Roosbelinda Cardenas (2012-13)
The Center for Race and Ethnicity was pleased to welcome Roosbelinda Cárdenas as its Sawyer Seminar Postdoctoral Associate in Race, Place and Space for the 2012-13 academic year. Dr. Cárdenas received her Ph.D. in Cultural Anthropology from the University of California, Santa Cruz. Her current book project looks at the rearticulations of ethnic blackness in the moment following the institutionalization of multicultural reforms in Colombia and the onset of armed violence on the Pacific region where black communities received collective land titles. More broadly, she is interested in the critical analysis of racial formations and their articulations to the politics of space and nature in Latin America. She is currently a Visiting Professor of Latin American Studies at Hampshire College, Amherst, MA.
Brittney Cooper (2011-12)
Brittney C. Cooper (Emory University, Ph.D.) served as a Ford Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow in the Center for Race and Ethnicity during the 2011-12 academic year. Previously an assistant professor of gender and race studies at the University of Alabama, she is now an assistant professor of Women's and Gender studies at Rutgers where she teaches courses in Black feminism and African American intellectual history. Cooper is also co-founder of and blogger for the Crunk Feminist Collective. Her forthcoming book is Race Women: Gender and the Making of a Black Public Intellectual Tradition, 1831-Present (University of Illinois Press).
Departmental Website: http://womens-studies.rutgers.edu/faculty/core-faculty/572-cooper-brittney
Melissa Stein (2010-11)
During 2010-11, Melissa N. Stein joined the Center for Race and Ethnicity as a postdoctoral fellow, where she previously served as head research assistant during her graduate work at Rutgers. Prior to her return to the CRE, she completed a postdoctoral fellowship in the Gender Studies Department at Indiana University, Bloomington, where she taught undergraduate and graduate courses on race, gender, and sexuality in science and medicine. She received her BA from Franklin & Marshall College and her PhD in History from Rutgers University in 2008, specializing in African-American and women’s/gender history. While at Rutgers, Stein was also a graduate fellow at the Institute for Research on Women and an Excellence Fellow at the Institute for Health, Health Care Policy, and Aging Research.
She is the author of Measuring Manhood: Race and the Science of Masculinity, 1830-1934 (University of Minnesota Press, 2015). Other publications include essays on “Race as a Social Construction” and “Class” in Black Women in America (Oxford University Press, 2005), and on “Misogyny” in The Encyclopedia of Women in World History (Oxford University Press, 2007), and her article, “‘Nature is the author of such restrictions’: Science, Ethnological Medicine, and Jim Crow,” which appeared in The Folly of Jim Crow: Rethinking the Segregated South, 1880-1920, edited by Stephanie Cole and Natalie Ring (Texas A&M University Press, 2012).
Departmental Website: http://gws.as.uky.edu/users/mnst227