Areas of Research

Shelves in the library.

Research that looks critically at the world around us through building networks of researchers that weave together the perspectives and methods of multiple disciplines.

The Americas

Research focusing on indigenous peoples; the African Diaspora; the Caribbean and Latin America; postcolonial peoples and literatures; the construction of racial, ethnic, and national identities; and the cultural and historical dynamics of the Atlantic world.

Diasporic Studies

Looking closely at the effects of the mobility of people, technologies, ideas, capital, and commodities on contemporary intellectual life, societies, cultural and literary practices.

Language, Text, and Interpretation

Building upon a long tradition of excellence in this field, UB scholars are deeply engaged in the interpretive and creative arts. Looking at texts through the lens of race, class, and/or gender, scholars in this Strength continue to explore how meaning is constructed both in the past and in today's world.