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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Natchee Barnd
Secretary Oregon State University

Natchee Blu Barnd is assistant professor of Ethnic Studies and Native American Studies at Oregon State University.  Dr. Barnd earned a PhD and MA in Ethnic Studies from UC San Diego, an MA in American Indian Studies from UCLA, and a BA in both American Multicultural Studies and Philosophy from Sonoma State University.

Natchee is a comparative and critical ethnic studies scholar interested in the intersections between ethnic studies, cultural geography, and indigenous studies.  He teaches a range of comparative ethnic studies and indigenous studies courses, with special interest in space, popular culture, contemporary Native visual art, and cultural sovereignty.  He also sits on the advisory board for Native American Longhouse Eena Haws at Oregon State University.

Dr. Barnd is completing his first book, Inhabiting Indianness: Native Space and America for the First Peoples initiative under Oregon State University Press.  He has also published journal articles with the American Indian Culture and Research Journal (2010) and the Yearbook of the Pacific Coast Geographers (2014), as well as contributed chapters to the edited volumes Teaching Race in the 21st Century (2008) and Diversity in Disney Films (2013).  Other research projects currently being developed include a collaborative ethnopornography study of 1950s American men’s magazines, and pedagogies of engaged learning about race and geography through a student-designed social justice tour of Corvallis, Oregon.

In addition to his scholarly pursuits, Natchee works with on-campus cultural centers, with a special emphasis on combining scholarship, mentoring, and community building.

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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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David Hamilton Golland (2018)
Treasurer 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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Jesus Jaime-Diaz
Graduate Student Representative University of Arizona

Jesus Jaime-Diaz is from the rural community of Hermiston, Oregon in the Pacific Northwest, with cultural roots in the regions of Nayarit & Durango Mexico. He is currently a PhD student in Language, Reading & Culture with a minor in Mexican American Studies at the University of Arizona, in the Department of Teaching, Learning & Sociocultural Studies.

His previous research has focused on testimonio and critical ethnography as methodologies to examine how second generation Latina/o students in community college use their lived experiences to serve as a catalyst to “empower” them to pursue a higher education. He is currently exploring how a “communal” ethnography could be amassed to problematize how gender, social class and race intersect within the realm of education and how such views restrain socio-historically dispossessed communities.

As a graduate student Jesus has assisted & taught lower & upper division undergraduate courses in Speech Communication, Ethnic Studies, Mexican American /Bicultural Bilingual Studies and Critical Multicultural/ Language Minority Education at Oregon State University, University of Tejas at San Antonio and at the University of Arizona.

He holds an MA in Interdisciplinary Studies and a BA with a double major in Ethnic Studies & Speech Communication from Oregon State University. Jesus is also an AA and a GED recipient from Blue Mountain Community College in rural Northeastern Oregon.

Joon Kim (2017)
Co-Chair, Awards Committee 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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Ravi K. Perry (2016)
President, NAES Virginia Commonwealth University

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 Associate Professor of Political Science at Virginia Commonwealth 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 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.

Perry is the recipient of numerous awards and honors, including being recognized as one of Out Magazine’s “Hidden 105” and The Advocate’s “40 Under 40,” and “193 Reasons to Have Pride.”

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

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Ron Scapp (2016)
Immediate Past 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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