President: Greg Carter
Greg Carter is Associate Professor of History at the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee. His writing has appeared in Ethnic Studies Review, Journal of American Ethnic History, and Race and the Obama Phenomenon: The Vision of a More Perfect Multiracial Union, edited by G. Reginald Daniel and Hettie V. Williams. He is the author of The United States of the United Races: A Utopian History of Racial Mixing (NYU Press 2013). He is currently President of the Critical Mixed Race Studies Association.
Vice-President: Kelly Jackson
Kelly Jackson is an Associate Professor in the School of Social Work at Arizona State University. Her research examines the identity development and wellbeing of individuals and families living multiracially. She is committed to expanding our knowledge base to be more inclusive of the multiracial experience. As a multiracial Black/white woman of color, she has been involved in numerous multiracial organizations since 2008, including the local Arizona chapter of SWIRL (2008-2009), serving on the board of MAVIN from 2008-2013 (VP from 2011-2013), and more recently on the CMRS programming committee (2017-2018). Currently, she serves on the board of Mixed Roots Stories (2017-present), which advocates for social justice by creating counterspaces that showcase the diverse stories of multiracial artists.
Secretary: Lakia Shavonne Lightner
Lakia Lightner is the chairwoman for the National Women’s Studies Association and the owner of Mixed Chicks Sorority Incorporated, Mix Race Love Magazine, Mixed Television Network, plus Mixed Race Museum. In college she majored in Women’s Leadership, Women’s Studies and Public Relations. In addition, she has several books published, with more being released. She also has music projects available, with more forthcoming.
Treasurer: Myra Washington
Myra Washington is an assistant professor in the Department of Communication & Journalism at the University of New Mexico. She is the author of Blasian Invasion: Racial Mixing in the Celebrity Industrial Complex (UPM 2017). Her research can also be found in places like the Journal of Communication Inquiry, Communication, Culture & Critique, Journal of Sport & Social Issues, and The Howard Journal of Communication. She is a Leo, loves the color yellow, and all shades of the color black.
Student Representative: Anna Storti
Anna M. Moncada Storti is a doctoral candidate and Ronald E. McNair Graduate Fellow in the Department of Women’s Studies at the University of Maryland, College Park where she works on aesthetics, embodied memory, and racialized affect. Her dissertation interrogates the contemporary politics of multiracialism by examining how bad memories—be they painful or forgotten memories of militarism, migration, or exclusion—emerge as a defining feature in mixed-race Asian American art and performance from the 1990s to the present. Storti’s work has been published in Women & Performance and is forthcoming in the MLA’s Digital Pedagogy in the Humanities and LGBTQ Americans in the U.S. Political System.
Caucus Coordinator: Rudy Guevarra
Rudy P. Guevarra Jr. is Associate Professor of Asian Pacific American Studies in the School of Social Transformation and Affiliate Faculty in the School of Transborder Studies at Arizona State University. He is the author of Becoming Mexipino: Multiethnic Identities and Communities in San Diego (RUP 2012) and co-editor of Red & Yellow, Black & Brown: Decentering Whiteness in Mixed Race Studies (RUP 2017), with Joanne L. Rondilla and Paul Spickard. His work has also appeared in the Journal of Asian American Studies, the Asian American Literary Review, the Journal of San Diego History and Remezcla.
Community Liaison: Naliyah Kaya
Naliyah Kaya is an Assistant Professor of Sociology at Montgomery College—Takoma Park/Silver Spring. She previously served as the first full-time Coordinator for Multiracial & Native American Indian/Indigenous Student Involvement at the University of Maryland, College Park where she advocated for resources & recognition on behalf of Multiracial students, advised the Multiracial Biracial Student Association, ran their Multiracial Heritage Month, organized an annual spoken word event Mixed Monologues centering on the experiences of the multiracial community, designed a multiracial leadership course, and was successful in advocating for the inclusion of a Mildred & Richard Loving Award in the annual Undergraduate University Awards Program. She also continues to facilitate the TOTUS Spoken Word Experience Program and coaches their College Unions Poetry Slam team. As an educator, Naliyah utilizes art as a medium for teaching and social change, encouraging students to utilize artistic expression as they examine their own identities, beliefs, and values and as a form of activism.
Communications Coordinator: Alma Villanueva
Alma Villanueva is a doctoral candidate in the English Department at Texas A&M University with a concentration in Cultural Rhetorics. Her interdisciplinary and intersectional scholarship analyzes contemporary mixed-race photo projects through a historical analysis of how mixed/race has been visually, scientifically, legally, and popularly constructed at the intersections of settler colonial, anti- Black, and anti- immigrant (Latinx, Asian American, and Muslim) racisms. She is dedicated to an intersectional critical mixed-race praxis that fosters collaborative community and critical diversity.
Consider joining the executive committee! There will be an election for the following positions: President; Treasurer; and Student Representative.