PROVIDENCE – Tricia Rose, professor of Africana studies at Brown University, has been selected as the new director of the Center for the Study of Race and Ethnicity in America, effective July 1. Rose will succeed Evelyn Hu-deHart, who has led the academic center since 2002, according to a release from Brown.
“We are truly delighted that Tricia will be taking over this highly important leadership position at Brown,” Kevin McLaughlin, dean of the faculty, said in prepared remarks. “Her influential, widely discussed scholarship and her commitment to intellectually responsible critical discourse on the role of race and ethnicity in the arts, the media and in public life generally in America make her an ideal choice to take over the leadership of this important center.”
The Center for the Study of Race and Ethnicity in America was established at Brown in 1986 as “one of the nation’s earliest academic centers dedicated to research, scholarship and academic exchanges on issues of race and ethnicity,” said a university release.
In 1996, CSREA became the home of a newly established concentration in ethnic studies. That concentration will be administered by the Department of American Studies beginning in the fall.
“American studies has recently added new faculty and developed in directions that are well-suited to teaching, research and student interest in ethnic studies,” said the Brown release.
According to the university, the center intends to primarily focus on fostering “scholarly working groups” and serving as a hub for multidepartmental, interdisciplinary campus-wide student and faculty research. The release added that the center will host high-profile visitors and public events that will speak about the “pressing issues of race and ethnicity in America today and throughout its history.”
In her role as director, Rose is slated with providing intellectual leadership and strategic direction to CSREA’s activities and public programs.
“My goal is to make the Center for the Study of Race and Ethnicity in America a vibrant, historically grounded, yet forward-looking campus-wide, nationally recognized site for critical analysis and public engagement on the ways that race and ethnicity shape American culture, society and policy,” Rose said in prepared remarks.
CSREA’s programming will address four main areas of inquiry: culture and structural inequalities; ideologies of race and ethnicity; expressive cultures and marginalized knowledges; and mass media and new cultural technologies, according to the university release.
Rose said that her vision for the Center’s programming includes faculty and graduate student workshops, art and media exhibits and performances, faculty seminars, postdoctoral fellowships, and center-sponsored faculty and student events.
Coinciding with Rose’s July 1 start date, CSREA will move to a temporary location at Brown-RISD Hillel, 80 Brown St., while a new, permanent location is identified. “Moving CSREA to a more central location will help to establish it as a hub for interdisciplinary collaboration across campus,” said the Brown release.