Yolanda Moses, Ph.D.

Interview with Yolanda Moses

Moses.jpgDr. Yolanda T. Moses-Moses served as President of the American Anthropological Association (1995-97), Chair of the Board of the American Association of Colleges and Universities ( 2000), Past President of City University of New York/ The City College (1993-1999), and President of the American Association for Higher Education (2000-2003). She was a member of the Board of Trustees of the Ford Foundation from 1996 to 2008. She is a proud product of public higher education in California and attributes her success in part, to the excellent education that she received at San Bernardino Valley College where she received an Associate of Arts degree ( 1965 to 1966). “It was there that I received the best liberal arts education in the state. That higher education foundation has prepared me for the successes in my professional life to date. My professors at SBVC were caring, fantastic people who believed in me.”

She currently serves as Professor of Anthropology and Associate Vice Chancellor for Diversity, Equity and Excellence at the University of California, Riverside.  Dr. Moses’ research focuses on the broad question of the origins of social inequality in complex societies through the use of comparative ethnographic and survey methods.  She has explored gender and class disparities in the Caribbean, East Africa and in the United States.  More recently, her research has focused on issues of diversity and change in universities and colleges in the United States, India, Europe and South Africa. 

She has been involved   on the steering groups of several U.S.  National higher education projects with the National Council for Research on Women, Campus Women Lead and The Women of Color Research Collective.  In addition, she was   Chair of the National Advisory Board of a multi-year national public education project sponsored by the American Anthropological Association and funded by NSF and the Ford Foundation on Race and Human Variation. See: www.understandingrace.org. The goal of the project was to change the way the nation understood and talked about the meaning and consequences of “race.” She was Co-PI on a Ford Foundation grant that sponsored phase two of that work.

She is currently the PI on an NSF ADVANCE Grant, (2011 to 2015) to advance the role of women faculty in the STEM Fields; and she was recently PI on an NEH Grant (2011-12) to create a national educational network for educators to develop a bio-cultural approach to the teaching of race in high school and in undergraduate social science and biology classes.

At the University of California, she is currently a co-founder and on the Steering Committee of the UC wide research project, UCCNRS (University of California Center For New Racial Studies). The mission of the Center is to support innovation in UC-based race/racism research and teaching and to encourage interdisciplinary and collaborative work focused on advancing social/racial justice in an era of changing racial dynamics and persistent racial/ethnic conflict and inequality.

She is the co-author also with Carol Mukhopadhyay and Rosemary Henze, Professors at CSU San Jose of the book: How Real is Race: A Sourcebook on Race, Culture and Biology. (2007) Rowman and Littlefield; (2014) Altamira Press. She is also co-Author along with Alan Goodman and Joseph Jones, of the book, Race: are we so Different? published by Wiley-Blackwell (2012).

Moses is currently a consultant to the American Council on Education’s Project, on linking International and Diversity Issues, and to the recent publication, At Home in the World: Bridging the Gap between Internationalization and Multicultural Education(2007). She is currently a faculty member in the Salzburg Seminar‘s ISP Global Citizenship   Program in Salzburg, Austria, and a faculty member in their on-going Mellon Fellows Program on Global Citizenship. And in 2009, she was named an AAAS (American Association for the Advancement of Science) Fellow.

Moses faculty positions include a senior visiting Research appointment at George Washington University in Washington D.C. (2000 to 2004), and a position as Professor of Anthropology at the City University of New York Graduate University (1993-2000).