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Our Epic Pacific Northwest Two-Week Family Camping Trip

By |July 7th, 2015|

On June 22, 2015, eight of us embarked on an epic two-week family camping trip, mostly in Oregon. The people who went include my three kids, my niece and nephew, my husband, and my brother, Ian.We began in Lincoln City, where we stayed at Carter Lake in Siuslaw National Forest.Picnic more

Summer Hours: Enjoy your summer and be productive too!

By |June 4th, 2015|

We all know that it is a myth that tenure-track and tenured faculty do not work at all during the summer. However, it does not have to be a myth that we work less in the summertime. I know some of my colleagues take pride in bragging about how much more

Three Steps to Getting Grants for Graduate Students

By |April 15th, 2015|

I was one of the panelists at a grant writing workshop for graduate students at the American Studies Association meetings this past fall. The panel was convened by Kritika Agarwal and included three panelists: Maile Arvin, Monica Martinez, and myself.This post is a summary of the best tips more

The Racial Injustices of Mass Deportation

By |March 21st, 2015|

Comprehensive immigration reform, it seems, is no longer on the political agenda. It is incumbent upon us (by us I mean people committed to immigrant rights and racial justice) to put it back on the agenda. And, the focus of that agenda should be the repeal of the 1996 laws: more

Legality, Race, and Inequality: An interview with Ruth Gomberg-Munoz on Savage Minds

By |February 16th, 2015|

Ryan Anderson: Earlier you made reference to the historically race-based nature of the U.S. immigration system. Race is an issue that many tend to avoid here in the U.S.—and this is definitely the case when it comes to immigration. Immigration debates often focus on crime, economics, competition over more

Register for the UC Merced Blurring the Border conference!

By |January 13th, 2015|

UC Merced is hosting a conference focused on deportations.Blurring the Border: Deporting Denizens in the 21st CenturyAn Interdisciplinary Conference on Immigration, Deportation, and Citizenship in the United StatesUniversity of California, MercedApril 17-18, 2015University of California at Merced will host a Spring 2015 conference, Blurring the Border: Deporting Denizens in more

Daily Writing: How Prolific Scholars Do It

By |December 17th, 2014|

I am most productive as a writer on days when I wake up before the crack of dawn and get an hour of writing in before everyone in the house is awake and and, most important, before checking email or social media. I know several highly productive academics – some more

How Long Can You Rely on Your Dissertation Adviser?

By |December 10th, 2014|

As you wrote your dissertation and searched for your first faculty job, your dissertation adviser was (I hope) there for you. He read countless drafts of your chapters. She helped you get published. He wrote scores of letters on your behalf. She may have even made phone calls for you. more

‘Deporter in chief’ Obama has alienated Latino voters

By |November 11th, 2014|

Reposted from: Al Jazeera AmericaHouse Republicans are expected to maintain their majority status in next month's midterm elections. The GOP may even retake the Senate. Analysts say Latino voters will be crucial in close Senate races. The story is different in the House, where Republicans expect to win, with more

Take the Weekends Off!

By |October 23rd, 2014|

When I began my tenure-track position in 2005, I did not have Internet access at home or a smartphone. I remember telling a collaborator not to expect a response from me on Saturdays or Sundays as I did not check email on the weekends. He was astonished. Fast forward to more