CRE2 Rotating Graduate Studio (Credits, variable) 

Studio Description

This graduate-level seminar will be offered by a CRE2 Faculty Affiliate. Team-taught courses are also eligible and encouraged to apply. CRE2 will fund the Studio in an amount up to $5,000. Studio funding may be used to create a dynamic, innovative, and collaborative graduate experience. Examples include invitations to leading scholars from across the country and world to engage with their course; creating a lab experience with local organizations and stakeholders; generating a range of collaborative outcomes that go beyond the traditional seminar paper, such as a Black Paper, an exhibit, media (podcasts, op-eds, revised Wiki entries), a database, etc. The Studio should follow the mission of CRE2 to develop insurgent methodologies, new vocabularies and grammars, and expand conversations about the study of race, ethnicity, and/or equity.


Any CRE2 Faculty Affiliate teaching graduate or professional school students in fields related to the study of race and/or ethnicity can apply for the Rotating Graduate Studio. All proposals are welcome, however, we especially encourage those with new courses and experiences to apply. The course must be open to graduate/professional students outside of the Faculty Affiliate’s department.  

Proposal Format 

Applications should include: 

  • The CRE2 cover sheet with your chair or dean’s signature. *If applying to team teach, each applicant must submit a separate cover sheet.
  • A three-page current CV  
  • Course description and abbreviated syllabus or course outline 
  • Proposal of up to two pages  

Proposal Submission and Notification 

Proposals for the Rotating Graduate Studio in academic year 2022-2023 are due by November 15, 2021. The entire application must be submitted via email to

Review and Selection 

The following criteria will be used in evaluating the proposals by an appointed Rotating Graduate Studio Fellow Selection Committee: 

  1. The overall quality and significance of the proposed engagement 
  2. The usefulness of the Studio in expanding the University’s course offerings in the study of race and/or ethnicity 
  3. The usefulness of the Studio at this stage in the applicant’s career trajectory, including their overall research program 
  4. The potential of the proposed work to advance the broader study of race and/or ethnicity 

Spring 2021 Rotating Graduate Studio:

Alternative Atlas: St. Louis

Linda Samuels

Associate Professor of Urban Design

Alternative metrics, Mapping, Resilience, Spatial Justice, Urban Design

Geoff Ward

Director, WashU & Slavery; Professor of African and African American Studies; Sociology (Affiliate); American Culture Studies (Affiliate)

Histories of Racial Violence, Legacies, and Reckonings; Visual Redress; Youth Justice; Policing and Courts

Walter Johnson

Winthrop Professor of History and African and African American studies at Harvard University

Course Description:

This collaborative seminar will intentionally combine diverse epistemological frameworks to broaden the understanding of race and spatial relationships in each of the partner disciplines, and to inform our collaborative development of an Alternative Atlas for St. Louis. Whereas traditional atlases claim some degree of neutrality and objectivity – clearly impossible in any mapping – the Alternative Atlas overtly exposes, decodes and displays silenced truths. Content shared across the three courses will fuel projects and partnerships that emerge from the collaboration. Students in the Sam Fox course will be responsible  for mapping the core of the Alternative Atlas project.

Photo: Submissions of Map 0 – A Memory or Mental Map of your Current City