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Department of Interdisciplinary, Gender, and Ethnic Studies News

The Department of Interdisciplinary, Gender, and Ethnic Studies allows students to create degree programs from courses across disciplinary boundaries, including cultural studies, linguistic studies, Asian studies, Latin American studies, multi-disciplinary studies, and social science studies.

Current Interdisciplinary, Gender, and Ethnic Studies News

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As the nation's most-watched sports entertainment event rolls into town, UNLV researchers are available to provide expertise.

A selection of items from the Shar Rednour and Jackie Strano Papers on S.I.R. Productions in UNLV's Special Collections & Archives. (Photo by Aaron Mayes/UNLV Special Collections & Archives)
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Sexual Entertainment and Economies will provide academic insight for researchers on the history and development of these industries in Nevada and beyond.

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Mellon Foundation award will support the creation of Neon Pacific Initiative to increase research, engagement, and community partnerships.

Spooky season at UNLV (Becca Schwartz\UNLV).
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A collection of news stories focused on research, expert insights, and academic achievement.

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A roundup of prominent news stories highlighting university pride, research, and community collaboration.

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News stories from the summer featuring UNLV students and faculty.

Interdisciplinary, Gender, and Ethnic Studies In The News


As demand for responsive sexbots grows, some developers are trying to thread the needle between fully neutered and fully uncensored AI

Washington Post

The relationship between AAPI people and a lot of Western sports dates back to colonialism in Hawaii, the Philippines and other parts of Asia, said Constancio Arnaldo Jr., an assistant professor at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

Associated Press

Historically, Asian Americans have been stereotyped as more brains than brawn or treated as foreigners in U.S. sports. But for nearly a century, they have had a presence on the NFL field. And for decades, football has been a mainstay in Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander communities — yielding a fair share of star athletes.

New Books Network

Taking mortarboard displays seriously as public performances of the personal, this book highlights the creative, playful, and powerful ways graduates use their caps to fashion their personal engagement with notions of self, community, education, and the unknown future.

NBC News

Las Vegas earned the nickname Sin City decades before its strip became the Broadway of temptation

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Seven years in the making, a new grant has allowed Dr. Mark Padoongpatt to bring the Neon Pacific initiative to UNLV. As the director of Asian and American studies at UNLV, he said this is part of a new program that will expand Asian American education through classes, internships, and more. The funding is all thanks to the Mellon Foundation bringing in $800,000 over the next 3 years.

Interdisciplinary, Gender, and Ethnic Studies Experts

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Recent Interdisciplinary, Gender, and Ethnic Studies Accomplishments

On January 11th, Christopher D. E. Willoughby (Interdisciplinary, Gender, and Ethnic Studies) presented on a panel on "Medical Reparations" at the University of California, Davis' African American Studies Winter Symposium on the theme of "Reimagining Repair." Willoughby's paper was titled "Learning from Human Remains: Medical Schools and the…
Christopher D. E. Willoughby (Interdisciplinary, Gender, & Ethnic Studies) presented a paper at the annual meeting of the American Historical Association in San Francisco, California, on January 4, 2024. With his co-author Elodie Edwards-Grossi (Paris Dauphine University), Willoughby discussed new research on the history and afterlives of…
Christopher D.E. Willoughby (Interdisciplinary, Gender, and Ethnic Studies) and his recent book "Masters of Health: Racial Science and Slavery in U.S. Medical School" were quoted in a December 3rd article in the Washington Post, entitled "How U.S. institutions took an African teen’s life, then lost his remains." The article traces life and death…
Sheila Bock (Interdisciplinary, Gender, and Ethnic Studies) gave a presentation entitled "Other People's Storied Objects" at the American Folklore Society Annual Meeting in Portland, OR. This presentation was part of a panel honoring the work and legacy of Amy Shuman. Bock also sat on a panel titled "Meet the Editors: Demystifying the Journal…
Patricia Heisser Metoyer (Psychology; Interdisciplinary Studies) will be inducted into the University of California "Golden Anteater Society" on March 1, 2024. She graduated with a Ph.D. in psychology from the University of California Irvine over 50+ years ago and specialized in neuroscience and disease of the brain. She also was awarded an…
Sheila Bock (Interdisciplinary, Gender, and Ethnic Studies) published a chapter titled, "Beyond the Deliberate Infector: Emergent Categories of Infector Narratives during COVID-19," in the edited volume, Behind the Mask: Vernacular Culture in the Time of COVID (University Press of Colorado).