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Research Spotlights

Ask the Author with Alexa Alice Joubin

Race (Routledge, the NEW CRITICAL IDIOM)


With their new book, Race (in Routledge’s New Critical Idiom series), Elliott School and CCAS Professor Alexa Alice Joubin and co-author Martin Orkin offer readers a guide to understanding the concept of race in historical and contemporary legislative, medical, and political contexts. The book also takes readers beyond the US to understand nuances of racial discourses in other parts of the world. To celebrate the publication, Professor Joubin offered additional insight on Race

"In the US, race often brings to mind people who are not white, while whiteness remains unmarked and serves as a benchmark category—as if white is not a race. A second feature in American racial discourses is the alignment of a race-based social group with innate or inner qualities rather than class. Third, the focus on black and white sometimes obscures other groups within the United States, such as Hispanics, Native Americans, and others that often fall under the rubric of ethnicities rather than 'race.'

Locations of race matter. In contrast to the continuing Anglo-European West remarking on non-white people, whiteness as a value in contemporary East Asia has become a yardstick of intelligence, beauty, and desirability. Even in the post-colonial world people still tend to internalize colonial categories of difference. 

The book draws on culturally and historically diverse materials to examine the intersections of race and gender in a global context, with particular attention to discourses in South Africa, Israel, India, Europe, the US, East Asia, and Asian America. Race close reads a wide array of examples from the Middle Ages and Renaissance to the twentieth century and probes a number of important questions.

If race is a central part of human identity, can one own or disown one’s race? To which community would a multiracial person, immigrant, or diasporic subject belong? What future is there for race as a viable analytical concept? The book argues that race is profoundly constituted by language and narratives. Race is a signifier that accumulates meaning by a chain of deferral to other categories of difference such as gender and class."

Alexa Alice JoubinProfessor of English and International Affairs

The Washington Quarterly Summer Issue has Arrived!

The Washington Quarterly


Make the most of your beach reaching and stay up to date with the latest in global security affairs. Hosted by the Elliott School of International Affairs, The Washington Quarterly features scholarly articles with disparate perspectives on issues concerning strategic change, public policy, and international relations. In this issue, article authors include: Brad Roberts, Representative (R-WI) Mike Gallagher, Mark S. Bell, Julia Macdonald, Jean-Baptiste Jeangène Vilmer, and Elliott School Visiting Scholar Emmanuel Dreyfus, among others. These contributors tackle tough questions about nuclear crises, the Donbass, deterrence, China, alliance management, Kashmir, and more. Read select articles, including Dreyfus and Vilmer’s “A People Oriented Peace Formula for the Donbass,” at the The Washington Quarterly or subscribe online at Taylor & Francis.

Jisoo Kim Elected Editor-in-Chief of The Journal of Korean Studies

orea Foundation Associate Professor of History and International Affairs Jisoo Kim


Congratulations to Elliott School Korea Foundation Associate Professor of History and International Affairs Jisoo Kim for her recent election to editor-in-chief of The Journal of Korean Studies. The foremost journal in Korean studies, the publication features articles on multidisciplinary subjects concerning Korea. In history, anthropology, contemporary geopolitics and beyond, the journal examines Korea-related topics of interest to scholars, students and the public alike. Professor Kim, who also directs the GW Institute for Korean Studies, will bring tremendous expertise and experience to her new role when she assumes her editor-in-chief functions later this year. A specialist in gender and legal history of early modern Korea, her research interests and endeavors engage a broad swath of subjects, including crime and justice, forensic medicine, literature, language and more. For more of her work, check out her award-winning book: The Emotions of Justice: Gender, Status, and Legal Performance in Chos┼Ćn Korea.


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