Latina/o New Haven
Introduction to the field of Latina/o studies, with a focus on community-based research in New Haven. Training in interdisciplinary methods of social research, including oral history, interviews, archival research, cultural analysis, and social documentation. Students design collaborative research projects.
Latino New York
The historical presence of Latinas and Latinos in New York City from the late nineteenth century to the present. Differences and similarities among Puerto Rican, Mexican, Cuban, and Dominican communities in the context of New York City history. Complex cultural dynamics as illustrated in novels, poetry, music, and film.
Mexicans and Mexican Americans since 1848
A survey of Mexican and Mexican American politics and culture in the United States from 1848 to the present. Topics include migration, political activism, racialization, citizenship, and social class.
Not to be taken after ER&M <286>
Study of ways in which migration is changing the contours of global cities. Case studies include Los Angeles, New York, Beirut, Cairo, Dubai, La Paz, and Miami. Social, historical, economic, and theoretical perspectives on modernity and migration.
Muslim Diasporas in America
Exploration of the meanings and attachments that connect Muslims in the U.S. to homelands in the Muslim world. How to define and apply the concept of diaspora to an ever-broadening set of Muslim populations dispersed in space, including immigrants, expatriates, refugees, guest workers, exiles, and religious seekers. Analysis of newspaper articles, political comics, memoirs, fiction, ethnographies, political essays, sociological surveys, and documentary films.
Natives and Newcomers in Early America
Intensive survey of American Indian nations and their relationships with colonial regimes. Regional studies are brought together into a continental examination of the structure and significance of colonialism for American Indian peoples up to the early nineteenth century. Emphasis on colonial regimes operating within the political boundaries of the contemporary United States.
Nigeria and Its Diaspora
Nigerians in the modern diaspora, both those who endured forced migration and those who migrated voluntarily. Specific reference to the Igbos and the Yorùbás. The preservation and maintenance of Nigerian culture, history, dance, literature, traditional education, theater, politics, art, music, film, religion, and folklore, especially in African American and Nigerian American contexts.
Northeastern Native America, 1850 to the Present
Investigation of American Indian experiences in northeastern North America. Various disciplinary approaches are applied to the study of American Indian peoples and nations in the region
Race and Ethnicity in American Politics
The politics of race and ethnicity in American society examined by a variety of social science methods. Investigation of four general cases: African Americans, American Indians, Asian Americans, and Hispanic/Latino Americans.
Recommended preparation: PLSC 113b.
Race and Gender in American Literature
The role of literature in constructing representations of America as an idea, a nation, a colonial settlement, and a participant in world affairs. What kind of place America is and who belongs there; the consequences of America’s history for its national literature. Emphasis on the ways texts represent and contest social concepts of race and gender difference.