Members of the Board of Directors serve staggered four-year terms, except for the graduate student representative, who serves a two-year term. Board members must attend two meetings a year: one at the annual conference in the Spring and one in the Fall. Between meetings, each Board member is expected to serve on committees and to further the business of NAES throughout the year. Candidates for the Board must have been NAES members for at least one year prior to serving.

Elections to the Board occur as terms end. We encourage anyone interested in serving to self-nominate or recommend others to the Secretary.

Serving on an NAES standing committee is excellent preparation for Board service, and offers a significant way to serve the organization. Nearly all of the standing committees welcome non-Board members to contribute. To inquire about serving on an NAES committee, please contact the chair of the committee in which you are interested. You can find that information on the NAES Committees page.

Members of the Board of Directors (terms end at the annual conference in the year indicated in parentheses):

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David Aliano (2018)
Associate Editor, Ethnic Studies Review College of Mount St. Vincent

David Aliano is Associate Professor of Modern Languages and Literatures and History at the College of Mount Saint Vincent. Dr. Aliano is also Chair of the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures. He earned his Ph.D. and M. Phil. Degrees at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York (CUNY) and his Bachelor of the Arts Degree at Fordham University.

David specializes in the study of transnational and migrant identities. Living and working in the immigrant communities of New York City has made him especially aware of the importance of ethnic studies as an integral part of college curricula. At the College of Mount Saint Vincent he offers a wide range of courses in Italian and Spanish as well as European and Latin American History. He has developed new courses and programs related to ethnic and international studies, including a Study Abroad program to Rome, Italy. He also has experience in community outreach having worked for the Ecuadorian Civic Committee of New York as well as the John D. Calandra Italian American Institute, Queens College (CUNY).

Publications include, “Brazil through Italian Eyes: The Debate over Emigration to São Paulo during the 1920s,” in Altreitalie (2005); “Curing the Ills of Central America: The United Fruit Company Medical Department and Corporate America’s Mission to Civilize,” in Estudios Interdisciplinarios de America Latina y el Caribe (2006); “Revisiting Saint Domingue: Toussaint L’Ouverture and the Haitian Revolution in the French Colonial Debates of the Late Nineteenth Century (1870-1900),” in French Colonial History (2008), “Citizenship and Belonging: The Case of the Italian Vote Abroad” in the Ethnic Studies Review (2010), and most recently published Mussolini’s National Project in Argentina, a book that explores the historical case of the Italian community in Argentina and its interaction with the Italian fascist regime (Fairleigh Dickinson University Press).

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Susan Asai (2018)
Chair, Membership Northeastern University

Susan M. Asai is an associate professor in the Music Department at Northeastern University in Boston. She received her Ph.D. in ethnomusicology from the University of California at Los Angeles. Her primary areas of interest and research are Asian American music, particularly issues of music and identity, and Japanese folk performing arts.

The range of topics she has researched and written about includes Japanese folk performing arts, Asian American music and identity, and pedagogies in teaching Asian music. Asai’s key publications include her book, “Nomai Dance Drama: A Surviving Spirit of Medieval Japan,” published in November 1999 by Greenwood Publishing Group, and the articles, “Transformations of Tradition: Three Generations of Japanese American Music Making,” “Sansei Voices in the Community: Japanese American Musicians in California,” and “Origins of the Musical and Spiritual Syncretism in Nomai Dance Drama of Northern Japan.”

Her current book project investigates the nexus of music, identity, and politics in the music making of three generations of Japanese Americans. Other research and teaching interests include cultural politics, globalization and popular musics of the world, and music and dance of the African Diaspora.

Her courses include: “Music as a Means of Social Expression“, “Music of Asia“, “Music of Latin America and the Caribbean“, and “Historical Traditions: World Music“.

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Craig M. Cook (2016)
Board Member Santa Barbara City College

Craig M. Cook is a Professor/Chair of the Ethnic Studies Department at Santa Barbara City College in Santa Barbara, California where he teaches courses in Asian American Studies, Black Studies, Chicano/a Studies, and specialized courses in Ethnic Studies (U.S. Immigration History and Racism in America).

Professor Cook received a B.A. in World History and Ethnic Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Parkside and a M.A. in History (emphasis in African American History and Contemporary World History) from Roosevelt University in Chicago, Illinois.  Both subjects push students to connect with other cultures, with one another and with us while challenging them to be capable global citizens, guided by knowledge and ethical principles, which will shape the future.

Cook’s studies specialize on a diverse array of ethno-racial groups, with a comparative focus, to provide a framework for understanding both the specificities and the differences among the situations of racially-marginalized groups in the U.S. and beyond. His research interests are: African American History and Culture, Slave Revolts, Comparative Ethnic and Racial Studies, Social Movements, Cultural Studies and U.S. Immigration History.

As a scholar/activist, Professor Cook integrates academic research and community service.  He has worked with many diverse community groups and organizations since he began as a student activist during the late 1990s vigorously participating in anti-racism activism and organizing; to working with undocumented immigrants in Chicago, Illinois and later Santa Barbara, California. Living and working in the large immigrant communities of Chicago and Southern California has made him overtly conscious of the importance of Ethnic Studies as a vital part of college/university curricula. As a holistic body of work, Cook’s scholarly work seeks to manifest interdisciplinary African American and Ethnic Studies with integral community engagement.

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Emily Drew (2015)
Secretary, NAES Willamette University

Dr. Emily Drew is an Associate Professor of American Ethnic Studies at Willamette University, where she teaches courses about racism, urban sociology, mass media, and social change.

Her research and teaching are driven by a life-long commitment to equity and social justice. As an educator, she practices critical pedagogy in methodology and content and her Ethnic Studies students engage in academic “justice learning,” where they help contribute to building the capacity of organizations working for immigration justice in Oregon.

Dr. Drew’s research agenda revolves around understanding how race and racism operate inside of social institutions, with the goal of helping to illuminate more effective strategies for interrupting institutionalized racism. Her research has been published in Critical Studies in Media Communication and the Journal of Tourism & Cultural Change. She has a forthcoming work in the Journal of Urban Affairs that explores how a neighborhood in Portland, Oregon responds to gentrification by producing local knowledge claims, raising consciousness and attempting to build “anti-racist place.”

As an anti-racist activist for almost 20 years, Dr. Drew has also served as a co-trainer of “Understanding Institutional Racism” workshops for Crossroads Anti-Racism Organizing and Training.

In higher education, she works as a strategic planner, helping institutions develop and implement long term commitments to anti-racist, multicultural diversity.

Recently, Dr. Drew was selected by Oregon Humanities to facilitate a conversation about race and place with non-profits across the state entitled “White Out: The Future of Racial Diversity in Oregon.

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David Hamilton Golland (2018)
Co-Chair, Awards Committee Governors State University

David Hamilton Golland, the author of Constructing Affirmative Action: The Struggle for Equal Employment Opportunity (Lexington: University Press of Kentucky, 2011) is Assistant Professor of History at Governors State University outside Chicago, Illinois. He holds a PhD in United States History from the City University of New York and an MA in American History from the University of Virginia. He is currently working on a political biography of Arthur Fletcher, the former pro football player who advised four presidents and became known as the “father of affirmative action.”

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Connie Jacobs (2014)
Co-Chair, Graduate Student Affairs Committee San Juan College

Connie A. Jacobs is a Professor Emerita at San Juan College, Farmington, New Mexico where she served at Chair of the English Department. Additionally, she co-directed and helped build the college’s Honors Program.

Her teaching focused on Ethnic Literatures, and she specialized in American Indian Literatures, especially the work of Diné poets Luci Tapahonso and Esther Belin and Ojibwe writer, Louise Erdrich. Her books include The Novels of Louise Erdrich: Stories of Her People ([American Indian Studies, V. 11.] Peter Lang Publishing (2001) and Approaches to Teaching the Works of Louise Erdrich, co-edited with Greg Sarris and published by MLA.

She has served as program director for several conferences, Vancouver and Philadelphia, and been a member of the conference and awards committees for many years. She has additionally held the offices of Board V.P. and Secretary.

Currently, she is the President of her local Adult Education Center Board and is a past Board member of MLA’s Committee for Two-Year Colleges.

Joon Kim (2017)
Board Member Colorado State University

Dr. Joon K. Kim is associate professor of Ethnic Studies at Colorado State University. His research focuses on the politics of race and culture both in the U.S. and in Asia. Some of his articles appear in the following journals: Aztlan: A Journal of Chicano Studies; Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies; Asian Pacific Migration Journal; Multicultural Perspectives; Asian Survey; Asia Pacific Population Journal; and, the Korea Journal of Population and Development.

His article, “The Political Economy of the Mexican Farm Labor Program, 1942-1964″ (Aztlan: A Journal of Chicano Studies, 2004), won the ABC-CLIO America: History and Life Award at the Centennial Meeting of the Organization of American Historians in 2007. With a grant from the Korea Foundation, Dr. Kim organized an international conference on “Multicultural East Asia” at Colorado State University in 2009, and co-edited the Special Issue volume for the Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies (2011). He is currently working on multicultural labor history of California, the politics of race in immigration policies (Arizonas SB1070), and the politics of culture in multicultural Korea. He is a recipient of the Fulbright Fellowship and the Korea Foundation Field Research Fellowship.

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Baodong Liu (2017)
Co-Chair, Awards Committee University of Utah

Dr. Baodong Liu is a special assistant to Associate Vice President and the interim Director of Ethnic Studies Program and an associate professor of political science at the University of Utah.  Dr. Liu’s most recent scholarly books include The Election of Barack Obama: How He Won, and Race Rules: Electoral Politics in New Orleans, 1965-2006. For his research on racial and electoral politics, Professor Liu has been the winners of the 1999 Byran Jackson Award from the American Political Science Association, the 1999 Ted Robinson Award from the Southwestern Political Science Association, the 2004 Artinian Award from Southern Political Science Association, the 2001 Jessie Ball duPont Summer Fellow at the National Humanities Center, and the 2007 Triss Endowed Professor at the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh.

Professor Liu has published four scholarly books and more than two-dozen peer-reviewed articles. Dr. Liu has provided his expertise to the US Department of Justice, the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law in Washington D.C., NAACP, the National Science Foundation, Ford Foundation, Southern Coalition for Social Justice, Wisconsin Security Research Consortium, etc.

A former member of editorial board for Urban Affairs Review, Professor Liu also served as the editor of Urban News for the American Political Science Association’s Urban Politics Section, and was elected as a co-chair of the Asian Pacific American Caucus of the American Political Science Association from 2004 to 2006.

Kyle Pape (2017)
Board Member Colorado State University

Kyle Pape is a Graduate Student of Ethnic Studies at Colorado State University.  Growing up in Cortez Colorado, Kyle Pape, a gay white man, was personally impacted by the murder of Fred Martinez.  It was through the pursuit of Ethnic Studies, at Colorado State University, for his BA and MA that led him to process racial oppression and in turn process sexual oppression.  The focus of his research is centered on developing decolonial consciousness within Queer movements, and has had his first publication “Between Queer Theory and Native Studies: A Potential for Collaboration” released this year as a contribution to Queering Paradigms III: Queer Impact and Practices.

Upholding the Ethnic Studies value of praxis Kyle has engaged in many different works to apply his education.  Kyle worked with the Commitment to Action for 7th-Generation Awareness & Education (CA7AE): HIV/AIDS Prevention Project a Center for Disease Control (CDC) funded initiative beginning in 2010.  Kyle also has been involved with the LGBT Health Outcomes Planning Project to assist in developing policy for LGBT access to health care and recently was accepted to the HIV/AIDS Care and Prevention Coalition, both of which are coordinated through the Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment.  Currently, Kyle is working for the National Association for Ethnic Studies (NAES) as the Executive Coordinator & Office Manager as he is managing several projects for the development of the organization and the field of Ethnic Studies.  Looking towards the future, Kyle is persistent in his work to accomplish a career in Public Policy and hopes to one day become a Professor.

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Ravi K. Perry (2016)
Vice President, NAES Mississippi State University

Dr. Ravi K. Perry

A native of Toledo, Ohio, Dr. Ravi K. Perry holds a B.A. from the University of Michigan and a M.A. and Ph.D. from Brown University, each in political science. Dr. Perry is Assistant Professor of Political Science and Stennis Scholar for Municipal Governance at Mississippi State University. Perry’s broad research interests focus on an evolving and prolific take on issues facing African-­‐Americans in the United States. With specializations in Black politics, minority representation, urban politics, American public policy, and LGBT candidates of color, he concentrates his research and activism in areas such as the new generation of civil rights debates, public policy, and urban politics public service delivery to minority communities.

Dr. Perry is the editor of 21st Century Urban Race Politics: Representing Minorities as Universal Interests, a book that discusses the efforts of African American, Latino and Asian mayors to represent the interests of minorities in historically White cities in the United States. His second book is entitled Black Mayors, White Majorities: The Balancing Act of Racial Politics, and focuses on the challenges Black mayors face in representing Black interests in majority White, medium-­‐sized cities in the state of Ohio.

Currently, Dr. Perry is writing several separate manuscripts that examine (1) the lives, campaigns, and governing efforts of openly-­‐LGBT elected officials of color, (2) the experiences of James Baldwin at Bowling Green State University and (3) the impact being raised in desegregation cities has on minority political participation and protest politics.

A member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc., and an avid grassroots campaign organizer and volunteer, the former track and field standout is currently Vice President of the National Association for Ethnic Studies, Secretary of the Section on Race, Ethnicity and Politics for the American Political Science Association and is a member of the Executive Council with the National Conference of Black Political Scientists.

A blogger with Huffington Post’s Gay Voices, Dr. Perry was one of the first openly gay branch presidents of color in the history of the NAACP. A life-­‐long advocate for and with the LGBT, minority, and HIV and/or AIDS communities, Dr. Perry has chronicled his story and the implications of political activism for/of those communities in a host of venues, at various colleges and universities, and in many pulpits nationwide.

 The recipient of numerous awards and honors, including being recognized as one of Out Magazine’s “Hidden 105” and The Advocate’s “193 Reasons to Have Pride,” Dr. Perry is married to Mr. Paris F. Prince, MBA. In December 2012, their August wedding on the lawn of their Massachusetts home was the first gay-­male wedding to be featured in Jet Magazine’s historic Weddings Section. Both are active tennis players, and are the proud parents of two dogs.

 More about Dr. Perry can be found at Twitter: @raviperry

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Rebecca S. Robinson (2014)
Graduate Student Representative, NAES and Co-Chair, Graduate Student Affairs Committee Arizona State University

Rebecca S. Robinson is a PhD candidate in Justice Studies at Arizona State University. She received her B.A. in International Relations from San Francisco State University in 2002 and her M.A. in Justice Studies from Arizona State University in 2007. Both her undergraduate and graduate research has focused on the Middle East and North Africa. She began conducting qualitative research on social media in 2007. Robinson’s Master’s applied project was nearly a year and a half long ethnographic study of the Moroccan blogosphere. Ms. Robinson also received a graduate certificate in Socio-economic Justice from Arizona State University in 2012, demonstrating her enduring interest in political economy, an interest that also stemmed from her undergraduate education. Economic factors continue to inform her analysis of social media interlocutors. She characterizes one her current research programs, which included the paper that she presented at the 2012 NAES Conference, as the socio-economics of hijab. This program investigates economic factors that influence the decisions of Muslim women to cover.

Ms. Robinson’s dissertation research focuses on female, Muslim bridge bloggers in the Middle East and North Africa. This research project examines these bloggers’ identities and motivations for blogging as well as their target audiences. Following feminist standpoint theory, she intends to privilege the voices of Muslim women to gain greater insight into politics, Islam, and women’s issues in the MENA region. She also hopes that her research will demystify the stereotype of the submissive Muslim woman and undermine Orientalist thought that continues to perceive the “East” as diametrically opposed to the “West.”

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Raul Rubio (2014)
Board Member John Jay College of Criminal Justice, City University of New York (CUNY)

Raúl Rubio is Associate Professor of Foreign Languages and Literature at John Jay College of the City University of New York (CUNY). A Hispanist and cultural studies scholar, his research is grounded in the emerging interdisciplinary field of material culture, which examines a wide-range of artifacts, from cultural commodities to the museum archive. Professor Rubio’s book La Habana: cartografías culturales was published in 2013 by the Aduana Vieja press of Spain. The book examines the worldwide fascination with Cuba and things Cuban during the last century, particularly envisioning how the city of Havana, is more than a scenic backdrop, having become the nation’s most visible protagonist and its foremost player, perhaps second only to Fidel Castro.

Professor Rubio received a doctorate in Latin American Literature and Cultural Studies from Tulane University in New Orleans and earned a Master’s degree in Spanish from Middlebury College of Vermont. He completed his undergraduate degree at Barry University in Miami Shores, Florida. Rubio is a Cuba Project Fellow of the Bildner Center for Western Hemisphere Studies at The Graduate Center of the City University of New York. He serves on the Board of Directors of the National Association for Ethnic Studies (2010-2014) and served on the 2012 jury committee of the prestigious Lora Romero Prize of the American Studies Association.

Rubio’s publications have appeared in numerous academic journals, including: Studies in Latin American Popular Culture (U. of Texas Press), Letras Hispanas, CiberLetras, Espéculo: revista de estudios literarios (Spain), Caribe: revista de literatura y cultura, and in the books Cuba: Idea of a Nation Displaced (SUNY Press, 2007) and Narratología y discursos multiples (Editorial Dunken, 2013). His article “Argentine Anthropophagy: Carnal and Cultural Encounters in Carlos Balmaceda’s Manual del canibal,” on the meanings and metaphors of cannibalism in Latin American literature as symbolic of ethnic integration and social justice appeared in the November 2011 volume of the journal Chasqui: revista de literatura latinoamericana.

At John Jay College, Professor Rubio teaches Spanish-language courses at all levels, including Latin American literature and theatre, Professional Spanish, and courses in English pertaining to Latin American and U.S. Latino(a) cultural studies. His teaching and his research bridge the disciplines of humanities and cultural anthropology, particularly focusing on the examination of ethnic identity, community formation, and cultural production. In 2012 Rubio was involved in fascinating co-curricular project, the development of a Spanish-language learning community for John Jay students, where Rubio’s new course Nature and Society in the Hispanic World was paired with a Natural Sciences course taught by Professor Nathan Lents of the Department of Biology.

More about La Habana: cartografías culturales (Aduana Vieja, 2013):

Born in Miami to Cuban parents in the 1970s, and trained as a Hispanist and cultural studies scholar, Rubio has already authored numerous articles and book chapters on the topic of Cuban material culture, or “things Cuban.” Rubio’s new book offers a cutting-edge approach to the intersections between Cuban politics, ideology, national identity, and artistic production, both on and off the island. Organized through studies on a wide-range of artistic mediums, including literature, film, photography, and material products that are manufactured not only in Cuba but also globally, Rubio’s book offers an alternative take on the complex state of contemporary Cuban national identity.

The book features new work on the Cuban exile writer Daína Chaviano, filmmaker Fernando Pérez and activist blogger Yoani Sánchez. Rubio employs the perspective that, given Havana’s isolated reality, it is the city’s image, a simulated cartography, what has become highly desired and perpetually reproduced by media and cultural sources. Havana, in that light, is therefore mostly accessible to the world through artificial means, mechanically reproduced as nuanced copies of the real city.

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Ron Scapp (2016)
President, NAES College of Mount St. Vincent

Ron Scapp is the founding director of the Graduate Program in Urban and Multicultural Education at the College of Mount Saint Vincent in the Bronx, where he is professor of humanities and teacher education. He is a fellow of the Education Policy Studies Laboratory at Arizona State University.

Ron’s work focuses on urban education, educational leadership and policy and teacher empowerment. He also writes on topics as varied as homelessness, American theater and contemporary continental philosophy.

He is the author, editor and co-editor of a number of books and other publications, including Teaching Values: Critical Perspectives on Education, Politics and Culture (Routledge. 2003. ISBN 0-415-93106-1), Fashion Statements: On Style, Appearance, and Reality, Palgrave Macmillan ISBN 978-0230105423

He has a Ph.D. in philosophy and is a member of Group Thought, a philosophy collective based in Red Hook, Brooklyn.

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Irene Vernon (2014)
Treasurer, NAES and Co-Chair of Finance and Fundraising Committees Colorado State University

Irene S. Vernon is a Professor/Chair of the Ethnic Studies Department and the Assistant to the Dean in the College of Liberal Arts at Colorado State University in Fort Collins, Colorado.

She is the author of numerous articles, book chapters and monographs on Native Americans and HIV/AIDS, health disparities, trauma, social issues, and post-colonialism. Her Killing Us Quietly: Native Americans and HIV/AIDS (University of Nebraska Press: 2001, ISBN 978-0803246683) is the first book published on HIV/AIDS and Native Americans.

She is an affiliated member of the National Ethnic Studies Association, National Minority AIDS Council, National Institute of Health Ad Hoc Committee, Colorado Public Health Association, and Colorado Minority Health Coalition.

She regularly conducts Ethnic Studies Program reviews and is a manuscript reviewer for the University of Nebraska Press, Oklahoma University Press, American Indian Culture and Research Journal, Wicazo Sa Review, and English Journal.

She has been a Co-PI on a number of grants that aim at community development and technical assistance for tribes. Her current research interests have expanded beyond HIV/AIDS to include trauma literature.

Dr. Vernon’s extensive administrative skills as Co-Principal Investigator, Director, Chair, Associate/Assistant Dean and Provost of Special Projects have resulted in expertise in budget, leadership, strategic planning, management, assessment/evaluation, program review, recruitment, and fundraising.

She was one of the first Ethnic Studies Ph.D. graduates and successfully moved the Center for Applied Studies in American Ethnicity (created in 1994) to the Department of Ethnic Studies in 2008.

Dr. Vernon received a B.A. in Native American Studies from the University of California, Berkeley, M.A. in United States History (emphasis in Native American History) from the University of New Mexico, and a Ph.D. in Ethnic Studies from the University of California, Berkeley.


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