Courses in Ethnic Studies

Course Offerings - Winter/Spring 2021 


ETHN 0190D - Centering Central America
This course explores the histories, cultures, and political contexts of Central America and the experiences of Central Americans across the Americas. Drawing from cultural productions alongside historical analyses and ethnographic case studies, this course assumes a hemispheric approach to decenter the United States from our conversations of (im)migration and transnationalism and, in turn, center Central America. Each country will have its own week, followed by a conversation on (im)migration and Central Americans in the contemporary moment. Our key question here is: what are the defining moments in Central America’s history that have shaped the region and Central American lives? WRIT (E. Rodriguez)

ETHN 0190H - Indigenous Resurgence: Roots, Reclamations, and Relations
This interdisciplinary survey course in Native American and Indigenous Studies will prepare students to identify, contextualize, and complicate contemporary Indigenous movements for justice. Three organizing sections of readings and writing assignments: roots, reclamations, and relations, make up the thematic trajectory of the course. Students will think through Indigenous projects to recover lost knowledges and ways of being (roots), reclaim self-determination from settler institutions (reclamations), and reorient social movements in solidarity with other struggles for justice (relations).   (H. Kushi)

ETHN 0577B (HIST 0577B) - The US-Mexico Border and Borderlands: A Bilingual English-Spanish Seminar
In this First Year seminar, we will examine the historical formation, contemporary reality and popular representation of the U.S.-Mexico border from bilingual (English-Spanish), multicultural (U.S., Mexican, Mexican-American, indigenous and Asian immigrant), and transnational perspectives within the framework of globalization, and pay particular attention to the movement of peoples—workers, families, women and children--in both directions.  (E. Hu-Dehart)

ETHN 1200I - History and Resistance in Representations of Native Peoples
Throughout history, Native peoples have been portrayed through a stock set of stereotypes such as savage warriors, Indian princesses, or mystical shamans. These images surround us in advertising, news media, Hollywood, sports mascots, and Halloween costumes. This course will examine the foundations of these representations and their connections to colonization, with a focus on contemporary and ongoing examples, from Johnny Depp’s Tonto, Urban Outfitters’ “Navajo” products, to JK Rowlings’ “History of Magic in North America,” with a focus on the ways Native peoples are taking back and reshaping Native representations through activism, social media, art, design, film, and more. (A. Keene)

ETHN 1200K - Introduction to American Indian Studies
This class examines the politics, cultures, histories, representations, and study of the Native peoples of North America, with a primary focus on the United States. Although broad in cultural and geographic scope, the course does not attempt to summarize the diverse cultures of the several hundred Native groups of the continent. Instead, we will focus on several key issues in the lives of, and scholarship about, American Indian/Native American/First Nations/Indigenous peoples in the US. The course will consist of lecture on Monday and Wednesday, and once a week section meetings for discussion.  (N. Hicks-Greendeer)

ETHN 1650B - Asian Americans and the Racial State
This seminar is animated by the resurgence of anti-Asian hatred in American society. First, we look at the long history of racial violence against Asians in America. Second, we ask how Asians have come to be racialized as the permanent alien in American society and the implications of that formation. Second, we ask how Asians in America have organized their resistances to this racialization. This is a collaborative project based course that combines discussions of readings, lectures and videos with workshops that will focus on building a publicly facing project. (R. Lee)

ETHN 1750S - Extravagant Texts: Reading the World Through Asian American Literature
In this course we study a body of writings that self-consciously move beyond the topics and genres with which Asian American literature has traditionally been associated—that are, in Maxine Hong’s Kingston’s formulation, “extravagant.” We explore works that adopt a transnational or diasporic perspective and that are written in such genres as magical realism, speculative fiction, and poetry. In addition to more conventional concerns like racism or immigration, these works also address such issues as empire, war, mixed-race identity, environmentalism, adoption, and sexuality.  (D. Kim)

ETHN 1800 (AMST 1800) Honors Seminar (E. Shih)

ETHN 1900 – Senior Seminar in Ethnic Studies (E. Shih)