Critical Ethnic Studies

Critical Ethnic Studies Association

Critical Ethnic Studies
Editors: Neda Atanasoski and Christine Hong, Editors

Critical Ethnic Studies explores the guiding question of the Critical Ethnic Studies Association: how do the histories of colonialism and conquest, racial chattel slavery, and white supremacist patriarchies and heteronormativities affect, inspire, and unsettle scholarship and activism in the present? By decentering the nation-state as a unit of inquiry, focusing on scholarship that expands the identity rhetoric of ethnic studies, engaging in productive dialogue with indigenous studies, and making critical studies of gender and sexuality guiding intellectual forces, this journal appeals to scholars interested in the methodologies, philosophies, and discoveries of this new intellectual formation. 

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Critical Ethnic Studies Journal

Publication and Ethics Statement


Editorial Board

The editorial board for the journal is composed of experts in the field. Board members serve the duration of a given editorship (typically 2-3 years). Board members meet with the editors once every quarter to discuss issues, directions, and administrative matters related to the journal. Names and affiliations of board members and editorial office are available on the website.

Authors and Authors responsibilities

Authorship is limited to those who have: one, made a substantial contribution to the conception, design, interpretation, or execution of the study; two, drafted the work; three, have final approval over the version to be published; and four, agreed to be accountable to all aspects of the work, including questions related to accuracy, integrity, retractions and corrections of mistakes. A manuscript can have more than one author. All others who have made a significant contribution to the manuscript but not in the above ways can be listed as co-authors.

Authors are obliged to participate in the peer review process. Details about the peer review process are listed below.

Authors should disclose any substantive conflicts of interests (including financial) that might impact the interpretation of the manuscript and work. Authors will provide a list of references if necessary.

Authors must guarantee that their submitted work contains no matter that can be construed as libelous or as infringing in any way on the copyright of another party. If authors have used the work and/or words of others, it must be properly quoted or cited.

Authors should acknowledge the work of those that have substantively informed the interpretation of the manuscript through citation or in the acknowledgements.

Authors are forbidden to publish the same research in more than one journal.

Peer-review process            

Peer review is critical to maintaining the standards of our publications. Peer review of manuscripts assists the editor in making editorial decisions.

If a selected reviewer feels they are unqualified to review the research, they should excuse themselves from the review process. The reviewer should be a disinterested party with respect to the author(s) of the manuscript. Reviewers should have no conflict of interests which might include a personal relationship, close professional relationship, or prior co-authorship.

Reviews should be conducted objectively. Personal criticism of the author is not appropriate.

Reviews should point out relevant published work that is not yet cited in the piece. Reviewed articles will be treated confidentially prior to publication.

Please note that the scholarly peer review process applies to original research articles. Other genres of scholarly publication which regularly appear in scholarly journals such as book and media review submissions, political reviews, dialogue, editorial commentary, and resource pieces, among others, are not generally subject to peer review.

Publication ethics

Publishers and editors shall take reasonable steps to identify and prevent the publication of papers where research misconduct has occurred; in no event shall a journal or its editors encourage such misconduct, or knowingly allow such misconduct to take place; in the event that publisher or editors are made aware of any allegation of research misconduct, the publisher or editor shall deal with allegations appropriately.

When an author discovers a significant error or inaccuracy in his/her own published work, it is the author’s obligation to promptly notify the journal editor or publisher and cooperate with the editor to retract or correct the paper

Copyright and access

Copyright for the journal is owned by the Critical Ethnic Studies Association. The journal is online and open access. There are no subscriptions required to read the journal and articles. 


Back issues of the journal will be archived by current publisher, University of Minnesota Press.

Ownership and management

Journal is owned by the Critical Ethnic Studies Association and managed by the Critical Ethnic Studies Journal editorial team.

The web site

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Publishing schedule

The journal publishes two issues per year, once in Spring and once in Fall.

Name of the journal

The name of the journal is: Critical Ethnic Studies Journal.

All Issues

  • Volume 4 - Issue 2 Contents Purchase This Issue

    Table of Contents, Volume 4 - Issue 2

    By Eve Tuck and K. Wayne Yang
    Burlando La Migra: Shifting Conceptions of the U.S./Mexico Border by Michaeola Django Walsh
    The Formaldehyde Trip by Naomi Rincon Gllardo
    ‘Unearthing, In Conversation’: On Listening and Caring by Belinda Kazeem-Kaminski
    Black Dada Nihilismus: Theorizing a Radical Black Aesthetic by John Gillespie
    “To Get Here?”: The Onscreen/Offscreen Relations of Biopower and Vulnerability in Frozen River (2008) by Laura Fugikawa
    Each of Us Is a Council House: Talking Spirits, Psychoanalysis, and Language by Nicolas Juarez
    Homo Narrans and the Science of the Word in Caribbean Fiction: The Radical Imagination in Jamaica Kincaid’s Autobiography of My Mother and Patrick Chamoiseau’s Texaco by Bedour Alagraa
    Vince Schleitwiler’s Strange Fruit of the Black Pacific: Imperialism’s Radical Justice and its Fugitives, review by Mark Redondo Villegas
  • Volume 4 - Issue 1 Contents Purchase This Issue

    Table of Contents, Volume 4 - Issue 1

    Introduction by the Journal Co-Editors, Eve Tuck and K. Wayne Yang
    Introduction to the Academy and What Can Be Done? by Ashon Crawley
    Subjunctively Inhabiting the University by Jigna Desai and Kevin P. Murphy
    Queer of Color Space-Making in and Beyond the Academic Industrial Complex by Paola Bacchetta, Fatima El-Tayeb, Jin Haritaworn, Jillian Hernandez, SA Smythe, Vanessa Thompson, and Tiffany Willoughby-Herard
    More than “Two Worlds”: Black Feminist Theories of Difference in Relation by Lisa Kahaleole Hall
    American University Consensus and the Imaginative Power of Fiction by Courtney Moffett-Batteau
    The Order of Disciplinarity, The Terms of Silence by Joshua Myers
    Higher Education and the Im/possibility of Transformative Justice by Sharon Stein
    Robin D. G. Kelley and Fred Moten in Conversation, moderated by Afua Cooper and Rinaldo Walcott
    “Letters in Black, Care of Christina Sharpe”: Book Review of In The Wake: On Blackness and Being, review by Cornel Grey
  • Volume 3 - Issue 2 Contents Purchase This Issue

    Table of Contents, Volume 3 - Issue 2

    Journals Make Terrible Time Machines by Eve Tuck and K. Wayne Yang
    “The U.S. and Israel Make the Connections for Us”: Anti-Imperialism and Black-Palestinian Solidarity by Nadine Naber
    “What Feels More Than Feeling?”: Theorizing the Unthinkability of Black Affect by Tyrone S. Palmer
    Adopted: Trace, Blood, and Native Authenticity by Joseph M. Pierce
    Black and Native Visions of Self-Determination by Manu Vimalassery
    Feeling the Manilatown and Fillmore Blues: Al Robles’s Politics and Poetics of Place by Thea Quiray Tagle
    LGBT Human Rights Expeditions in Homophobic Safaris: Racialized Neoliberalism and Post-Traumatic White Disorder in the BBC’s The World’s Worst Place to Be Gay by Kwame Edwin Otu
    Humanitarians of Tinder: Constructing Whiteness and Consuming the Other by Nisha Toomey
    Detours: Mapping Decolonial Genealogies in Hawai‘i by Laurel Mei-Singh and Vernadette Vicuña Gonzalez
    Lynn Mie Itagaki's Civil Racism: The 1992 Los Angeles Rebellion and The Crisis of Racial Burnout by Lea M. Johnson
    Viet Thanh Nguyen's Nothing Ever: Vietnam and the Memory of War by Linh Nguyễn
  • Volume 2 - Issue 2 Contents Purchase This Issue

    Table of Contents, Volume 2 - Issue 2

    Editors’ Introduction
    What Justice Wants by Eve Tuck and K. Wayne Yang
    Indigenous Resurgence and Co-resistance by Leanne Betasamosake Simpson
    Killing Abstractions: Indigenous Women and Black Trans Girls Challenging Media Necropower in White Settler States by Lena Carla Palacios
    The Origins, Potentials and Limits of Racial Justice by Leigh Patel and Alton Price
    Accounting for Carceral Reformations: Gay and Transgender Jailing in Los Angeles as Justice Impossible by Ren-Yo Hwang
    Unjust Attachments: Mourning as Antagonism in Gauri Gill’s “1984” by Balbir K. Singh
    “The U.S. and Israel Make the Connections for Us”: Black–Palestinian Liberation Then and Now by Nadine Naber
    Not Enough Human: At the Scenes of Indigenous and Black Dispossession by Stephanie Latty, Megan Scribe, Alena Peters, and Anthony Morgan
    On Rocks and Hard Places: A Reflection on Antiblackness in Organizing against Islamophobia by Délice Mugabo
    The Racial Limits of Social Justice: The Ruse of Equality of Opportunity and the Global Affirmative Action Mandate by Denise Ferreira Da Silva
  • Volume 2 - Issue 1 Contents Purchase This Issue

    Table of Contents, Volume 2 - Issue 1

    Coeditors’ Introduction
    The Educational Thing: Intellectual Labor and the Stakes of Struggle by John D. Márquez and Junaid Rana
    Vanishing Palestine by Lila Sharif
    Troubling Ecology: Wangechi Mutu, Octavia Butler, and Black Feminist Interventions in Environmentalism by Chelsea m. Frazier
    Racial Violence, Mass Shootings, and the U.S. Neoliberal State by Anoop Mirpuri
    Nations, Nationalisms, and Indígenas: The “Indian” in the Chicano Revolutionary Imaginary by Lourdes Alberto
    Americans in the Pacific: Rethinking Race, Gender, Citizenship, and Diaspora at the Crossroads of Asian and Asian American Studies by Michael Jin
    Ronald Reagan, the College Movie: Political Demonology, Academic Freedom, and the University of California by Curtis Marez
  • Volume 1 - Issue 2 Contents Purchase This Issue

    Table of Contents, Volume 1 - Issue 2

    Guest Editors’ Introduction
    Racial Comparativism Reconsidered. Danika Medak-Saltzman and Antonio T. Tiongson Jr.
    Empire’s Haunted Logics: Comparative Colonialisms and the Challenges of Incorporating Indigeneity. Danika Medak-Saltzman
    Afro-Asian Inquiry and the Problematics of Comparative Critique. Antonio T. Tiongson Jr.
    Precarious Intimacies: Yoko Tawada’s Europe. Beverly M. Weber
    “Little More than Desert Wasteland”: Race, Development, and Settler Colonialism in the Mexicali Valley. George Luna-Peña
    Being or Nothingness: Indigeneity, Antiblackness, and Settler Colonial Critique. Iyko Day
  • Volume 1 - Issue 1 Contents Purchase This Issue

    Table of Contents, Volume 1 - Issue 1

    Editors’ Introduction
    On Our Genesis and Future by John D. Márquez and Junaid Rana
    Self-Determination by Joanne Barker
    Party of the Indigenous of the Republic (PIR) Key Concepts by Houria Bouteldja
    Globality by Denise Ferreira da Silva
    Left by Sohail Daulatzai and Junaid Rana
    University by Roderick A. Ferguson
    Neoliberalism by Grace Kyungwon Hong
    Love by Keguro Macharia
    (Critical Ethnic Studies) Intellectual by Nick Mitchell
    Fantasy by Richard T. Rodríguez
    Flirtations at the Foundations: Unsettling Liberal Multiculturalism in Helen Lee’s Prey. Essay by Mishuana Goeman
    Acting Like a White Person Acting Like a Native: Ghostly Performances of Global Indigeneity by Maile Arvin