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Namiko Kunimoto

Director, Center for Ethnic Studies
Program Director, Asian American Studies
Associate Professor, Department of History of Art

Namiko Kunimoto is a specialist in Asian American studies as well as modern and contemporary Japanese art. Her research interests include the visual politics of race and gender, art and diaspora, and issues of migration and nation-formation. Her essays include “Intimate Archives: Japanese-Canadian Family Photography, 1939-1945” in Art History, “Olympic Dissent: Art, Politics, and the Tokyo Games” in Asia Pacific Japan Focus, “Photographic Pluralities” in Blackflash Magazine, and “Tactics and Strategies: Chen Qiulin and the Production of Space” in Art Journal.


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Daniel Rivers

Program Director, American Indian Studies
Associate Professor, Department of History

Daniel Rivers is a historian of LGBT communities in the twentieth century, Native American history, the family and sexuality, and U.S. radical social movements. He received his Ph.D. in history from Stanford University, and his book, Radical Relations: Lesbian Mothers, Gay Fathers, and their Children in the United States since the Second World War, was published by the University of North Carolina Press in August of 2013.


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Inés Valdez

Program Director, Latina/o Studies
Associate Professor, Department of Political Science

Inés Valdez is a political theorist interested in Latina/o Political Thought, transnationalism, and the question of racial, gender, and religious difference in democracies.

She addresses this core concern through three projects. The first project is a 2019 book (Transnational Cosmopolitanism: Kant, Du Bois, and Justice as a Political Craft) that proposes a transnational cosmopolitanism built upon the post-First World War writings and political practice of W. E. B. Du Bois and offers a critical reading of Kant's and neo-Kantian cosmopolitanism.