Oxford University. In 1998, I was one of two professors in the state awarded the Massachusetts Council for International Education Lectureship. Also in 1998, I served as Keynote Speaker at the Rhode Island College Dialogue on Diversity in 1997.
For me “diversity” is more than a buzz word, or window dressing, or statistics. It constitutes the true meaning of citizenship, both in terms of the United States and in terms of the world. I consider global citizenship and global cultural literacy key for our century. I believe that the critical study of issues of race, ethnicity, migrations, diasporas and, yes, diversity should be foundational in a liberal arts college education. I also think that it is important to look at these issues transnationally. I am deeply committed to the Race & Ethnic Studies Program at Colorado College and would like to see it grow from strength to strength. Aside from ES 185 (Introduction to Comparative Study of Race and Ethnicity), I currently teach courses in Postcolonial Literature, African Literature, Asian-American literature and the literature of the British Empire. I have also taught Race, Class & Gender and Diaspora and Literature.

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