Stanford advances complex study of race and ethnicity

C. Matthew Snipp

C. Matthew Snipp, professor of sociology, is director of Stanford’s Faculty Development Initiative. (Image credit: L.A. Cicero)

In recent years, as the nation has grappled with its increasing racial diversity and divisions, Stanford has created 15 new faculty positions – for emerging and established scholars – to help advance the complex study of race and ethnicity in the United States and abroad.

Under its Faculty Development Initiative (FDI), Stanford has hired three faculty members in the Graduate School of Education and 12 faculty members in the School of Humanities and Sciences, including an assistant professor with a joint appointment in the Department of Comparative Literature and in the School of Medicine.

Within H&S, the new faculty members are teaching and doing research in eight departments: Anthropology, Comparative Literature, English, History, Political Science, Religious Studies, Sociology, and Theater and Performance Studies.

C. Matthew Snipp, director of FDI and a professor of sociology, said faculty hired under the initiative have expanded Stanford’s teaching and scholarship in fields of critical importance to the nation – and to the Stanford students who are part of an increasingly diverse world.

“All the pressing issues of the day rotate around race and ethnicity, including globalization, transnational migration and the focus on personal differences that plays out in everything from community relations to presidential politics,” said Snipp, who also is the director of the Center for Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity (CCSRE), which administers the FDI with the Office of the Vice Provost for Faculty Development and Diversity.

“Race and ethnicity are one of the ‘tectonic divisions’ in American society,” he continued. “Those divisions have been present in the country’s history since it was founded and will be ever present for the foreseeable future.”