Spring 2023 Ethnic Studies Graduate Certificate Courses

ETHN Courses:

Susana Peña | W 2:30-5:20pm | Shatzel 242

This class will focus on the intersection of race and sexuality, with particular focus on African American and Latinx populations in the United States.  We will discuss how sexuality discourses and practices have constructed, reinforced, and challenged racial, ethnic, gender, and class inequalities.  In particular, we will focus on topics such as queer of color critique, racialized sexualities and sex work, immigration, and reproductive justice. We will read work by scholars such as Roderick Ferguson, Gloria Anzaldúa, Mireille Miller-Young, Lionel Cantú, and Eithne Luibhéid. 

Tim Messer-Kruse | Th 2:30-5:20pm | Shatzel 242

CRT: Myth and Reality will examine the scholarship that is Critical Race Theory and the moral panic that it has provoked. After exploring the history of both CRT and populist racism, each week will be devoted to analyzing one of the "divisive concepts" currently banned by nearly half of the states.   

Approved Cognate Courses:

Radhika Gajjala | Th 6:00-9:00pm | Eppler North 303
This course focuses Social Media and Activism/Advocacy/Allyship and Influencers. This course will investigate topics related to social media and its use in activism and advocacy, whether by individuals, non-profits, political parties or social justice movements. Since the internet became publicly available beyond scientific and intelligence communities in the 1990s, we have seen a trend where people from various social and cultural worldwide locations have used the tools available to raise awareness for causes. As early as 1994, the Zapatistas used the internet for activism. Over the last decade we have seen an increase in this use by groups all across the globe. In looking at Activism/Advocacy/Allyship and Influencers the assumption is not that digital activists and influencers are ideologically progressive. The movements we look at and the tactics and strategies we examine will shed light on both conservative and liberal progressive movements across a spectrum of race, gender, class, caste, religion, nationalisms and fascisms. Thus we look at activist strategies in relation political misinformation, spread of hate groups as well as at human rights, antiracist or feminist movements. This manner of engaging what is happening though social media publics allows us to examine issues of race, gender and geography and how different historically oppressed/marginalized communities are impacted by what has come to be known as “digital activism.” Readings and exercises in class will focus on examining both the algorithmic/machinic infrastructural biases and the more discursively visible social, cultural, political and economic biases that shape practices of “digital activism.” 

Radhika Gajjala l M 6-9:00pm l Shatzel Hall 126
This course emphasizes the use of computational tools and data analytics methods combined and juxtaposes with humanities critical ethnographic approaches. The methodological approach emphasizes an antiracist, anti-casteist and intersectional feminist epistemic framework. We use texts that are written by scholars across a gender continuum and emphasize the works of people of color.
We examine the importance of mixed and multiple methods where “big” data is examined closely in “smaller” frames drawing on data analytics tools and their ability to produce quantifiable metrics for describing data on the one hand and using a variety of qualitative and interpretive methods to collect and extend the understanding of these smaller frames in a broader more global context on the other.

Remy Attig | Online
An emphasis on “speaking correctly” and “grammar policing” has been a tool to silence resistance and reaffirm the superiority of the elite for centuries. This is particularly true where it relates to colonial and nationalist projects. While many of us have internalized these ideas of linguistic purity through our education and societal beliefs, the truth is that for a great many people these prescriptivist ideas of language don’t reflect our actual speech. 

Despite the gravitas of institutions such as the Real Academia Española, the Oxford Dictionary, and the standardization of the editorial process, many are using their language in non-standardized ways to voice their resistance on their own terms. 

This course will use translinguistics and queer theories to consider how some traditionally underrepresented communities use language in innovative or unconventional ways to tell their own stories. We’ll look at TV, zines, and literature from across US Latinx communities and on the Hispanic-Brazilian border to see how queer, feminist, Latinx, and other communities are taking control of their own representation. 

**This class is conducted in Spanish. Readings will be in English and Spanish** 

Kristen Rudisill | M 6:00-9:00PM l Central Hal 1010
This course covers the broad topics of Identity, Nationalism, Modernity, Post-Colonialism, Subaltern Studies, Diaspora, Transnationalism, Globalization, Localization, Tourism, and New Media through a wide variety of readings. By the end of the course you should have seen excellent examples and be prepared to complete your own conference-length research project that grounds popular culture in a specific political, historical, and geographic context. You should also be able to engage with larger ideas about how your object of study participates in the world of global culture, influencing and being influenced by cultural practices of production and consumption around the globe. In this course you are encouraged to consider the ways that popular culture shapes, challenges, and expands ideas of identity amongst its creators and users in national, international, and transnational contexts. You are required to write reviews of two scholarly books of your choice and should have procured the tools to thoughtfully evaluate the work of other scholars in the form of a short review. 

Nicole Jackson l TueTh 4:00-5:15 pm l Central Hall 1008
As he traveled around the Americas, Marcus Garvey solicited support for his Black Star Line and Back to Africa movement from Black communities in cities like New York, U.S.A, Kingston, Jamaica, and Limon, Costa Rica. Garvey asked his potential supporters to dream of a place where they would be free of racial discrimination and violent racism. He asked them to invest their hard-earned money in moving to a place where they could find the belonging so often denied them in countries built on their labor, enslaved and free. Even though Garvey’s movement failed in repatriating Black people in the Americas to the African continent, his ideas tapped into a long yearning for a place few people remembered, but to which their imagination often wondered. This course will look at the history of the Black Diaspora from various methodological viewpoints, considering such themes as slavery, freedom, “return,” music/art, social movements, race, and gender. 

Sandra Faulkner l Class Meeting Information - TBD
How do we define, measure, and communicate race? How do racial discrimination and racism negatively affect the health of individuals and their communities? How can we use communication to reduce racial prejudice and discrimination? What is the role of communication in reducing racial inequities and transforming racial media (mis)representations? How do individuals, dyads, groups, and organizations use communication to challenge and reconstruct racial identities? 
In this course, we will explore the construction and communication of race in interpersonal, organizational, and cultural contexts. From the construction of racial categories and media representations to discourses of resistance and social activism, we will critically investigate the complex relationship between communication and race. Focusing on the intersections of race, ethnicity, gender, class, sexuality, and language, we will also explore how individuals have defined, negotiated, and voiced their own racial identities.  

Updated: 10/04/2022 10:11AM