Courses Independently Designed and Instructed
Mexicans, Puerto Ricans, and Central Americans: Examining the Histories and Contemporary Experiences of Latinos in the U.S.
This seminar explores the diversity of Latinos by examining four major Latino subgroups in the US—Mexicans, Puerto Ricans, Central Americans, and Dominicans. Students develop a better understanding of these groups and their unique experiences through interdisciplinary readings that cover: migration histories; individuals' experiences in social institutions with a focus on how these are mediated by gender and generation status; ethnic, racial, and panethnic identity formation; and political/civic engagement. We will also draw on documentaries, media articles, and student-driven instagram posts to further explore course topics. Weekly seminars include methodological workshops that will prepare students to conduct a semi-structured interview of an adult that self-identifies as Latino/a/x. The interview project will culminate in a 10-12 page final paper in which students will analyze their respondents' experiences by drawing on course readings and materials.
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Race and Ethnicity in American Life
Relying primarily on sociological literature, but also drawing on political theory and ethnic and racial studies, this course examines the historical and contemporary roles of race and ethnicity in the United States. It begins with an examination of the colonial and racial projects that created and cemented a White/Black racial hierarchy. It proceeds to analyze inequalities along racial lines, with special attention given to inequalities in the institutions of the law, housing, education, and incarceration policies/practices. Lastly, this course explores the effects of post-1965 immigration and the impact of these flows on the creation of new ethnic/racial groups and the emergence of the contemporary ethnoracial hierarchy.