Bridgeton, New Jersey

I’m working on my forthcoming book, “In Lady Liberty’s Shadow” today. It seems like the most appropriate thing to do on Martin Luther King Jr. Day. The book examines the politics of race and immigration in suburban New Jersey. Though much of the book examines issues related to racial exclusion, the book ends with a celebration of different forms of activism including the various ways immigrants of color attempt to build community in New Jersey. This is a mural in Bridgeton, New Jersey by Philadelphia based Latino artist Cesar Viveros-Herrera. The mural beautifully celebrates the town’s immigrant labor history. Together with the work of CHABA (Center for Historic American Building Arts), this mural claims a place for immigrant workers in a New Jersey rural suburban landscape that would otherwise leave them out. The mural represents the latest incarnation of the on-going work being done to advance civil rights in the U.S.


Special Issue on “Transnational Citizenship Across the Americas” (Dec. 2013)

Not only did I co-edit this issue and co-author the introduction, I have an article in it that focuses on the International Migrants Alliance.


Resources on the challenges women of color faculty face

In the fall of 2009 while I was still on the faculty of Rutgers University (New Brunswick) my good friend and colleague, Prof. Zaire Dinzey Flores and I successfully applied for funds to form a women of color faculty group to, enhance the experience of women of color in academia and open institutional spaces supportive of women of color to… carve out a lasting intellectual space for women of color at Rutgers.” The first year of the project, we committed ourselves to community building. It was important for us to simply be able to break bread with one another and have a safe space to commiserate about our shared experiences of racism and sexism from the aggressive hostility of conservative white students to the subtle, patronizing treatment by our “color-blind,” “progressive,” white colleagues. The project continues to live on and has grown in many ways.

While some of the resources here may be dated, I thought it would be important to post the references we used to make the argument for getting our project funded. The Women of Color Scholars Initiative at Rutgers’ website offers some good resources as well. 

Agathangelou, Anna M., and L.H.M. Ling. 2002. “An Unten(ur)able Position: The Politics of Teaching for Women of Color in the U.S.”  International Feminist Journal of Politics 4:368-98.

Aguirre, Adalberto. 2000. “Women and Minority Faculty in the Academic Workplace: Recruitment, Retention, and Academic Culture.” ASHE-ERIC Higher Education Reports 27(6):1-110.

Allen, Walter, Edgar G. Epps, Elizabeth A. Guillory, Susan A. Suh, Marguerite  Bonous-Hammarth, and Martha L. A. Stassen. 2002. “Outsiders Within: Race, Gender, and Faculty Status in U.S. Higher Education.” Pp. 189-220 in The Racial Crisis in American Higher Education, rev. ed., edited by William A. Smith, Philip G. Altbach, and Kofi Lomotey. Albany, NY: State University of New York Press.

Balderrama, M., M.T. Teixeira, and E. Valdez. 2004. “Una Lucha de Fronteras (A Struggle of Borders): Women of Color in the Academy.” Race, Gender, Class 11:135-154. (Retrieved from Proquest Database on May 1, 2006.)

Bonner, Florence B., and Veronica G. Thomas. 2001. “Introduction and Overview: New and Continuing Challenges and Opportunities for Black Women in the Academy.” Journal of Negro Education 70(3):121-23.

Brayboy, Bryan M. J. 2003. “The Implementation of Diversity in Predominantly White Colleges and Universities.” Journal of Black Studies 34(1):72-86.

Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. 1990. “Women Faculty Excel as Campus Citizens.” Change 22(5):39044.

Chronicle Almanac, 2007-2008. 2008. “Number of Full-time Faculty Members by Sex, Rank, and Racial and Ethnic Group, Fall 2005.” Chronicle of Higher Education 54(1):25.

Dukes, Richard L., and Gay Victoria. 1989. “The Effects of Gender, Status, and Effective Teaching on the Evaluation of College Instruction.” Teaching Sociology 17:447-457

Fries, Christopher J. and R. James McNinch.2003.  “Signed Versus Unsigned Student Evaluations of Teaching: A Comparison.” Teaching Sociology 31:333-344.

Gregory, Sheila T. 2001. “Black Faculty Women in the Academy: History, Status, and Future.”  Journal of Negro Education 70(3):124-38.

Hamermesh, Daniel S., and Amy M. Parker. 2005. “Beauty in the Classroom: Instructors’ Pulchritude and Putative Pedagogical Productivity.” Economics of Education Review 24:369-76.

Hamilton, Kendra. 2004. “Faculty Science Positions Continue to Elude Women of Color.” Black Issues in Higher Education 21(3):36-39.

Hawkesworth, Mary, Lisa Hetfield, Barbara Balliet, and Jennifer Morgan.  2009.”Feminist Interventions: Creating New Institutional  Spaces for Women at Rutgers.” Pp  137-165 in Winnifred R. Brown-Glaude (ed.), Doing Diversity in Higher Education.  New Brunswick, NJ:  Rutgers University Press.

Hendrix, Katherine G. 1998. “Student Perceptions of the Influence of Race on Professor Credibility.” Journal of Black Studies 28:738-64.

Hune, Shirley. 1998. Asian Pacific American Women in Higher Education: Claiming Visibility & Voice. Washington, DC: Association of American Colleges and Universities, Program on the Status and Education of Women.

Johnson, Allan G. 2000. The Blackwell Dictionary of Sociology: A User’s Guide to Sociological Language. Malden, MA: Blackwell Publishers.

Martinez Aleman, Ana M., and Kristen A. Renn,  eds. 2002. Women in Higher Education: An Encyclopedia. Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO.

Medina, Catherine, and Gaye Luna. 2000. “Narratives from Latina Professors in Higher Education.” Anthropology & Education Quarterly 31:47-66.

Moses, Yolanda T. 1997. “Black Women in Academe: Issues and Strategies.” Pp. 23-38 in Black Women in the Academy: Promises and Perils, edited by Lois Benjamin. Gainesville, FL: University Press of Florida.

Nieves-Squire, Sarah. 1991. Hispanic Women: Making their Presence on Campus Less Tenuous. Washington, DC: Association of American Colleges, Project on the Status and Education of Women.

Patton, Tracey O. 2004. “Reflections of a Black Woman Professor: Racism and Sexism in Academia.” The Howard Journal of Communications 15:185-200.

Pittman, Chavella. 2009. “Racism in the College Classroom: Exploring how African American Faculty Cope with the Stress of White Students’ Racialized Aggression.” (Unpusblished)

————.2009. “Race and Gender Oppression in the Classroom: The Experiences of Women Faculty of Color with White Male Students.” (Unpusblished)

Rubin, D. L. 2001. “Help! My Professor (or Doctor or Boss) Doesn’t Talk English.” Pp. 127-140 in Readings in Cultural Contexts, edited by Judith N. Martin, Thomas K. Nakayama, and Lisa A. Flores. Mountain View, CA: Mayfield.

Smith, Janice W., and Toni Calasanti. 2005. “The Influences of Gender, Race, and Ethnicity on Workplace Experiences of Institutional and Social Isolation.” Sociological Spectrum 25:307-34.

Thomas, Gloria D., and Carol Hollenshead. 2001. “Resisting From The Margins: The Coping Strategies Of Black Women And Other Women Of Color Faculty Members At A Research University.” Journal of Negro Education 70(3):166-75.

Thorne, B., and A.R. Hochschild. 1997. “Feeling at Home at Work: Life in Academic Departments.” Qualitative Sociology 20(4):517-520.

Turner, Caroline S.V. 2003. “Incorporation and Marginalization In The Academy: From Border Towards Center for Faculty Of Color?” Journal of Black Studies 34:112-25.

TuSmith, Bonnie, and Maureen T. Reddy, eds. 2002. Race in the College Classroom: Pedagogy and Politics. New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press.

Williams, Joyce E., Lisa Garza, Amitra A. Hodge, and Anissa Breaux. 1999. “The Color of Teachers, the Color of Students: The Multicultural Classroom Experience.” Teaching Sociology 27:233-51.


Grad School Survival: Publishing

I’ve now had the chance to be on hiring committees for assistant professor jobs and I can’t tell you enough how important it is to PUBLISH. You will hear from people that different kinds of publications are differently “weighted” (i.e. peer-reviewed journal articles are more weighty than book chapters; some journals are considered more prestigious than others etc). That’s true. However, those standards are perhaps more important once you’re on the tenure-track and not now while you’re still finishing and basically jobless.

My advice to students is this: publish and don’t worry too much about how you are able to publish and where you publish. What does that mean? If you get invited to contribute to a book anthology or special issue say YES! It’s a great opportunity to get your work out there and if you’ve been solicited to contribute then you know that you will have friendly reviewers. Moreover, you should let go of research that doesn’t quite fit in the dissertation and turn it into an article. You can try to submit to the major journals in your field, but I would suggest that you not set yourself up for failure (because it’s tough to submit to those places if you don’t have much experience publishing) and instead shoot for a journal where your chances of success may be greater. Whether you submit to the major journals in your field or not, don’t be too crushed if you are rejected and certainly don’t be upset when you get a “revise and resubmit” (that’s actually typical). Regardless of where you submit your work, do take advantage of the fact that the reviews are anonymous and they’re free. Your work can benefit from it and you just may get a publication out of it…


Assembly Overwhelmingly Passes Bonta’s Filipino American Farm Worker Bill

After decades of being overshadowed and practically rendered invisible in California labor history, Filipino-Americans’ leadership and participation in struggles for immigrant workers’ rights may finally get the light of day. Assemblymember Rob Bonta’s bill (A.B. 123) received overwhelming support from his colleagues last May 2013.