In the near future, a young woman finds her mother’s body starfished on the kitchen floor in Queens and sets on a journey through language, archives, artificial intelligence, and TV for a way back into herself. She begins to translate an old manuscript about a group of female medical students―living through a drought and at the edge of the war―as they create a new way of existence to help the people around them. In the process, the translator’s life and the manuscript begin to become entangled.
Scholarship in the Humanities
Rising Scholars: Support Opportunities for Early and Mid-Career Scholars
Congratulations to Early Career Faculty Fellow Peter Hepburn for being awarded a $1.9 million grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to evaluate the effects of pandemic eviction-prevention policies on individual and community mortality.
The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) also just awarded Professor Hepburn and his colleagues at Princeton $500,000 to carry out a two-year study evaluating the impact of the pandemic-era Emergency Rental Assistance program.
As Hispanic Heritage Month draws to a close, see how Rutgers-Camden psychologist and ISGRJ Early Career Faculty Fellow Andrew Abeyta is helping minority and first-generation students derive meaning and social belonging from the university experience.
This critical review by Abigail Williams-Butler uses the frameworks of intersectionality and structural
gendered racism to understand the racialized, gendered, and class-based oppression regarding the overrepresentation of poor Black women, children, and families within child protective services (CPS) in the United States. The article presents a detailed overview of how structural gendered racism is manifested within CPS practices and policies.
“Is There Wealth Stability Across Generations in the U.S.? Evidence from Panel Study, 1984-2017.” (July, 2022)
“Economic Insecurity in the Family Tree and the Racial Wealth Gap.” (June, 2022)
“Intergenerational Economic Mobility and the Racial Wealth Gap.” (May, 2021)
Congratulations to Omariz Zamora on the publication of her latest peer-reviewed essay in Small Axe 68, "Transnational Renderings of Negro/a/x/*: Re-centering Blackness in AfroLatinidad." Her op-ed "Hispanic Heritage Month: The importance of Afro-Latinx identity in the diaspora" was also recently featured on NJ.com.
We congratulate Naomi Jackson who recently concluded her 2021-22 Scholar-In-Residence Fellowship Program at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture. She also received a Junior Faculty COVID grant and a Freya Project grant for her novel-in-progress, Behind God’s Back. Her essay, “Her Kind: on losing and finding my mind”, was published in Harper's in November 2021 and will appear in The Best American Essays 2022 this November.
Congratulations to Yalidy Matos for being awarded a Russell Sage Foundation grant! Matos will examine how U.S. Latinos have aligned with and/or complicated the color line in the U.S. and the political consequences of such alignment. She was also just awarded the 2022 Distinguished Junior Scholar Award from the American Political Science Association.
The Presidential Fellowship for Teaching Excellence Award, the publication of his book Choral Reflections: Insights from American Choral Conductor-Teachers, the presentation of his paper which he coauthored, "Standing in the Gap: Middle Level Music Learning in the U.S. and its Territories," at the 2022 American Educational Research Association (AERA) Annual Meeting, and his commissioning by the Children's Chorus of Washington to compose a new work celebrating Tubman's legacy.
The Latin American Studies Association (LASA) is the largest professional association in the world for individuals and institutions engaged in the study of Latin America. With over 13,000 members, over 60% of whom reside outside the United States, LASA is the one association that brings together experts on Latin America from all disciplines and diverse occupational endeavors, across the globe.
The book also received Honorable Mention for the Michael Jiménez Prize from the Colombia Section of LASA.
We are happy to announce the publication of Early Career Faculty Fellow Omaris Z. Zamora-García's article "Before Bodak Yellow and Beyond the Post-Soul: Cardi B Performs AfroLatina Feminisms in the Trance," published in The Black Scholar Journal of Black Studies and Research.
Image credit: Cardi B at Vogue Taiwan (Wiki Commons)
The two-part piece profiles Prakash Churaman, an immigrant teen from Queens -- arrested at the age of fifteen, interrogated without an attorney present, wrongfully incarcerated for six years -- and his campaign to be exonerated.
We are happy to announce the publication Abigail Williams-Butler's article as first author (with Liu, F., Howell, T., Menon, S. E., & Quinn, C. R.) on "Racialized Gender Differences in Mental Health Service Use, Adverse Childhood Experiences, and recidivism among justice-involved African American Youth," in Race & Social Problems. Image credit: Mark Harris/ProPublica
We are proud to congratulate Jessica Calvanico on the publication of her article, “Arson Girls, Match-Strikers, and Firestarters” in the most recent issue of Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society, and Yesenia Barragan for receiving a National Endowment for the Humanities 2022 grant for her project, “A Country of Their Own: African Americans and the Promise of Antebellum Latin America."
Enjoy Brandon Williams’ direction of the Rutgers Voorhees Choir performing in the Cow Tunnel under U.S. Route 1 on the Rutgers–New Brunswick campus. Williams led the choir in a performance of Watershed, a sound installation for vocal ensemble composed by music professor Scott Ordway, which premiered at the ISGRJ'S first public event of the fall 2021 semester, the March2RUGardens.
We congratulate Baba Badji for making the National Book Awards long list with his Ghost Letters, and Kendra Boyd for her article, “A ‘Body of Business Makers’: The Detroit Housewives League, Black Women Entrepreneurs, and the Rise of Detroit’s African American Business Community,” recipient of the Association of Black Women Historians 2021 Letitia Woods Brown Memorial Article Prize.
New Book Publications
New Book Publications
Featuring new publications from a rich array of scholars from multiple humanistic disciplines across Rutgers—from law to language, from philosophy to art, from history to gender studies, from sociology to health—who are committed to the study of race and related systems of inequity. We showcase the depth and breadth of their research and writing, as we work collaboratively towards the vision of a more just and equitable world.
Creole Noise is a history of Creole, or 'dialect', literature and performance in the English-speaking Caribbean, from the late eighteenth century to the early 19th century. By emphasizing multiracial origins, transnational influences, and musical performance alongside often violent historical events of the nineteenth century, it revises the common view that literary dialect in the Caribbean was a relatively modern, 20th century phenomenon, associated with regional anti-colonial or black-affirming nationalist projects.
The word “dignity” is not typically used in education, yet it is at the core of strong pedagogy. By bringing together a collection of chapters written by authors with wide-ranging expertise, this volume presents a powerful approach to education that reminds people of their somebodiness—the premise that each person inherently possesses the intellectual acumen and creative resources to pursue development on their own terms.
Freedom's Captives is a compelling exploration of the gradual abolition of slavery in the majority-black Pacific coast of Colombia, the largest area in the Americas inhabited primarily by people of African descent. .
Ghost Letters creates a ghost mother who becomes a presiding presence in Baba Badji’s first collection of poems. His poetry explores what it means to be Senegalese, American, and Black, as well as the bonds of Black people across the Black diaspora.
For nearly two decades, Patrick Rosal has been one of the most beloved and admired poets in the United States, bringing together the most dynamic aspects of literary and performance poetry. The son of Filipino immigrants (his father was a lapsed Catholic priest), he has made a life of bridging worlds―literary, ethnic, national, spiritual―through his poetry, and has been recognized with some of the highest honors and countless devoted readers.
Choral Reflections offers inspiration, ideas, and insights for conductor-teachers at any stage. The goal for Choral Reflections is to provide a platform for a new and more representative cross-section of American choral conductor-teachers to share their resflections, beliefs, values, and visions for the choral art.
ISGRJ Fellowship Programs and Named Term Chairs
ISGRJ Early Career Faculty Fellows Program
Chancellors, deans, and the ISGRJ executive director, in consultation with department chairs, nominate promising scholars working in the areas of social justice and racial inequality for a one-year fellowship at the institute. Fellows receive partial support toward a course release, $2,500 in research funds, and access to institute-funded events throughout Rutgers and benefit from mentoring and professional development.
ISGRJ Postdoctoral Fellows Program
These humanities-centered fellowships support recent doctoral recipients whose research demonstrates a deep investment in the areas of inquiry related to anti-racism and social inequality.
Scarlet and Black Postdoctoral Fellowships
These fellowships support scholars engaged in the examination of the global dimensions of anti-Black racism and its impact on the Americas (1580 to the present).
ISGRJ Named Term Chairs
Named term chairs support the most promising assistant and associate professors working in the areas of social justice and racial inequality. Nominated by deans and department chairs and funded for five years by the Mellon Foundation, these faculty receive a summer salary, travel and research funding, and access to institute-funded events.