Assistant Professor of Slavic, Director of European Studies
Old Chemistry Building
A&S German Studies - 0372
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. She writes primarily on racial and cultural formations, minority-majority and minority-minority relations in Southeast Europe. She is co-editor and contributor to Cultures of Mobility and Alterity: Crossing the Balkans and Beyond (with Yana Hashamova and Oana Popescu-Sandu) (forthcoming, University of Liverpool Pres, 2022), co-author of Roma Rights and Civil Rights: A Transatlantic Comparison (Cambridge, 2020), and co-editor of and contributor to Chinese Migrants in Russia, Central Asia and Eastern Europe (Routledge, 2011). Her work has appeared in Critical Romani Studies, EuropeNow! - A Journal of Research and Art, Interventions: Journal of Post-Colonial Studies, Journal of Muslim Minority Affairs, Journal of Transatlantic Studies, Slavic and East European Journal, and Slavic Review. She is currently finishing a monograph focusing on the politics of Blackness in former Yugoslav states that challenges conventional ideas of race and racialization in the Balkans and connects the region to broad trends in European Studies.
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
Grant: #R25096 Investigators:Rucker-Chang, Sunnie 03-01-2021 -03-31-2023 UC's URC Faculty Scholars Program URC-Faculty Scholars Res Awd-Rucker Chang Role:PI $25,000.00 Active Level:Internal UC
Grant: #H98230-21-1-0295 Investigators:Rucker-Chang, Sunnie 08-01-2021 -12-31-2023 National Security Agency University of Cincinnati STARTTALK Workforce Development Media Program & University of Cincinnati STARTALK Russian Studies Immersion Program Role:PI 547,816.29
Peer Reviewed Publications
Rucker-Chang, Sunnie (2014. ) The Turkish Connection: Neo-Ottoman Influence in Post-Dayton Bosnia .Journal of Muslim Minority Affairs, , 34 (2 ) ,
Rucker-Chang, Sunnie (2018. ) "African-American and Romani Filmic Representation and the 'Posts' of Post-Civil Rights and Post-EU Expansion" .Critical Romani Studies, ,
Rucker-Chang, Sunnie (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, , 64 (3 ) ,
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
Rucker-Chang, Sunnie (2021. ) “The Potential of K-16 Outreach to Shape and Expand the Field” . Slavic and East European Journal,, , 64 (4 ) ,
Rucker-Chang, Sunnie (2021. ) “Digitizing a Personal Archive of the Non-Aligned Movement.” .IPSI Transactions on International Research: Multi-, Inter-, and Transdisciplinary Issues in Computer Science and Engineering, , 17 (2 ) ,
Rucker-Chang, Sunnie and Chelsi West Ohueri (2021. ) "A Moment of Reckoning: Transcending Bias, Engaging Race and Racial Formations in Slavic and East European Studies” .Slavic Review, , 80 ,
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" .
Sunnie Rucker-Chang (2019. ) “Mapping Blackness in Yugoslavia and Post-Yugoslav Space” .Black Perspectives: Blog of African American Intellectual History Society.,
Rucker-Chang, Sunnie (2021. ) "Covid-19, Systemic Racism, and Saying ‘Roma Lives Matter’" .Europe Now!, “Ideas of Race, Ideologies of Racism: Roma Rights in Europe during the #BLM moment Written Roundtable.” ,
Rucker-Chang, Sunnie and Elana Resnick and Chelsi West Ohueri (2021. ) “Revisiting the ‘Contours of Race, Racialization, and Race-Making’ in Slavic, East, European, and Eurasian Studies” .ASEEES NewsNet , 51 (3 ) ,
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)
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.
(02-26-2021. ) "Critical Romani Studies and Central and Southeast European Film" (Open Seminar) .American Association of Teachers of Slavic and East European Languages ,
(10-02-2020. ) “Teaching About Race and Racism: Your Syllabus 2.0” .ASEEES Race in Focus: From Critical Pedagogies to Research Practice and Public Engagement in Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies. ,
(09-22-2020. ) “Roma Slavery, History, Legacy, Reparations.” (Panel Commentator/Discussant) .Barvalipe Academy. Central European University and Eropean Roma Institute for Arts and Culture, virtual.
(02-11-2021. ) “On Emancipatory Blackness in Central and Southeast Europe” .Russian and East European Studies Seminar Series, Oxford University (virtual presentation).
(02-27-2021. ) “Bandung, Brijuni, Belgrade, and “Friends” of the Non-Aligned Movement,” .Presidential Panel, American Association of Teachers of Slavic and East European Languages, Virtual.
(04-07-2021. ) “The Place of Roma in the Global Struggles for Liberation and Anti-Racism” .Webinar Cosponsored by FXB Center for Health and Human Rights at Harvard University, Virtual.
(04-15-2021. ) “The Enduring Impact of School Segregation on African Americans and European Roma” .Comparative, International, and Development Education Center and Center for Media, Culture and Education Seminar at University of Toronto Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, Virtual.
(11-20-2021. ) “Presidential Roundtable: Diversity and Access in the Profession.” .ASEEES National Convention, New Orleans, LA. Conference. .
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:InternationalCo-organizer, “Eurasian, East and Central European Studies Women Academic Forum Virtual Panel of Mid-Career and Established Faculty” on “Decolonizing the Curriculum in Postsocialist Studies”
Co-organizer, “Eurasian, East and Central European Studies Women Academic Forum Virtual Panel of Mid-Career and Established Faculty” on “Decolonizing the Curriculum in Postsocialist Studies” Other 03-23-2021 Virtual RoundtableCo-organizer, “Belonging and Difference: Interdisciplinary Perspectives,” Morelli Conference
Co-organizer, “Belonging and Difference: Interdisciplinary Perspectives,” Morelli Conference Conference 04-08-2021 (Virtual), Nathaniel R. Jones Center for Race, Gender, and Social Justice
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
Charles Phelps Taft Research Center ( Executive Board Committee ) Member Type:University/College Service
Association of Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies (Board of Directors ) Elected Member 2021 -2024