The Racialized Body

Principal Investigator: Cynthia Blair, associate professor of history and African American studies

The Racialized Body cluster is positioned at the cutting edge of scholarship on race. This emerging field of research is grounded in the analysis of race as not merely a social category, but an embodied experience. This group assembles scholars who examine the ways that contemporary and historical notions of race, racial ideology and racial politics are manifested in how the “body” is represented, inhabited and regulated.

One focus of the cluster is the study of how racialized bodies are defined, policed and regulated by governmental agencies through various means such as legal classifications, medical experiments, surveillance, incarceration and even torture.

Another concentration of the cluster is on the ways that people respond to racialized efforts to define and control their bodies through everyday practices and collective forms of resistance.

New faculty hires in the Racialized Body cluster will feature scholars with research concentrations in the areas of postcolonial sexuality studies; visual culture; borderlands/diaspora studies; systemic violence and state control of racialized bodies; and race and disability.

Initiative Hire(s): Roderick Ferguson, professor of African American studies and gender and women’s studies (Fall 2014); J. Lorenzo Perillo, assistant professor of Asian American studies (Fall 2015); Akemi Nishida, assistant professor of sociology and disability and human development (Fall 2015)