Michael Hames-García

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  • Title: Professor of Ethnic Studies
  • Additional Title: Vice President for Equity and Diversity, United Academics UO (our faculty union)
  • Phone: 541-346-0905
  • Office: 218 Alder Bldg
  • Office Hours: Spring 2019: Tuesdays 2:00pm-3:30pm (CMAE, Oregon Hall) & Thursdays 2:00pm-3:00pm (118 Alder)
  • Departments: Ethnic Studies
  • Affiliated Departments: Comparative Literature Department, English Department, Latin American Studies, Philosophy Department, Women's Gender and Sexuality Studies
  • Interests: Black Studies, Chicanx and Latinx Studies, Critical Justice and Incarceration Studies, Critical Theory, Literary Studies
  • Website: Website
  • Curriculum Vitae


BA, English, Willamette University, 1993
Ph.D., English, Cornell University, 1998



Dr. Hames-García regularly teaches undergraduate courses in Ethnic Studies such as ES 254 Introduction to Chicanx and Latinx Studies, ES 301 Theoretical Perspectives, ES 352 Social Equity and Criminal Justice, ES 440/540 Race, Literature, and Culture, ES 450/550 Race and Incarceration, and ES 460/560 Race, Culture, Empire.


Identity Complex: Making the Case for Multiplicity, (Minneapolis: University of Minneapolis Press, 2011)

Gay Latino Studies: A Critical Reader, co-edited with Ernesto Martínez (Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 2011) (Winner of the Lambda Literary Award for LGBT Anthology)

Fugitive Thought: Prison Movements, Race, and the Meaning of Justice
(Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2004)

Reclaiming Identity: Realist Theory and the Predicament of Postmodernism, co-edited with Paula M. L. Moya (Berkeley: University of California Press, 2000)

Identity Politics Reconsidered, co-edited with Linda Martín Alcoff, Satya Mohanty, and Paula M. L. Moya (Palgrave, 2006)





Prof. Hames-García grew up in the Portland, Oregon area, where he graduated from Rex Putnam High School. After leaving Oregon to attend graduate school and then living and working in New York, Indiana, Alabama, and California for 13 years, he happily returned to Oregon in 2005 to join Ethnic Studies at the University of Oregon. He served as department head from 2006-2011. He was also director of the Center for Race, Ethnicity, and Sexuality Studies (CRESS) from 2006-2011 and director of the Center for the Study of Women in Society (CSWS) from 2014-2015.