Paula M. L. Moya - 2003-2006
Paula M. L. Moya is Associate Professor of English at Stanford
University, where she recently completed a term as Director of the
Undergraduate Program of the Center for Comparative Studies in Race and
Ethnicity (CCSRE), and Chair of the Comparative Studies in Race and
Ethnicity (CSRE) major. Her publications include essays on feminist
theory, multicultural pedagogy, race and emotion, and Latina/o and
Chicana/o literature and identity. She is the author of Learning from
Experience: Minority Identities, Multicultural Struggles (UC Press 2002)
and co-editor (with Michael Hames-García) of Reclaiming Identity:
Realist Theory and the Predicament of Postmodernism (UC Press 2000).
Another edited volume, Identity Politics Reconsidered, is forthcoming
from Palgrave in 2006. In addition, she is a founding organizer and
coordinating team member of The Future of Minority Studies research
project (FMS), an inter-institutional, interdisciplinary, and
multigenerational research project facilitating focused and productive
discussions about the democratizing role of minority identity and
participation in a multicultural society.
Michele Elam - 2005-06
Michele Elam, Associate Professor of English, was a Visiting Professor
in 2003-05 and a Hewlett Fellow at Stanford's Research Institute of
Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity (RICSRE) in 2002-03, where she
began her current book project, Mixed Race in the New Millenium.
Professor Elam is the author of Race, Work, and Desire in American
Literature, 1860-1930 (Cambridge University Press, 2003) and has
published articles in African American Review, American Literature, and
Genre, among others. The recipient of the St Clair Drake Outstanding
Teaching Award at Stanford, Professor Elam teaches seminars on Slave
Narratives; Mixed Race Literature and Theory; W.E.B. Du Bois and
American Culture; the Harlem and Chicago Renaissances; Introduction to
African American Literature; graduate seminars on African American
Literary History & Theory and Black Feminist Theory, among others.
Monica McDermott - 2004-05
Monica McDermott is an assistant professor of Sociology at Stanford University
where she teaches courses on race and ethnicity, urban sociology, qualitative
methods and theory. Her primary research interests involve race and ethnic
relations in the U.S., especially white identity, racial attitudes, and race/class
interactions. She is currently completing a book manuscript based on her participant
observation research on interracial interactions in Atlanta and Boston, where she
worked as a convenience store clerk for a year.
Graduate Student Coordinators
Julie Avril Minich - 2005-06
Julie Minich is a Doctoral Student in the Department of
Spanish and Portuguese specializing in contemporary Chicana/o literature.
Her additional research interests include feminist theory, LGBT studies,
disability studies and film.
Ulka Shapiro Anjaria - 2003-05
Ulka Shapiro Anjaria is a Doctoral Student in the Program for Modern
Thought and Literature where she studies the way Indian literature— particularly
realist novels— written in the two decades before independence (1920s-1947) dealt
with the ideological and material struggles that were heightened when Congress-led
nationalism began to take an expressly statist form. Her focus is specifically
on liberal individualism and the urban-rural relationship in authors such as
Premchand, Mulk Raj Anand and others. She is also interested in the politics of
representation, Marxism, subaltern studies and theories of the realist novel.