Diversity & Inclusion

At the College of Social Science, we believe that the quality of our academic programs, learning, and work environments, depends upon our capacity to uphold the principles of diversity, equity, and inclusion. We strive to cultivate an inclusive and welcoming college environment that celebrates a diversity of people, ideas, and perspectives.



We in the College of Social Science at Michigan State University stand against persistent racism and xenophobia directed toward Asian Pacific Islander Desi Americans (APIDA) and Asian individuals and communities.


  • Statement from Nwando Achebe

    The recent escalation of anti-Asian discrimination and violence in our country points to how racism and sexism are inextricably linked. As members of the College of Social Science, we must strongly condemn these acts. As a College we stand with the victims, families, and communities of Atlanta affected by the recent mass shooting that targeted Asian-run massage parlors. It is however important to note that this incident should not be viewed in isolation, but as part of a legacy of anti-Asian violence exacerbated by xenophobic fearmongering engendered by the COVID-19 pandemic. 

    As students, faculty, and staff in the College of Social Science, we stand for transformative justice and change. We must work to build pathways for action and go beyond words. Toward these ends, I invite our students to take a pledge of action that will allow us to create a safe environment for our Asian American and APIDA community at Michigan State University.


    • Commit to creating a welcoming and safe environment for our Asian American and APIDA student family.

    • Learn all you can about the Asian American and APIDA community.

      1. Peruse the Asian Pacific American Studies

      2. Watch the PBS documentary series, Asian Americans .

      3. Look out for the May edition of our SSC, “From the Desk of The Associate Dean for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI)” newsletter, where we celebrate Asian American Heritage Month, and highlight the DEI work of an SSC Asian American student. Share and tag our Asian American Diversity student leader (Diversity Torch) on social media. 

      4. Read up on the Asian American and APIDA community

        1. Esquire, “ 10 Essential Books About the Asian American Experience.” Share and tag your favorite reads on social media and recommend to your friends. 
        2. The Atlantic, Cathy Park Hong, “Why This Wave of Anti-Asian Racism Feels Different”.
      5. MSU has several courses dedicated to the Asian American/APIDA experience. Take a course or two. Consider signing up for our Asian Pacific American Studies Minor.

    • Display your support in a discernible way.

      1. Be an active bystander.

        1. Speak out against statements, attitudes, or behavior that perpetuate a culture of discrimination against Asian American/APIDA students.
        2. If you feel threatened by discriminatory behavior, please remember that MSU has many resources that respond to harmful acts including:
          1. Office of Institutional Equity (OIE)
          2. MSU Misconduct Hotline
          3. University Ombudsperson
        3. You can also find healing and support here:
          1. Counseling and Psychiatric Services (CAPS).
      2. Join our Asian Pacific American Student Organization for one of their events. Post photos and tag the event on social media. Encourage your friends to attend. 

      3. Commit to safely patronizing Asian American/APIDA owned businesses—restaurants, stores, massage therapy and health clinics. Share and tag the businesses on social media and recommend to your friends. 


The College of Social Science stands with our Black students, Faculty, Staff and community.



Meet our new Associate Dean for Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

Dr. Nwando Achebe

Nwando Achebe is a multi- award-winning historian and teacher, as well as Faculty Excellence Advocate of the College of Social Science at Michigan State University. She is also the founding editor-in-chief of the Journal of West African History.


Dr. Nwando Achebe


Universal Human Rights Month

December DEI Spotlight Maen Hammad teaches kids to skateboard in Palestine.

This month, we celebrate “ Universal Human Rights Month" which commemorates the inalienable rights of human beings, irrespective of race, color, ethnicity, religion, sex, sexual orientation, language, political or other opinion, national or social origin, property, birth or other status.


Diversity Champion

Diversity Champion
Dr. Eric Montgomery

Dr. Eric Montgomery, an adviser in the MSU College of Social Science’s Peace and Justice Studies, is an Assistant Professor of Anthropology who has dedicated his career to the study of peace, conflict, and human rights.

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Diversity Torch

Diversity Torch
Harnoor Kaur

Harnoor Kaur is a third-year MSU political science and criminal justice major whose work on violence against the trans community, the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict, and international law has won the respect of her classmates and professor in her ANP 321: Human Rights course.

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Diversity Spotlight

Diversity Spotlight
Maen Hammad

Mr. Maen Hammad, an MSU political science alumnus. Mr. Hammad, photographer, filmmaker, and activist is an experienced human rights researcher and campaigner at Amnesty International.

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Additional Resources

  • Academic Books
    • Alexandrakis, Othon, ed. 2016. Impulse to Act: A New Anthropology of Resistance and Social Justice. Bloomington, IN: Indiana University Press.

    • Barash, David P., and Charles P. Webel. 2019. Peace and Conflict Studies. Sage: Thousand Oaks, CA, USA.

    • Clarke, Kamari. 2019. Affective Justice: The International Criminal Court and the Pan-Africanist Pushback. Durham, NC: Duke University Press.

    • Dahir, Zeinab A. 2017. Blurred Intersections: The Anti-Black, Islamophobic Dimensions of CVE Surveillance. Minneapolis, St. Paul Police.

    • Clifford, James. 1988. The Predicament of Culture: Twentieth-Century Ethnography, Literature, and Art. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press. 

    • Fry, Douglas P. 2007. Beyond War: The Human Potential for Peace. Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press.

    • Geschiere, Peter. 2013. Witchcraft, Intimacy, and Trust: Africa in Comparison. Chicago, IL: University of Chicago Press.

    • Goodale, Mark, and Sally Engle Merry, eds. 2007. The Practice of Human Rights: Tracking Law between the Global and the Local. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press.

    • Ross, Fiona C. 2003. Bearing Witness: Women and the Truth and Reconciliation Commission in South Africa. London: Pluto Press.

    • Wilson, Richard, ed. 1997. Human Rights, Culture and Context: Anthropological Perspectives. London, UK: Pluto.

  • Academic Articles
    • Brunnegger, S. (2020). Ethnographies of Justice: Doing Some Justice to “Justice and Law”, PoLAR: Political and Legal Anthropology Review. 43: 296-303.

    • Clemmer, Richard O. 2014. “ Anthropology, the Indigenous and Human Rights: Which Billiard Balls Matter Most?" Anthropological Theory 14, no. 1: 92-117.

    • Drexler, Elizabeth. 2020. Speaking Truth to Power in a Post‐Truth Era: Multidimensional and Intersectional Justice, Anthropology Today, 36: 4-6. https://doi.org/10.1111/1467-8322.12550

    • Goldstein, Daniel M. 2003. “In Our Own Hands”: Lynching, Justice, and the Law in Bolivia, American Ethnologist 30.1: 22–43.

    • Goodale, Mark. 2007. Locating Rights, Envisioning Law between the Global and the Local. In The Practice of Human Rights: Tracking Law between the Global and the Local. Edited by Mark Goodale and Sally Engle Merry, 1–38. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press.

    • Hydle, Ida. 2006. An Anthropological Contribution to Peace and Conflict Resolution Studies, Contemporary Justice Review 9, no. 3: 257-267.

    • Laplante, Lisa J., and Kimberly Theidon. 2007. Truth with Consequences: Justice and Reparations in Post-Truth Commission Peru, Human Rights Quarterly 29, no. 1: 228-50.

    • Merry, Sally Engle. 2011. Measuring the World: Indicators, Human Rights, and Global Governance: With CA comment by John M. Conley. In Special issue: Corporate Lives: New Perspectives on the Social Life of the Corporate Form. Edited by Damani J. Partridge, Marina Welker, and Rebecca Hardin. Current Anthropology 52.S3: S83–S95.

    • Messer, Ellen. 2009. Anthropology, Human Rights, and Social Transformation. In Human Rights: An Anthropological Reader. Edited by Mark Goodale, 104–135. Chichester, UK: Wiley-Blackwell.

    • Rubin, Gayle. 1997. The Traffic in Women : Notes on the ‘Political Economy’ of Sex. In Nicholson, Linda, ed. The Second Wave: A Reader in Feminist Theory. New York, NY: Routledge, pp. 27–62, ISBN 9780415917612.

    • Shaw, Rosalind. 2007. Memory Frictions: Localizing the Truth and Reconciliation Commission in Sierra Leone, International Journal of Transitional Justice, Volume 1, Issue 2, July, Pages 183–207, https://doi.org/10.1093/ijtj/ijm008

    • Turner, Paul R., and David Pitt. 1989. The Anthropology of War and Peace., Praeger: West Port, CT, USA.

    • von Schnitzler, Antina. 2014. Performing Dignity: Human Rights, Citizenship, and the Techno‐Politics of Law in South Africa, American Ethnologist Vol. 41, Issue 2: 336–350.

    • Wolf, Eric R., and Joseph G. Jorgensen. 1970. Anthropology on the Warpath in Thailand, The New York Review of Books 15, no. 9: 26-35.

    • Yarbrough, Dilara. 2020. ‘Nothing About Us Without Us’: Reading Protests against Oppressive Knowledge Production as Guidelines for Solidarity Research, Journal of Contemporary Ethnography 49, no. 1: 58–85, February. https://doi.org/10.1177/0891241619857134.

  • Films
  • General Public Books
    • Almeida, Paul. 2019. Social Movements: The Structure of Collective Mobilization. Berkley, CA: University of California Press.

    • Appadurai, A., 1996. Modernity at Large: Cultural Dimensions of Globalization (Vol. 1). Minneapolis, MN: University of Minnesota Press.

    • Asad, Talal. 1973. Anthropology and the Colonial Encounter. New York, NY: Humanities Press.

    • Baker, Lee D., and Thomas C. Patterson. 1994. Race, Racism, and the History of US Anthropology, Transforming Anthropology 5, no. 1‐2: 1-7.

    • Das, Veena, and Deborah Poole. 2004. Anthropology in the Margins of the State. Santa Fe, N.M.: School of American Research Press.

    • Mama, Amina. 2002. Beyond the Masks: Race, Gender and Subjectivity. Routledge: Philadelphia, USA.

    • Mamdani, Mahmood. 2001. When Victims Become Killers: Colonialism, Nativism, and the Genocide in Rwanda. PRINCETON; OXFORD: Princeton University Press. 

    • Moyn, Samuel. 2018. Not Enough: Human Rights in an Unequal World. Cambridge, MA:  Belknap Press

    • Renton, James, ed. 2020. Islamophobia and Surveillance: Genealogies of a Global Order. Routledge: Philadelphia, PA, USA.

    • Sanford, Victoria. 2003. Buried Secrets: Truth and Human Rights in Guatemala. New York, NY:  Palgrave Macmillan.

    • Theidon, Kimberly. 2013. Intimate Enemies: Violence and Reconciliation in Peru. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press.

    • Wilson, Richard A. 2017. Incitement on Trial: Prosecuting International Speech Crimes. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

    • Wilson, Richard A. 2001. The Politics of Truth and Reconciliation in South Africa: Legitimizing the Post-Apartheid State. Cambridge Studies in Law and Society. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press.

  • General Public Articles
    • Danne, Alexander P. 2004. Customary and Indigenous Law in Transitional Post-Conflict States: A South Sudanese Case Study, Monash UL Rev. 30: 199.

    • Das, Veena. 2007. Life and Words: Violence and the Descent into the Ordinary. Berkeley, CA: University of California Press.

    • Juris, J.S. 2012, Reflections on #Occupy Everywhere: Social Media, Public Space, and Emerging Logics of Aggregation, American Ethnologist 39: 259-279.

    • Ortiz, Isabel, Sara Burke, Mohamed Berrada, and Hernán Cortés. 2013. World Protests 2006-2013. Initiative for Policy Dialogue and Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung New York Working Paper 2013.unpublished.

    • Ralph, Laurence. 2020. The Torture Letters: Reckoning with Police Violence. Chicago, IL: University of Chicago Press.

    • Renton, James, ed. 2020. Islamophobia and Surveillance: Genealogies of a Global Order. Routledge: Philadelphia, PA, USA.

    • Riles, Annelise. 2000. The Network Inside Out. Ann Arbor, MI: University of Michigan Press.