Issue One, Summer 2016


Editors’ Introduction


The Problem of Othering: Towards Inclusiveness and Belonging
Trump, the Tea Party, the Republicans and the Other
Racism and the Narrative of Biological Inevitability


Reflections on Policing: Organizers in Five Communities Speak Out


Migration, Austerity, and Crisis at the Periphery of Europe


Precarious Lives
Take a Look at Ourselves


Othering & Belonging is published by the Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society at the University of California, Berkeley.

View Contributors for Issue One.


Andrew Grant-Thomas

Andrew Grant-Thomas is codirector at EmbraceRace, an online commu­nity of parents, teachers, and other caregivers to children. He is also a race and social justice consultant with a wide range of educational, nonprofit, phil­anthropic, and research institutions. Previously, Andrew has directed work at Proteus Fund, the Civil Rights Project at Harvard Univer­sity, and the Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity at Ohio State University, where he was editor-in-chief of its journal, Race/Ethnicity. Andrew earned his BA in Literature from Yale University, his MA in International Relations from the University of Chicago, and his Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Chicago.


Rachelle Galloway-Popotas

Rachelle Galloway-Popotas oversees strategic communications at the Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society at UC Berkeley, where she helps amplify the Institute’s work through a variety of tools and projects, including publications, online media, and events. Rachelle oversees the editorial and aesthetics for all the Institute’s publications and multimedia work, and has been the curator and lead on several of the Institute’s projects including the Othering & Belonging Conference and multimedia journal. Rachelle has worked in the nonprofit communications field for almost 20 years. She specializes in developing a communications infrastructure that will support growth and innovation, and being an organizational storyteller, working with organizations to help define and develop their own institutional voice and identity. Rachelle has bachelor degrees in political science and graphic design. Rachelle is a member of the Caddo Nation.

Stephen Menendian

Stephen Menendian is the assistant director and director of research at the Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society. Stephen leads and oversees many of the Institute’s projects and burgeoning initiatives, including the Inclusiveness Index and opportunity mapping project. Stephen has also developed and authored several amicus briefs on behalf of the Institute, most recently a social science brief filed on behalf of the University of Texas in Fisher v. Texas.

Michael Omi

Michael Omi is Associate Professor of Ethnic Studies at UC Berkeley. Omi is the coauthor of Racial Formation in the United States, a groundbreaking work that transformed how we understand the social and historical forces that give race its changing meaning over time and place. The third edition of the book was released in 2015. Omi was the associate director of the Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society since its inception in 2012 and is an affiliated faculty member of Sociology and Gender & Women’s Studies. Michael is a recipient of UC Berkeley’s Distinguished Teaching Award, the campus’s most prestigious honor for teaching and an honor bestowed to fewer than 300 Berkeley faculty members since the award’s inception in 1959.


Marie Otsuka


Rachel Wiseman


Cecilia Paredes


Stacey Atkinson
Mirror Image Publishing


Marie Otsuka


Rachelle Galloway-Popotas


Elsadig Elsheikh

The work of the Haas Institute is generously supported by the following: The Akonadi Foundation; The Annie E. Casey Foundation; The California Endowment; The Ford Foundation; The Kresge Foundation; The Levi Strauss Foundation; Linked Fate Fund for Justice at The Tides Foundation; The Northwest Area Foundation; Open Society Foundations; and, The W.K.Kellogg Foundation. And a special thank you to George Breslauer for his support in launching this new publication.