Faculty

Espelencia Baptiste
Cyndy Garcia-Weyendt
Amelia Katanski
Shanna Salinas
Babli Sinha


Espelencia Baptiste

Associate Professor of Anthropology

Phone: 269.337.7242
Office: Upjohn Library Commons, room 301
email: espelencia.baptiste@kzoo.edu

More about Dr. Baptiste

Lineage:
B.A., Sociology and Anthropology/French Literature, Colgate University
Ph.D., Philosophy and Anthropology, The John Hopkins University

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Research Areas: Anthropology of Education, Ethnicity and Nationalism, Language and Culture, and Creole Societies.


Cyndy Garcia-Weyendt

Assistant Professor of CES

Phone: 269.337.7426
Office: Humphrey House, room 206
Email: cyndy.garcia-weyandt@kzoo.edu

Lineage:
B.A., Anthropology, University of California, Los Angeles
M.A., Culture and Performance, University of California, Los Angeles
Ph.D., Culture and Performance, University of California, Los Angeles

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Works in progress:

  • “Proyecto Taniuki: los desafíos de la revitalización de la lengua Wixárika en el contexto urbano.” Revista Lengua Vivas. (Submitted for Review 2020)
  • “Taniuki ‘Our Language’ Project: The Challenges of Community-Based Participatory Active Research in Language Revitalization and Production of Art.” Edited Volume the Community-Based PhD: Complexities, Triumphs, Missteps, and Joys of Community-based & Participatory Action Research as Graduate Students. (Submitted for review 2019).
  • “Living Geographies: Urban Wixárika Places and Spaces of Knowledge.” Journal Theory & Event. (Submitted for review 2018).

Research Areas:
Indigenous Knowledge Systems, Land Pedagogy, Urban Indigenous Peoples of Mexico: Wixárika and Nahuas, Indigenous Art and Performances, Traditional Ways of Healing, Language Revitalization, Language Ideologies, Multispecies Relations, Ontology, Decolonizing Methodologies


Amelia Katanski

Co-Director Of CES and Professor of English

Phone: 269.337.7045
Office: Humphrey House, room 207
email: amelia.katanski@kzoo.edu

Lineage:
B.A., Kalamazoo College;
M.A., University of California-Los Angeles;
M.A., Ph.D, Tufts University

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Shanna Salinas

Co-Director of CES
and Associate Professor of English

Phone: 269.337.7115
Office: Humphrey House, room 108
email: shanna.salinas@kzoo.edu

Lineage:
B.A., American Literature and Culture (major) and Chicana/o Studies (minor); University of California, Los Angeles
M.A. and Ph.D, English, University of California, Santa Barbara

More about Dr. Salinas

Work in Progress: “‘Sign’ Language and Reconstructive Interpretation in John Rechy’s The Miraculous Day of Amalia Gomez” ; “’we are all of paper’: Re-Writing the Textual Body in Salvador Plascencia’s The People of Paper”; “De-Colonizing the U.S.-Mexico Border: Mapping Spatiotemporal Narratives of Dispossession in Karen Tei Yamashita’s The Tropic of Orange.”

Research Areas: U.S. race and ethnicity and sociohistorical processes of racialization (Chicanx, Blackness, Whiteness), borders and spatiality, material culture, and textuality.


Babli Sinha

Associate Professor of English

Phone: 269.337.7075
Office: Humphrey House, room 203
email: babli.sinha@kzoo.edu

Lineage:
B.A., English and French (majors) Washington and Lee University;
M.A., French, Indiana University, Bloomington;
M.A. and Ph.D., English, The University of Chicago

More about Dr. Sinha

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Work in Progress: Trauma, Realism, and The Bengal Famine of 1943

Research Areas: Colonialism and resistance, Film, Anglophone literature, especially from South Asia, South Africa, Nigeria, Kenya, Literary and film theory.