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Fall 2002 Faculty Fellows

Fall seminar: Race Futures: State, Nation, World

Caroline Castiglione is interested in the construction of national identity and of local communities and politics of resistance, both in 17th and 18th century Italy—the locus of her principal work to date—and in other moments and contexts. Her book in progress is entitled "Patrons and Adversaries: Nobles and Villagers in Italian Politics, 1640-1780."
Caroline Castiglione is now teaching at Brown University.

Maya Charrad is the author of a recent book entitled States and Women's Rights: The Making of Postcolonial Tunisia, Algeria, and Morocco. Her teaching and research interests include comparative perspectives on gender inequality and gender, nationalism, and economic development in the Islamic Middle East. A new project entitled "Transnational and Transcultural: Identity in the Maghribi Diaspora" will entail research into Maghribi communities in Texas and the U.S. as well as in Western Europe.

John Downing is the author of numerous books and articles on race and racism in print and visual media and in the British and American communications industries. He regularly teaches a course on Communication and Ethnic Groups, holds a Ford Foundation research grant to explore "racial" portrayals and the roles of minority-ethnic advocacy groups in American entertainment television, and is at work on a comparative study of media, racism, and ethnicity in Britain and the U.S.
John Downing is now at Southern Illinois University.

Karen L. Engle recently joined the faculty of the School of Law after ten years as a law professor at the University of Utah. She specializes in international human rights law, employment discrimination, and feminism and the law. Her recent publications include articles on "Culture and Human Rights: The Asian Values Debate in Context" and "Legislating Special Rights," a paper presented as part of a symposium on Re-Orienting Law and Sexuality.

Richard Flores, the author most recently of Remembering the Alamo: Memory, Modernity, and the Master Symbol, is interested in how Mexican American cultural forms and the historical conditions from which they emerge negotiate and affect various modern and contemporary social, economic, and racial processes. He also directs UT's Americo Paredes Center for Cultural Studies.

Charles Hale works on the indigenous cultural politics of Central America, especially on ideologies of mestizaje (race mixture) and their multiple meanings and manifestations in Nicaragua, Guatemala, and Honduras. He is also the associate director of the Teresa Lozano Long Institute of Latin American Studies.

Ian Hancock has long been an eminent scholar and activist representative of Romani language, history, and culture and has written and spoken widely to academic and general audiences and to national and international policymakers about the global future of the Romani ("Gypsy") people and about the discrimination in employment, education, healthcare, and other services that they currently suffer in most European societies.

John Hoberman works principally on conjunctions of sport, race, medicine, and political ideology. He is the author of How Sport has Damaged Black America and Preserved the Myth of Race and is working on a project entitled "Kafka's Body: Masculinity, Sport, and the Jews."

Akel Kahera specializes in Islamic studies and, specifically, in the social history and contemporary circumstances of Islam and Muslims in the United States. He is the author of the recent book, Deconstructing the American Mosque, which explores the social, spatial, gender, and aesthetic relations and effects of the mosque in American Islamic communities.

Richard Markovits teaches and writes in the area of antitrust, law and economics, and jurisprudence. He is the creator of the Law School's nationally recognized course on "Legal Scholarship" and the author of Matters of Principle: Legitimate Legal Argument and Constitutional Interpretation.

Lynn Miller teaches and writes on the performance of race and ethnicity and of gender and sexuality in literature, the visual arts, autobiography, and oral narrative. Her current book in press is Voices Made Flesh: Performing Women's Autobiography.