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Sunnie Rucker-Chang

Candidate for Member at Large, 2020

Sunnie Rucker-Chang is a fourth-year Assistant Professor of Slavic and East European Studies and Director of European Studies the University of Cincinnati, where she is currently pursing promotion to the rank of Associate Professor. After completing her BA in Russian Area Studies at Wittenberg University in 2000, she went on to pursue an MA in Slavic Studies from The Ohio State University where she also completed her PhD in Slavic Languages and Literatures in 2010. She works, writes, and teaches primarily on racial and cultural formations and minority-majority relations in Southeast Europe. In her interdisciplinary work, she focuses on Yugoslav and PostYugoslav History, Literature, Screen Media, Coloniality, and Postsocialism. She is the co-author of Roma Rights and Civil Rights: A Transatlantic Comparison (Cambridge, 2020) and co-editor of Chinese Migrants in Eastern Europe and Central Asia (Routledge, 2011). She is currently finishing the volume Migrants and Refugees to, from, and in the Balkans: Identity, Alterity, and Culture, which she is co-editing with Yana Hashamova and Oana Popescu. She is also finishing a monograph tentatively titled “Discourses on Blackness in Yugoslavia: Legacies and Dimensions of an Idea,” which challenges conventional ideas of race and racialization in the Balkans and connects the region to broad trends in European Studies. Rucker-Chang has had extensive university administration experience and holds board membership on two educational non-profits in Cincinnati, Ohio. She would be honored to serve as a Member-at-Large of the ASEEES board and advance issues of diversity.