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Meet New Assistant Professors in Comparative Race and Ethnic Studies: Jeanelle Hope and Luis Romero

Janelle & Luis
Dr. Jeanelle K. Hope completed her Ph.D. in Cultural Studies at the University of California, Davis. Her research examines how Afro-Asian solidarity manifests through grassroots organizing, art and cultural production, and digital activism in the post-civil rights era. Her broader research interests include: Afro-Asian studies, Blacks in the West, social movements, Black and transnational feminisms, and Black queer theory. As a public scholar, Jeanelle has worked alongside K-12 teachers and state administrators to develop Ethnic Studies curricula, most recently serving as a lead writer and consultant for the California Department of Education (CDE) Ethnic Studies Model Curriculum. Jeanelle’s work has been featured in Freedom’s Racial Frontier: African Americans in the Twentieth-Century West (University of Oklahoma Press, 2018) and Voices of River City.
Dr. Luis A. Romero completed his Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Texas at Austin. His research and teaching focus on Latinx studies, racial inequality, crimmigration, immigration enforcement, and detention. His published work includes studying how Islamophobia has become extended to impact Latinas/os/xs in the post-9/11era and how immigration bonds can be used to meet the needs of detention centers. He is currently working on how the immigrant detention system impacts the lives of family members who have a detained relative, but have never been detained themselves. Specifically, how immigrant families are surveilled and impacted on an economic and emotional level.