Nationalism, Identity, and Language

Nationalism and nationalistic attitudes are on the rise around the world while identity continues to play a significant role in human affairs and political discourse. In their more extreme forms, nationalism and identity politics have resulted in revolts, separatist movements, civil wars, mass migrations and, in some cases, genocide. Green School faculty seek to understand the ways in which culture and language become defining elements of human societies, as they explore how these phenomena influence state-society relations, international affairs, traditional and marginalized communities, transnationalism and contribute to the currency of soft power.

DepartmentNameFaculty Research
EconomicsNorihiko MatsudaWorks on how gender identity affects job search decisions
Global and Sociocultural StudiesJorge DuanyWorks on national identity and history of Cuba and Puerto Rico
Global and Sociocultural StudiesJuliet ErazoWorks on indigenous politics and organizing in Ecuador
Global and Sociocultural StudiesGuillermo GrenierExamines history of Cuban migration and its impact on Miami, South Florida, and US politics
Global and Sociocultural StudiesQing LaiWorks on the Chinese Muslim population and its relations with the Han majority, the Chinese state, and the world
Global and Sociocultural StudiesJean RahierWorks on cultural politics, identity, and the governance of multiculturalism in Latin America and the Caribbean
HistoryTovah BenderWorks on the ways people define themselves and how that aligns with identity and social groups in 15th century Italy
History Gwyn DaviesWorks on identification of Romanitas in the Ancient World and indigenous resistance
History Rebecca FriedmanSoviet Ideologies/Gender Languages and the Exportation of Socialist Ideas
HistoryKeyao PanWorks on the historical relationship between the discourse of rights, nationalism, and constitutionalism in Japan
History Terrence PetersonWorks on historical debates over the nature of nationalism/national identity and their reconfiguration in the 20th century
History Chantalle F VernaWorks on these themes within the context of domestic and international affairs in Haiti, as part of African Diaspora and structural racism worldwide
History Kirsten E WoodWorks on how constructions of gender, race, and class have intersected with constructions of early American citizenship and national belonging
Modern LanguagesMelissa BaraltWorks on applied psycholinguistics and the cognitive effects of bilingualism, as well as how to promote language learning.
Modern LanguagesJazmine ExfordWork examines the intersections of language, identity, and embodiment especially within contexts of second language learning
Modern LanguagesMaría Asunción GómezFocuses on the representation of gender and the body, motherhood, gender violence, myth and feminism, gender identity and performance, and issues related to film spectatorship 
Modern LanguagesSantiago Juan NavarroResearch explores how Cuban cinema abroad navigates the complexities of national heritage and diverse cultural influences. It reveals how transnational identities have evolved, the importance of language in transnational dialogue, and the intricate nature of transient communities in today's globalized world. In addition, he founded and curates the Cuban Diaspora Film Archive (CDFA), a transnational platform for discussions on democratic values, human rights, and historical memory.
Modern LanguagesMedardo Gabriel RosarioWorks on literary representations of pilgrimage as a metaphor for migration and transient communities. He also works on literary and cartographical representations of the Caribbean to reflect upon the construction of (trans)national identity.
Modern LanguagesRenee SilvermanResearch deals with the configuration of modern Spanish identity in the poetry of Rafael Alberti, Gerardo Diego, and Federico García Lorca She also works on women in modernism and the avant-garde
Modern LanguagesMaida WatsonResearch examines the representation of nationalism in 19th century Latin American costumbrista literature and the development of ethnic identity in 20th-century Cuban diasporic literature
Politics and International RelationsRonald CoxWorks on US foreign economic policy, international political economy, American foreign policy
Politics and International RelationsTodd MakseWorks on knowledge and expertise in US State Politics, Political Behavior, Legislative Politics
Politics and International RelationsMohiaddin MessbahiWorks on Islam and Politics, National Security and Strategic Studies, Soviet/Russian/Central Asian Foreign Policy
Politics and International RelationsRichard OlsonWorks on Politics of Disaster, Politics of Disaster Risk Reduction, Critical Juncture Theory, Genocide, Latin American Politics
Politics and International RelationsMatthew ShaferFocuses on contemporary debates about violence and language and on the relationship between technology and ecology in social theory