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Faculty Research Networks

Faculty Research Networks at the Research Institute of Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity are faculty-initiated and faculty-driven interdisciplinary research communities that bring together Stanford faculty and visiting scholars to develop individual and collaborative research on race and ethnicity. Each network focuses on a different theme that intersects with race and ethnicity (e.g., health, environment, criminal justice, housing).

Application Information

2017-2018 Faculty Research Networks

Emancipatory Performance and Racial Formation

Faculty Coordinators:

Aliya Saperstein  Aliya Saperstein (Sociology)    Michele Elam (English/MTL)

Graduate Student Coordinator:

Danee Conley (

This network will collaboratively interrogate how race and ethnicity have been imagined, performed, and (re)produced – with a particular focus on the questions of whether progressive responses to racial formation are possible and, if so, what shapes they might take. The network welcomes Stanford scholars studying race and ethnicity from a range of perspectives, including identity and identification, categorization and perception, and representation and performativity.

Aftermaths of Slavery

Faculty Coordinators:

Grant Parker  Grant Parker (Classics)  James T. Campbell  James T. Campbell (History)

Graduate Student Coordinator:

Liz Jacob (

What have been the long-term impacts of slavery after formal abolition? In a range of historical contexts we seek to explore the memory of slavery in the longue durée. The network will be comparative, incorporating Atlantic, Indian and Mediterranean worlds (among others), in ancient and modern periods. There will be some emphasis on Cape slavery in South Africa (1653-1834) as a relatively neglected element within comparative slave studies.

Impact of Race, Poverty and Oppression on Health

Faculty Coordinators:

  Teresa LaFromboise (Education)  Shashank V. Joshi  Shashank Joshi (Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences)

Graduate Student Coordinator:

Anna Epperson (

Over the the past 30 years, the United States has fallen behind peer nations in health attainment on many indices such as life expectancy and infant mortality, and gaps in health outcomes by income and race/ethnicity persist. Attempts to address these challenges have focused on funding for research on genes, drugs, and disease mechanisms. This faculty network focuses upon neglected public health strategies that address social and environmental determinants of ill health such as racism, poverty, acculturation stress, and educational inequality. We will also share ideas and research approaches on resilience, social connection and a sense of belonging, three areas that have shown to be protective, particularly for youth and young adults.