Distinguished Visitors


Vivek Bald

Vivek Bald (MIT)
Vivek Bald is a scholar, writer, and documentary filmmaker whose work focuses on histories of migration and diaspora, particularly from the South Asian subcontinent. He is the author of Bengali Harlem and the Lost Histories of South Asian America (Harvard University Press, 2013), and co-editor, with Miabi Chatterji, Sujani Reddy, and Manu Vimalassery of The Sun Never Sets: South Asian Migrants in an Age of U.S. Power (NYU Press, 2013). His films include "Taxi-vala/Auto-biography," (1994) which explored the lives, struggles, and activism of New York City taxi drivers from India, Pakistan, and Bangladesh, and "Mutiny: Asians Storm British Music" (2003) a hybrid music documentary/social documentary about South Asian youth, music, and anti-racist politics in 1970s-90s Britain. Bald is currently working on a transmedia project aimed at recovering the histories of peddlers and steamship workers from British colonial India who came to the United States under the shadows of anti-Asian immigration laws and settled within U.S. communities of color in the early 20th century. The project consists of the Bengali Harlem book as well as a documentary film, "In Search of Bengali Harlem," (currently in production), and a digital oral history website in development at

Sharad Chari

Sharad Chari (UC Berkeley)
Sharad Chari is Associate Professor in the Department of Geography at Berkeley, and Research Associate at the Wits Institute for Social and Economic Research (WiSER) at the University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa. Sharad is a scholar of agrarian transition and industrialization in India (Fraternal Capital, 2004) and has been working on South Africa since 2002. He has also begun new work on an oceanic conception of capitalism, in relation to the fetishism of "the Ocean Economy" in the Southern African Indian Ocean region. At Berkeley Geography, he is also part of Berkeley Black Geographies and the Submergent Archive, and at WiSER he is part of the project on the Oceanic Humanities in the Global South.

Tarek El-Ariss

Tarek El-Ariss (Dartmouth College)
Tarek El-Ariss is Associate Professor and Chair of Middle Eastern Studies at Dartmouth. Working across disciplines and languages, his research interests include contemporary Arabic culture, literature, and art; new media and cyber culture; digital humanities; Nahda literature, language, press, and literary theory; travel writing and the war novel; film and television studies; sci-fi and utopia studies; 18th- and 19th-century French philosophy and literature; gender and sexuality studies; and psychoanalysis, deconstruction, and affect theory. He is author of Trials of Arab Modernity: Literary Affects and the New Political and Leaks, Hacks, and Scandals: Arab Culture in the Digital Age, and editor of the MLA anthology, The Arab Renaissance: A Bilingual Anthology of the Nahda. He's the editor of a series on literature in translation entitled, Emerging Voices from the Middle East.

Alyosha Goldstein

Alyosha Goldstein (U New Mexico)
Alyosha Goldstein is a Professor of American Studies at the University of New Mexico. Goldstein's research interests include the study of globalization, neoliberalism, and social movements; comparative histories of imperialism, colonialism, and nationalism; modern liberalism and twentieth-century political culture; critical race and indigenous studies; the history and politics of public health; and social and political theory. Poverty in Common: The Politics of Community Action during the American Century (Duke University Press, 2012), Goldstein’s first book, examines mid-twentieth century community-based antipoverty initiatives in the United States within the context of the Cold War, decolonization movements worldwide, and grassroots struggles for self-determination. This study focuses on the ways in which the negotiation of boundaries—between foreign and domestic, empire and nation, violence and order, dependency and autonomy—were a vital part of racial and gendered struggles over the dynamics of governance and inequality in the United States.

Paget Henry

Paget Henry (Brown University)
Paget Henry (Ph.D. in Sociology, Cornell University, 1976) is Professor of Sociology and Africana Studies. His specializations are Dependency Theory, Caribbean Political Economy, Sociology of Religion, Sociology of Art and Literature, Africana Philosophy and Religion, Race and Ethnic Relations, Poststructuralism, and Critical Theory. He has served on the faculties of S.U.N.Y.Stony Brook, University of the West Indies (Antigua) and the University of Virginia. He is the author of Caliban's Reason: Introducing Afro-Caribbean Philosophy (Routledge, 2000), Peripheral Capitalism and Underdevelopment in Antigua (Transaction Books, 1985), and co-editor of C.L.R. James's Caribbean (Duke UP, 1992) and New Caribbean: Decolonization, Democracy, and Development (Institute for the Study of Human Issues, 1983). His more than fifty articles, essays, and reviews have appeared in such journals, newspapers, and magazines as Caribbean Quarterly, Social and Economic Studies, The Cornell Journal of Social Relations, The Encyclopedia of the Left, Sociological Forum, Studies in Comparative International Development, The American Journal of Sociology, the Antigua and Barbuda Forum, Third World Affairs, The Bulletin of Eastern Caribbean Affairs, and Blackworld. Several of Henry's essays have been reprinted in anthologies on the best work in his fields. Henry is editor of The C.L.R. James Journal and co-editor of the Routledge series Africana Thought.

Kehaulani Kauanui

Kehaulani Kauanui (Wesleyan)
J. Kēhaulani Kauanui is Professor of American Studies and an affiliate faculty member in Anthropology at Wesleyan University, where she serves as the current Chair of the American Studies Department, and the current Director of the Center for the Americas. She earned her PhD in History of Consciousness at the University of California, Santa Cruz, in 2000. After transferring from community college (Irvine Valley) in 1989, she earned her B.A. in Women’s Studies at the University of California, Berkeley in 1992. Kauanui has a newly released book, Speaking of Indigenous Politics: Conversations with Activists, Scholars, and Tribal Leaders, which features select interviews from her public affairs radio show "Indigenous Politics," which aired from 2007-2013 (forthcoming 2018, University of Minnesota Press). Her first book is Hawaiian Blood: Colonialism and the Politics of Sovereignty and Indigeneity (Duke University Press, 2008). In September 2018, her new book, Paradoxes of Hawaiian Sovereignty: Land, Sex, and the Colonial Politics of State Nationalism, which examines myriad contradictions of indigeneity and self-determination vis-a-vis US domestic policy and international law will be released (Duke University Press).

Eunsong Kim

Eunsong Kim (Northeastern)
Eunsong Kim is an Assistant Professor in the Department of English at Northeastern University. She completed her PhD at UC San Diego. Her book project in progress, The Politics of Collecting: Property & Race & Aesthetic Formations considers how legal conceptions of racialized property become foundational to avant-garde and modern understandings of innovation in the arts. Eunsong co-founded and co-runs the arts forum, contemptorary, a magazine supported by the Andy Warhol Art Writers Grant Program, dedicated to featuring, interviewing and archiving artists of color and publishing emerging perspectives in the arts. For her work bridging the conversation between contemporary art and politics, she received the 2016 Poynter Fellowship in journalism at Yale University. Her essays have appeared in: Lateral: Journal of the Cultural Studies Association, Journal of Critical Library and Information Studies, The New Inquiry, and in the book anthologies, Poetics of Social Engagement and Reading Modernism with Machines. Her poetry has appeared in the Brooklyn Magazine, The Iowa Review, Minnesota Review, and West Branch amongst others. Her first book of poetry, Gospel of Regicide, was published by Noemi Press in 2017, and her co-translation (with Sung Gi Kim) of Kim Eon Hee's poetic text "Have You Been Feeling Blue These Days?" will be published in the Spring of 2019.

Minkah Makalani

Minkah Makalani (UT Austin)
Minkah Makalani is assistant professor of African and African diaspora studies at the University of Texas at Austin. He is the author of the book, In the Cause of Freedom: Radical Black Internationalism from Harlem to London, 1917-1939, and co-editor (with Davarian Baldwin) of Escape from New York: The New Negro Renaissance beyond Harlem. His work has appeared in The Journal of African American History, Souls, Small Axe, Social Text, South Atlantic Quarterly, and Women, Gender, and Families of Color, as well as the collections Outside In: The Transnational Circuitry of U.S. History, and C.L.R. James' Beyond a Boundary Fifty Years On.

Zachariah Mampilly

Zachariah Mampilly (Vassar College)
Zachariah Mampilly is a Professor of Political Science and International Studies at Vassar College. In 2012/2013, he was a Fulbright Visiting Professor at the University of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. He is the author of Rebel Rulers: Insurgent Governance and Civilian Life during War (Cornell U. Press 2011), and Africa Uprising: Popular Protest and Political Change (Zed Press, 2015), co-written with Adam Branch. Mampilly teaches courses on civil wars and rebel movements; race, ethnicity and nationalism; and the international relations of the Third World.


Nicholas Mirzoeff

Nicholas Mirzoeff (NYU)
Nicholas Mirzoeff is a visual activist, working at the intersection of politics, race and global/visual culture. He is Professor of Media, Culture, and Communication at New York University. Among his many publications, The Right to Look: A Counterhistory of Visuality (2011) won the Anne Friedberg Award for Innovative Scholarship from the Society of Cinema and Media Studies in 2013. His new project, The Appearance of Black Lives Matter was published in 2017 as a free e-book, and in 2018 as a limited edition print book with the art project "The Bad Air Smelled Of Roses" by Carl Pope and a poem by Karen Pope, both by NAME Publications, Miami. A frequent blogger and writer, his work has appeared in the New York Times, the Guardian, Time and The New Republic.

Josie Saldana

Josie Saldana (NYU)
Josie Saldana area of interests are Latin American and Latinx Studies; Indigenous Studies; colonization and comparative race in the Americas; globalization and immigrations studies; development studies and revolutionary thought; hemispheric literary and cultural studies. She is a Professor of Social & Cultural Analysis at NYU. Saldaña-Portillo has also received various grants and awards over the course of her career from the Ford Foundation, the Mellon Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the University of California, between them: 2017 Best Book Award for Book Published in 2016. National Association for Chicano and Chicana Studies (NACCS); 2017 Finalist, IPEG Book Prize. British International Studies Association- International Political Economy Group; May 2011, The Hispanic History of Texas Project, Recovering the U.S. Hispanic Literary Heritage Project Research Grant and 2010-2011 U.S. Fulbright-García Robles Research Fellowship, All Disciplines Mexico City.


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