All Courses

Course CodeTitleDescriptionInstructorSubfield(s)Cross-OfferedDistribution Area
AAS 200Collaborative Learning Exchange: Creative Explorations of JusticeThis course will focus through stories and essays the issues of violence, alienation, justice, dignity, punishment, conscience, economic inequality, redemption and transformation. It will examine these issues through the lens of great creative writers, as well as the creative writing of students.Christopher L. HedgesEM
AAS 201Introduction to the Study of African American Cultural PracticesAs the introductory course required to concentrate or earn a certificate in African American Studies, this course examines the past and present, the doings and the sufferings of Americans of African descent from a multidisciplinary perspective. It highlights the ways in which serious intellectual scrutiny of the agency of black people in the United States and help redefine what it means to be American, new world, modern and post modern.Naomi MurakawaAACLSA
AAS 202, SOC 202Introductory Research Methods in African American StudiesThe purposes of this course are to assist the student in developing the ability to critically evaluate social science research on the black experience and to do research in African studies. To accomplish these goals, the course will acquaint students with the processes of conceptualization and basic research techniques, and some of the unique issues in conducting research on the black experience. A variety of appropriate studies will be utilized.Howard TaylorRPP, AACLSociologySA
AAS 210, MUS 253Introduction to African American MusicWhat is African-American music? Is it a set of genres, sound characteristics, or musical approaches? Is it based on who creates, or who receives the music? How has an African-American musical tradition undergone continual re-definition, and how might we understand these developments within historical context? This course will address these questions by studying African-American music from a variety of perspectives, drawing from historical and critical readings, and sound and visual media.Courtney BryanAACLMusicLA
AAS 212, ENG 212What's So Funny? Forms of African American HumorThis course examines resources for and strategies of African American humor from the early twentieth century to the present. We will survey a wide range of cultural expression, including folk poems, literary satire, and stand-up comedy, and we will consider the historical circumstances under which African American humor has flourished. Supplemental reading in the philosophy of comedy will allow us to reflect on the cognitive and affective pleasure that is realized in laughter.Kinohi NishikawaAACLEnglishLA
AAS 230, ENG 231Topics in African American Studies: The Fire This Time - Reading James BaldwinThis course examines the selected non-fiction writings of one of America's most influential essayists and public intellectuals: James Baldwin. Attention will be given to his views on ethics, art, and politics - with particular consideration given to his critical reflections on race and democracy.Eddie GlaudeAACLEnglishLA
AAS 235, SOC 236Race is Socially Constructed: Now What?The truism that "race is socially constructed" hides more than it reveals. Have Irish Americans always been white? Are people of African descent all black? Is calling Asian Americans a "model minority" a compliment? Does race impact who we date or marry? In this course, students develop a sophisticated conceptual toolkit to make sense of such contentious cases of racial vision and division as the uprising in Ferguson. We learn to connect contemporary events to historical processes, and individual experiences to institutional policies, exercising a sociological imagination with the potential to not only analyze, but transform the status quo.Ruha BenjaminRPP, AACLSociologySA
AAS 242, ENG 242, GSS 242, LAS 242Other Futures: An Introduction to Modern Caribbean LiteratureThis course introduces students to major theories and debates within the study of Caribbean literature and culture with a particular focus on the idea of catastrophe. Reading novels and poetry that address the historical loss and injustices that have given shape to the modern Caribbean, we will explore questions of race, gender, and sexuality and pay considerable attention to the figure of the black body caught in the crosscurrents of a catastrophic history. We will analyze how writers and artists attempted to construct alternative images of the future from the histories of slavery and colonialism that haunt the Caribbean and its diasporas.Nijah CunninghamAACL, GREEnglish, Gender and Sexuality Studies, Latin American StudiesLA
AAS 245, ART 245Harlem Renaissance and Black Arts MovementsThis course surveys important moments in 20th-Century African American art from the Harlem Renaissance in the 1920s to the 1960s Black Arts movement. Our close studies of the work of major artists will be accompanied by examination of influential theories and ideologies of blackness during two key moments of black racial consciousness in the United States. We shall cover canonical artists and writers such as Aaron Douglas, James van der Zee, William H. Johnson, Jacob Lawrence, Romare Bearden, Faith Ringgold, Betye Saar, W. E. B. Du Bois, Alain Locke, James Porter and Jeff Donaldson.Chika O. Okeke-AguluAACLArt & ArchaeologyLA
AAS 247, POL 363The New Jim Crow - US Crime Policy from Constitutional Formation to FergusonThis course explores the political development of America's racially disparate punishment regime. We trace the history of US crime policy, moving through US constitutional formation, Reconstruction and lynch law, and Jim Crow punishment in the South and urban North. We focus on punishment in post-civil rights America, and we devote special attention to policing, the death penalty, and the interconnected wars on crime, drugs, immigration, and terror. Our overarching goal is to understand the political construction of crime, colorblindness, and legitimate state violence.Naomi MurakawaRPPPoliticsSA
AAS 274, COM 274Growing up Global: Novels and Memoirs of Transnational ChildhoodsWhat if the real answer to the question "Where are you from?" or "Where did you grow up?" is so complicated that you tend to give a convenient rather than honest answer? This course will explore narratives of youthful cultural and linguistic adaptation by those who have spent their childhood crossing national boundaries. Among the topics of discussion are how the narrators construct meaningful identities and produce a sense of belonging or alienation through narrative.Wendy Laura BelcherGRE, AACLComparative LiteratureLA
AAS 300Junior Seminar: Research and Writing in African American StudiesAs a required course for AAS concentrators, this junior seminar introduces students to theories and methods of research design in African American Studies. Drawing on a wide-ranging methodological toolkit from the humanities and social sciences, students will learn to reflect on the ethical and political dimensions of original research in order to produce knowledge that is intellectually and socially engaged. This is a writing-intensive seminar with weekly essay assignments.Joshua Guild, Naomi MurakawaSA
AAS 301, SOC 367Black to the Future: Science, Fiction, and SocietyDesigner Babies. Ancestry Tests. Organ Regeneration. Biometric Surveillance. These and more comprise our 21st century landscape. This interdisciplinary course examines the values and politics that shape science, medicine, and technology, asking who bears the risk and who reaps the benefit of innovations? Social inequality is legitimized, in part, by myths about human difference. And while course participants grapple with past and present stories that shape science and technology, we also apply a sociological imagination to the future, exploring how contemporary hopes and fears may give rise to "real utopias" that are more equitable and just.Ruha BenjaminRPP, AACLSociologySA
AAS 302, SOC 303, ANT 378, GHP 302Political Bodies: The Social Anatomy of Power and DifferenceStudents will learn about the human body in its social, cultural and political contexts. The framing is sociological rather than biomedical, attentive to cultural meanings, institutional practices, politics and social problems. The course explicitly discusses bodies in relation to race, class, gender, sexuality, ability, age, health, geography and citizenship status, carefully examining how social differences come to appear natural. Analyzing clinics, prisons, border zones, virtual realities and more, students develop a conceptual toolkit to analyze how society "gets under the skin", producing differential exposure to premature death.Ruha BenjaminRPPSociology, Anthropology, Global HealthSA
AAS 303Topics in Global Race & Ethnicity: From Haiti to Ferguson: The Global Black Freedom StruggleThis seminar surveys the global and historical dimensions of the black freedom struggle beginning with the Haitian Revolution. Course readings challenge students to reflect on the contingent nature of identity and power as experienced by people of African descent living on different continents over the course of two centuries. Meanwhile, class assignments facilitate practice with critical thinking, civic engagement, and different forms of communication, including oral history, blog posts, and exhibit design.Jessica A. LevyGREHA
AAS 304, HUM 303History of Black CaptivityThis course explores the intellectual history of black captivity. We begin by analyzing how black political prisoners have been understood as symbols, while also paying close attention to how scientific racism not only legitimized black captivity, but also modern captivity in general. Students then concentrate on examining the transition from the notion of slave captivity to the premeditated containment of black bodies through criminalization, exploitation, human experimentation, and alienation. Lastly, we address how black social movements have used "captivity" as a trope within discourses of resistance and restorative justice.Dannelle Gutarra CorderoGRE, RPPHumanistic StudiesHA
AAS 305, REL 391, MUS 354, AMS 355The History of Black Gospel MusicThis course will trace the history of black gospel music from its origins in the American South, to its modern origins in 1930s Chicago, and into the 1990s mainstream. Critically analyzing various compositions and the artists that performed them, we will explore the ways the music has reflected and reproached the extant cultural climate. We will be particularly concerned with the four major historical eras from which black gospel music developed: the slave era; Reconstruction; the Great Migration, and the era of Civil Rights.Wallace D. BestAACLReligion, American StudiesLA
AAS 306, AMS 305Topics in Race & Public Policy: Radical Subjects: Race & DeportationThis seminar critically explores the historical practice of deportation in the United States both past and present, looking at how our ideas of human rights, freedom, and belonging intersect with racial and national ideologies. We will work through a wide archive of literature, theory, and art, drawing important connections between the political geographies, experiences, and responses of Indigenous Americans, Black dissidents and Mexican deportees. This study of removal will help us to reflect on the contemporary moment of global mass migrations when humans are increasingly managed through preventative policing, detention, and deportation.Olivia MenaRPP, GREAmerican StudiesHA
AAS 313, LAS 377, HIS 213Modern Caribbean HistoryThis course will explore the major issues that have shaped the Caribbean since 1791, including: colonialism and revolution, slavery and abolition, migration and diaspora, economic inequality, and racial hierarchy. We will examine the Caribbean through a comparative approach--thinking across national and linguistic boundaries--with a focus on Cuba, Jamaica, Puerto Rico, Haiti, and the Dominican Republic. While our readings and discussions will foreground the islands of the Greater Antilles, we will also consider relevant examples from the circum-Caribbean and the Caribbean diaspora as points of comparison.Reena N. GoldthreeGRELatin American Studies, HistoryHA
AAS 314, COM 396Model Memoirs: The Life Stories of International Fashion ModelsExplores the life-writing of American, African, and Asian women in the fashion industry as a launching point for thinking about race, gender, and class. How do ethnicity and femininity intersect? How are authenticity and difference commodified? How do women construct identities through narrative and negotiate their relationships to their bodies, families, and nations? Includes guest lectures by fashion editors and models; discussions of contemporary television programs, global fashion, and cultural studies; and student self-narratives about their relationships with cultural standards of beauty, whether vexed or not.Imani PerryGRE, AACLComparative LiteratureLA
AAS 318, REL 318, GSS 375Black Women and the Spiritual NarrativeThis course will analyze the narrative accounts of African American women since the nineteenth century. Working from the hypothesis that religious metaphor and symbolism have figured prominently in black women's writing (and writing about black women)across literary genres, we will explore the various ways black women have used their narratives not only to disclose the intimacies of their religious faith, but also to understand and to critique their social context. We will discuss the themes, institutions, and structures that have traditionally shaped black women's experiences, as well as the theologies black women have developed in response.Wallace D. BestAACLReligionLA
AAS 319, LAS 368, GSS 356Caribbean Women's HistoryThis seminar investigates the historical experiences of women in the Caribbean from the era of European conquest to the late twentieth century. We will examine how shifting conceptions of gender, sexuality, race, class, and the body have shaped understandings of womanhood and women's rights. We will engage a variety of sources - including archival documents, films, newspaper accounts, feminist blogs, music, and literary works - in addition to historical scholarship and theoretical texts. The course will include readings on the Spanish-, English-, and French-speaking Caribbean as well as the Caribbean diaspora.Reena N. GoldthreeGRELatin American Studies, Gender and Sexuality StudiesHA
AAS 320, ENG 363, AMS 384Islands In The Sun: Caribbean LiteratureFrom the "Chigro" henchmen of James Bond's Jamaica to Edwidge Danticat and Junot Diaz's Haitian, Dominican Caribbean collusion, to the ethics of all-inclusive resorts in the Caribbean and offshore banking, this seminar explores the islands through their literature, films, photography, and the music of Mighty Sparrow and Bob Marley. More than simply a vacation paradise, at the center of the Caribbean is the legacy of European colonialism, African enslavement, and Indian and Chinese indenture. Students will produce a seminar soundtrack, selecting relevant songs each week, which will be mixed into a collective track as part of the final.Taigh Leigh GoffeGRE, AACLEnglish, American StudiesLA
AAS 321, REL 321Black Power and its Theology of LiberationThis course examines the various pieties of the Black Power era. We chart the explicit and implicit utopian visions of the politics of the period that, at once, criticized established black religious institutions and articulated alternative ways of imagining salvation. We also explore the attempt by black theologians to translate the prophetic black church tradition into the idiom of black power. Our aim is to keep in view the significance of the Black Power era for understanding the changing role and place of black religion in black public life.Eddie GlaudeAACLReligionHA
AAS 322, LAO 322, LAS 301, AMS 323Afro-Diasporic Dialogues: Black Activism in Latin America and the United StatesThis course investigates how people of African descent in the Americas have forged social, political, and cultural ties across geopolitical and linguistic boundaries. We will interrogate the transnational dialogue between African Americans and Afro-Latin Americans using case studies from Brazil, Cuba, Haiti, and Puerto Rico. We will explore how black activists and artists from the US have partnered with people of color in Latin America and the Caribbean to challenge racism and economic inequality, while also considering why efforts to mobilize Afro-descendants across the Americas have often been undermined by mutual misunderstandings.Reena N. GoldthreeGRELatino Studies, Latin American Studies, American StudiesHA
AAS 323, AMS 321Diversity in Black AmericaAs the demographics of Blacks in America change, we are compelled to rethink the dominant stories of who African Americans are, and from whence they come. The seminar explores the deep cultural, genealogical, national origin, regional, and class-based diversity of people of African descent in the United States.Imani PerryAACL, GREAmerican StudiesSA
AAS 325, ENG 393, REL 366African American AutobiographyHighlights the autobiographical tradition of African Americans from the antebellum period to the present as symbolic representations of African American material, social, and intellectual history and as narrative quests of self-development. Students will be introduced to basic methods of literary analysis and criticism, specifically focusing on cultural criticism and psychoanalytic theory on the constructed self.Albert RaboteauAACLEnglish, ReligionLA
AAS 327, ENG 379, GSS 368Masters of the 20th Century: Lorraine HansberryThis special topics course will focus on artists and intellectuals whose corpus reflects and illuminates 20th century African American life. Lorraine Hansberry, the first African American female playwright to have a play open on Broadway, explored a series of critical themes in her work, including: race, migration, colonialism, gender and social class. In addition to having a distinguished career as a playwright, Hansberry was an activist and advocate for gender and racial justice. Students will study her published and unpublished plays, essays and poetry, as well as relevant social and cultural history and literary criticism.Imani PerryAACLEnglish, Gender and Sexuality StudiesLA
AAS 328, LAS 352Slavery and Emancipation in Latin America and the CaribbeanThis course explores the history of African slavery in Latin America and the Caribbean from the beginning of the transatlantic slave trade in the early sixteenth century to Brazilian emancipation in 1888. The course will focus on the lived experiences of enslaved Africans, while also examining the broader social, political, legal, and cultural contexts. The assigned materials will include a variety of written primary and secondary sources, films, and visual images.Reena N. GoldthreeGRELatin American StudiesHA
AAS 330, HIS 455Black Metropolis: African American Urban HistoryIn this seminar, we will examine historically the transformation of African Americans from a population rooted in the rural South to one overwhelmingly located in the cities of the North and West. Beginning in the period following the Civil War, and spanning the course of the twentieth century, we will explore critically the impact of urbanization on African American social relations, political expression, family life, and cultural production. Throughout the course we will be concerned not only with the "where" and "who" of the migration narrative, but the "how" and the "why" as well.Joshua GuildAACL, RPPHistoryHA
AAS 332, REL 332The Nation of Islam in AmericaThis course will explore the various meanings attributed to Nation of Islam (NOI) cultural and religious practices. Of particular concern will be the ways in which the NOI¿s ideological structure has allowed it to function both as a "black nationalist" and religious body. Students will spend time examining the lives of such figures as Wallace D. Fard, Elijah Muhammad, Malcolm X, and Louis Farrakhan. Other themes covered include: women and the NOI, the return to Orthodoxy, the NOI and black Christianity, and the NOI and political power. Two lectures, one preceptorial.Wallace D. BestAACL, GREReligionLA
AAS 338, AFS 338African Vampires, Zombies, and Other Political PhantomsIn this class, we will explore literature and films about African vampires, witches, zombies, mermaids, and ghosts as a way of thinking about how Africa is constructed in the global imagination as well as how African and African diasporic artists use magic to analyze the dynamics of power. In this interdisciplinary anthropology, political science, literature and history course, students will be introduced to several bodies of literature (twentieth-century African American and Francophone fiction; twenty-first century African science fiction; West African popular film); as well as the latest in theorizing about magic, culture, and the state.Wendy Laura BelcherGREAfrican StudiesLA
AAS 341, ART 375Enter the New Negro: Black Atlantic AestheticsThis course traces the development of artistic modernisms in the African diaspora from the second half of the nineteenth-century into the mid twentieth century. Incorporating visits to art collections, the course examines the aesthetic theories of Black artists and writers, their subjects and the expressive forms they sought to describe. Tracing the ways these artists engaged with the emerging debates and dialogues of Western modernism, the course uses these cross cultural dynamics, what Kobena Mercer has termed “cosmopolitan modernisms,” to centralize the visionary, transnational, modernity of artists in the African diaspora.Anna Arabindan-KessonGREArt & ArchaeologyLA
AAS 342, COM 394, AFS 342Sisters' Voices: African Women WritersIn this class, we study the richness and diversity of poetry, novels, and memoirs written by African women. The course expands students' understanding of the long history of women's writing across Africa and a range of languages. It focuses on their achievements while foregrounding questions of aesthetics and style. As an antidote to misconceptions of African women as silent, students analyze African women's self-representations and how they theorize social relations within and across ethnic groups, generations, classes, and genders. The course increase students' ability to think, speak, and write critically about gender.Wendy Laura BelcherGREComparative Literature, African StudiesLA
AAS 345, ENG 358Sonic Fugitives: The Soundscapes of the African-American Literary TraditionThis course will explore the rich interplay between sound and literature in nineteenth and twentieth-century African-American letters. Historically denied the right to literacy and education, African-Americans have utilized sound, primarily in the form of music and orature, as a mode of protest and an expression of freedom, subjectivity, citizenship, and national belonging. In this course we will explore the ways in which African-American writers have drawn on this rich sonic tradition to make political claims about race, gender, class, region, nation, and cultural identity.Jarvis McInnisAACLEnglishLA
AAS 347, VIS 337Art School @ African American Studies: Process, Discourse, InfrastructureCombining actual making with art criticism and an examination of the circulation of contemporary art, particularly the of work of black artists, this seminar is structured around fundamental art concepts such as line, color, illustration, abstraction, multiples, beauty, and meaning. Given the historical centrality in African American art of representations of black bodies, the course pays special attention to figuration and portraiture. Its aim is not to make skilled artists, but to provide a materials-based, tactile experience of art making and its evaluation.Nell PainterAACLVisual ArtsLA
AAS 348Black Popular Music CultureAn introduction to major historical, theoretical, performative, and aesthetic movements and trends in black popular music culture from the 19th century through the present day.Joshua GuildAACLLA
AAS 349, ART 364Seeing To Remember: Representing Slavery Across the Black AtlanticThe class explores the historical representation of slavery and its contemporary manifestations in art of the Black diaspora. It pays particular attention to the different ways that art objects, institutions and monuments narrate these histories and considers why slavery remains relatively invisible in public art, in public monuments, and as a subject for national institutions in the US. Students will have the opportunity to work closely with objects held in collections at Princeton, go on field trips and learn from visiting artists and curators. Their final assignment will be the construction of a digital exhibitionAnna Arabindan-KessonGRE, AACLArt & ArchaeologyLA
AAS 350, SOC 362Rats, Riots and Revolution: Housing in the Metropolitan United StatesThis class examines the history of urban and suburban housing in the twentieth century US. We will examine the relationship between postwar suburban development as a corollary to the "underdevelopment" of American cities contributing to what scholars have described as the "urban crisis" of the 1960s. Housing choice and location were largely shaped by discriminatory practices in the real estate market, thus, the course explores the consequences of the relationship between public policy and private institutions in shaping the metropolitan area including after the passage of federal anti-housing discrimination legislation in the late 1960s.Keeanga-Yamahtta TaylorRPPSociologyHA
AAS 351, GSS 351Law, Social Policy, and African American WomenJourneying from enslavement and Jim Crow to the post-civil rights era, this course will learn how law and social policy have shaped, constrained, and been resisted by black women's experience and thought. Using a wide breadth of materials including legal scholarship, social science research, visual arts, and literature, we will also develop an understanding of how property, the body, and the structure and interpretation of domestic relations have been frameworks through which black female subjectivity in the United States was and is mediated.Imani PerryRPP, GRE, AACLGender and Sexuality StudiesSA
AAS 353, ENG 353African American Literature: Origins to 1910This introductory course focuses on black literature and literary culture from the mid-18th century to the early 20th; it will cover the poetry of Phillis Wheatley and Paul L. Dunbar; the political oratory of Sojourner Truth and David Walker; slave narratives by Frederick Douglass and Harriet Jacobs; non- fiction prose by W. E. B. Du Bois and Anna Julia Cooper; and Frances Harper's and James Weldon Johnson's novels. In readings, assignments, and discussions, we will explore the unique cultural contexts, aesthetic debates, and socio-political forces that surround the production of an early African American literary tradition.Autumn M. WomackAACL, GREEnglishLA
AAS 358, REL 379, GSS 359Sexuality and Religion in AmericaSexuality has long been a contested and contentious issue within American religions, yet only recently have scholars and practitioners begun to forthrightly address it. This course will explore the emerging literature on sexuality and religion as a way to understand how approaches to sex and sexuality within "sacred spaces" have shaped private behavior and public opinion. We will give particular attention to American Evangelical and Catholic religious expressions for the way they have been especially influential in framing (and inhibiting) sexual discourse and practices in the US and throughout the world.Wallace D. BestAACLReligion, Gender and Sexuality StudiesSA
AAS 359, ENG 366African American Literature: Harlem Renaissance to PresentA survey of twentieth- and twenty-first century African American literature, including the tradition's key aesthetic manifestos. Special attention to how modern African American literature is periodized and why certain innovations in genre and style emerged when they did. Poetry, essays, novels, popular fiction, a stage production or two, and related visual texts.Kinohi NishikawaAACLEnglishLA
AAS 362, WWS 497, POL 338Race and the American Legal Process: Emancipation to the Voting Rights ActThis course examines the dynamic and often conflicted relationships between African American struggles for inclusion, and the legislative, administrative, and judicial decision-making responding to or rejecting those struggles, from Reconstruction to the passage of the Voting Rights Act. In tracing these relationships we will cover issues such as property, criminal law, suffrage, education, and immigration, with a focus on the following theoretical frameworks: equal protection, due process, civic participation and engagement, and political recognition.Imani PerryRPP, AACL, GREWoodrow Wilson School, PoliticsSA
AAS 363, ENG 439, AMS 362Blackness and MediaWorking across a range of sites (film, photography, literature, newsprint, music) this course thinks critically about media, blackness, and social life. In the service of expanding our conceptions of media, we will draw together unlikely titles and works from the 19th, 20th, and 21st centuries. How, we will ask, has media has been the site where blackness gets communicated, created, negotiated, and re-imagined? How does blackness operate as both a media and medium? And, how do black writers, thinkers, and artists negotiate the formal limits of media, and what might this reveal about black aesthetics?Autumn M. WomackAACLEnglish Studies, American StudiesLA
AAS 365, REL 362, ENG 394Migration and the Literary ImaginationThis course will explore the various meanings of The Great Migration and mobility found in 20th century African American literature. Through careful historical and literary analysis, we will examine the significant impact migration has had on African American writers and the ways it has framed their literary representations of modern black life.Wallace D. BestAACLReligion, EnglishLA
AAS 366, HIS 386African American History to 1863This course explores African-American history from the Atlantic slave trade up to the Civil War. It is centrally concerned with the rise of and overthrow of human bondage and how they shaped the modern world. Africans were central to the largest and most profitable forced migration in world history. They shaped new identities and influenced the contours of American politics, law, economics, culture and society. The course considers the diversity of experiences in this formative period of nation-making. Race, class, gender, region, religion, labor, and resistance animate important themes in the course.Tera HunterAACLHistoryHA
AAS 367, HIS 387African American History Since EmancipationOffers an introduction to the major themes, critical questions, and pivotal moments in post emancipation African American history. Traces the social, political, cultural, intellectual, and legal contours of the black experience in the United States from Reconstruction to the rise of Jim Crow, through the World Wars, Depression, and the Great Migrations, to the long civil rights era and the contemporary period of racial politics. Using a wide variety of texts, images, and creative works, the course situates African American history within broader national and international contexts.Joshua GuildAACL, GREHistory, Woodrow Wilson SchoolHA
AAS 368, REL 368, POL 424Topics in African American Religion: Black Religion and the Harlem RenaissanceThe Harlem Renaissance of the 1920s is most often depicted as "the flowering of African American arts and literature." It can also be characterized as a period when diverse forms of African American religious expressions, ideologies, and institutions emerged. This course will explore the literature of the Harlem Renaissance, particularly the writings of Langston Hughes, to understand the pivotal intersection of race and religion during this time of black "cultural production."Wallace D. BestAACL, RPPReligion, PoliticsEM
AAS 370, AMS 374Policing Racial Order: The History of U.S. Police Power from Slave Patrols to DronesThis course investigates the role of police power in reinforcing or challenging racial order in all of its economic, spatial, and gendered manifestations. We pay particular attention to the ways in which commonplace notions of safety and security develop in relation to the history of territorial expansion, war, wealth accumulation, and the racialized distribution of private property.Naomi MurakawaRPPAmerican StudiesSA
AAS 372, ART 374, AMS 372Postblack: Contemporary African American ArtAs articulated by Thelma Golden, postblack refers to the work of African American artists who emerged in the 1990s with ambitious, irreverent, and sassy work. Postblack suggests the emergence of a generation of artists removed from the long tradition of black affirmation of the Harlem Renaissance, black empowerment of the Black Arts movement, and identity politics of the 1980s and early 90s. This seminar involves critical and theoretical readings on multiculturalism, race, identity, and contemporary art, and will provide an opportunity for a deep engagement with the work of African American artists of the past decade.Chika O. Okeke-AguluGRE, AACLArt & Archaeology, American StudiesLA
AAS 375, PSY 375Social Stigma: On Being a Target of PrejudiceIndividuals subject to social stigma possess, or are believed to possess, an attribute that marks them as members of a group that is devalued within a particular social context. In this course we will attempt to understand the psychological impact of being stigmatized by reading and discussing social psychological research and theories that illustrate central ideas and debates on this topic. Specifically, we will examine how social stigma affects academic performance, health, interpersonal interactions and self-understanding, as well as how people cope with stigma.Stacey SinclairRPP, AACLPsychologySA
AAS 380, AMS 382Public Policy in the U.S. Racial StateThis course explores how ideas and discourses about race shape how public policy is debated, adopted, and implemented. Black social movements and geopolitical considerations prompted multiple public policy responses to racial discrimination throughout the twentieth century. Despite these policy responses, discrimination persists, raising theoretical concerns about the dynamics of inclusion and exclusion, political representation, the role of the state (meaning government or law) in promoting social justice, and the role of social movements and civil society in democratizing policymaking and addressing group oppression.Keeanga-Yamahtta TaylorRPPAmerican StudiesEM
AAS 386, AMS 386Race and the CityRace and the City examines how the politics of race and racialization shaped the development of American cities over the course of the 20th century. The course cover a diverse array of topics including: ghettoization, urban renewal, the creation of public housing, popular music (Jazz, Motown, Hip Hop), public art and graffiti, literature of urbanity, the fair housing movement, deindustrialization and gentrification. We will have particular foci on the following cities: Chicago, Detroit, Atlanta, Los Angeles and Philadelphia.Imani PerryAACL, RPPAmerican StudiesSA
AAS 392, AAS 392Topics in African American LiteratureA historical overview of black literary expression from the 19th century to present day. Will emphasize a critical and analytical approach to considering the social, cultural, and political dimensions of African American literature.Nijah CunninghamAACLEnglishLA
AAS 404, GSS 419, POL 429Intersectional Activisms and Movements for Social JusticeExamines the role of intersectionality roots as a political intervention growing out of and based in movement politics. Begins with early articulations of intersectional perspectives on the part of Black feminists and feminists of colour, emphasizing its movement roots. Examines empirical research about social movements and political activism, focusing on scholarship that considers both the potential of and the challenges to movements that try to address the imbrication of racial inequalities with other forms of marginalization and domination, including (though not limited to) heteropatriarchy, capitalism, ableism, and the carceral state.Dara StrolovitchRPPGender and Sexuality Studies, PoliticsSA
AAS 411, ART 471, AFS 411Art, Apartheid, and South AfricaApartheid, the political doctrine of separation of races in South Africa (1948-1990), dominated the (South) African political discourse in the second half of the 20th century. While it lasted, art and visual cultures were marshaled in the defense and contestation of its ideologies. Since the end of Apartheid, artists, filmmakers, dramatists, and scholars continue to reexamine the legacies of Apartheid, and the social, philosophical, and political conditions of non-racialized South Africa. Course readings examine issues of race, nationalism and politics, art and visual culture, and social memory in South Africa.Chika O. Okeke-AguluGREArt & Archaeology, African StudiesLA
AAS 442, AFS 442, COM 425African Radical Thought and Revolutionary Youth CultureAfrican thought continues to be marginalized, even though radical black intellectuals have shaped a number of social movements and global intellectual history. African youths are innovating new models they are revolutionizing the sciences, law, social and visual media, fashion, etc. In this class, we read classics of African thought and study contemporary African youth culture together to theorize what is happening in Africa today. This includes reading such African theorists as Frantz Fanon, V. Y. Mudimbe, and Achille Mbembe, and researching innovations in contemporary urban popular culture.Wendy Laura BelcherGREAfrican Studies, Comparative LiteratureLA
AAS 477, HIS 477The Civil Rights MovementThis interdisciplinary course examines the evolution of African American social and political mobilization from World War II through the 1970s. Through an analysis of historical scholarship, oral history, sermons, works of literature, film and music, it explores the various ways that African Americans articulated their political demands and affirmed their citizenship using the church, grassroots organizations, workers' rights, feminism, education, war, the federal bureaucracy, and the law as tools for political action. The course also considers the ways these movements have been remembered, memorialized, and appropriated in more recent times.Joshua GuildAACLHistoryHA
AAS 481, ENG 429The African American Atlantic: Modernity and the Black ExperienceExamines the formation and transformation of the Black Atlantic World from the 18th century to the present. Through an examination of a range of literary texts, historical documents, and visual media, the course will consider how the Atlantic Ocean, often associated with the violence and pain of slavery, also became the stage in which new black identities were constructed. How did blacks in the new world imagine themselves as modern subjects? How have African, African American, and Caribbean writers and intellectuals imagined global citizenship? There will be a visit to Ghana during the spring break.Simon GikandiGRE, AACLEnglishLA
AAS 499, ENG 499, AMS 499Theoretical Approaches in Black StudiesThis course stages a critical survey of key theoretical approaches and debates that have shaped the contemporary discourse of black studies. We will read recent works by scholars who take up what is casually referred to as “the study of blackness” from different vantage points such as black feminist theory, postcolonial criticism, afro-pessimism, queer-of- color critique, and black radicalism. The course particularly focuses on the question of criticism as it emerges within this discursive field and demonstrates how topics like the archive, citationality, and style provide alternate ways of thinking theory and the project of black studies.Nijah CunninghamAACLEnglish, American StudiesEC
AAS 500African American Intellectual TraditionThis interdisciplinary seminar introduces graduate students to African-American intellectual traditions. Reading across disciplines and genres, we will engage theories and histories of racial formation, racial capitalism, slavery and empire, social movements, and cultural representation. Particular attention will be paid to black radicalism, to the ways various thinkers have imagined the relationship between theory and praxis, and to black intellectual activity as a dynamic site of both critique and knowledge production.Eddie Glaude, Joshua Guild500-Level
AAS 506, REL 514, GSS 506Sexuality and Religion in AmericaThe course examines the crucial relationship between sexuality and American religion, particularly in Catholic and Protestant Christian traditions. We focus particularly on the way in which religiously informed notions of sex and sexuality have touched every area of American life, including popular culture, politics, and the law. Lastly, we interrogate issues of sexual policing, sexual freedom, race and sexulaity ("the closet" and "down low" performance and practice), the limits of desire, Christian ethics, homosexuality, and the politics of sexuality.Wallace D. Best500-LevelReligion, Gender and Sexuality Studies
AAS 510, REL 515Race, Religion and the Harlem RenaissanceThe Harlem Renaissance (HR) of the 1920s is most often depicted as "the flowering of African American arts and literature." It can also be characterized as a period when diverse forms of African American religious expressions, ideologies, and institutions emerged. This course explores the literature of the Harlem Renaissance, particularly the writings of Langston Hughes, to understand the pivotal intersection of race and religion during this time of black "cultural production."Wallace D. Best500-LevelReligion
AAS 514, COM 509, SPA 596Empire, Slavery, and Salvation: Blackness in the Atlantic WorldAn exploration of portrayals of blackness in literature, travel writing, painting, and autobiography from Spain, England, and the Americas. Students become versed in debates surrounding the emergence of human distinctions based on religion, race, and ethnicity in the early modern era as they analyze a variety of historical representations of blackness. Understanding these debates and the history surrounding them is crucial to participating in informed discussion, research, and activism regarding issues of race, empire, and colonialism across time and space.Larissa Brewer-García500-LevelComparative Literature, Spanish and Portuguese
AAS 522, COM 522, ENG 504, GSS 503Publishing Articles in Race, Gender, and Sexuality StudiesIn this interdisciplinary class, students of race and gender read deeply and broadly in academic journals as a way of learning the debates in their fields and placing their scholarship in relationship to them. Students report each week on the trends in the last five years of any journal of their choice, writing up the articles' arguments and debates, while also revising a paper in relationship to those debates and preparing it for publication. This course enables students to leap forward in their scholarly writing through a better understanding of their fields and the significance of their work to them.Wendy Laura Belcher500-LevelComparative Literature, English, Gender and Sexuality Studies
AAS 525Law and the Study of RaceThis is a graduate level seminar for students who want to use case law, legislation and legal history as a means of examining race and ethnicity in the Americas in the fields of literature, history, cultural studies, and sociology.Imani Perry500-Level
AAS 526The Politics and Aesthetics of Black Queer FormationsThis graduate seminar will analyze diasporic black queer cultures as political and philosophical engagements. In doing so, the course intervenes into three long-standing theoretical formulations--the senses, the associations, and politics, categories that have been famously examined by thinkers such as Aristotle, Spinoza, Hume, Kant, and Saussure. The course looks at how black queer artists and activists rearticulated these formulations as they engaged the exigencies of neoliberal state and economic formations.Roderick Ferguson500-Level
AAS 527, ENG 527From Passing to Post-Racial: American Literature on the Color LineAmerican literature's ambivalent relationship with racial difference has produced many of its most memorable texts. And, perhaps unsurprisingly, that ambivalence has often been figured in the conceit of the passing novel. In this seminar we read literature by white and black authors from both ends of the Jim Crow era - passing novels from the Nadir and Modernist periods, and the neo-passing novels of the so-called "post-racial" moment - to assess the once and future vitality of what Toni Morrison has called the "Afro-American presence in American literature." Readings are supplemented with contemporary critical theory.Christopher Brown500-LevelEnglish
AAS 555Toni Morrison: Texts and ContextsThis course will provide a critical overview of the writings of Toni Morrison. Close reading, cultural analysis, intertextuality, social theory and the African American literary tradition will be emphasized.Imani Perry500-Level
AFS 303Governing Post-Colonial Africa: Family, Religion, and the StateThis seminar addresses today's post-colonial Africa. It examines structural responses and strategies developed by African nations and communities upon insertion into the global political and economic world. What are these structural strategies? What traditional and or modern resources have African nations and communities utilized? What state are they in now? Themes to be investigated include political, social and religious structures, global economic interaction and women in society. The character of Africa before modern nationhood will form the backdrop to discussions of Africa as we know it today.Christiana AgawuGRE, RPPAfrican StudiesSA
AFS 320, ANT 421The Resources Curse and Development in AfricaThis course examines the relationship between natural resource wealth and development in Africa. The dominant discourse on resource wealth on the continent has largely been associated with the resource curse. The construction and reproduction of the resource curse thesis is explored, particularly against the backdrop of the recent resource boom and scramble on the continent, and the changes that have occurred in Africa's resource-rich economies. It seeks to address the following questions. Is resource endowment inimical to development in Africa? What causes the resource curse in Africa? How can the resource curse be overcome in Africa?Godwin OnuohaGRE, RPPAfrican Studies, AnthropologySA
AFS 427Conflict in AfricaExamines selected aspects on conflict in Africa. The concept "conflict" is used to mean organized and/or collective political violence that causes the death of about 1,000 people per year. The course will focus on the following issues: analytical debates about conflicts in Africa; actors/participants such as guerrillas, warlords, and child soldiers; continental politics about conflict; the politics of humanitarian intervention; wars in the Great Lakes Region; the war and warlords of West Africa; the genocide in Rwanda, and the aftermath of wars, especially those of Southern Africa.Annette SeegersGRE, RPPAfrican Studies
AMS 311Education and InequalityIn Education and Inequality, students examine the relationship between inequality and public schooling in the United States. Students explore the educational practices and organizational structures through which inequality is produced and reproduced inside schools and how social class, race, ethnicity, gender, and other social differences shape educational outcomes. Additionally, we consider students' different experiences in schools and the ways in which individuals and groups respond to inequality. With a few exceptions, the focus is on K-12 public education with emphasis on urban schools in low-income communities.Kathleen NolanRPPAmerican StudiesSA
AMS 315, AAS 309, MTD 315, THR 344Race and the American Musical from Minstrelsy to HamiltonThis seminar explores how and why race is a key component of the Broadway musical theatre. From 19th-century minstrel shows, in which African American performers "blacked up" to play black characters previously performed by whites in blackface; to the mid-20th century "golden age" musicals of Rodgers and Hammerstein, in which Asian characters were created to support a white liberal agenda; to the blockbuster Hamilton, which merges musical theatre conventions and hip hop to re-tell the story of America, performances of race and ethnicity structure the American musical's aesthetic and political work. How did we get from there to here?Stacy WolfAACLAmerican Studies, Music Theater, TheaterLA
AMS 334, AAS 335Decolonizing America: A Seminar in Black WorldmakingThis seminar asks its participants to think critically about notions of American dominance, American exceptionalism, and indeed about American power, through the critical lenses of race, gender and decoloniality. We move back and forth across temporalities and social spaces thinking about what kinds of American futures African Americans imagined in the past, and what kinds of futures feel possible in the present. The course uses scholarly readings, science fiction, poetry, film, television, and popular music as a way to understand how Black people in America try to live out a daily disposition toward the decolonial.Brittney CooperAACLAmerican StudiesLA
AMS 342, HIS 442Race, Racism and Politics in Twentieth-Century AmericaIn this seminar, we will explore the relationship between race, racism and politics throughout twentieth-century America. Topics will include segregation; immigration and assimilation; the role of racial politics in World War II and the Cold War; the civil rights movement and white massive resistance; Black Power and the white backlash; and contemporary politics up to the election of Barack Obama.Kevin KruseRPP, AACLHistoryHA
AMS 360, AAS 360Afro-Asian MasculinitiesThis course undertakes a comparative, cross-cultural analysis of African American and Asian American social formations. In doing so, it aims to highlight when and how seemingly distinct racial and ethnic experiences have come together on matters of labor, citizenship, international politics, and especially gender and sexual ideology. It attends to cross-cultural dialogue as well: for example, in the martial arts (Bruce Lee) and hip hop (Wu-Tang Clan). The course offers a unique opportunity to bring ethnic studies, black studies, and gender studies into dynamic conversation.Kinohi NishikawaGREAmerican StudiesSA
AMS 379, GSS 349Race and Living LaboratoriesIn this course we will trace the intersecting discourses of race, nation, and disease throughout US history. We will examine various “living laboratories” or sites of state-sanctioned medical experimentation on populations deemed to harbor disease. In doing so, we will consider the ways in which science has shaped (and continues to shape) the meaning of race as well as other categories of social difference.Tala KhanmalekRPPAmerican Studies, Gender and Sexuality StudiesSA
AMS 395, THR 395, AAS 395, HIS 296Performing the City: Race and Protest in 1960s Trenton and PrincetonThrough original research and creative process, this seminar immerses students in overlapping histories of race, protest, political mobilization and violence in 1960s Trenton and Princeton. Students will contribute to an archive, conduct interviews and make maps, and then use their research to create performance walks on campus and in Trenton. By combining disciplines, the course addresses questions such as: How can we change a place by walking through it with new knowledge? How do the imprints of various, even conflicting histories, impact the built environment? After the semester, students' final project tours will be offered regularly.Alison E. Isenberg, Aaron LandsmanAACLAmerican Studies, Theatre, HistoryLA
AMS 404, ASA 404, LAO 404, THR 404Race and Ethnicity in 20th Century Popular PerformanceThis course offers an intensive introduction to the particular tools, methods and interpretations employed in developing original historical research and writing about race and ethnicity in twentieth century popular performance (film, television, theater). Through collaborative, in-depth excavations of several genre-straddling cultural works, course participants will rehearse relevant methods and theories (of cultural history, of race and ethnicity, of popular culture/performance) and will undertake an independent research project elaborating the course's guiding premise and principles of practice.Brian E. HerreraAmerican Studies, Asian American Studies, Latino Studies, TheaterHA
ANT 210Cross-Cultural Explorations of Gender in Film and Ethnographic TextsThrough visual and written ethnographies, this course will explore cross-cultural conceptions of gender. Specifically, this course will address the relationship between religion, sexuality, and social reproduction; and the salience of gender to issues of oppression, empowerment, and social change.Carolyn RouseGRE, AACL, RPPAnthropologySA
ANT 223, AMS 223, AAS 224, URB 224Policing and Militarization TodayThis class aims to explore transnational issues in policing. Drawing heavily upon anthropological methods and theory, we aim neither to vindicate nor contest the police's right to use force (whether a particular instance was a violation of law), but instead, to contribute to the understanding of force (its forms, justifications, interpretations). The innovative transnational approach to policing developed during the semester will allow for a cross-cultural comparative analysis that explores larger rubrics of policing in a comprehensive social scientific framework. We hope that you are ready to explore these exciting and urgent issues with us.Aisha M. Beliso-De Jesús & Laurence RalphRPPAnthropology, American Studies, Urban StudiesSA
ANT 301The Ethnographer’s CraftWhat are social and cultural facts? And how do we identify these facts using anthropological research methods? This field methods course is for students interested in learning how to work with complex and often contradictory qualitative data. Students will examine how biases and beliefs affect the questions we ask, the data we collect, and our interpretations. Key topics include objectivism, interpretation, reflexivity, participant-observation, translation, and comparison.Carolyn RouseGRE, AACL, RPPAnthropologySA
ANT 304Political AnthropologyA cross-cultural examination of collective action, power, authority and legitimacy. Topics will include the diversity of systems of leadership and decision making, the sociocultural contexts of egalitarianism and hierarchy, contemporary contests over power-sharing and state legitimacy, forms of power outside the state, and human rights struggles.Bridget PurcellRPP, AACL, GREAnthropologySA
ANT 321Ritual, Myth and WorldviewAn exploration of classic and modern theories of religion (belief, ritual, myth, worldview) as they pertain to a cross-cultural understanding of these phenomena.Isabelle Clark-DecesGREAnthropologySA
ANT 322Cross-Cultural TextsThis seminar closely reads descriptive and fictive works replete with cross-cultural representations and juxtaposed histories. What makes a given comparative account--whether colonialist or postcolonialist--compelling? Various genres--ethnographic essays, intense travel narratives, translated tales and myths, and novels--receive concerted attention.James BoonGRE, RPPAnthropologyHA
ANT 350Economic Anthropology and Pop CultureThis course explores the idea of consumerism and commodities in cultural life, particularly as it affects various segments of the American population. Using as background the theory of exchange and the development of both pre-capitalist and capitalist economies, topics will include race and fashion, religion and materialism, and the social value of reciprocity. Students will also engage in a semester-long project aimed at understanding the cultural context of the American desire for things.Carolyn RouseRPPAnthropologySA
ANT 361, AAS 364, GHP 461, GSS 461Disability, Difference, and RaceWhile diseases are often imagined to be scientific or medical conditions, they are also social constructs. In the 19th century the condition of Dysaesthesia Aethiopis (an ailment that made its sufferers "mischievous") was considered nearly universal among free blacks. Today AIDS and tuberculosis are often associated with personal attributes, while the social forces at work to structure risk for acquiring these illnesses are glossed over. We will examine work from anthropologists, sociologists, historians, queer studies scholars and scientists who work on issues of disability to investigate how people challenge contemporary visions of society.Laurence RalphRPPAnthropology, Global Health Program, Gender & Sexuality StudiesEM
ANT 389, AAS 333, AMS 339Religion and Culture: Muslims in AmericaThis course is an introduction to Muslim cultures in the United States. Each week we will draw upon texts from anthropology, sociology, history, and other fields to develop an understanding of the historical and present diversity of Muslim communities in America. The first half of the course provides a survey of Muslim communities in this country from the 17th to the 21st centuries. The second half features a thematic approach to a variety of topics: 9/11, women and gender, religious conversion, interfaith relations, youth, mosques as institutions, and Islamophobia.Aly Kassam-RemtullaAACLAnthropology, American StudiesSA
ANT 403, AAS 403, GHP 403Race and MedicineWhy do certain populations have longer life expectancies? Is it behavior, genes, structural inequalities? And why should the government care? This course unpacks taken-for-granted concepts like race, evidence-based medicine, and even the public health focus on equalizing life expectancies. From questions of racism in the clinic to citizenship and the Affordable Care Act, "Race and Medicine" takes students on a journey of rethinking what constitutes social justice in health care.Cecilia RouseRPPAnthropology, Global HealthEM
ARC 305Urban Studies: Analysis of Contemporary Urban FormStudies of the contemporary problems and process of urban design and physical planning. Analysis of the design and organization of space, activities, movement, and interaction networks of the urban physical environment.Sarah WhitingRPPArchitectureLA
ARC 401Theories of Housing and UrbanismThe seminar will explore theories of urbanism and housing by reading canonical writers who have created distinctive and influential ideas about urbanism and housing from the nineteenth century to the present. The writers are architects, planners, and social scientists. The theories are interdisciplinary. One or two major work will be discussed each week. We will critically evaluate their relevance and significance for architecture now. Topics include: modernism, functionalism and social change; technological futurism; social critiques of urban design, the New Urbanism; the networked city; and sustainable urbanism.Andrew LaingRPPArchitectureSA
ARC 556, AAS 557Microhistory: Toward an Architecture of SlaveryMicrohistory is a specific methodological approach to the study and writing of history. It applies an extremely detailed scale of investigation to any object of inquiry, including a particular person, community, infrastructure, building, map, plan, law, protocol, record, and event. The seminar scrutinizes this methodology, challenges teleological narratives, and examines microhistories around the world and from different historical periods. The aim is to anchor seemingly insignificant circumstances and untapped spaces in order to unravel macro historical tendencies.Samia Henni500-LevelArchitecture
ART 237, AAS 237Modern and Contemporary African ArtThis course examines the range of work by African artists from the colonial period to the era of post-independence. It seeks to familiarize students with modern and contemporary art from Africa by studying forms, ideas, and subject matter that have preoccupied African artists since the mid-20th century. It is also interested in the critical practices that have helped set these artists on the global stage, as well as theoretical structures that might help our understanding of these processes.Chika O. Okeke-AguluGREArt & ArchaeologyLA
ART 242, ARC 242The Experience of Modernity: A Survey of Modern Architecture in the WestAn analysis of the emergence of modern architecture from the late 19th century to World War II, in light of new methodologies. The course will focus not only on major monuments but also on issues of gender, class, and ethnicity to provide a more pluralistic perspective on the experience of modernity. For department majors, this course satisfies the Group 3 distribution requirement.Esther da Costa MeyerAACL, GREArt & Archaeology, ArchitectureLA
ART 260, AAS 260, AFS 260Introduction to African ArtAn introduction to African art and architecture from prehistory to the 20th century. Beginning with Paleolithic rock art of northern and southern Africa, we will cover ancient Nubia and Meroe; Neolithic cultures such as Nok, Djenne and Ife; African kingdoms, including Benin, Asante, Bamun, Kongo, Kuba, Great Zimbabwe, and the Zulu; Christian Ethiopia and the Islamic Swahili coast; and other societies, such as the Sherbro, Igbo, and the Maasai. By combining Africa's cultural history and developments in artistic forms we establish a long historical view of the stunning diversity of the continent's indigenous arts and architecture.Chika O. Okeke-AguluGREArt & Archaeology, African StudiesLA
ART 261, AAS 261, AFS 261Art and Politics in Postcolonial AfricaThis seminar examines the impact of the IMF's Structural Adjustment Program, military dictatorships, and political crises on artistic production in the 1980s, and the dramatic movement of African artists from the margins of the international art world to its very center since the 1990s. How familiar or different are the works and concerns of African artists? What are the consequences, in Africa and the West, of the international success of a few African artists? And what does the work of these Africans at home and in the West tell us about the sociopolitical conditions of our world today?Chika O. Okeke-AguluGRE, AACLArt & Archaeology, African StudiesLA
ART 373, AAS 373History of African American ArtAn introduction to the history of African American art and visual culture from the colonial period to the present. Artists and works of art will be considered in terms of their social, intellectual, and historical contexts. Students will consider artistic practices as they intersect with other cultural spheres, including science, politics, religion, and literature. Topics and readings will be drawn from the field of art history as well as from cultural studies, critical race theory, and the history of the Atlantic world.Anna Arabindan-KessonAACLArt & ArchaeologyLA
ART 378, AAS 377, AMS 372Post-1945 African PhotographyThis course examines the role and status of photography in different phases of Africa's political, cultural and art historical experience since 1945. We explore how African photographers used the photographic medium in the service of the state, society and their own artistic visions during the colonial and post-independence eras. Photography's relationship with art and its social function in Africa will underlie our discussion.Chika O. Okeke-AguluGREArt & Archaeology, American StudiesLA
ART 456Seminar: Contemporary ArtTopics in contemporary painting, sculpture, or criticism in Europe and America since World War II. Prerequisite: a course in the art of this period or instructor's permission.Hal Foster, Kelly BaumAACL, GREArt & ArchaeologyLA
ART 462, AAS 462Representing Race in American ArtThis seminar explores how the complex and contested concept of "race" intersects with the categories of "art" and "visual culture" in the history of the United States (colonial era to the present). By examining the work of a range of artists and image-makers, we will explore how the concept of "race" is imagined, constructed, used, and/or challenged by artists and audiences as well as the manner in which the discipline of art history approaches considerations of race and racial/ethnic identity. Our approach will be thematic rather than chronological; material studied will include painting, sculpture, photography, performance, and film.Rachael DeLueAACLArt & ArchaeologyLA
ART 472, AAS 472Igbo and Yoruba ArtThis seminar focuses on the classical and traditional arts of the Yoruba and Igbo peoples of Southern Nigeria. Through readings on key aspects of the groups' philosophies, ritual practices, aesthetics and socio-cultural formations, we examine the conceptual bases and formal conditions of the arts of the two groups, and rethink earlier scholarship on Igbo and Yoruba art, politics and visual cultures.Chika O. Okeke-AguluGREArt & ArchaeologyLA
ART 473, AAS 473, AFS 473Kongo ArtEasily recognized as among the most important examples of canonical African art, Kongo sculpture, textiles, and ritual design are famous for their conceptual density, stylistic variety and rigorous abstraction. The course examines the role of art in the life of the Kongo Kingdom and related peoples, from the arrival of Spanish explorers and missionaries in the 15th century, through the era of Belgian colonization from the late 19th to mid-20th centuries, to the period since political independence in 1960. The seminar coincides with and will explore the Kongo Across the Waters exhibition at the Princeton University Museum.Chika O. Okeke-AguluGREArt & Archaeology, African StudiesLA
ART 529, AAS 529, CLA 528Ancient Egyptian Kingship in Image, Architecture & PerformanceThe institution of kingship was central to the ancient Egyptian worldview. Kings and their administrations sought to express the complex nature of a strong leader with access to the gods and secret knowledge, exceptional skill as a warrior and diplomat, and unrivaled power over and sacrifice to his people by using both mystery and overwhelming display. In this seminar we consider the nature of Egyptian kingship and how a vast body of material and visual culture shaped and expressed this essential concept from its origins in the beginning of the 4th millennium to the era of Roman rulers.Deborah Vischak500-LevelArt & Archaeology, Classics
ART 560, AAS 560Art and the British EmpireThis seminar proceeds through a series of thematic and case studies ranging from Britain's early colonial expansion to the legacies of empire in contemporary art and museum practice. Topics include science and ethnography; the colonial picturesque; curiosity and collecting; slavery and visual representation; art and nationalism and readings are drawn from a range of disciplines.Anna Arabindan-Kesson500-LevelArt & Archaeology
CLA 225, MED 225, AAS 263Bondage and Slaving in Global HistoryRanging from the Neolithic to the 21st century, this course will survey the history of human bondage. Topics to be explored include the role of slavery in the rise of the first Neolithic states; the institutionalization of slavery in ancient Mesopotamia, the Greco-Roman Mediterranean, and ancient China; the proliferation of slave systems elsewhere in Eurasia and on the African continent; the economic and political transformation of the Old and New Worlds through the commodification of African and Native American bodies; and the feedback loops linking ancient slave systems to modern ones.Dan-El Padilla PeraltaGREClassicsHA
CLA 310, AAS 311Citizenships Ancient and ModernRecent developments in the United States and throughout the world have exposed fault lines in how communities design and regulate forms of citizenship. But current debates over the assignment, withholding, or deprivation of citizen status have a long and violent history. In this course we will attempt to map a history of citizenship from the ancient Mediterranean world to the 21st century. Questions to be tackled include: who/what is a citizen? (How) are exclusion and marginalization wired into the historical legacies and present-day practices of citizenship?Dan-El Padilla PeraltaGRE, AACLClassicsSA
COM 239, AAS, AFS 239Introduction to African Literature and FilmAfrican literature and films have been a vital (but often unacknowledged) stream in and stimulant to the global traffic in invention. Nigerian literature is one of the great literatures of the 20th century. Ethiopian literature is one of the oldest in the world. South Africans have won more Nobel Prizes for Literature in the past forty years than authors from any other country. Senegalese films include some of the finest films ever made. In this course, we will study the richness and diversity of foundational African texts (some in translation), while foregrounding questions of aesthetics, style, humor, and epistemology.Wendy Laura BelcherGREComparative Literature, African StudiesLA
COM 376, AAS 371, GSS 381Crafting Freedom: Women and Liberation in the Americas (1960s to the present)This course aims to explore different forms that the question of liberation has taken in writings by women philosophers and poets whose work helped to create cultural and political movements in the U.S. and Latin America. Starting in the 1960s, we will go through the limits and potentialities of texts that have built a poetics and politics of liberation, paying special attention to the role played by language and imagination when ideas translate onto social movements -and vice-versa. Focusing on four concepts -abolition, education, care, and the commons- the course touches upon key moments that have shaped women's struggles (intersectionality, black, third world, postcolonial, and decolonial 'feminisms'). Readings include Angela Davis, Gloria Anzaldúa, Silvia Federici, Diamela Eltit, Audre Lorde, Fernanda Navarro, Silvia Rivera Cusicanqui, Gayatri Spivak, Zapatista among others.Susana DraperAACL, GREComparative Literature, Gender and Sexualty StudiesLA
CWR 316, LAO 316, AAS 336, AMS 396Special Topic in Poetry: Race, Identity, and InnovationThis workshop explores the link between racial identity and poetic innovation in work by contemporary poets of color. Experimental or avant-garde poetry in the American literary tradition has often defined itself as "impersonal," "against expression" or "post-identity." Unfortunately, this mindset has tended to exclude or downplay poems that engage issues of racial identity. This course explores works where poets of color have treated racial identity as a means to destabilize literary ideals of beauty, mastery and the autonomy of the text while at the same time engaging in poetic practices that subvert conceptions of identity or authenticity.Monica Y. YounAACLCreative WritingLA
DAN 211, AAS 211The American Dance Experience and Africanist Dance PracticesA studio course introducing students to American dance aesthetics and practices, with a focus on how its evolution has been influenced by African American choreographers and dancers. An ongoing study of movement practices from traditional African dances and those of the African diaspora, touching on American jazz dance, modern dance, and American ballet. Studio work will be complemented by readings, video viewings, guest speakers, and dance studies.Dyane Harvey-SalaamAACL, GREDanceLA
DAN 222, AAS 222Introduction to Hip Hop DanceThis introductory survey course gives equal weight to scholarly study and embodied practice, using both approaches to explore a range of hip-hop dance techniques, as well as the cultural and historical contexts from which these dances emerged. Special attention will be given to breaking - the most prominent hip-hop form - as a foundation for exploring other forms of movement. By critically exploring these physical and historical connections, individuals will adapt and apply their own philosophies to dance in order to develop a personalized style.Joseph SchlossAACLDanceLA
DAN 223, AAS 223, VIS 224An Introduction to the Radical ImaginationUsing an interdisciplinary visual and performance studies approach to explore various sites of contemporary art practices, this course will provide an introduction to radical performance practices through which artists consider the gendered and racialized body that circulates in the public domain, both onstage and off. We will query the kinds of political questions that performers raise with their work. Our texts will include live and recorded performances, as well as historical and theoretical secondary sources. Every other week the class hosts a public performance/speaking series featuring radical artists and curators.Jaamil O. KosokoAACLDance, Visual ArtsLA
DAN 322, AAS 312Special Topics in Urban Dance: Improvisational Approaches to Hip-Hop PracticesThis course is designed to provide a broad understanding of hip-hop dance, history and culture. We will explore the various dance styles and folk art traditions that preceded and influenced hip-hop dance and its essential elements. With a focus on Breaking and its deconstruction of body movements and choreographic forms, the course will emphasize the creative tools inherent in Breaking techniques and improvisational structures to support students to develop and find their own individual style. Viewings and readings videos will contextualize students' investigations.Raphael X. WilliamsAACLDanceLA
DAN 323, AAS 308, LAO 323The Politics of Hip-Hop DanceHip-Hop is one of the most important cultural movements of the last half-century. But although hip-hop culture comprises a wide range of artistic practices - including music, dance, theater and graphic arts - its cultural politics are almost always analyzed through the lens of rap music. This seminar, by contrast, will explore the social and historical implications of hip-hop culture through its dance forms.Joseph SchlossAACLDanceLA
DAN 350, AAS 329, CWR 350Creating Your Biomythography WorkshopCoined by the poet and essayist Audre Lorde, the term "biomythography" combines history, biography, and myth-making. Using an interdisciplinary workshop approach to explore the concept of the biomyth, this course will provide an introduction to various sites of contemporary art practices situating literature, design, and dance within a social and historical context. Zami will serve as a point of departure into the creation of our memoir narratives. Additional texts will include live and recorded performances, historical, theoretical secondary sources, as well as guest writers, poets and artists.Jaamil O. KosokoAACLDance, Creative WritingLA
ECO 351Economics of DevelopmentSurveys development economics including current issues, historical background, growth theories, trade and development, markets and planning, strategies for poverty alleviation, agriculture, technology, employment, industry, population, education, health, and internal and external finance. Selective attention to particular countries and regimes.Thomas FujiwaraRPPEconomicsSA
ENG 379, AAS 379, AMS 389, ART 380Black Aesthetics: Art, Literature, and Politics in the African DiasporaThis course introduces students to black aesthetics as a historically grounded concept that stages questions of the social, cultural, political and philosophical meaning of blackness. We'll explore various 'flashpoints' during the 20th century where black art serves both as a site of contestation and a platform for interrogating topics of race, gender, sexuality, the body, objecthood, slavery and colonialism. We'll consider how various generations of black artists/intellectuals across the African diaspora turned to the aesthetic realm to imagine new political possibilities and generate different ways of seeing, feeling, sensing, and thinking.Nijah CunninghamAACLEnglish, American Studies, Art & ArchaeologyLA
ENG 389, AAS 389, GSS 389Women Writers of the African DiasporaA reading of fiction by African, Caribbean, and African American women writers. Diverse strategies for addressing issues of race, gender, and culture in local, global, personal, and political terms are considered. Two lectures, one preceptorial.Valerie A. SmithEnglish, Gender and Sexuality StudiesLA
ENG 391A, AAS 391Experimenting in Dark Times 19th Century African American Literature and CultureThis interdisciplinary course explores the intersecting worlds of late 19th century African American literature, technology, aesthetics, and politics. Although this period is commonly theorized as the "Nadir," or "dark point," of Black life, it was in fact a moment of artistic and social experimentation, as black artists and intellectuals traversed a range of media to imagine new futures. We will investigate this overlooked cultural moment and develop an understanding of black experimental writing's roots. In design studio, students will design historically experimental urban projects around the text's investigated in the weekly seminar.Autumn Womack, V. Mitch McEwenAACLEnglishLA
ENG 397, AAS 397, COM 339New DiasporasThis course will explore the works of contemporary authors of the African and Caribbean diaspora in Europe and North America in relation to the changing historical and cultural context of migration and globalization. The course will consider how these writers have represented the process of relocation, acculturation, and the transnational moment. What is the role of the imagination in the rethinking of identities lived across boundaries? Why and how do these authors use the term diaspora to describe their experiences? How do the works of a new generation of writers from Africa and the Caribbean transform theories of globalization?Simon GikandiAACL, GREEnglish, Comparative LiteratureLA
ENG 408, GSS 408, AMS 418Queer Literatures: Theory, Narrative, and AestheticsIn this course, we will both read from various trajectories of queer literature and engage what it means to read queerly. We will consider the historical etymology of the term queer and think through its affiliate terms and acronyms: lesbian, gay, bisexual, and trans. We will investigate how discourses of power and institutions of normativity have come up against queer bodies, narratives, and politic--and how such encounters are historically situated. As the class reads through texts that range across both region and time, we will pay close attention to the ways in which desire, gender, and sexuality are queerly told.Christina A. LeonAACLEnglish, Gender and Sexuality Studies, American StudiesLA
ENG 411, AAS 413Major Author(s): Mourning America: Emerson and DouglassThis course focuses on the literary and political writings of these two "representative men" of the 19th century. Suggesting that the promise of America has yet to be realized, they argue that democracy can be furthered through acts of writing. The course stages an encounter that may revise our understanding of both of these writers, especially in relation to issues of slavery, racism, and capital. Demonstrating that Douglass' strategies of writing have relays with Emerson's points to the political and historical character of Emerson's writings but also to the profoundly literary elements of Douglass' political writings.Eduardo L. CadavaAACLEnglishLA
ENG 414, AAS 455Major Author(s): Toni Morrison and the Ethics of ReadingIn the opening lines of her 2006 novel "A Mercy" Toni Morrison confront her readers with an ethical challenge: "One question is who is responsible? Another is can you read?" But how is Morrison asking us to read? And what does it mean to read responsibly? This course traces the relationship between reading, politics, and aesthetics in the work of Toni Morrison. Working across her published oeuvre and personal archive -- from the "Bluest Eye" to "God Save the Child" we will explore Morrison as a critical reader, as a theorist of reading, and her novels as sites that interrogate reading practices.Autumn WomackAACLEnglishLA
ENG 556, AAS 556African-American LiteratureA survey of African-American narrative and critical traditions in the context of social and cultural change. Attention is also given to the changing status of black literature in the curriculum of American colleges and universities.Kinohi Nishikawa500-LevelEnglish
ENV 325, AAS 326The Perpetual Plantation: Race, Environment, ResistanceWhat is environmental racism? What is environmental justice? This course will explore those questions, focusing on the plantation as a key site for understanding the complex relationship between race and the environment in the U.S. and in other global contexts. We will trace the environmental legacies of the plantation through literature, film, and popular media from the eighteenth century to the present day, and will also examine histories of resistance in and against plantation geographies, from the antebellum cotton plantation to the contemporary prison complex.Britt RusertRPP, AACLEnvironmental StudiesHA
FRE 376, AAS 378Haiti: History, Literature, and Arts of the First Black RepublicThe readings and discussions will consider how the literature and arts of Haiti affirm, contest, and bear witness to historical narratives concerning the world's first black republic. The course will sample an array of historical accounts, novels, Afro-Caribbean religion (Vodun), plays, music, film, and visual arts of this unique postcolonial nation.Robert W. Decker, F. Nick NesbittGREFrenchLA
GHP 409, AAS 410Mortality at the Margins: Race, Inequality and Health Policy in the United StatesThis course will critically examine the unequal distribution of disease and mortality in the United States along the axes of race, ethnicity, class and place. Through in-depth engagement with case studies, critical historical texts and public health literature we will explore why individuals from some race/ethnicities, class backgrounds, and geographies are more vulnerable to premature death and adverse outcomes than others. Student work will culminate in a policy memo and a presentation, allowing them to hone valuable skillsets for future participation in the research and policy processes.Alecia McGregorRPPGlobal Health and Health PolicySA
GLS 331, AAS 334Japan and Black America: A Long Road to DiscoveryAccording to popular imagery there are hardly two cultures that are more different than those of the Japanese and Black Americans. And yet, despite these perceived differences, for over a century there has been abundant and complex cultural sharing, borrowing, and exchange between them. This interdisciplinary course will explore this tradition from the early 20th century to the present. In addition to investigating creative cultural pairings, we will explore vexing issues that frequently appear when people with distinct histories and traditions imagine each other.Imani PerryGREGlobal SeminarSA
GSS 345, AAS 355, ENG 399, AMS 373Pleasure, Power and Profit: Race and Sexualities in a Global EraPleasure Power and Profit explores the intimate ways that sexualities and race are entwined in contemporary culture, historically, and in our own lives. Why are questions about sexuality and race some of the most controversial, compelling, yet often taboo issues of our time? Exploring films, popular culture, novels, social media, and theory, we engage themes like: race, gender and empire; fetishism, Barbie, vampires and zombies; sex work and pornography; marriage and monogamy; queer sexualities; and strategies for social empowerment such as: Black Lives Matter, the new campus feminism, and global movements against sexual and gender violence.Anne McClintockGRE, RPPGender and Sexuality Studies, English, American StudiesEM
GSS 502, AAS 502, POL 514Gender and Sexuality in American Politics and PolicyThis course examines the ways in which gender and sexuality shape and are shaped by U.S. politics and public policy, emphasizing intersections with other categories, identities, and forms of marginalization including race, ethnicity, class, ideology, and partisan identification. We examine the history, approaches, and controversies in research about gender and sexuality in U.S. politics from a range of theoretical and methodological approaches. We also explore feminist, queer, and intersectional theories and methodologies, related work from other disciplines, and research that does not fit neatly into traditional disciplinary categories.Dara Strolovitch500-LevelGender and Sexuality Studies, Politics
HIS 270, AMS 370Asian American HistoryThis course introduces students to the multiple and varied experiences of people of Asian heritage in the United States from the 19th century to the present day. It focuses on three major questions: (1) What brought Asians to the United States? (2) How did Asian Americans come to be viewed as a race? (3) How does Asian American experience transform our understanding of U.S. history? Using newspapers, novels, government reports, and films, this course will cover major topics in Asian American history, including Chinese Exclusion, Japanese internment, transnational adoption, and the model minority stereotype.Beth Lew-Williams, Olivier BurtinGREHistory, American StudiesHA
HIS 306, LAO 306Latino HistoryThe course follows the major themes and issues surrounding the history of Mexican Americans in the United States. It seeks to explain the historical origins of the continuing debates over land ownership, assimilation expectations, discrimination, immigration regulation, and labor disputes. The course focuses primarily on the US citizens created after the Mexican American War and Mexican immigrants to the US. It looks transnationally at Mexico's history to explain US shifts in public opinion and domestic policies. While the course examines the impact of Mexican Americans in many regions of the country, it will focus on those in the Southwest.Rosina LozanoGREHistory, Latino StudiesHA
HIS 314Precolonial AfricaA survey course that begins with an overview of the continent at the end of the third century A.D. and ends with the death of Moshoeshoe in the 19th century. Focuses on several great themes of African history: long-distance trade, state formation, migration, religious conversion to either Islam or Christianity, forms of domestic slavery, and the impact of the slave trade.Emmanuel KreikeGREHistoryHA
HIS 315, AFS 316Colonial and Postcolonial AfricaThe impact of European colonial rule on the traditional societies of Africa in the 19th and 20th centuries. One of the dominant themes will be the emergence of the intelligentsia in colonial areas as proponents of nationalism.Jacob DlaminiGREHistoryHA
HIS 376The American Civil War and ReconstructionSurveys the causes, issues, and consequences of the nation's bloodiest conflict. Topics include slavery and antislavery, Manifest Destiny, the growing sectional conflict, the clash of arms, the transforming impact of the Civil War, the transition from slave to free labor in the South, and postslavery race relations.Matthew KarpAACLHistoryHA
HIS 390, AAS 394, GSS 390African American Women's HistoryThis is a lecture course that explores the role and impact of African American women in U.S. history, beginning with the era of the Atlantic slave trade and proceeding up to the 21st century. It will address broad themes such as labor, family, community, sexuality, politics, popular culture, and religion. It will examine the social, political, cultural, and economic diversity of black women. Students will engage primary and secondary texts, as well as audio and visual material. The course will enhance critical thinking and writing skills.Tera HunterAACLHistory, Gender and Sexuality StudiesHA
HIS 393, AAS 364, WWS 389Race, Drugs, and Drug Policy in AmericaFrom "Chinese opium" to Oxycontin, and from cocaine and "crack" to BiDil, drug controversies reflect enduring debates about the role of medicine, the law, the policing of ethnic identity, and racial difference. This course explores the history of controversial substances (prescription medicines, over-the-counter products, black market substances, psychoactive drugs), and how, from cigarettes to alcohol and opium, they become vehicles for heated debates over immigration, identity, cultural and biological difference, criminal character, the line between legality and illegality, and the boundaries of the normal and the pathological.Keith WailooRPPHistory, Woodrow Wilson SchoolHA
HIS 402, AAS 402, AMS 412Princeton and SlaveryResearch seminar focused on Princeton University's historical connections to the institution of slavery. The class will work toward creating a report that details the slave-holding practices of Princeton faculty and students, examines campus debates about slavery, and investigates whether money derived from slave labor contributed to the early growth of the school. Class will meet in Mudd Library.Martha SandweissAACLHistory, American StudiesHA
HIS 426, AAS 426Memory, History, and the African DiasporaThis course uses historical scholarship, memoir, visual art, fiction and music to examine the relationship between "history" and "memory" and the different ways that race and social power have shaped that relationship in the U.S. and across the African diaspora. It considers the role played by acts of remembering in struggles for justice and self-determination, as well as the place of forgetting and erasure in processes of exclusion. We will link representations of the black past to debates on such issues as public memorials, legal justice, reparations, and affirmative action.Joshua GuildAACL, GREHistoryHA
HIS 431, ENV 433Comparative Environmental HistoryExamines the processes, causes, and effects of environmental change. Drawing on different historical periods and world regions, including Africa, the Americas, and Asia, class readings expose participants to different models and approaches to the study of environmental change. The course focuses on such themes as environmental determinism, ethno-ecology, biological imperialism, deforestation and desertification, the history of famine and food, and the impact of war, technology, population growth, market forces, and globalization on earth's ecosystem.Emmanuel KreikeGREHistory, Environmental StudiesHA
HIS 456, AAS 456, URB 456, HUM 456New Orleans at 300: Invention and Reinvention in an American CityAs it commemorates its tercentennial, this course explores the history of what has been described as an "impossible but inevitable city" over three centuries. Settled on perpetually shifting swampland at the foot of one of the world's great waterways, this port city served as an outpost of three empires and a gateway linking the N. American heartland with the Gulf Coast, Caribbean, and Atlantic World. From European and African settlement through the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, we will consider how race, culture, and the environment have defined the history of the city and its people.Joshua GuildAACLHistoryHA
HIS 474, AMS 474Violence in AmericaThis course considers the history of collective violence in America. We will define "collective violence" broadly to encompass people acting on behalf of the U.S. government (i.e., police, soldiers, militiamen, and immigration officers) and people acting as civilians (i.e., slaveholders, vigilantes, terrorists, and protestors). A series of case studies (drawn primarily from the 19th and 20th centuries) will introduce disparate forms of violence, including vigilantism, slavery, massacre, imperialism, riot, segregation, and terrorism.Beth Lew-WilliamsRPPHistory, American StudiesHA
HIS 485, AAS 409History of African American FamiliesThis course covers the history of African American families. It traces the development of family life, meanings, values, and institutions from the period of slavery up to recent times. The course engages long-standing and current debates about black families in the scholarship across disciplines and in the society at large. The course will look at the diversity of black family arrangements and the way these have changed over time and adapted to internal and external challenges and demands. It will also situate the history of black families within a broader cross-cultural context.Tera HunterAACLHistoryHA
HIS 492, AAS 492, AFS 492Utopias of Yesteryear: Socialist Experiments in AfricaThis seminar explores the contours of Africa's embrace and engagement with the most influential ideology of the twentieth-century. Why, and through which channels, were Africans attracted to socialism? Did particular forms of colonialism and decolonization push African political actors in that direction? Is it legitimate, as some scholars have suggested, to speak of genuinely African socialisms? We will discuss the contexts in which specific countries adopted and implemented socialism. Our goal is to place Africa in the mainstream of conversations about socialism.Benedito MachavaGREHistory, African StudiesHA
HIS 577, AAS 577Readings in African American HistoryThis course is designed to introduce graduate students to the literature of African-American History, from the colonial era up to more recent times. Major themes and debates are highlighted. The course should help students to define interests within the field to pursue further study and research and also to aid preparation for examinations.Tera Hunter500-LevelHistory
HIS 578, AAS 578Topics in African Diaspora HistoryThis readings course considers the dispersals, political movements, cultural production, social bonds, and intellectual labors that together have constituted and continually re-configured the modern African diaspora, from the emergence and collapse of the Atlantic slave system through the late twentieth century. The course tracks the evolution of diaspora as an idea and analytical framework, highlighting its intersections with concepts of Pan-Africanism, black nationalism, cosmopolitanism, and citizenship.Joshua Guild500-LevelHistory
HUM 310, COM 371, URB 311, ARC 330Camp/Prison/BorderFrom the 19th century colonial era to the current border/migration crisis, camps and prisons have managed surplus and racialized populations through zones of confinement and exception. It is literature, and particularly the novel, that provides the compelling encounters with questions of confinement and movement. This course approaches the "border crisis" through a combination of readings in political theory/history and global literature, situating it in the longer history of population management and equipping students with the methodological tools for thinking about it across the social sciences/humanities divide.Nasser AbourahmeRPP, GREHumanistic Studies, Comparative Literature, Urban Studies, ArchitectureLA
LAS 217, POR 217, AFS 217, ANT 339Brazil-Africa: Critical Perspectives on South-South NetworksThis course explores the Brazil-Africa nexus in history and today. It combines perspectives from the social sciences, the humanities and the arts, and focuses on dynamics of exchange, domination and resistance. We will critically examine the place of Brazil and Africa in European imperialism and assess the impact of the South Atlantic slave trade. We will also consider decolonization struggles and solidarities. The course ends with a critique of Brazil's recent venture into the global stage and a reflection on China as an increasingly powerful, potential geopolitical partner for both Brazil and Africa.Miqueias MuggeGRELatin American Studies, Portuguese, African Studies, Anthropology SA
LAS 313, LAO 313, AAS 331Locked Up in the Americas: A History of Prisons and DetainmentThis course explores the history of incarceration, detention centers, and internments camps in the Americas from the 1800s to the present. It addresses a range of issues, including political suppression, inmate labor, immigration, and the architectures of confinement, to show how penal colonies, convict transport, exile, and international policing have been evolving endeavors of state and social control since independence. We will look at a series of case studies, from detainment on the US-Mexico border and a panopticon in Cuba to the famed escapes at Devil's Island and the Chilean penal island that inspired the story of Robinson Crusoe.Ryan EdwardsGRE, RPPLatin American StudiesSA
LAS 395, AAS 396Caribbean Revolutions: From Plantation Slavery to Global TourismThe goal of this course is to provide an introduction to the history of the Caribbean from the arrival of its first human inhabitants to the present. During the first half of the semester we will examine the dual role of plantation slavery and European colonialism in the historical development of the region up until the opening of the Panama Canal. On the second half we will discuss how the Caribbean interacted with the United States and the world at large during the long Twentieth Century.Adrian Lopez-DenisGRELatin American StudiesHA
LCA 213, AAS 213, HUM 213, ENG 213The Lucid Black and Proud Musicality of Leroi Jones/Amiri BarakaThis class will focus on the career-long writing about jazz, blues, rock and R&B of Amiri Baraka (nee Leroi Jones) and the significant impact it has had on cultural politics, scholarship and esthetics from the early 1960s to the present. Baraka's work as an activist and his gifts as a poet/novelist/playwright/political essayist allowed him to inject considerable lyricism, eloquence, learning and passion into the previously moribund fields of African American music history and journalism. His music writing also affected the tenor of future public advocacy for jazz via the NEA 's Jazz Masters awards and Jazz At Lincoln Center.Gregory TateAACLLewis Center for the Arts, Humanities, EnglishLA
MUS 214Projects in Vocal Performance: The Development of the African American Art SongThe class will be a survey of the development of classical African American art song. Students will attend a 3 hr. class. Lecture and song preparation for final recital.Rochelle K. EllisAACLMusicLA
MUS 246, AFS 246Projects in African Dance DrummingA performance course in African dance drumming with a focus on music from the West African Manding Empire (Mali, Guinea, Burkina Faso, Ivory Coast, Gambia, Guinea Bissau and Senegal.) Taught by master drummer Olivier Tarpaga, exponent of the Mogo Kele Foli drumming technique, the course provides hands-on experience on two main instruments, the Djembe and the Dun dun. Students will acquire performance experience, skills, and techniques on the Také and Diansa and develop an appreciation for the integrity of drumming in the daily life of West Africa.Olivier TarpagaGREMusicLA
MUS 258, AFS 258Music of AfricaIntroduction to the vocal and instrumental music of Africa south of the Sahara. Topics include the place of music in society, the influence of language on musical composition, principles of rhythmic organization, urban popular music, "art" music as a response to colonialism, and the impact of African music on the earliest forms of African American music.V. Kofi AgawuGREMusic, African StudiesLA
MUS 262, AAS 262Jazz History: Many Sounds, Many VoicesThis course will examine the musical, historical, and cultural aspects of jazz throughout its entire history, looking at the 20th century as the breeding ground for jazz in America and beyond. During this more than one hundred year period, jazz morphed and fractured into many different styles and voices, all of which will be considered. In addition to the readings, the course will place an emphasis on listening to jazz recordings, and developing an analytical language to understand these recordings. A central goal is to understand where jazz was, is, and will be in the future, examining the musicians and the music that has kept jazz alive.Matthew ClaytonAACLMusicLA
NES 238. AAS 236, REL 233Muslims in AmericaThis course introduces students to the historical, religious, political and social dimensions of Muslim presence in the United States. It is framed by methodological discussions about the study of Islam and Muslims in America and by the question whether we can speak of the emergence of a specifically American Islam over the last century. The course addresses themes such as religious practice, political participation, gender issues, Muslim everyday culture and Islamic Law, as well as the historical and contemporary differences and convergences between African American and immigrant Muslim communities and their descendants.Juliane HammerGRENear Eastern Studies, ReligionSA
NES 316, AAS 324, HIS 299, JDS 316Muslims, Jews and Christians in North Africa: Interactions, Conflicts and MemoryThis has been as one of the main events of the modern times in North Africa: from the 1950s onwards, the Jewish local communities and the European settlers started to leave Libya, Tunisia, Morocco and Algeria. We will study the various interactions between Muslims, Jews and Christians in this part of the Islamic world. How did Europeans transform North African Islam and local societies? We will as well explore the reasons why the local Jews and Europeans left en masse after the colonial period and how North African Muslims, Jews and former European settlers developed either a strong memory of a shared past or a mutual distrust even today.M'hamed OualdiGRENear Eastern StudiesHA
NES 374, GSS 343Global Feminisms: Feminist Movements in the Middle East and BeyondThis course explores how feminist thought & activism circulates globally by examining a variety of feminist movements in the Middle East & North Africa. Beginning with modern feminist thought and activism in mid-19th century Syria & Egypt, we'll trace feminist movements in various contemporary contexts, from Morocco, Iran, Turkey, Tunisia, Israel, Saudi Arabia, Lebanon & Egypt in the 20th century, to women's participation in the Arab Spring and transnational Islamic movements in the 21st century. We'll map the local and geopolitical discourses that have shaped regional feminisms, and ask how local feminisms are transnational or global.Satyel LarsonGRENear Eastern Studies, Gender and Sexuality StudiesHA
NES 395, HIS 457, AFS 412, AAS 412Human Trafficking and its Demise: African and European Slaves in Modern Islam (16th - 21st century)What did slavery represent for Islamic societies, and what does human trafficking mean in the Middle East and North Africa nowadays as Salafist groups such as ISIS restore practices of enslavement in Syria and Iraq? After a presentation of the issues related to slavery in Muslim societies today, we will ask ourselves if there was even such thing as Islamic slavery: Did Muslim societies organize a specific type of slave trade? To what extent was slavery a pivotal institution? We will see that various experiences of slavery shaped discourses about race and gender, and we will assess the main legacies of slavery in current Muslim societies.M'hamed OualdiGRENear Eastern Studies, African Studies, African American StudiesHA
POL 319, AAS 316, AMS 391History of African American Political ThoughtThis course explores central themes and ideas in the history of African American political thought: slavery and freedom, solidarity and sovereignty, exclusion and citizenship, domination and democracy, inequality and equality, rights and respect. Readings will be drawn, primarily, from canonical authors, including Harriet Jacobs, Frederick Douglass, Martin Delany, Booker T. Washington, Anna Julia Cooper, Ida B. Wells, W. E. B. DuBois, Marcus Garvey, Ralph Ellison, Kwame Ture and Charles Hamilton, and Martin Luther King, Jr. This is an introductory course, which emphasizes both thematic and historical approaches to political theory.Desmond JagmohanRPP, AACLPolitics, American StudiesEM
POL 344, AAS 344Race and Politics in the United StatesThis course examines various political controversies that surround the role of race and ethnicity in American society. These controversies and issues affect public opinion, political institutions, political behavior, and salient public policy debates. Thus this course will assess and evaluate the role of race in each of these domains while also examining historical antecedents. The first half of the course will focus on historical antecedents such as the civil rights movement and the Black Power movement. The second half of the course will focus on the nature of contemporary racial attitudes, in the 2008, 2012 and 2016 presidential elections.LaFleur Stephens-DouganRPPPoliticsSA
POL 366, AFS 366Politics in AfricaA comparative approach to African political systems. The meanings of the concepts of modernization, national integration, and development are explored. Topics include the inheritances of colonial rule, independence and the new tasks, political patterns in the postindependence period, prospects for political change, and African interstate relations.Leonard WantchekonRPP, GREPolitics, African StudiesSA
POL 421Seminar in American Politics:Investigation of a major theme in American politics. Reading and intensive discussion of selected issues in the literature.Christopher AchenRPPPoliticsSA
POL 492, AAS 491, HUM 492, AMS 492The Politics of Race and Credit in AmericaThe racial wealth gap is today one of the most salient features of the American polity. This course places widening racialized inequalities in a broad historical perspective by connecting them to the politics of money and credit. Ever since colonial times, Americans have passionately, even violently, debated the nature and character of money. Throughout, the nature of money was intimately linked to questions of race. We will follow these connections to study how in antebellum America slavery underwrote the American banking system, how during the New Deal government-backed mortgages explicitly excluded African-American neighborhoods, and how the Civil Rights movement staked out economic demands that touched on the very nature of American money. We will connect this historical material to political theoretical debates about race, credit, and money today.Stefan EichRPPPolitics, Humanistic Studies, American StudiesSA
POL 543, AAS 543, GSS 543Interest Groups and Social Movements in American Politics and PolicyThis course engages theoretical and empirical work about interest groups and social movements in American politics and policy-making. We examine theories of interest group and social movement formation, maintenance and decline; how interest groups and social movements attempt to influence public policy; the impact of interest groups and social movements; lobbying; the relationships between interest groups and the three branches of the federal government; interest groups, elections, campaign finance, PACs, and 527s; and the effectiveness of interest groups and social movements as agents of democratic representation.Dara Strolovitch500-LevelPolitics, Gender and Sexuality Studies
POR 222, LAS 211Myth, Memory and Identity Politics in Lusophone CinemaThis course will analyze the role of cinema in the construction (and deconstruction) of national and transnational discourses in the Portuguese speaking world. We will examine a number of recurring cultural topics in a wide variety of films from Africa, Brazil and Europe, situating works within their socio-historical contexts and tracing the development of national cinemas and their interaction with global aesthetics and trends.Nicole T. CooneyGREPortuguese, Latin American StudiesHA
POR 304, LAS 311Topics in Brazilian Cultural and Social History: Indigenous BrazilThrough the analysis of literary texts, films, and music, the course will consider cultural responses to the construction of a Brazilian national identity. Possible topics include the Brazilian modernist tradition; contemporary culture and media; the city and literature; poetry and song.Marilia LibrandiGREPortuguese, Latin American StudiesLA
POR 309, LAS 393Brazilian History: Slavery, Race and Citizenship in Modern BrazilThis course will introduce students to the history of slavery and race relations in modern Brazil and will explore how it resonates in present-day debates about citizenship. Students will read classical and recent historical works as well as primary sources in order to gain a critical and comparative understanding of slavery as an institution in the Americas, and its adaptability to local realities. Students will be introduced to methods of historical research, with a particular focus on digital history. Students will write papers tackling how the history of slavery has distinctively shaped ideas of democracy, human rights and social justice.Miqueias MuggeGREPortuguese, Latin American StudiesHA
PSY 252Social PsychologyThe scientific study of social behavior, with an emphasis on social interaction and group influence. Topics covered will include social perception, the formation of attitudes and prejudice, attraction, conformity and obedience, altruism and aggression, and group dynamics.Diana TamirRPPPsychologySA
REL 256, AAS 256African American Religious HistoryThis course will trace the origins and development of African American religion in the United States. It will begin with the important debate about "Africanisms" and an examination of "slave religion" in its various forms. We will also discuss urban religion and the rise of "The Black Gods of the Metropolis". In addition to Christian and quasi-Christian groups, we will also explore the rise of non-Christian groups such as Black Hebrews and the Nation of Islam. The course concludes with an examination of the contested role of black churches during the Civil Rights Movement.Wallace D. BestAACLReligionHA
REL 258Religion in American SocietyA broad survey of religion in American society from the colonial era to the present. Emphasis on religious encounter and conflict; the relationship between religious change and broader social and political currents; religious innovations and transformations; immigrant religions; secularization, resurgence, and pluralism. Mix of primary and secondary source readings.Judith WeisenfeldAACLReligionSA
REL 310, AAS 310American PentecostalismPentecostalism is the fastest growing religious movement in the world, spreading especially in Africa, Asia, and the Americas, having a major impact on the religious, social, and economic practices in those regions. This course looks into the religious and cultural sources of the movement from its birth in Los Angeles in 1906, focusing on such distinctive features as healing, expressive bodily worship, "speaking in tongues," and its special appeal to people on the margins of society.Wallace D. BestGRE, AACLReligionHA
REL 328, GSS 328Women and Gender in Islamic SocietiesThis seminar focuses on issues of gender and sexuality in Islamic societies, past and present. Topics include women's lives, women's writings, changing perceptions of male vs. female piety, marriage and divorce, motherhood and fatherhood, sexuality and the body, and the feminist movement in the Middle East. Course materials include a wide range of texts in translation, including novels and poetry, as well as contemporary films.Shawn MarmonGREReligion, Gender and Sexuality StudiesSA
REL 358Religion in American Culture Since 1830The relationship between religion and society in the U.S. in the 19th and 20th centuries. Attention will be paid to Transcendentalism, the Civil War, the social gospel, Fundamentalism, New Thought, Pentecostalism, civil rights, immigration, and recent religious movements.Brendan PietschAACLReligionHA
REL 360, GSS 360, AMS 369Women and American ReligionIn exploration of women's roles and experiences, and constructions of gender in diverse settings within North American religion. The seminar will examine female religious leaders and participants in such subcultures as Puritanism, evangelicalism, Catholicism, Judaism, African American Protestantism, native traditions, and American Islam. Emphasis on the dilemmas faced by women in religious institutions as well as the creative uses women have made of their social and religious "place."Judith WeisenfeldAACLReligion, Gender and Sexuality StudiesSA
REL 367, AAS 346The American Jeremiad and Social Criticism in the United StatesAn examination of the religious and philosophical roots of prophecy as a form of social criticism in American intellectual and religious history. Particular attention is given to what is called the American Jeremiad, a mode of public exhortation that joins social criticism to spiritual renewal. Michael Walzer, Sacvan Bercovitch, and Edward Said serve as key points of departure in assessing prophetic criticism's insights and limitations. Attention is also given to the role of black prophetic critics, such as James Baldwin, Martin Luther King Jr., and Cornel West.Eddie GlaudeAACLReligionHA
REL 372, AAS 382Race, Religion, and the Harlem RenaissanceThe Harlem Renaissance of the 1920s is most often depicted as "the flowering of African American arts and literature." It can also be characterized as a period when diverse forms of African American religious expressions, ideologies, and institutions emerged. This course will explore the literature of the Harlem Renaissance, particularly the writings of Langston Hughes, to understand the pivotal intersection of race and religion during this time of black "cultural production."Wallace D. BestAACLReligionHA
REL 377, AAS 376, AMS 378Race and Religion in AmericaThis course examines the ways in which constructions of race have shaped how varied Americans have constructed religious identities and fostered religious experience, as well as made meaning of the religions of others. Topics addressed include American interpretations of race in the Bible, religion and racial slavery, religious constructions of whiteness, and religious resistance to notions of race. Readings are drawn from a range of primary and secondary sources.Judith WeisenfeldAACLReligion, American StudiesSA
REL 582, AAS 582Study of Race, Gender & Slavery in Western & Non-Western SocietiesInterdisciplinary inquiry into the changing and often fraught study of "race," "ethnicity," slavery and gender in a variety of historical, cultural contexts and academic disciplines. How does gender inflect the experience of slavery/racial difference and how has the representation of female slaves been influenced by literary topoi? Practices of slavery and understandings of race/ethnicity in non-Western societies, specifically so-called "Islamic" societies through pre-modern, colonial, post-colonial and modern periods.Shaun Marmon500-LevelReligion
SOC 201American Society and PoliticsAn introduction to changing patterns of family structure, community life, economic relations, voluntary associations, moral beliefs and values, social and political movements, and other aspects of civil society and politics in the United States.Paul StarrAACL, RPPSociologySA
SOC 210, LAS 210, URB 210, LAO 210Urban Sociology: The City and Social Change in the AmericasBy taking a comparative approach, this course examines the role of social, economic, and political factors in the emergence and transformation of modern cities in the United States and selected areas of Latin America. The class considers the city in its dual image: both as a center of progress and as a redoubt of social problems, especially poverty. Special attention is given to spatial processes that have resulted in the aggregation and desegregation of populations differentiated by social class and race.Patricia Fernandez-KellyGRE, RPPSociology, Latin American Studies, Urban Studies, Latino StudiesSA
SOC 216The GhettoThis course will examine the ghetto as a social form and as a "concept" in the United States. We intend to explore the phenomenon as it moved from European cities to American communities and became what might be described as a hyper-ghetto today. We intend to pay close attention to both the macro social forces that make a ghetto a place of contempt and the everyday aspects that makes it not only a livable space but one that thrives and survives in a multitude of micro-social ways. We will explore how the social form came to exact such a distinct imprint on our collective imaginations.Terry WilliamsRPP, GRESociologySA
SOC 221, AAS 221, GSS 221Inequality: Class, Race, and GenderInequalities in property, power, and prestige examined for their effects on life chances and lifestyles. Primary focus on socioeconomic classes in modern societies. Special attention to the role of religious, racial, and ethnic factors. Comparisons of different systems of stratification in the world today.Bonnie Thornton DillRPP, GRESociology, Gender and Sexuality StudiesSA
SOC 227, URB 227Race and EthnicityAn introduction to the sociological study of race and ethnicity which begins by encouraging students to exercise some critical distance from the core concepts of race and ethnicity. Topics will include comparative racism, immigration, the experiences of the second generation, whiteness, the culture of poverty debate, slums and ghettos, and the debate over the "underclass."Patricia Fernandez-KellyGRE, RPPSociology, Urban StudiesSA
SOC 315, AAS 315, LAS 316Race, Nation and the Citizen in Latin AmericaThis seminar course traces the tide of racial discourse and Enlightenment-spurred scientific empiricism and explores the materialization of these anxieties in popular culture as it related to the development of notions of race and nationalizing projects at the dawn of independence in Latin America.Danielle Terrazas WilliamsGRESociology, Latin American StudiesSA
SOC 315, AAS 315, LAS 316Race, Ethnicity, and the Nationalism in Latin AmericaExamines a wide range of issues regarding race, ethnicity and nationalism in Latin America. We will explore the basic sociological, political and cultural concepts of nation, race and ethnicity, emphasizing how they are used in the region. Race and ethnicity have taken on special meanings in Latin America that are distinct from other regions. Much of the course will focus on how that came about and how race is manifested. We will emphasize comparisons to the U.S. as well as across countries within Latin America. The course will cover populations of African and indigenous origins.Eduardo TellesGRE, AACLSociology, Latin American StudiesSA
SOC 327, LAO 328Immigration, Race, and the Black Population of the United StatesThis course seeks to expose students to the recent social science literature on contemporary immigration of black individuals from Latin America, the Caribbean, and Africa to the United States. In addition to gaining an understanding of the degree of diversity that exists within the black immigrant population, students will explore the long-term effects of contemporary black immigration on American society, with a particular focus on understanding the roles of race, selective migration, and culture in explaining disparate social outcomes between U.S.-born and foreign-born blacks in the United States.Tod HamiltonGRE, RPPSociology, Latin American StudiesSA
SOC 345Money, Work and Social LifeThe course offers a sociological account of production, consumption, distribution, and transfer of assets. Examining different sectors of the economy from corporations and finance to households, immigrants, welfare, and illegal markets, we explore how in all areas of economic life people are creating, maintaining, symbolizing, and transforming meaningful social relations. Economic life, from this perspective, is as social as religion, family, or education.Viviana ZelizerRPPSociologySA
SOC 354, AFS 354Contemporary Issues in African SocietiesThis course approaches contemporary African issues through the lens of population studies. What theories explain the recent fertility declines observed in so much of the developing world, and why have some African countries failed to adhere to that path? What traits are characteristic of African households today, and how were present-day family relations shaped by pre-colonial norms? Discussions will stress intra- and cross-continental comparative analysis to foster an appreciation for characteristics, trends, and challenges that are uniquely African.Sara LopusGRESociology, African StudiesSA
SOC 359Higher Education and SocietyIs higher education still a pathway to opportunity? This course will examine issues related to college access, aid, and accountability. We will begin by reviewing recent research on topics such as: the changing demographics of students, the definition of "merit" in admissions, the challenges of assessment, and student loan debt. We will consider how college is increasingly associated with later outcomes such as income, occupation, health, and family formation. We will also discuss the politics of higher education reform and whether innovations like online courses can reshape the future of postsecondary schooling.Matthew LawrenceRPPSociologySA
SOC 361, GSS 361Culture, Power, and InequalityAn introduction to theories of symbolism, ideology, and belief. Approaches to the analysis and comparison of cultural patterns. Emphasis on the social sources of new idea systems, the role of ideology in social movements, and the social effects of cultural change. Comparisons of competing idea systems in contemporary culture.Amin GhazianiRPPSociology, Gender and Sexuality StudiesSA
SOC 562, AAS 562Race & Ethnicity (Half-Term)An overview of important theories and theorists of race and ethnicity, focussing on (a) fundamental concepts of the nature and persistence of race and ethnic identity as meaningful social groupings and (b) how those groupings are related to social stratifications, socio-cultural relations, and the political and economic dynamics in society. Half-term course.Edward Telles500-LevelSociology
SPA 327, URB 327, LAO 327Latino Global CitiesThis seminar focuses on the comparative study of Latino urban cultures in U.S., Caribbean and Spanish cities (mainly New York City, San Juan, Puerto Rico, and Madrid). Topics include the 2008 Financial Crisis, Occupy-like movements, global migratory flows, popular culture, memory, debt, visuality and citizenship. Paying close attention to their political and cultural contexts, flamenco, hip-hop, graffiti, visual culture, poetry, documentary films and political performances will be analyzed. Guest speakers and musicians will be part of the conversation.German Labrador MendezGRESpanish, Urban Studies, Latin American StudiesLA
SPA 352, AAS 352, LAS 356Topics in the Politics of Writing and Difference:A course analyzing various Latin American literary and written traditions produced by, in dialogue with, or on behalf of subjects who have an ambiguous relationship with dominant forms of written expression, for example: indigenous people, black people, and women. Special attention will be given to slave narratives, testimonio, autobiography, and the indigenista novel.Rachel PriceGRESpanish, Latin American StudiesLA
SPA 360, AAS 361, AMS 375, LAO 360Urban Diversity and Segregation in the AmericasDiversity has sometimes been viewed as a source of vitality and strength, other times as a threat to cultural or national cohesion. This seminar explores histories of segregation and debates about diversity in a hemispheric framework, asking: how can Latin American perspectives inform our understanding of the U.S.? How has the U.S. shaped urban developments in Latin America, as a model or cautionary tale? What is the interplay between identity politics and moral values? Urbanism and ethics? How does diversity relate to inclusion, difference, and inequality? Topics include immigration, globalization, social justice, planning, race and racism.Bruno CarvalhoRPPSpanish, American Studies, Latino StudiesEM
SPA 377, AAS 374, AMS 377, GSS 372Transnational FeminismsTransnational feminist approaches to globalization, race, sexuality, diaspora and nationalisms from Latinx, Black, and Asian American perspectives. Through different methodologies and interdisciplinary approaches to feminism, we will explore issues of women's and LGBTQIA rights, gender equality, globalization, capitalism, and contemporary debates around race and sexuality.Aisha M. Beliso-De JesúsAACLSpanish, American Studies, Gender and Sexuality StudiesSA
SPA 556, AAS 554Slavery, Anti-Slavery, and Post-Slavery in the Iberian AtlanticThis course introduces students to important texts from the immense body of scholarship on slavery, anti-slavery movements, and post-emancipation culture in the Iberian Atlantic world, focusing primarily on the "slave societies"of 19th-century Cuba and Brazil and their connections to the greater Caribbean. Grounded in historiography, the course includes literature, court documents, visual culture, studies of post-emancipation movements, theories from the black radical tradition, and films about Latin American slavery. Sub-topics include insurrections, autobiography, religion, the role of translators, conucos/provision grounds, fashion.Rachel Price500-LevelSpanish and Portuguese
SWA 200, COM 200Readings in Kiswahili Literature and East African CultureThis course is an introduction to the basics of literature and their application to literature in Kiswahili. Content will focus on understanding the basic vocabulary and concepts used in describing literary theory and criticism in Kiswahili language. Students will read selected materials on literary theory and criticism written in Kiswahili as well as sample Swahili texts from the various genres (novel, drama, and poetry) to gain understanding of the nature of literature written in Kiswahili.Mahiri MwitaGRESwahili, Comparative LiteratureLA
THR 340, AAS 343, CWR 340, HUM 340Autobiographical StorytellingEvery life delivers a story (or three) worth telling well. This workshop course rehearses the writing and performance skills necessary to remake the raw material drawn from lived experience into compelling autobiographical storytelling. Course participants will work in an array of storytelling modes (including stand-up comedy, testimonio, first-person media, slam poetics, etcetera) and will draw from those techniques to devise, document and perform an original work of autobiographical storytelling at semester's end.Brian HerreraAACLTheater, Creative Writing, HumanitiesEM
VIS 307, AAS 307Film BlacknessThis seminar will frame the idea of black film as a visual negotiation between film as art and the discursivity of race, rather than black film as a demographic, or a genre, or a reflection of the black experience, or something bound by a representational politics of positive and negative stereotypes. Black film will be critically considered as an interdisciplinary practice that enacts a distinct visual and expressive culture alongside literature, music, art, photography, and new media. Students will consider new paradigms for genre, narrative, aesthetics, historiography, and intertextuality within this overarching concept of black film.Michael GillespieAACLVisual ArtsLA
WWS 331, AAS 317, SOC 312Race and Public PolicyAnalyzes the historical construction of race as a concept in American society, how and why this concept was institutionalized publicly and privately in various arenas of U.S. public life at different historical junctures, and the progress that has been made in dismantling racialized institutions since the civil rights era.Douglas MasseyRPPWoodrow Wilson School, SociologySA
WWS 345, AAS 384, PSY 384 Prejudices: Its Causes, Consequences and CuresPrejudice is one of the most contentious topics in modern American society. There is debate regarding its causes, pervasiveness, and impact. The goal of this course is to familiarize students with the psychological research relevant to these questions. We will review theoretical perspectives on prejudice to develop an understanding of its cognitive, affective, and motivational underpinnings. We will also discuss how these psychological biases relate to evaluations of, and behavior toward, members of targeted groups. In addition, research-based strategies for reducing prejudice will be discussed.Stacey SinclairRPPPsychology, Woodrow Wilson SchoolSA
WWS 370, POL 308, CHV 301Ethics and Public PolicyThis course examines basic ethical controversies in public life. What rights do persons have at the beginning and end of life? Do people have moral claims to unequal economic rewards or is economic distribution properly subject to political design for the sake of social justice? Do we have significant moral obligations to distant others? Other possible topics include toleration (including the rights of religious and cultural minorities), racial and gender equity, and just war.Stephen MacedoRPPWoodrow Wilson School, Politics, Center for Human ValuesEM

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