April 2015

Viet Thanh Nguyen’s first novel explores the Vietnam War through the lens of his conflicted protagonist, an American-educated spy for the Viet Cong.

Read more      NY Times article

January 2014

‘Lift Ev’ry Voice and Sing’

In her new book Anthem: Social Movements and the Sound of Solidarity in the African Diaspora (New York University Press), Assistant Professor Shana Redmond takes a critical look at black music's largely unexplored anthem genre and its contributions to social justice movements.  Read more    

Additional Links:  Anthem Panel Videorecording  /  Anthem Mixtape  /  Interview on "Left of Black"  

The London School of Economics USApp blog on American politics and policy reprinted an excerpted version of Shana Redmond's 2013 Race & Class article on February 13.  Read more



October 2012

L.A.’s Vernacular Landscapes

Laura Pulido’s new book A People’s Guide to Los Angeles takes readers to 115 little-known sites in the City of Angels where struggles related to race, class, gender and sexuality have occurred.  Read more

August 2012

We are pleased to share the news that Nayan Shah’s recent book Stranger Intimacy: Contesting Race, Sexuality, and Law in the North American West has been awarded the American Historical Association, Pacific Coast Branch’s Norris and Carol Hundley Award.  The Hundley Award recognizes the most distinguished book on any historical subject submitted by a scholar who resides within the twenty-two Western states or four Canadian provinces from which the Pacific Branch of the American Historical Association draws its membership.  The award will be presented on Saturday August 11 at the conference banquet at Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace and Justice at the University of San Diego.

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