Assistant Professor of Slavic, Director of European Studies
PhD, Ohio State University, 2010 (Slavic Languages and Literatures)
Dr. Sunnie Rucker-Chang's primary interests lie in contemporary cultural movements and identity formation in Central and Southeast Europe. In her work, she examines how literary and filmic works contribute to cultural landscapes and offer insight into the formation of nations and nationalities in the region, particularly as they relate to the construction of minority-majority relations and formations of difference. Other research interests include émigré and exile literature and the application of post-colonial thought to post-socialist contexts.
Grant: #URC AHSS Faculty Stipend Awards AY2015-16 Investigators:Rucker-Chang, Sunnie 05-01-2016 -04-30-2017 UC's University Research Council Roma Inclusion and US Civil Rights: A Legal and Cultural Comparison Role:PI $6,000.00 Active Level:Internal UC
Investigators:Sunnie Rucker-Chang Taft Summer Research Fellowship Roma Inclusion and US Civil Rights: A Legal and Cultural Comparison Role:PI $8,000 Completed Type:Fellowship
Investigators:Sunnie Rucker-Chang 06-01-2012 -08-01-2012 Florida State University First Year Assistant Professor Grant "Between Crescent and Stars" Role:PI $20,000 Completed Type:Grant
2019 -2020 American Association of University Women Postdoctoral Research Leave Fellowship $35,000 Active Type:Fellowship Level:National
05-01-2020 -08-01-2020 Taft Research Center Taft Summer Release Fellowship for “Chinese ‘Migration’ and the Serbian Cultural Imaginary” $9,200 Active Type:Fellowship
Peer Reviewed Publications
Rucker-Chang, Sunnie (2014. )The Turkish Connection: Neo-Ottoman Influence in Post-Dayton Bosnia .Journal of Muslim Minority Affairs, ,34 (2 ),
Sunnie Rucker-Chang (2018. )"African-American and Romani Filmic Representation and the 'Posts' of Post-Civil Rights and Post-EU Expansion" .Critical Romani Studies, ,
Sunnie Rucker-Chang (2018. )"Roma Filmic Representation as Postcolonial 'Object'" .Interventions: International Journal of Postcolonial Studies, ,
Rucker-Chang, Sunnie (2020. )“Black Student Migration and the Non-Aligned Movement in Yugoslav Space.” .Slavic and East European Journal, ,
Rucker-Chang, Sunnie (2018. )“Challenging Americanism and Europeanism: Roma and African-Americans in the European Union South and American South.” .Journal of Transatlantic Studies, ,16 ,181
Sunnie Rucker-Chang (2016. )"The Transnational Imaginary of Vladimir Arsenijević`s Predator" .Liceum: Journal for Literary and Cultural Studies (Center for Scientific Research of Serbian Academy of Arts and Sciences and University of Kragujevac), 22 (16 ),175
Rucker-Chang, Sunnie (2015. )New Belgrade, New Ghetto?: Estrangement, Dislocation, and Globalization in Serbian Ghetto Films. Serbian Studies Research, 6 (1 ),225
Rucker-Chang, Sunnie (2019. )"Mapping Blackness in Yugoslavia and Post-Yugoslav Space" .
FElix Chang & Sunnie Rucker-Chang (2011. )Chinese Migrants in Russia, Central Asia and Eastern Europe .Oxon ,Routledge (Co-Editor)
Chang, Felix and Sunnie Rucker-Chang (2020. )Roma Inclusion and U.S. Civil Rights: A Legal and Cultural Comparison .New York ,Cambridge University Press (Co-Author)
Hashamova, Yana, Oana Oana Popescu-Sandu, and Sunnie Rucker-Chang Migrants and Refugees to, from, and in the Balkans: Identity, Alterity, and Culture .Liverpool University Press
Sunnie Rucker-Chang (2011 )“Filmic Representations of the Chinese Presence in Serbia, Croatia, Bosnia and Slovenia” Chinese Migrants in Russia, Central Asia and Eastern Europe .London,Routledge
Rucker-Chang, Sunnie (2020 )“‘Dual-Coding’” in Roma and African-American Filmic Representation: A Diachronic Comparison” Antigypsyism in Film/Antiziganismus und Film .Heidelberg University Press
(12-06-2016. )"Decoding the 'Post' in Post-Yugoslav Film" .virtual presentation, University of Helsinki. Level:International
(06-09-2017. )"Gender and Sexuality in Vampire Cinema" .University of Chiba, Japan.
(10-01-2017. )Presentation of Ryna (Ruxandra Zenide, dir, 2005) .BALKAN AND CENTRAL ASIAN WOMEN FILMMAKERS:FINDING THEIR OWN VOICES IN POST-SOCIALIST CINEMA, University of Pittsburgh. Other Institution. .
(02-22-2018. )"African-American Filmic Representation: A Diachronic Approach " .Central Council of German Sinti and Roma, Berlin, Germany. Level:International
(03-24-2018. )"Chinese Migrants in Former Yugoslav Space at the time of Transition" .Midwest Slavic Conference "Borders, Barriers, and Belonging: A Spotlight on Global Migration," Plenary Panel, Columbus, OH.
(04-19-2019. )“The Uses of Blackness in Yugoslavia” Innovative Approaches to Slavic Studies Endowed Lecture Series. .Ohio State University, Columbus, OH. .
(08-04-2020. )“Romani Represenation in Film” .University of Pittsburgh.
(02-25-2020. )“Diversifying the Russian Studies Field: Faculty Best Practices” .Howard University.
(12-19-2019. )“The Uses of Blackness in Yugoslavia” .Institute for Philosophy and Social Theory, Belgrade, Serbia.
(10-17-2019. )“Roma as Postcolonial ‘Object’” .Center for Russian and East Eurasian Studies, University of Wisconsin.
(10-01-2019. )“The Uses of Blackness in Yugoslavia” .University of Kentucky,
(11-17-2018. )“East European Minorities” .K-12 teacher Global Fellowship Program , Ohio State University Center for Slavic and East European Studies.
(03-24-2018. )“Chinese Migrants in Former Yugoslav Space at the time of Transition" ."Borders, Barriers, and Belonging: A Spotlight on Global Migration," Plenary Panel, Midwest Slavic Conference, The Ohio State University.
(02-23-2020. )"African-American and Roma Filmic Representation: A Diachronic Approach " ."Antigypsyism and Film", Berlin, Germany.
Sunnie Rucker-Chang (11-21-2015. )"Roma Integration and Inclusion: The View from Eastern Europe" .Durham, NC. Conference. Level:National
Rucker-Chang, Sunnie (04-29-2016. )"Hospitality, Responsibility, and Passing Through the Balkans: The Refugee Crisis and the Serbian Response" .Salt Lake City, UT. Conference. Level:National
Sunnie Rucker-Chang (09-15-2016. )"Articulating Americanism and Europeanism after the Financial Crisis: Race, Roma, and African-Americans" .Stockholm, Sweden. Conference. Level:International
Rucker-Chang, Sunnie (11-18-2016. )Yugoslav Filmic Imaginings in a Post-Yugoslav Context .Washshington, DC. Conference. Level:National
Rucker-Chang, Sunnie (05-23-2017. )“Representing Difference: African-Americans and Roma in Film” .Budapest, Hungary. Other Institution. Level:International
Sunnie Rucker-Chang (08-31-2017. )“Defining Self by Way of the Other in Roming" .Nicosia, Cyprus. Other Institution. Level:International
Sunnie Rucker-Chang (11-09-2017. )"Student Migration and the Non-Aligned Movement in Yugoslav Space" .Chicago, IL.
(11-08-2020. )"Yugoslav Film in Black and White" .
(12-02-2018. )“Critical Approaches to Race in Southeast Europe” .
Event Organized“New Horizons of Culture, Arts and Media in the Digital Environment.”
“New Horizons of Culture, Arts and Media in the Digital Environment.” Conference 09-11-2019 09-14-2019 Belgrade, Serbia Level:International“Race, Gender, and Empire in Southeast Europe”
“Race, Gender, and Empire in Southeast Europe” Conference 09-19-2019 09-22-2019 University of Toronto Level:International“Transatlantic Approaches to Racial Equality”
“Transatlantic Approaches to Racial Equality” Conference 04-12-2018 04-13-2018 University of Cincinnati Level:International
04-16-2019 Excellence in Undergraduate Research Mentoring Status:Recipient
UC International (European Strategy Group Advisory Committee )Member Type:University/College Service
European Studies Director Type:University/College Service
(University Diversity and Inclusion Committee )Committee Member Level:University
Charles Phelps Taft Research Center ( Executive Board Committee )Member Type:University/College Service