This January Lisa Nakamura, a faculty member in American Cultures and the Department of Screen Arts and Cultures and an affiliate faculty member in the English and Women's Studies Departments, was appointed to the Gwendolyn Calvert Baker Collegiate Professorship.  Nakamura has been writing about digital media, race, gender, and ethnicity since 1995, focusing on online racism and sexism in video games, social media, and online communities.  She is the author of Digitizing Race: Visual Cultures of the Internet (University of Minnesota Press: winner of the Asian American Studies Association 2010 book award in cultural studies), Cybertypes: Race, Ethnicity and Identity on the Internet (Routledge, 2002) and co-editor of Race in Cyberspace (Routledge, 2000) and Race After the Internet (Routledge, 2011).  More details about her research can found here.  

Nakamura has written on how reading platforms such as Goodreads press readers into performing identities as readers in networked forums in PMLA, January 2013.  Her most recent work is a cultural history of the role of Navajo women in semiconductor manufacturing from 1965-1975.  Click here for a sample.  She is writing a new monograph on social inequality in digital media culture, entitled “Workers Without Bodies: Towards a Theory of Race and Digital Labor.”

Gwendolyn Calvert Baker, a native Ann Arborite, University of Michigan alumna, former Ann Arbor public school principal, and retired professor in the School of Education, is known as the "mother of multiculturalism."  Her pioneering work on educational policy and diversity paved the way for race and ethnicity studies.  Her memoir is forthcoming from the University of Michigan Press.