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American Multicultural Studies

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  • Meet the Faculty & Staff

  • Arauza, Yolanda
    Faculty, American Multicultural Studies
    History, Languages, Critical Race and Women's Studies, Department of

    Office: MA 374H
    Phone: 218.477.2027
    Email: arauzala@mnstate.edu
    web.mnstate.edu/arauza

  • May-Machunda, Phyllis
    Faculty, American Multicultural Studies
    History, Languages, Critical Race and Women's Studies, Department of

    Office: MA 374J
    Phone: 218.477.2975
    Email: maymach@mnstate.edu

    Phyllis May-Machunda, Ph.D. is a professor in the American Multicultural Studies Program and specializes in the study of African American arts and humanities, American Multicultural Studies theory and practice, social justice and anti-oppressive education, and disability studies. For several years prior to coming to MSUM, she worked as a folklorist at the Smithsonian Institution. Dr. May-Machunda earned a Bachelor of Music with Honors and a K-12 teaching certificate from the University of Iowa; and M.A. and Ph.D. in Folklore and Ethnomusicology from Indiana University-Bloomington. A recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts Arts Management Fellowship, a Ford Foundation Dissertation Fellowship and a Bush Foundation Leadership Fellowship, she has dedicated her career to teaching and scholarship that benefits and builds inclusive communities.

  • Park Nelson, Kim
    Faculty, American Multicultural Studies
    History, Languages, Critical Race and Women's Studies, Department of

    Office: MA 279H
    Phone: 218.477.4058
    Email: parknelson@mnstate.edu

    Kim Park Nelson teaches in the American Multicultural Studies program. Professor Park Nelson's book, Invisible Asians: Korean American Adoptees, Asian American Experiences and Racial Exceptionalism was published by Rutgers University Press in Spring 2016 and is based in her ethnographic research exploring the many identities of adult Korean adoptees, as well as the cultural, social, historical, and political significance of sixty years of Korean adoption to the United States. She has been interviewed on the topic of Korean and other international adoption for Minnesota, Wisconsin, California and National Public Radio and for publications such as the New York Times and the Los Angeles Times. Her teaching focuses on Asian American studies and comparative race and ethnic studies. She was the three-time lead organizer for the International Symposia on Korean Adoption Studies, which took place in Seoul in 2007, 2010, and 2013. She has a Ph.D in American studies from the University of Minnesota.