MSA INC Speaker Series

MSA INC (Intellectual Networking within our Community) is a lunchtime speaker series designed to raise consciousness within the Northwestern community around issues of race, culture, and politics. There are few opportunities for students, staff, and faculty to come together in an intimate setting to feed both mind and body. MSA INC offers an afternoon of fellowship and critical engagement, while highlighting the significant contributions and research interests of faculty of color. The series is a partnership between Multicultural Student Affairs and area studies including the Latina/o Studies program, Asian American Studies program, and the Department of African American Studies. Be sure to join us for good food and great conversation! It’s a fantastic way to spend one-hour of your afternoon. Lunch is provided!

Fall Quarter Speaker

MSA INC Fall 2013: Intersecting Identities: Race & Sexuality Among Mexican Gay Immigrants with Professor Hector Carrillo

Professor Héctor Carrillo is Associate Professor of Sociology and Gender & Sexuality Studies; a member of the Governing Board of the Latina and Latino Studies Program; and a faculty associate in Cells to Society (C2S): The Center on Social Disparities and Health at the Institute for Policy Research. He is also co-director of The Sexualities Project at Northwestern. Dr. Carrillo holds a doctoral degree in public health (DrPH) from the University of California, Berkeley (1995). His areas of interest include sociology of sexuality; health promotion; HIV/AIDS prevention; transnationalism; Latino ethnicity and culture; and Mexico and Latin America. Before joining the Northwestern faculty in 2009, Carrillo’s previous affiliations included the Department of Sexuality Studies at San Francisco State University and the Department of Medicine, Center for AIDS Prevention Studies, at the University of California, San Francisco.

Carrillo is the author of The Night Is Young: Sexuality in Mexico in the Time of AIDS (University of Chicago Press, 2002), which received the Ruth Benedict Prize from the Society of Lesbian and Gay Anthropologists of the American Anthropological Association.

Carrillo currently studies the intersections of sexuality, migration, and heath, especially in relation to the incorporation of migrant populations into U.S. life and society. He investigates the phenomenon of “sexual migration” and its relation to HIV risk among Mexican gay and bisexual male immigrants. He has also been involved in a binational study of the cultural meanings associated with adult male circumcision as an HIV prevention strategy among Mexican migrants. In collaboration with the San Francisco AIDS Foundation and San Francisco State University, he has studied the influence of spatial mobility on late testing and access to medical and HIV prevention services among Latino/migrants. Most recently, he completed a study of “male sexual fluidity” by examining practices and interpretations of identity among heterosexually-identified men who are sexually attracted to both men and women. 

Spring Quarter Speaker 2012-2013


Shalini Shankar is a sociocultural and linguistic anthropologist whose central concerns include media, consumption, race and ethnicity, youth culture, Asian America, and the South Asian diaspora. She has conducted research in Silicon Valley, CA, and in New York, NY. Shankar’s current research is funded by the National Science Foundation (grant no. 0924472) examines issues of diversity and representation in advertising. She is presently conducting ethnographic and sociolinguistic fieldwork in New York City, Los Angeles, and San Francisco in general market and Asian American advertising agencies.  Areas of focus include: how advertisers create and produce representations of diversity, especially with regard to Asian Americans; how language, nationality, and other cultural markers are used to appeal to consumers; and how multicultural markets are being refashioned.

Shankar’s book, Desi Land: Teen Culture, Class, and Success in Silicon Valley (Duke University Press, In press), is based on her first research project. It focuses on Desi (South Asian American) youth in socieconomically and racially diverse high schools and analyzes how their everyday cultural and linguistic practices intersect with their immigration history and class status to impact their educational and career paths. One of the key questions she examines is what “success” means for Desis of different class and immigration backgrounds, and how such meanings articulate with this group’s broader characterization as a “model minority.”

Winter Quarter Speaker 2012-2013

MSA INC: The Psychological Consequences of Contending with Racial Bias with Dr. Jennifer Richeson

Psychologist Jennifer Richeson's research focuses on psychological phenomena associated with diversity. Her work generally concerns the ways in which social group memberships such as race and gender impact the way people think, feel, and behave. More specifically, her research investigates antecedents and consequences of prejudice and stereotyping from dual perspectives: traditionally stigmatized and dominant groups.

She is currently working on three primary lines of research: the dynamics and consequences of interracial contact and diversity; detecting, confronting, and managing the threats associated with prejudice and discrimination; and social categorization and identity management. Through the development of these research streams, Richeson hopes to contribute to a better understanding of intergroup relations, as well as to elucidate pitfalls in current approaches to prejudice reduction.

Her work has been published in various scholarly journals, including Psychological Science, Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, Nature Neuroscience, and Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, as well as appearing in popular publications such as The Economist and The New York Times. She was a visiting fellow at Stanford University's Research Institute of Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity in 2004-05. In 2009 she received the Distinguished Scientific Award for Early Career Contributions to Psychology from the American Psychological Association. She was named one of 25 MacArthur Fellows in 2006 for her work as a leader in "highlighting and analyzing major challenges facing all races in America and in the continuing role played by prejudice and stereotyping in our lives."

Fall Quarter Speaker 2012-2013

MSA INC: Embodying Latinidad, Intra Latino Subjects in Chicago with Dr. Frances Aparicio

Frances R. Aparicio is Professor of Spanish and Portuguese and Director of the Latina and Latino Studies Program at Northwestern University.   She has previously taught at Stanford University, University of Arizona, University of Michigan, and University of Illinois at Chicago.  Her research interests include Latina and Latino literary and cultural studies, the cultural politics of U.S. Latino/a languages, Latino/a popular music and dance, literary and cultural translation, cultural hybridity, transnationalism, Latinidad, and mixed Latino/a identities.  She is author of the award-winning Listening to Salsa:  Gender, Latin Popular Music and Puerto Rican Cultures (Wesleyan 1998), and co-editor of various critical anthologies, including Tropicalizations:  Transcultural Representations of Latinidad (University of New England Press, 1997), Musical Migrations (Palgrave, 2003), and Hibridismos culturales (Revista Iberoamericana, 2006).  A founding editor of the Latinos in Chicago and the Midwest Book Series at the University of Illinois Press, she has facilitated and fostered book publications and new research on Latino/as in the Midwest.  She is currently co-editor of the forthcoming Routledge Companion to Latino/a Literatures (with Suzanne Bost) and is also writing on “intralatino/a subjects,” individuals who are of two or more national Latin American origins.

Winter Quarter Speaker 2011-2012

MSA INC Speaker Series Winter 2012

Martha Biondi is the Director of Undergraduate Studies and an Associate Professor in the Departments of African American Studies and History. Her research interests include 20th Century African American history with a focus on social movements, politics, labor, gender, cities, and international affairs. She is the author of "Student Protest, 'Law and Order' and the Origins of African American Studies in California," forthcoming, in volume edited by Manisha Sinha and Penny Von Eschen, Columbia University Press.

Fall Quarter Speaker 2011-2012

MSA INC Fall 2011

Jaime Dominguez is a College Adviser and Lecturer in the Department of Political Science. His research interests include race and ethnicity, urban and Latino and minority politics. Of particular interest is how Latino heterogeneity and population growth is redefining traditional political and race relations between blacks and whites. He is author of “Illinois Latinos and the 2004 Elections: The Waiting Game Continues,” in de la Garza and DeSipio’s Latinos and the 2004 Elections (University of Notre Dame Press, 2007).