The faculty of the Cultural Studies Department at Claremont Graduate University stands in solidarity with all the protests in defense of Black Lives. The mission of our program is to arm our students with the critical skills to expose the ideological dimension of culture and to explore its radical potential, and the stakes have never been higher.

This year we have watched COVID-19 exacerbate health and economic disparities as poor and working class and communities of color have been increasingly placed on the pandemic front lines as first responders, health care providers and victims of the disease. We have watched as vulnerable communities are made more vulnerable through neglect, fear or the deliberate use of crisis as a cover for state violence. The pandemic has led to increased incidents of gender-based violence. People in jails, prisons, detention centers, Native American reservations and unhoused people face greater risks of illness and death. The government is continuing deportations, including of unaccompanied children, while banning asylum for refugees and immigrants. Anti-Asian discrimination and violence is being stoked by rhetoric at the highest levels of government.

And the recent murders of Tony McDade, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Aubery, George Floyd and many others have reminded us all that the United States, which is founded upon the exploitation, disregard and murder of Black lives, continues this legacy in old and new forms every day.

The teachings of our field remind us that all of these issues are interlocking and that resistance to it is our legacy and our charge. We stand with all activists and victims’ family members who are protesting in love and anger. We denounce the criminalization of protest and demand a rebalancing of public funding away from a militarized police force and prisons towards human needs like schools, housing, and health care.

Black Lives Matter.

Welcome to the Cultural Studies Department

Cultural Studies situates culture as a site of power struggles between competing systems of representations and the ways of life that they support. Our methods of study are critical: not only exposing the ideological dimension of culture but also exploring its radical political potential.

Our faculty members specialize in feminist and queer studies, critical race theory, film and media studies, museum studies, Latino/a studies, Africana studies, Asian Pacific Islander studies, and more. The CGU Cultural Studies Department is distinguished by offering both an MA and PhD in Cultural Studies. The department offers several concentrations, including Media Studies and Museum Studies, which are unique for their combination of a strong emphasis on cultural theory and hands-on practical experience. Students in the program can also choose to specialize in such transdisciplinary concentrations as American Studies, Early Modern Studies, or Hemispheric & Transnational Studies.

Instruction in Cultural Studies is carried on in seminars. Classes are small and each student’s program individually designed. Students have considerable input in the design of their courses of study, including choice of concentrations and minor fields.

Because many students enter the program from other disciplines, the department offers a variety of introductory courses in addition to advanced-level courses. Students are required to take courses in research methodologies appropriate to their interests in Cultural Studies: possibilities include ethnographic field research methods, visual research methods, oral history, archival studies, digital humanities, and film or literary theory and analysis.


Cultural Studies Department, Claremont Graduate University
Chair: Eve Oishi
831 N. Dartmouth Avenue • Claremont, CA 91711 • 909-621-8612 • Fax 909-607-9587

Eve Oishi profile image

Eve Oishi

Associate Professor of Cultural Studies
Chair, Cultural Studies Department

 

Programs

 

Core Faculty

Nadine Chan profile image

Nadine Chan

Assistant Professor of Cultural Studies

Email
nadine.chan@cgu.edu
Research Interests

Media historiography and theory, postcolonial and new empire studies, environmental humanities, media and the Anthropocene, visual studies, media anthropology, media and materiality, nontheatrical film, studies in Global Asia, Southeast Asian film and media, cultural studies.

Joshua Goode profile image

Joshua Goode

Associate Professor of Cultural Studies and History
Chair, History Department

Email
joshua.goode@cgu.edu
Research Interests

Modern Spain, 19th- and 20th-century Europe, Genocide and racial thought, Museums and commemoration, Memory

David Luis-Brown profile image

David Luis-Brown

Associate Professor of Cultural Studies and English
Director, Africana Studies Program

Email
david.luis-brown@cgu.edu
Research Interests

Hemispheric Americas studies, Latino/a/x studies, Black diaspora studies, American literature and culture

Eve Oishi profile image

Eve Oishi

Associate Professor of Cultural Studies
Chair, Cultural Studies Department

Email
eve.oishi@cgu.edu
Research Interests

Cultural studies, Media studies, Feminist and queer theory, Asian American studies

Linda Perkins profile image

Linda Perkins

Associate University Professor
Director, Applied Gender Studies

Email
linda.perkins@cgu.edu
Research Interests

Women and African-American higher education, history and contemporary issues on women in higher education, especially Black women, global gender issues.

Extended Faculty

Elizabeth Affuso

Pitzer College

Research Interests

Spectatorship, Fandom, Branding, Technology, Architecture, Moving image media art, Reality television


Mark Andrejevic

Pomona College

Research Interests

Media: digital media, popular culture, reality TV; Surveillance: drones, data mining/big data; Criticism: critical theory


Myriam Chancy

Scripps College

Research Interests

African diaspora with specialization in its literature


Jih-Fei Cheng

Scripps College

Research Interests

Feminist and queer of color approaches to media representations of public health issues


Paul Faulstich

Pitzer College

Research Interests

Cultural ecology, Ecological design, Ecology of expressive culture, Aboriginal Australias


Jennifer Friedlander

Pomona College

Research Interests

Cultural studies, Contemporary art controversies, Film theory, Psychoanalytic theory


Jesse Lerner

Pitzer College

Research Interests

Media studies


Susan Phillips

Pitzer College

Research Interests

Community, gangs, and environment


Erin Runions

Pomona College

Research Interests

The intersections of biblical interpretation and political philosophies, with their multiple impacts on political subjectivity, gender, sexuality, U.S. national sovereignty, and biopolitics


Miguel Tinker Salas

Pomona College

Research Interests

Contemporary Venezuela, Contemporary Mexican society and politics, Mexican border society, Latin American history, Chicanos/as and Latinos/as in the United States


David Seitz

Harvey Mudd College

Research Interests

Cultural geography