Critical Race & Ethnic Studies explores how ideological constructions of race have material consequences in the lived experiences of people of color. Taking an intersectional perspective, it examines how race, class, gender, sexuality, ability, and nationality intersect to shape our experiences within what Patricia Hill Collins terms the matrix of domination.

As a discipline it unpacks how domination, (settler) colonialism, racism, and slavery have sustained white supremacist capitalist patriarchy historically and in the present. Critical Race & Ethnic Studies examines not only histories of domination and oppression, but also ways that historically marginalized groups have resisted, disidentified with, and re-imagined possibilities for agency in the past, present, and future.

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