History | Seminar in U.S. History
H750 | 21714 | J. Nieto-Phillips

Topic: Race and the Body Politic
Above class meets with LATS-L 701 and AMST-G 751

This seminar emerges from recent scholarship on race, gender,
migration, and citizenship in the United States. Within this
scholarship, Latinas and Latinos figure large as historical agents
and subjects of inquiry.  Often working across disciplines,
anthropologists, sociologists, historians, and scholars of law,
literature, and education have produced new and provocative works on
Latinos’ shifting relationship to the U.S. body politic. In this
course, we will explore a few select readings that exemplify their
diverse approaches.  We’ll pay particular attention to their
disciplinary orientations, research methodologies, and conceptual
frameworks.  While this course is grounded in historical concerns
and methods, it is open to all students interested in Latinos, race,
and the body politic.

A principle objective of this course is to understand how scholars
have grappled with a wide array of primary sources (oral histories,
published memoirs as well as unpublished texts, government records,
etc.) in recovering and amplifying the voices of Latinas and
Latinos.  Further, we will examine how those voices are situated
within broader national and transnational narratives.  Another
objective of this course is to engage students in primary research
and scholarly production. To that end, students will formulate a
research project that will be carried out during the first ten weeks
of the semester.  That project will serve as the basis for a 20- to
35-page paper that (it is hoped) will inspire a future publishable
article or conference presentation. Students will present their
papers in class toward the end of the semester.