Research Focus Groups

research focus groups

The IHC Research Focus Groups (RFG) program aims at bringing together faculty and graduate students with shared research interests from different fields and departments/programs to foster the development of interdisciplinary research agendas. Convened by individuals from at least two departments/programs, the RFGs meet regularly (at least two times a quarter) during the academic year to present work in progress, read and discuss texts and current scholarship, and/or plan and implement common research projects.

2021-22 Research Focus Groups

African Studies
Mhoze Chikowero (History)
Jefferson Ndimande (History)
Sylvester Ogbechie (Art History)

American Indian and Indigenous Collective
Margaret McMurtrey (Religious Studies)
Candace Waid (English)

The Asian/American Studies Collective
Donna Doan Anderson (History)
Diane Fujino (Asian American Studies)
Naomi Joseph (Sociology)
Lisa Sun-Hee Park  (Asian American Studies)

Crossing Borderlands
Elizabeth DePalma Digeser (History)
Lisa Johnson (History)
Rose MacLean (Classics)

Disability Studies Initiative
Stephanie Goldstein (English)
Isidro Gonzáles (History)
Elizabeth Guffey (IHC Visiting Scholar)
Shanna Killeen (Comparative Literature)
Rachel Lambert (Education)
Catherine Nesci (French and Italian, Comparative Literature)

LISO (Language, Interaction, and Social Organization)
Mary Bucholtz (Linguistics)
Kevin Whitehead (Sociology)

Machines, People, and Politics
W. Patrick McCray (History)
Lisa Parks (Film and Media Studies)

New Sexualities
Paul Amar (Global Studies)
Mireille Miller-Young (Feminist Studies)
Jennifer Tyburczy (Feminist Studies)
Terrance Wooten (Black Studies)

Re-centering Energy Justice
Jéssica Coyotecatl Contreras (Anthropology)
Mona Damluji (Film and Media Studies)

Slavery, Captivity, and the Meaning of Freedom
Manuel Covo (History)
Jeannine DeLombard (English)
Evelyne Laurent-Perrault (History)
Rose MacLean (Classics)
John Majewski (History)
Giuliana Perrone (History)

South Asian Religions and Cultures 
Barbara Holdrege (Religious Studies)
Bhaskar Sarkar (Film and Media Studies)

Transregional East Asia
William Fleming (East Asian Languages & Cultural Studies)
Xiaowei Zheng (History)

Un-disciplining Premodern Histories of Race and Gender
Debra Blumenthal (History)
Heather Blurton (English)
Daniel Reeve (English)
Reem Taha (Comparative Literature)
Jessica Zisa (English)

What Is a Shakespeare?: Shakespeare and Global Media
Leticia García (Theater, Dance, and Performance Studies)
Grace Kimball (Theater, Dance, and Performance Studies)
Shaun Nowicki (English)
Anita Raychawdhuri (English)