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Department of Studies in Race, Colonialism, and Diaspora

Welcome from the Chair

Kris Manjapra, Department Chair of Studies of Race, Colonialism, and Diaspora

Dear Friends,

After years of committed work by faculty, staff, and students, the Department of Studies in Race, Colonialism, and Diaspora (the RCD) was created in 2018. The department is the exciting home of seven interlocking interdisciplinary tracks. You can study Africana Studies, American Studies, Asian American Studies, Latinx Studies, Native American and Indigenous Studies, Colonialism Studies, and Race, Colonialism, and Diaspora Studies, the department's flagship Major. And many of our courses explore the crossroads of these tracks.

The RCD is a vibrant center for social and cultural studies that shed light on some of the most pressing challenges facing our communities and our world today. Enroll in RCD courses and attend the many RCD campus-wide events, and become part of this vital and diverse community of engaged scholars. We are researching and learning at the intersections of studies in race, gender, sexuality, class, and other forms of social differentiation. Whether you end up majoring or minoring in one of our tracks, or sampling some of our offerings during your time at Tufts, our doors are wide open to you.

The RCD offers interdisciplinary curricula across the humanities and social sciences. The seven RCD tracks cultivate knowledge and action to address the dynamics of social power and inequity, the social implications of cultural and ethnic diversity, and the ethical mandates of equity and social justice. Our coursework is dedicated to critical inquiry into racialization, international migration, socio-economic hierarchies, and formations of colonialism and empire. The RCD is honored to be a stand-out academic department at Tufts, recently awarded a $1.5 million grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

The analysis of social power and study of the cultures and creativity of racialized and colonized communities are at the center of this department. The RCD's tracks explore the situated histories and futures of peoples who have survived and continue to transform the ongoing effects of race and colonialism. The RCD department is proudly one of the most diverse academic departments at Tufts University in terms of our students, faculty, and staff composition.

Come join our community of critically-minded students and inspiring faculty. The RCD department is changing the terms of what academic study and engaged scholarship can look like at Tufts. We together are the change we have been waiting for!

Best,
Kris Manjapra, Professor and Chair
Department of Studies in Race, Colonialism, and Diaspora
Tufts University