Aug 13, 2022  
Course Catalog 2020-2021 
    
Course Catalog 2020-2021 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Comparative American Studies


Departmental Faculty
Gina Pérez, Professor of Comparative American Studies, Interim Director
KJ Cerankowski, Assistant Professor of Comparative American Studies and Gender, Sexuality, and Feminist Studies
Wendy Kozol, Professor of Comparative American Studies
Shelley Lee, Professor of Comparative American Studies and History (on leave)
Meredith Raimondo, Associate Professor of Comparative American Studies (on administrative leave)

Faculty by Courtesy
Yveline Alexis, Assistant Professor of Africana Studies and Comparative American Studies
Rick Baldoz, Associate Professor and Chair of Sociology
Janet Fiskio, Associate Professor of Environmental Studies and Comparative American Studies
Meredith Gadsby, Associate Professor of Africana Studies and Comparative American Studies
Jennifer Garcia, Assistant Professor of Politics 
Pablo Mitchell, Professor of History and Comparative American Studies 
Tamika Nunley, Assistant Professor of History (on leave)
Afia Ofori-Mensa, Director, Office of Undergraduate Research, Assistant Professor of Comparative American Studies and Africana Studies
Renee Romano, Professor of History and Comparative American Studies 
Harrod Suarez, Associate Professor of English and Comparative American Studies


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Comparative American Studies examines the range and diversity of experiences, communities, and identities in the United States. Through inter and multi-disciplinary study, students explore social, political, economic and cultural processes relating to the production and contestation of power and inequality, and consider the United States locally, nationally, and globally. The department invites students to consider the relationship of different communities to both the nation-state and to each other, ranging from issues of settler colonialism and empire building to social justice movements. Courses investigate power and agency through analysis of intersecting structures of race, gender, class, sexuality, ability and citizenship. Central to these studies are examinations of the relationship of theory and practice in various historical and contemporary contexts.

Comparative American Studies is aligned with the fields of ethnic studies, LGBTQ studies, and American Studies, and its core faculty have expertise in the areas of visual culture studies, gender studies, LGBTQ studies, Asian American Studies, and Latina/o Studies. Affiliates and courtesy faculty from departments such as Africana Studies, English, Sociology, and Politics, further enhance the topical and methodological breadth that students can attain through the CAS major.

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