Majors & Minors

Race & Ethnicity Studies


Melissa Johnson

Professor and Chair

Melissa Johnson

Professor and Chair

The Race and Ethnicity Studies Program offers a minor designed to examine race and ethnicity as categories of difference and as forms of lived experience, and attends to how these categories intersect and overlap with other forms of difference (such as gender, nation, indigeneity, class, religion, ability, sexuality, etc.).

The minor approaches race and ethnicity as constructs in particular historical contexts from interdisciplinary, comparative, intercultural and transnational perspectives. It also develops a critical awareness of colonial and Eurocentric influences on both the construction of these categories and the scholarly discourse about them. The minor thus provides a critical lens on a variety of historical and contemporary issues and debates generated by specific racial and ethnic formations. At the same time the minor takes note of mobilizations and liberating cultural expressions that have emerged both in response and as alternatives to dominant racial and ethnic structures.


Race & Ethnicity Studies News

Dr. Richard Reddick

Guest Speaker Dr. Richard Reddick Discusses Issues of Equity in Education

Associate Dean of Equity and Community Outreach the University of Texas at Austin’s College of Education gave insight into the role of archival deep dives to uncover the racist contexts that create educational environments.

Sevara Sobhani ’20 visited the Shrine of the Báb, a UNESCO World Heritage Site located in Haifa, Israel, during a spiritual pilgrimage in December 2019.

Faith in Diversity

Sevara Sobhani ’20 cherishes how the Bahá’í Faith and the Southwestern community are devoted to inclusivity and independent thinking.

Washington, D.C.

Southwestern Sumners Scholars Explore Internships in DC

The Hatton W. Sumners Scholars Program creates high-impact experiences for SU’s best and brightest.



Race & Ethnicity Studies Events

Joy and Pain? Lecture by Dr. Bridget Goosby

Lecture by Dr. Bridget Goosby, “Joy and Pain? Findings from a Study on Black Women Faculty’s Health, Support, and Well-being on the Tenure Track”

Dr. Bridget Goosby ’97
Professor of Sociology and co-director of the LifeHD Health Disparities Research Lab at the University of Texas at Austin; SU Alum, Sociology, 1997

Lecture Summary:
Black women comprise only 3% of the total tenure track faculty at universities across the country but make incredible intellectual contributions. Notably, their accomplishments do not protect them from the consequences of racial inequities, including health morbidities. However, in the presence of adversity these scholars not only survive, but in many cases thrive. Dr. Goosby will discuss findings from her mixed methods national study leveraging data from in-depth interviews and surveys with the purpose of elevating and celebrating Black women faculty while also shedding light on the tremendous challenges they experience in their careers as faculty.