JIH-FEI CHENG begins this fall as Assistant Professor in the Department of Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at Scripps College. He earned his BA in Communication, with minors in Chinese Studies and World Literatures, from the University of California, San Diego; his MA in Asian American Studies at the University of California, Los Angeles; and his PhD in American Studies and Ethnicity, with emphasis in Visual Studies, at the University of Southern California. Previously, he served as the managing editor for American Quarterly, the official publication of the American Studies Association. Prior to returning to academia, he worked in HIV/AIDS social services, managed a university cultural center, was involved in arts and media production and curation, and participated in several queer of color grassroots organizations in New York City and Los Angeles, including the Fabulous Independent Educated Radicals for Community Empowerment! (FIERCE!). His organizing work has addressed the issues of queer and transgender health, immigration, gentrification, youth homelessness, police harassment and brutality, and prison abolition. His book project, tentatively titled AIDS and its Afterlives: Race, Gender, and the Queer Radical Imagination, examines how experimental videos produced by AIDS activists during the U.S. AIDS "crisis" period (1980s to mid-1990s) continue to politically intervene into contemporary popular media and social movements through their adaptations in recent AIDS activist documentary films, New Queer Cinema, and online HIV prevention campaigns. Jih-Feh participated in a panel discussion in February 2015 with Professor Alex Juhasz, Pitzer College, and Lucas Hildebrand on ALTERNATE ENDINGS for Visual AIDS Day With(out) Art 25th Anniversary. Click here to see the transcript.
IFC welcomes Dr. Myriam J.A. Chancy, Hartley Burr Alexander Chair in the Humanities at Scripps College. Read more »
A Message to the 5C Community from the Chair of Africana Studies
Sheila Walker (May, 2015)
Across the ideological spectrum, much has been written in the past few days about two recent nationally reported events: First Lady Michelle Obama's commencement speech at Tuskegee, and Dr. Saida Grundy's tweet on racism in America. In both cases, the women have been both pilloried and lauded for speaking openly about race and racism, and while there may be nothing especially new to add to the discussion, I feel compelled to join in. Read more »
MDG3: Promote Gender Equality and Empower Women
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