Faculty of Color Collective

Under the auspices of the Faculty Mentoring Program, the Faculty of Color Collective will provide a range of resources and opportunities for professional development and community building to the growing number of tenure-track and long-term contract faculty of color at Brandeis across the School of Arts and Sciences, Heller, and IBS.

Carina Ray, Director of Faculty Mentoring for the Arts and Sciences, will serve as the Collective's coordinator.  She, along with Ulka Anjaria (Professor of English and Director, Mandel Center for the Humanities),  Sarah Mayorga (Associate Professor of Sociology), and Jerónimo Arellano (Associate Professor of Latin American Literature and Culture) will serve as mentors to the Collective. Working in an advisory capacity, the Collective's mentors will be available to share their insights and advice about navigating career trajectories at Brandeis and the academy at large. You can request to meet with a mentor of your choosing by clicking the contact box in their bio.

In addition to providing access to mentors, the Collective fosters peer mentorship through virtual writing and research accountability groups. It also sponsors a communal meal each semester as a means of building community among faculty of color within and across the School of Arts and Sciences, Heller, and IBS. The FoC Collective is supported by funds provided by the Office of the Provost and the Office of the Dean of Arts and Sciences

Faculty of color who are interested in joining the Collective can sign up here. Please feel free to be in touch with Carina Ray if you have any questions.

Faculty Mentor Bios

Ulka Anjaria
Ulka Anjaria
Professor of English

I am a professor of English and director of the Mandel Center for the Humanities at Brandeis University. I have been at Brandeis since 2007 when I began as an assistant professor straight out of graduate school. I am the author of Realism in the Twentieth-Century Indian Novel: Colonial Difference and Literary Form (Cambridge UP, 2012), Reading India Now: Contemporary Formations in Literature and Popular Culture (Temple UP, 2019) and Understanding Bollywood: The Grammar of Hindi Cinema (Routledge, 2021), along with articles in academic journals as well as public-facing venues.

I am happy to help faculty navigate the Brandeis institution, especially surrounding book publication, applying for fellowships, practical writing skills, time management, and work-life balance.

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Jerónimo Arellano
Jerónimo Arellano
Associate Professor of Latin American Literature and Culture

I’m an Associate Professor of Latin American Literature and Culture, and Chair of Latin American, Caribbean, and Latinx Studies. I’ve been at Brandeis since 2010. I taught at the University of California-Riverside for a year before that, during my final year in graduate school at Stanford. My main research interest is the intersection between communal emotions and the history of form in the arts (particularly literature, cinema, and new media). I’m particularly drawn to untrendy and obsolescent forms, genres, and styles, why they die, and what replaces them. I’m also interested in Latin American media studies. My first book was a new history of magical realism, Magical Realism and the History of Emotions in Latin America (Bucknell UP, 2015). I’ve also edited a collection of essays on comparative media studies in Latin America and published a number of essays on contemporary Latin American fiction and cinema, screenwriting, affect theory and new media studies.

I’m happy to assist faculty in the collective with general issues related to professional development within and beyond Brandeis, particularly building better support networks and getting solid feedback on fellowship applications and manuscript proposals. 

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Sarah Mayorga
Sarah Mayorga
Associate Professor of Sociology

I am a qualitative sociologist with expertise in race and racism, Latinx migration, and urban sociology. My research investigates questions of racism and power, with a focus on multiracial neighborhoods. I earned a PhD in Sociology from Duke University in 2012 and previously worked at the University of Cincinnati and University of Massachusetts Boston. 

As a FoCC mentor, I am especially interested in questions about teaching, mental health, and academic parenthood. 


Carina Ray
Carina Ray
Associate Professor of African and African American Studies
Harry Coplan Chair of Social Sciences

I am an associate professor of African and African American Studies and the Director of Faculty Mentoring here at Brandeis. A historian of Africa, my research and teaching interests fall into a number of overlapping areas: race and sexuality; comparative colonialisms and nationalisms; migration and maritime history; print cultures; bodily aesthetics, and the relationship between race, ethnicity, and political power. I am the author of Crossing the Color Line: Race, Sex, and the Contested Politics of Colonialism in Ghana (Ohio University Press, 2015) and my articles have appeared in Gender and History, PMLA, The Journal of West African History, and The American Historical Review, among others.

I am happy to discuss a range of professional development issues with faculty, including navigating power and authority in the classroom, developing a publication pathway from dissertation to book, and preparing for reappointment, tenure and promotion. 

Contact CARINA