Ethnic Studies Program

College of Arts and Humanities

201 Old Library Building
Ethnic Studies
Miguel Ceballos, Director

Ethnic Studies is an interdisciplinary program that provides students with a critical understanding of the social and historical experience of racial and ethnic groups in the U.S. and the impact of social, economic, political, philosophical, and cultural systems and structures on these groups. The minor program offers a minor to any student, regardless of major, who satisfactorily completes 18 semester hours of work in Ethnic Studies. The minor offers an interdisciplinary course of study with a concentration in one of the following areas:

  • African American Studies
  • Asian American Studies
  • Jewish American Studies
  • Latino/a Studies
  • Native American Studies
  • Multi-Cultural Studies

Committee Members

Mahmoud Amer, Languages and Cultures
Mahrukh Azam, Chemistry
Timothy J. Brown, Communication and Media
Miguel Ceballos, Anthropology and Sociology
Janet Chang, Psychology
Cecilia Lee-Fang Chien, History
Valerian Desousa, Anthropology and Sociology
Michael A. Di Giovine, Anthropology and Sociology
Anita K. Foeman, Communication and Media
Jonathan Friedman, History
Paul D. Green, English
Daniela Johannes, Languages and Cultures
V. Krishna Kumar, Psychology
Ann Lieberman-Colgan, Educational Development
Don McCown, Health
Cherise Pollard, English
Ana C. Sanchez, Languages and Cultures
Alice Speh, Languages and Cultures
Linda S. Stevenson, Political Science
Chiwoneso B. Tinago, Health
Spring Ulmer, English
Carla Lee Verderame, English

Minors in Ethnic Studies

All undergraduate students are held to the academic policies and procedures outlined in the undergraduate catalog.  Students are encouraged to review departmental handbooks for program tips, suggested course sequences, and explanations of procedures. When applicable, additional policies for specific department programs may be listed below.


Mahrukh Azam (2004)

B.S., Punjab University; M.S., Quaid-e-Azam University; M.S., Ph.D., Seton Hall University

Timothy J. Brown (2002)

B.A., M.A., West Chester University; Ph.D., Ohio University

Cecilia Lee-Fang Chien (2005)

B.A., Central Michigan University; M.A., Ph.D., Harvard University

Anita K. Foeman (1991)

B.H., Defiance College; M.A., Ph.D., Temple University

Jonathan Friedman (2002)

Director, Holocaust and Genocide Studies

Graduate Coordinator, Holocaust and Genocide Studies

B.A., Kent State University; M.A., Ph.D., University of Maryland - College Park

Paul D. Green (1971)

A.B., Temple University; A.M., Ph.D., Harvard University

V. Krishna Kumar (1977)

B.S., Osmania University (India); M.S., Indian Agricultural Research Institute; M.S., Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Madison

Cherise Pollard (1999)

B.A., Rutgers - The State University of New Jersey; M.A., Ph.D., University of Pittsburgh

Alice J. Speh (1989)

Director, Liberal Studies Program

Director, Russian Studies Program

A.B., Brown University; M.A., Ph.D., Bryn Mawr College

Linda S. Stevenson (2002)

Assistant Chairperson, Political Science

B.A., College of Wooster; M.A., Ph.D., University of Pittsburgh

Carla Lee Verderame (1998)

A.B., Smith College; M.A.T., Brown University; Ph.D., University of Michigan

Associate Professors

Miguel Ceballos (2012)

Director, Ethnic Studies Program

B.A., University of California, Berkeley; M.A., University of Texas at Austin; M.S., Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Madison

Valerian Desousa (2008)

Assistant Chairperson, Anthropology and Sociology

B.A., Bombay University; M.A., Xavier Labour Relations Institute (India); Ph.D. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Donald McCown (2011)

B.A., Eastern University; M.S.S., Bryn Mawr College; Ph.D. Tilburg University

Assistant Professors

Janet Chang (2016)

B.A., Swarthmore College; M.A., Ph.D., University of California, Davis

Michael A. Di Giovine (2013)

B.S., Georgetown University; A.M., Ph.D., The University of Chicago

Daniela Salvo Johannes (2015)

B.A., Universidad Catolica de Chile; M.A., Ph.D., University of Arizona

Ann Lieberman-Colgan (2007)

Assistant Director, Exploratory Studies

B.A., West Chester University of Pennsylvania; M.Ed., River College; Ed.D., Gratz College

Chiwoneso Tinago (2016)

B.S., William Carey University; M.P.H., University of Southern Mississippi; Ph.D., University of South Carolina

Spring Ulmer (2012)

B.F.A., The Cooper Union School of Art; M.F.A., University of Arizona; M.F.A., University of Iowa


Ana C. Sanchez (2016)

B.A. National University of Costa Rica; M.A. National University of Costa Rica; M.A. West Chester University