Course Schedule

NOTE: This is a tentative schedule and is subject to change. I may modify this schedule, if I think changes are warranted to improve your learning. If changes are made, you will be notified in class ahead of time.

Week One “Race:” From Biology to Social Construct

Tuesday, September 6th and Thursday, September 8th


Wallis, Brian. “Black Bodies, White Science: The Slave Daguerreotypes of Louis Agassiz.”

Fabian, Ann. “Introduction: Ghosts of the Unburied Dead” in The Skull Collectors…

Alexander, Elizabeth. “The Venus Hottentot”

Omi and Winant, p. vii-5, 9-50

CRITICAL READING ASSIGNMENT (DUE 9/6): 2-3 page academic response paper on Wallis, Fabian and Alexander

Week Two Racial Formation

Tuesday, September 13th and Thursday, September 15th


Omi and Winant p. 53-76

Hall, Stuart. “Foucault: Power, Knowledge and Discourse.”

Omi and Winant p. 95-112, 113-159

Week Three Race and Representation

Tuesday, September 20th and Thursday, September 22nd


Hooks, bell. Introduction to Black Looks: Race and Representation.

Hall, Stuart. “The Spectacle of the ‘Other’” In Representation: Cultural Representations and Signifying Practice. And Reading D—Kobena Mercer, ‘Reading Racial Fetishism.’

Eric Lott, “Introduction” and Chapter One “Blackface and Blackness: The Minstrel Show in American Culture.”

Week Four Race, Class and Gender

Tuesday, September 27th and Thursday, September 29th


Crenshaw, Kimberly. “Mapping the Margins: Intersectionality, Identity Politics, and Violence Against Women of Color.”

Butler, Judith. “Performative Acts and Gender Constitution: An Essay in Phenomenology and Feminist Theory.”

Combahee River Collective Statement

Week Five Midterm

Tuesday, October 4th


Thursday, October 6th


Week Six Whiteness Studies

Tuesday, October 11thand Thursday, October 13th


Frankenberg, Ruth. “Introduction: Points of Origin, Points of Departure” AND “Growing Up White: The Social Geography of Race.”

Johnson, Allan G. “Privilege as Paradox.”

Week Seven Race, Nation and the Democratic Dream

Tuesday, October 18th NO CLASS- Walter Hendricks Days

Thursday, October 20th


Singh, “Introduction: Civil Rights, Civic Myths” p. 1-14, Chapter 1 “Rethinking Race and Nation.” P. 15-57, Chapter 3 “Internationalizing Freedom.” P. 101-133

CRITICAL READING ASSIGNMENT (DUE10/20): Critical Reading Outline

Week Eight Race, Immigration and Border Theory

Tuesday, October 25th and Thursday, October 27th


Anzaldua, Gloria. “The Homeland, Aztlán/ El otro México.” In Borderlands/ La Frontera: The New Mestiza.

Ngai, Mae M. Introduction, Impossible Subjects: Illegal Aliens and the Making of Modern America.

Week Nine Race, Colonialism and Sovereignty

Tuesday, November 1st and Thursday, November 3rd


Trask, Haunani-Kay. Introduction and “Part II Sovereignty: The Hawi’I Context.” In From a Native Daughter: Colonialism and Sovereignty in Hawai’i.

ASSIGNMENT (DUE 11/3): Final Paper Proposal

Week Ten Diaspora, Race, and the Colonial Imagination

Tuesday, November 8th and Thursday, November 10th


Stoler, Ann. “Genealogies of the Intimate: Moments in Colonial Studies.” In Carnal Knowledge and Imperial Power: Race and the Intimate in Colonial Rule.

Brah, Avtar. “Diaspora, Border and Transnational Identities.” In Cartographies of Diaspora: Contesting Identities.

Week Eleven Race and Sexuality

Tuesday, November 15th and Thursday, November 17th


Somerville, Siobhan B. Queering the Color Line…. p. 1- 38

Somerville, Siobhan B. Queering the Color Line... p. 39-76

Johnson and Henderson, “Introduction: Queering Black Studies/ ‘Quaring’ Queer Studies.” In Black Queer Studies…

Week Twelve Race and Sexuality Cont.

Tuesday, November 22nd

Thursday, November 24th --- NO CLASS


Somerville, Siobhan B. Queering the Color Line... p. 76-110


Week Thirteen Race and the Management of Social Insecurity

Tuesday, November 29th and Thursday, December 1st


Giroux, Henry A. “Reading Hurricane Katrina: Race, Class and the Biopolitics of Disposibility.”

Reading on Prisons TBD

Okazawa-Rey, Margo and Gwen Kirk. “Maximum Security.”

Week Fourteen Wrap Up

Tuesday, December 6th

Final Papers Due


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