Tricia Rose, Ph.D., acclaimed scholar and professor of Africana studies at Brown University, has been named director of Brown’s Center for the Study of Race and Ethnicity in America (CSREA). She will assume the position July 1, 2013. The former director Evelyn Hu-DeHart has led the CSREA since 2002 according to a press release from the university.

“We are truly delighted that Tricia will be taking over this highly important leadership position at Brown,” said Kevin McLaughlin, dean of the faculty. “Her influential, widely discussed scholarship and her commitment to intellectually responsible critical discourse on the role of race and ethnicity in the arts, the media, and in public life generally in America make her an ideal choice to take over the leadership of this important center.”

Tricia RoseRose is a founding hip-hop scholar and public intellectual. Brown University describes her as “an internationally respected scholar of post-civil rights era black U.S. culture, popular music, social issues, gender, and sexuality.” Her seminal text Black Noise: Rap Music and Black Culture in Contemporary America is considered the foundational book for hip-hop scholarship. The Brown University and Yale University alumna has also won several prestigious awards including the American Book Award from the Before Columbus Foundation.

The press release describes the CSREA as “one of the nation’s earliest academic centers dedicated to research, scholarship, and academic exchanges on issues of race and ethnicity.” The center was founded in 1986 and gained traction with the introduction of a concentration in ethnic studies in 1996.

CSREA has primarily facilitated student and faculty research as well as scholarly panels, conferences and public lectures. Rose hopes to progress this traditional of intellectual prowess while also promoting upcoming scholars and their works.

“My goal is to make the Center for the Study of Race and Ethnicity in America a vibrant, historically grounded, yet forward-looking campuswide, nationally recognized site for critical analysis and public engagement on the ways that race and ethnicity shape American culture, society, and policy,” Rose said.

Brown University’s press release reads:

Under Rose’s direction, CSREA will tackle evolving ideas about definitions of race and ethnicity and will focus on culture, theory, social issues, policies, the arts, and expressive cultures as they relate to key racial, ethnic, and indigenous groups in the United States, in particular, Latinos, African Americans, Asian Americans and Native Americans. CSREA’s programming will address four main areas of inquiry: culture and structural inequalities; ideologies of race and ethnicity; expressive cultures and marginalized knowledges; and mass media and new cultural technologies.

Rose’s vision for CSREA’s programming includes faculty and graduate student workshops, art and media exhibits and performances, faculty seminars, postdoctoral fellowships, and center-sponsored faculty and student events. In her first year, Rose plans to establish a faculty and graduate student seminar, various workshops, events and exhibits. She will also organize an annual lecture series called “The Third Rail,” which is designed to bring distinguished and innovative scholars to Brown to speak on difficult and socially pivotal topics such as affirmative action, colorblind ideology, welfare, immigration policy, incarceration, post-race, whiteness, and the politics of multiracial identities.

Clutch sends sincerest congratulations to Dr. Tricia Rose on her appointment.

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