Program Directors

Roberto D. Hernández, Associate Professor in the Department of Chicana and Chicano Studies
at San Diego State University

Pablo Gonzalez, Visiting Researcher in the Department of Ethnic Studies
at the University of California, Berkeley

Affiliated Summer School Faculty

Boaventura de Sousa Santos is the Director of the CENTRO DE ESTUDOS SOCIAIS at the Universidad de Coimbra, Portugal and one of the leading theoreticians and organizers of the WORLD SOCIAL FORUM.

Emma Pérez is a Chicana historian, feminist theorist and creative writer. Dr. Pérez is Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Ethnic Studies at the University of Colorado, Boulder. She is author of two novels, Gulf Dreams, and Forget the Alamo, or Blood Memory, along with the widely-read book The Decolonial Imaginary: Writing Chicanas into History. Her current research seeks to synthesize the work of key race and queer theorists.

Linda Martín Alcoff is Professor of Philosophy at Hunter College and the CUNY Graduate Center. Her work focuses on 19th and 20th Century Continental Philosophy, Feminist Epistemology and Critical Race Theory. She is the author of two books and editor of ten edited collections. Her blog is available at

Houria Bouteldja is a Founder and Spokesperson of the Parti des Indigènes de la République (previously the Mouvement des Indigènes de la République) in France. She has recently been threatened by the French Right, accused of being an anti-white racist for her political work addressing the continuation of "post-colonial colonialism" in France.

James Cohen is a Professor in the Department of Political Science at Universite de Paris VIII , France.

Ramon Grosfóguel is an Associate Professor of Ethnic Studies at the University of California Berkeley, USA.

Oscar Guardiola-Rivera is a Professor at the Birkbeck School of Law at the University of London. His most recent book is Being Against the World: Rebellion and Constitution, London: Routledge, Birkbeck Law Press. 2008.

Lars Jensen is a Lecturer at Cultural Encounters, Roskilde University, Denmark. He has been chairman of the European Association for Studies on Australia (EASA) since 2005 and has been involved in Australian Studies since the late 1980s.

Nelson Maldonado-Torres is an Associate Professor in the Department of Latino and Caribbean Studies and the Department of Comparative Literature at Rutgers University. He is also a recent past President of the Caribbean Philosophical Association. He is author of Against War: Views from the Underside of Modernity Durham: Duke University Press, 2008.

Kwame Nimako teaches International Relations at the International School for Humanities and Social Sciences (ISHSS), Universiteit van Amsterdam, Netherlands. Biographical Note

Tiffany Ruby Patterson is an Associate Professor of African American and Diaspora Studies and American Studies at Vanderbilt University.

Chela Sandoval is an Associate Professor of Chicana and Chicano Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara. She is the author of Methodologies of the Oppressed, Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2000.

Salman Sayyid is Director of the Center for Muslim and Non-Muslim Understanding at the University of South Australia at Adelaide. He is also the author of A Fundamental Fear: Eurocentrism and the Emergence of Islamism, London, Zed Books, 2003. (More Info on Book)

Ella Shohat is Professor of Cultural Studies at New York University, and has taught, lectured and written extensively on Eurocentrism and Orientalism, as well as with postcolonial and transnational approaches to Cultural Studies. Specifically, since the 1980s she has developed critical approaches to the study of Arab Jews/Mizrahim. Her award-winning publications include: Taboo Memories, Diasporic Voices (Duke UP, 2006), Israeli Cinema: East/West and the Politics of Representation (Univ. of Texas Press, 1989; Updated ed, I.B. Tauris, 2010); Talking Visions: Multicultural Feminism in a Transnational Age (MIT & The New Museum of Contemporary Art, 1998); Dangerous Liaisons: Gender, Nation and Postcolonial Perspectives (co-edited, Univ. of Minnesota Press, 1997); and with Robert Stam, Unthinking Eurocentrism (Routledge, 1994); Multiculturalism, Postcoloniality and Transnational Media (Rutgers UP, 2003); Flagging Patriotism: Crises of Narcissism and Anti-Americanism (Routledge, 2007); and Culture Wars in Translation (NYU Press, Forthcoming). Shohat’s co-edited volume, The Cultural Politics of “the Middle East” in the Americas is also forthcoming.

Daphne V. Taylor-García is an Assistant Professor of Ethnic Studies at the University of California, San Diego, and was recently UC President's Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Chicana and Chicano Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara.

Alejandro Vallega is an Assistant Professor of Latin American Philosophy at the University of Oregon. His work focuses on decolonial theory and philosophy of liberation, with emphasis on the aesthetic dimensions of ethical and political thought, and the role and relationship of embodiment and physicality in language and in epistemic paradigms and their transformation.

Ruthie Wilson Gilmore is Professor of Earth and Environmental Sciences at the Graduate Center, CUNY. Her publications include Golden Gulag: Prisons, Surplus, Crisis, and Opposition in Globalizing California (2007) — about which the San Francisco Chronicle said “Now, if you want to understand why progressive California leads the Western world with its regressive system of punishment, Gilmore’s “Golden Gulag” is the first must-read book of the 21st century.” She has also published How to Stop a Prison in Your Town (with the California Prison Moratorium Project collective); along with many articles and interviews. In addition to the California Prison Moratorium Project, she was a founding member of Critical Resistance; the Central California Environmental Justice Network (of which she is past president); and many other social justice organizations.