Nov 30, 2022  
Course Catalog 2022-2023 
    
Course Catalog 2022-2023

Comparative American Studies


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

Faculty by Courtesy
Yveline Alexis, Associate 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 
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 multidisciplinary study, students explore social, political, economic, and cultural processes relating to the production and contestation of power and inequality, as well as consider the United States locally, nationally, and globally. The Comparative American Studies (CAS) 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. Affiliate 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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