Espelencia Baptiste, Associate Professor of Anthropology & Sociology


Amelia Katanski, Co-Director and Professor of English


Shanna Salinas, Co-Director and Assistant Professor of EnglishSalinas

Lineage: B.A., American Literature and Culture (major) and Chicana/o Studies (minor); University of California, Los Angeles M.A. and Ph.D, English, University of California, Santa Barbara
Work in Progress: “‘Sign’ Language and Reconstructive Interpretation in John Rechy’s The Miraculous Day of Amalia Gomez” ; “’we are all of paper’: Re-Writing the Textual Body in Salvador Plascencia’s The People of Paper” ; “De-Colonizing the U.S.-Mexico Border: Mapping Spatiotemporal Narratives of Dispossession in Karen Tei Yamashita’s The Tropic of Orange.
Research Areas: U.S. race and ethnicity and sociohistorical processes of racialization (Chicanx, Blackness, Whiteness), borders and spatiality, material culture, textuality


Global Visions

Babli Sinha, Associate Professor of English and Director for Film and Media Studies

Lineage: B.A. English and French (majors) Washington and Lee University; M.A. French, Indiana University, Bloomington; M.A. and Ph.D. English, The University of Chicago
Work in Progress: Trauma, Realism, and The Bengal Famine of 1943
Research Areas: Colonialism and resistance, Film, Anglophone literature, especially from South Asia, South Africa, Nigeria, Kenya, Literary and film theory