Core Faculty


David G. Embrick is an Associate professor in the Sociology Department and African Studies Institute at the University of Connecticut. Formally, he spent a decade at Loyola University Chicago in the Sociology Department. He received his Ph.D. from Texas A&M University in 2006. He is a former American Sociological Association Minority Fellow, Past-President of the Southwestern Sociological Association, and current Vice President-Elect of the Society for the Study of Social Problems. In addition, Dr. Embrick serves as the Editor-in-Chief for Humanity & Society (the official journal of the Association for Humanist Society), Founding Co-Editor of Sociology of Race and Ethnicity, the newest ASA sponsored journal of the Section on Racial and Ethnic Minorities, and Associate Editor of Social Problems.

Dr. Embrick’s research has centered largely on the impact of contemporary forms of racism on people of color. While most of his research is one what he has labeled “diversity ideology” and inequalities in the business world, he has published on race and education, the impact of schools-welfare-and prisons on people of color, and issues of sex discrimination. Dr. Embrick has published in a number of journals including American Behavioral Scientist, Critical Sociology, Race and Society, Sex Roles, Sociological Forum, and Symbolic Interaction, among others. He has been invited to give talks on his work in over 60 venues, both academic and public.

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Lewis Gordon is Professor of Philosophy, with affiliations in Asian and Asian American Studies, Caribbean and Latino/a Studies, and Judaic Studies, at UCONN-Storrs; Honorary President and Core Faculty Member of the Global Center for Advanced Studies; European Union Visiting Chair in Philosophy at Université Toulouse Jean Jaurès, France; Honorary Professor at the Unit of the Humanities at Rhodes University (UHURU), South Africa; and Chairman of the Anna Julia Cooper, Frantz Fanon, Nicolás Guillén, and Claudia Jones awards committees of the Caribbean Philosophical Association.  He was also recently Nelson Mandela Distinguished Visiting Professor of Politics and International Studies at Rhodes in South Africa (2014 and 2015).  A graduate of Yale University and the Lehman Scholars Program of the City University of New York, his publications include the influential monographs Bad Faith and Antiblack Racism (Humanities International Press, 1995; Humanity Books, 1999), Fanon and the Crisis of European Man: An Essay on Philosophy and Human Sciences (Routledge, 1995), Her Majesty’s Other Children: Sketches of Racism in a Neocolonial Age (Rowman & Littlefield, 1997), which won the Gustavus Meyer Award for Human Rights in North America, Existentia Africana: Understanding Africana Existential Thought (Routledge, 2000),Disciplinary Decadence: Living Thought in Trying Times (Routledge, 2006), An Introduction to Africana Philosophy (Cambridge UP, 2008), What Fanon Said: A Philosophical Introduction to His Life and Thought (Fordham UP; Wits UP; Hurst, 2015; Swedish translation, Vad Fanon Sa, TankeKraft förlag 2016), La sud prin nord-vest: Reflecţii existenţiale afrodiasporice [Eng. Trans.: “South by Northwest: Africana Existential Reflections”](Cluj, Romania: IDEA Design & Print, 2016), with Jane Anna Gordon, Of Divine Warning: Reading Disaster in the Modern Age (Routledge, 2009), and with Walter Mignolo, Alejandro de Oto, and Sylvia Wynter, La teoría política en la encrucijada descolonial [Eng. Trans.: “Political Theory at Decolonial Crossroads”] (Buenos Aires, Argentina: Del Signo ediciones, 2009)His anthologies include Existence in Black: An Anthology of Black Existential Philosophy (Routledge, 1997) and the co-edited Fanon: A Critical Reader (Blackwell’s, 1996), A Companion to African-American Studies (Blackwell’s, 2006), which was a NetLibrary Book of the Month in February 2007, Not Only the Master’s Tools (Routledge, 2006), Journeys in Caribbean Thought: The Paget Henry Reader (Rowman & Littlefield International, 2016), and Geopolitics and Decolonization: Perspectives from the Global South (Rowman & Littlefield International,  2017).   He has written a few hundred academic journal articles, book chapters, and reviews, many of which have been translated into several languages, and interviews and essays for a variety of public forums, including The Mail & Guardian and Truthout, on which he now serves on the Board of Directors. He is also completing a series of monographs in such languages as French, Portuguese, and Spanish.  His work is the subject of articles, essays, dissertations, anthologies, and monographs in varieties of languages across the globe.  He co-edits the book series Global Critical Caribbean Thought. Gordon is also a musician.  He plays drums, among other instruments, with a group of his colleagues in a band called Blues without Borders, jazz with various musicians in the Hartford area, and alternative rock with the band ThreeGenerations ( website is:, and he is on twitter at:  See also the GCAS website:

Jane Anna Gordon is Professor of Political Science with affiliations in American Studies, El Instituto, Global Affairs, Philosophy, and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies.

She is a specialist in political theory, Africana political thought, theories of enslavement, political theories of education, and methodologies in the social sciences.

Gordon is, most recently, author of Statelessness and Contemporary Enslavement and Creolizing Political Theory: Reading Rousseau through Frantz Fanon and co-editor (with Drucilla Cornell) of the forthcoming Creolizing Rosa Luxemburg and (with Cyrus E. Zirakzadeh) of The Politics of Richard Wright: Perspectives on Resistance.

She is also author of Why They Couldn’t Wait: A Critique of the Black-Jewish Conflict over Community Control in Ocean Hill-Brownsville, co-author of Of Divine Warning: Reading Disaster in the Modern Age, and co-editor of Journeys in Caribbean Thought: The Paget Henry Reader, Creolizing Rousseau, The Companion to African American Studies, and Not Only the Master’s Tools: African-American Studies in Theory and Practice.

President of the Caribbean Philosophical Association (CPA) from 2014-2016, she directs the CPA Summer School and co-edits the Creolizing the Canon and Global Critical Caribbean Thought book series. With Lewis R. Gordon, she edits the new, open access journal, Philosophy and Global Affairs (

Sandy Grande is a Professor of Political Science and Native American and Indigenous Studies at the University of Connecticut with affiliations in American Studies, Philosophy, and the Race, Ethnicity and Politics program. Her research and teaching interfaces Native American and Indigenous Studies with critical theory toward the development of more nuanced analyses of the colonial present. She was recently awarded the Ford Foundation, Senior Fellowship (2019-2020) for a project on Indigenous Elders and aging. Her book, Red Pedagogy: Native American Social and Political Thought was published in a 10th anniversary edition and a Portuguese translation is anticipated to be published in Brazil in 2021. She has also published numerous book chapters and articles including: Accumulation of the Primitive: The Limits of Liberalism and the Politics of Occupy Wall Street, The Journal of Settler Colonial Studies; Refusing the University in Toward What Justice?; “American Indian Geographies of Identity and Power,” Harvard Educational Review; and, “Red-ding the Word and the World” In, Paulo Freire’s Intellectual Roots: Toward Historicity in Praxis. She is also a founding member of New York Stands for Standing Rock, a group of scholars and activists that forwards the aims of Native American and Indigenous sovereignty and resurgence. As one of their projects, they published the Standing Rock Syllabus. In addition to her academic and organizing work, she has provided eldercare for her parents for over ten years and remains the primary caregiver for her 92-yr. old father.

Fred Lee is an associate professor of Political Science and Asian/Asian American Studies at the University of Connecticut, Storrs, where he is also affiliated with American Studies and Philosophy. He hold a B.A. in Political Science from the University of California, Berkeley and a Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of California, Los Angeles. He works across the fields of contemporary political theory, comparative ethnic studies, US political development, and Asian/Asian American cultural studies. His first book is Extraordinary Racial Politics: Four Events in the Informal Constitution of the United States (Temple University Press, 2018). His next book project is currently titled Global Asian Science Fiction as Transpacific Political Theory.

Bhakti Shringarpure received her PhD in Comparative Literature from the City University of New York (The Graduate Center). She works in the fields of postcolonial literature and theory, gender and sexuality studies, cultural studies, digitality and film. She is the author of Cold War Assemblages: Decolonization to Digital (Routledge Studies in Cultures of the Global Cold War, 2019) which bridges the gap between the simultaneously unfolding histories of decolonization and postcoloniality, and the forty-five-year ideological and geopolitical rivalry between the U.S. and the U.S.S.R.

Shringarpure is co-founder and editor-in-chief of Warscapes magazine which publishes art and writing from and about contemporary conflicts. She is the creator and editor of the short book series Decolonize That!  Handbooks for the Revolutionary Overthrow of Embedded Colonial Ideas published by OR Books & Warscapes. Her current book in research phase is tentatively titled In Search of Lost Time: Somalia, Palestine and ‘World-Making.’ 

Evelyn SimienEvelyn M. Simien is Professor of Political Science, and Director of the REP Master’s degree program. She graduated cum laude from Xavier University of Louisiana with a bachelor’s degree in political science. Professor Simien received her MA and Ph.D. in political science from Purdue University.  Her first book, Black Feminist Voices in Politics (SUNY Press, 2006), examined black feminist consciousness and its effect on political behavior using national survey data. Her second book, Gender and Lynching (Palgrave/Macmillan, 2011), focused on African American women who suffered racial-sexual violence at the hands of lynch mobs in the late 1800s and early 1900s. Her third book, Historic Firsts: How Symbolic Empowerment Changes U.S. Politics (Oxford University Press, 2015), considers whether candidates like Shirley Chisholm in 1972 and Jesse Jackson in 1984 as well as Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama in 2008 mobilize voters through emotional appeals while combating stereotypes and providing more inclusive representation. Professor Simien has published several peer-reviewed articles and scholarly essays in such journals as American Politics Research, DuBois Review: Social Science Research on Race, Frontiers: A Journal of Women’s Studies, the Journal of Black Studies, Perspectives on Politics, Politics, Groups, and Identities, Political Research Quarterly, Political Science Quarterly, Politics and Gender,Journal of Women, Politics, and Public Policy, Social Science Quarterly, as well as Women and Politics.  She has contributed chapters to the following books: Winning the Presidency 2008 (Paradigm Publishers, 2009); Still Brave: The Evolution of Black Women’s Studies (The Feminist Press, 2009); African American Perspectives on Political Science (Temple University Press, 2007); Speaking Our Minds: Black Women’s Intellectual Traditions (University of Vermont Press, 2007). 

A nationally recognized teacher, Professor Simien was awarded the 2006 Anna Julia Cooper Teacher of the Year Award from the National Conference of Black Political Scientists, and the 2007 Teaching Promise Award from the American Association of University Professors. She was also recognized as the 2017 Faculty Member of the Year by the UConn chapter of the NAACP. She teaches both undergraduate and graduate classes—for example, African American Politics, Black Feminist Theory and Politics, Black Leadership and Civil Rights, as well as Race, Gender, and Ethnic Politics.

charles_venatorCharles R. Venator-Santiago is an Associate Professor at the University of Connecticut, where he holds a joint appointment in the Department of Political Science and El Instituto: Institute for Latino/a, Caribbean and Latin American Studies.

His most recent book is titled Puerto Rico and the Origins of U.S. Global Empire: The Disembodied Shade (Routledge 2015).

He is currently completing a history of the extension of U.S. Citizenship laws to Puerto Rico (1898-Present) and is studying the legal histories of the citizenship and status legislation for the remaining U.S. unincorporated territories. Some of his research will be published in the forthcoming Puerto Rican Citizenship Archives Project.

He teaches courses on U.S. territorial law and policy, Public Law, Latino/a Politics, immigration law and politics, and political theory.

He is a former President of the Puerto Rican Studies Association (PRSA) (2013-2014) and Board Member of Latino/a Critical Theory (LatCrit) (2004-2014).