Office of Research

Washington Institute for the Study of Ethnicity, Race and Sexuality (WISER)


The University of Washington's Institute for the Study of Ethnicity, Race and Sexuality, is an interdisciplinary research center dedicated to bringing the tools of contemporary social science inquiry to the careful examination of issues of social, economic, and political exclusion and disadvantage of marginalized minority populations in the United States, and their potential solutions.

Core Services Offered

Help establish the University of Washington as a recognized center of excellence for minority-related research and graduate training in the social sciences, by:

Creating an institute that facilitates minority focused research through grant-seeking, intellectual exchange, and on-campus activities;

Raising the profile on-campus of questions and issues related to minority life in the United States;

Creating connections to the wider community;

Providing an enlarging research community to faculty and graduate students working on questions of disadvantage; and

Assisting the College and Departments in attracting and retaining faculty and graduate students from diverse backgrounds or whose work addresses questions in inequality or difference.

Related UW Entities:

College of Arts & Sciences, Department of Comparative History of Ideas, Department of Women Studies, Department of Sociology, Department of Communication, Department of History, Department of American Ethnics, Jackson School of International Studies, College of Built Environments, Department of Urban Design and Planning, College of Education, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, Daniel J, Evans School of Public Policy & Goverance

Center Details

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Director: Barreto, Matt
Location: 101 Gowen
Year Started: 2005
Administrator / Program Manager: Garcia-Castanon, Marcela
Administering College/School: College of Arts & Sciences 
P.I. Home Department: Department of Political Science 
Faculty Involvement: 18