Ethnic Studies

University of California, Berkeley


The Department of Ethnic Studies at UC Berkeley offers undergraduate majors and minors in Asian American and Asian Diaspora Studies, Chicanx Latinx Studies, Ethnic Studies, and Native American Studies. Our faculty members represent a range of disciplinary backgrounds from the humanities and social sciences. Most focus on one ethnoracial group or geographic area, but many have comparative foci, and all members of the faculty seek to provide collectively a comparative framework for understanding both the specificities and the differences among the situations of racially-marginalized groups in the U.S. and beyond.

Several of our faculty members also emphasize the intersections of race with gender, sexuality, and class. All of our faculty members are committed to fostering an interdisciplinary method that expands the kinds of primary sources, as well as the kinds of research questions, one would work with in any of the traditional disciplines. Our students regularly work at nuanced readings of cultural texts (broadly understood to include literature, art, music, and other forms of expression) and at the same time seek to situate those texts —and their readings — in the context of struggles over power and structural inequality.

Undergraduate Programs

Asian American and Asian Diaspora Studies: BA, Minor
Chicanx Latinx Studies: BA, Minor
Ethnic Studies: BA, Minor
Native American Studies: BA, Minor

Graduate Program

Ethnic Studies: PhD

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Asian American and Asian Diaspora Studies

Chicanx Latinx Studies

Ethnic Studies

Native American Studies

Contact Information

Department of Ethnic Studies

506 Social Sciences Building

Phone: 510-643-0796

Fax: 510-642-6456

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Department Chair

Keith P. Feldman

506 Social Sciences Building

Graduate Student Advisor

Latonya Minor

518 Social Sciences Building

Phone: 510-642-6643

Undergraduate Academic Advisor

Laura Jimenez-Olvera

532 Social Sciences Building

Phone: 510-642-0243

Undergraduate Academic Advisor

Dewey St. Germaine

530 Social Sciences Building

Phone: 510-643-6420

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