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Update: RIGS Cluster Hiring Initiative

April 1, 2016RIGSUncategorized0

RIGS and the College of Liberal Arts are delighted to announce that we will have four new colleagues join us in Fall 2016 as part of the RIGS Cluster Hiring Initiative. I’d like to give my heartfelt thanks to the faculty, students, and staff who worked with us on the RIGS Cluster Hiring Initiative. We are excited that all of our efforts have resulted in the hiring of this group of scholars, who will spark new research, courses, creative work, and community engagement across the College of Liberal Arts and the University.

Catherine R. Squires
RIGS Initiative Director
Professor, Department of Communication Studies

Dr. Karen Mary Davalos will join Minnesota as Professor in the Department of Chican@ & Latin@ Studies. Dr. Davalos is a cultural anthropologist and an internationally renowned scholar of Chican@ Art. Her work focuses on questions of indigeneity, gender, and belonging in the context of injustice, historical erasure, trauma, and resistance. Dr. Davalos is launching an exciting collaborative and interdisciplinary project, Xican@ Art Since 1848. Through this initiative, she plans to produce the first definitive, color monograph on Mexican-heritage artists living in the United States since the signing of the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo.

Dr. Juliana Hu-Pegues will be Assistant Professor in the Department of American Indian Studies, with joint appointments with Asian American Studies and Gender, Women’s & Sexuality Studies. Dr. Hu-Pegues earned her PhD in American Studies from the University of Minnesota, and was an assistant professor at Smith College. She is currently working on Settler Space and Time, a book that examines the comparative and contingent racialization and gendering of Native and Asian peoples in territorial Alaska.

Dr. Gabriela Spears-Rico will join Dr. Davalos in the Department of Chican@ & Latin@ Studies, as an Assistant Professor with a joint appointment in American Indian Studies. A P’urhepecha scholar and poet, Dr. Spears-Rico’s BA is from Stanford University and earned her Ph.D. in Comparative Ethnic Studies from the University of California at Berkeley. Her work examines the contested terrain of representation and the dynamics of cultural appropriation within mestiz@/indigenous relations in Mexico. She is currently working on Commodifying P’urhepechecidad: Mestiza/o Melancholia and the Legacy of Rape and Conquest in Michoacán, a book that explores how gendered violence has framed the racialization of indigenous people and the manufacturing of mestizaje in Mexico.

Dr. Terrion Williamson will join the Department of African American & African Studies, with joint appointments with GWSS and American Studies. Dr. Williamson earned her PhD in American Studies at the University of Southern California in 2011. Prior to that, she earned her JD from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. In addition to publishing many articles and book chapters, Dr. Williamson’s first book, Scandalize My Name: Black Feminist Practice and the Making of Black Social Life, will come out with Fordham University Press in the fall. The book considers discourses and cultural histories of black women within a range of literary and cultural texts, from the work of Toni Morrison, to reality television, to newspapers.

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