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About Critical Ethnic Studies at Carolina

In the global community, the role of intersectional thought has been transformative for both institutions and individuals. Critical Ethnic Studies (CES) at Carolina provides visionary leadership for focused intellectual work on institutional power, systems of privilege and inequity, and the regional and global cultures that engage and survive them. CES at Carolina envisions a different kind of “south,” one in which students and faculty can engage with, for example, issues of reparation and sovereignty, (im)migration and labor, and gender difference and inclusion as categories with overlapping strands, rather than competing ideologies. CES’s institutional home at UNC is the Center for the Study of the American South.


About the CES Collective

The CES Collective welcomes applicants from graduate students who have reached candidacy and whose scholarly work demonstrates commitment to the goals and objectives of CES, broadly defined. Applications will be read by CES Board members. Those selected to the graduate working group will be provided with stipends of $2,000 for the Spring of 2020 and are required to hold at least four meetings during the semester. Students will meet over lunch (provided) to workshop drafts of articles and/or chapters of ongoing work related to the dissertation. At the end of the semester, students will forward the names of three scholars in the field whom they consider interlocutors. These scholars should be emerging intellectuals who will engage our community over a two-day period in November of the fall semester. The board will choose one person to invite to campus for a public lecture and then on the following day, a workshop with the students in the graduate working group.


To apply

Upload the following documents into one PDF and send to

  • Cover letter
  • CV
  • Sample of work (no more than 20 pages)
  • Names of two recommenders at UNC (preferable across two departments)

Submissions must be received by December 6, 2019. Winners will be notified December 18, 2019.

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