Ethnic Studies at Brown

A media-saturated switching point for Ethnic Studies @ Brown University.

Operating as usual

Photos from Ethnic Studies at Brown's post 12/12/2022

The student coordinators of the Asian American Artist in Residence Initiative are thrilled to announce that the Spring 2023 artist in residence will be Yin Q, in conjunction with Red Canary Song and Kink Out!

Yin Q (they/she) is a Q***r, Chinese American writer/artist/producer, Shamanatrix, and s*x worker rights activist and parent. They are a core member of Red Canary Song, a collective of s*x workers, massage workers, and allies from the Asian diaspora, and founder of Kink Out, a production group of Q***r, leather, art and activism events that center BIPOC. Yin’s media work can be seen in Mercy, Mistress (pilot/Vimeo) and Fly in Power (short video/Youtube), which is being produced as a full length documentary that will screen at Brown during the residency. Their writing can be found in BUST magazine, (Feminist Press), and Q***r Magic, edited by Lee Harington & Tai Fenix Kulystin.

We’re working with Yin and their collaborators to plan a wide range of programs for next semester. Some possibilities include a Lunar New Year celebration; seminars on s*x worker politics and organizing; reading groups and screenings; and workshops on zines, kink, and artistic activism. Everyone is invited to learn and build community with us, and Brown students will be able to engage the residency for independent study credit.

To sign up to receive periodic updates about Spring events and programming, please go to

We’re so excited to welcome Yin and their collaborators to campus!

Photos from Direct Action for Rights and Equality's post 12/05/2022

TODAY @ 6 PM @ DARE 340 Lockwood. Come learn how to Organizing Formerly Incarcerated Power through Worker Owned Cooperatives!


SAVE THE DATE: Artist Talk: Mariana Ramos Ortiz

November 28, 2022 | 6pm | 85 Waterman, rm 130

Join Theater Arts and Performance Studies and American Studies Professors Ivan Ramos and Leticia Alvarado as they host artist Mariana Ramos Ortiz. Ramos Ortiz is an interdisciplinary artist working between San Juan, Puerto Rico, and Providence, Rhode Island. Their work addresses sand as a material of resistance and protection against the United States' ongoing occupation of Puerto Rico. Their recent work articulates relationships between legibility as a remnant of colonialism, play as a tactic for resistance, and how these strategies construct the experience and perceptions of the colonial subject and landscape.


AMST is excited to co-sponsor this event with the CSSJ Human Trafficking Research Cluster and Professor Elena Shih , tomorrow, Friday 3/18 at 2 PM. Join us in this public event as we reflect on the year that has passed since the Atlanta massage murders of 2021. We will be joined by organizers, workers, and artists with Red Canary Song, a grassroots coalition of migrant workers, s*x workers, and allies working with massage workers in Flushing, Queens. Following the talk, guests are invited to interact with a public art installation, “Curtains: A Weak Armor,” created by RCS to reflect on the surveillance, visibility, and practices of community care that define our work.

The event will conclude with interaction with art installation at the List Center Lawn.


Our amazing colleague, Evelyn Hu-DeHart writes in a series "Learning the Scholar’s Craft: Reflections of Historians and International Relations Scholars." Be sure to read about Evelyn's inspiring intellectual and personal journey.


Are you concentrating in Ethnic Studies or American Studies? Are you considering either concentration? Have questions? Want to meet some fellow concentrators? Want to learn about the history of the departments? Come join both the Ethnic Studies and American Studies DUGs for a virtual meet and greet. Come with any questions and ideas for what you'd like to see from the DUGs this year and stay for some Zoom speed dating! All attendees will get a free sticker in the mail!
Time and date: 5pm Sunday, September 27th
Zoom link:



Timeline photos 08/29/2020


Decolonizing the University 08/26/2020

Decolonizing the University In this interview, Lorgia García-Peña, who was denied tenure by Harvard in late 2019, discusses why ethnic studies has never been more urgent and the important role it can play in protest.

Timeline photos 08/25/2020
Timeline photos 08/23/2020

The beginning of the end

Timeline photos 07/28/2020

Amazing new collection featuring many of our faculty and friends and edited by

Timeline photos 07/28/2020

Extraordinary zine just published by recent PhD Find it at:

Journey to a “People's War” 07/20/2020

PhD student Thomas Dai in The Brooklyn Rail! This essay began as a class presentation in Professor Alvarado's spring class.

Journey to a “People's War” Some years ago, I stopped in Wuhan on my way to somewhere else. The city looked unremarkable to me, another heavy, Chinese metropolis split in two by a dying river. I remember the owner of my hostel stopping by to take my payment and photocopy my passport. Afterwards, he left for dinner, and I did t...

Timeline photos 07/16/2020

by American Studies MA student Wen Zhuang!

Photos from Ethnic Studies at Brown's post 06/11/2020
Photos from Ethnic Studies at Brown's post 06/10/2020

From a recent alum: a set of possible places to donate right now

Brown Undergraduate COVID-19 Archives 05/08/2020

Check out - and contribute to - this digital archive of undergraduate experiences of the pandemic. This class is seeking submissions of items such as photos, artwork, memes, emails / correspondence etc., as well as written submissions detailing people's lived experiences of the pandemic. They are hoping to include as many undergraduate experiences and perspectives as possible in the archive, so they are trying to cast a wide net in soliciting submissions.

Brown Undergraduate COVID-19 Archives

Timeline photos 05/07/2020

Woo-hoo! Congrats to Sebastian, an Ethnic Studies concentrator!

Timeline photos 05/07/2020

Congrats to American Studies PHD Virginia Thomas!

Timeline photos 04/05/2020

New book from Professor Zipp!!

Timeline photos 03/26/2020

Missing our students. Hoping they and theirs are OK.

Timeline photos 03/05/2020

Beth Piatote talking about The Beadworkers with Professor Keene!


Today at 4PM!

Thursday, March 5th!

Timeline photos 03/03/2020

So .... close .... to .... spring.

Want your school to be the top-listed School/college in Providence?

Click here to claim your Sponsored Listing.

Who we are

The undergraduate concentration in Ethnic Studies at Brown was born out of student protest - protest across generations of students and faculty. More specifically, widespread campus unrest in 1988 led to the creation of the Center for the Study of Race and Ethnicity in America and the first courses in Ethnic Studies. And soon after the 1992 occupation of University Hall, plans for a formal undergraduate concentration were drawn up, ultimately earning campus approval in 1996. Central to these protests was a strong, student-and-faculty based commitment to what was then understood as Third World solidarity, a belief in the strength of intersectional and interdisciplinary study, all rooted in a vigorous critique of empire, power, and white supremacy. A key to their success was a determination to make change over the long term, to build something at Brown that would be intellectually powerful and socially and politically meaningful.

Since 2012, Ethnic Studies has been situated in the Department of American Studies, which also includes the American Studies concentration.

Videos (show all)




71 George Street
Providence, RI

Opening Hours

Monday 9am - 5pm
Tuesday 9am - 5pm
Wednesday 9am - 5pm
Thursday 9am - 5pm
Friday 9am - 5pm
Other Providence schools & colleges (show all)
Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs
111 Thayer Street
Providence, 02912

A leading center of international and public affairs with a focus on development, security, and gove

Student Community Government, Inc. (RIC) Student Community Government, Inc. (RIC)
600 Mt Pleasant Avenue, Student Union 401
Providence, 02908

Voice of the Student Body since 1974

Brown CS Brown CS
115 Waterman Street
Providence, 02912

Brown CS news. If you have a email, join our internal group:

Brown Medical Alumni and Friends Brown Medical Alumni and Friends
222 Richmond Street
Providence, 02903

Connect with alumni, parents, students and friends of The Warren Alpert Medical School.

Rhode Island College (RIC) Rhode Island College (RIC)
600 Mount Pleasant Avenue
Providence, 02908

The official Rhode Island College page. Web: News:

JWU Providence Student Engagement JWU Providence Student Engagement
232 Weybosset Street
Providence, 02903

The resource for co-curricular and extracurricular programs and activities at Johnson & Wales Univers

Edna Lawrence Nature Lab Edna Lawrence Nature Lab
13 Waterman Street
Providence, 02903

Natural history collection fostering creative inquiry into biodesign, ecology, and climate change.

Rhode Island College Alumni Association (RIC) Rhode Island College Alumni Association (RIC)
Rhode Island College
Providence, 02908

Proudly serving our 75,000+ graduates by providing resources, events and benefits to our community.

Providence College Women's Ice Hockey Providence College Women's Ice Hockey
1 Cunningham Square
Providence, 02918

Twitter: @PCWHockey Instagram: PCWHockey

Rhode Island School of Design Rhode Island School of Design
20 Washington Place
Providence, 02903

Founded in 1877, RISD is a college and museum in Providence, RI, where curiosity and creativity spark

Providence College Student Success Center Providence College Student Success Center
1 Cunningham Square
Providence, 02918

Academic & personal support to students & student-athletes at Providence College through individuali

Providence College Black Studies Program Providence College Black Studies Program
1 Cunningham Square, Howley Hall
Providence, 02918

Committed to promoting and encouraging scholarship that is designed to challenge multiple forms of o