Autumn Semester 2021 Graduate Courses

Comparative Studies 


Comparative Studies 5240 Race and Public Policy in the United States

Page 060 | WF 9:35-10:55 | Miranda Martinez

This course explores Race and Public Policy in the United States from Reconstruction to the present. In particular, the class is designed to look at the long list of "hot topics" in the current policy landscape, including policing, housing, wealth gap, immigration, voting, political representation, and others. Cross-listed in AAAS and PUBAFFAIRS.

Comparative Studies 6100 Critical Foundations: Comparative Analysis

Hagerty 451 | TuThu 11:10-12:30 | Kwaku Korang

Comparative Studies 6750.01 Introduction to Graduate Study in Folklore: Philology of the Vernacular

Hagerty 451 | Tu 2:15-5:00 | Katherine Borland

Introduction to the canonical folklore genres and the history of folklore as a discipline. Why and how should we study the vernacular?  Not open to students with credit for 770.01, or English 6751.01 (770.01). Cross-listed in English 6751.01.

Comparative Studies 7350.01 Theorizing Folklore I: Tradition and Transmission

Denney 213 | Thu 1:50-4:50 | Amy Shuman

The transmission of cultural forms through time and space across social networks, with special attention to the dynamics of conservation and innovation, reflexivity and habit. Not open to students with credit for English 7351.01 or 7351.11.  Cross-listed in English 7351.01.

Comparative Studies 7360 Theorizing Culture

Hagerty 451 | F 9:10-12:00 | Morgan Liu

What is “culture” and is the concept useful to understanding what people do, say, and think? Is it to  be  located  in  ideas, in  materiality,  in  discourse,  or in practice/performance? We will  think about  how  the  cultural  dimensions  of  human  existence  are  variously  involved  with  tactics  of power;  with  conflations  of  race,  nation,  and  territoriality;  with  shaping  agency  and  articulating voice; with universalistic claims and particular politics. Readings are centered on ethnographies that plumb specific cases and simultaneously theorize subjectivity, knowledge, representation, gender, identity,  embodiment,  space,  networks,  colonialism,  complexity,  the  state,  the  global, etc. We will consider these case studies with respect to perspectives from cultural anthropology, human geography, linguistic  anthropology,  urban  studies,  cultural  studies,  science  studies, history, political science, and sociology. Students from all disciplines are very welcome in this course. The central position of the class is your semester-long essay on a topic of your choice (perhaps a piece for your future thesis) in light of perspectives of the course. The course’s seminar/lecture format involves close engagement among students and with me. There will be a mini-conference where students present their own work to the class for feedback . Prereq: Grad standing or permission of instructor. Not open to students with credit for 716.

Comparative Studies 8100 Interdisciplinary Lab 1

Hagerty 451 | Thu 2:15-5:00 | Melissa Curley and David Horn

In general, the Comparative Studies Interdisciplinary Learning Laboratories are year-long courses, including CS 8100 and CS 8200, that encourage participants to engage in sustained interdisciplinary research, to workshop their research projects in conversation with one another, and to share their projects with broader publics. In keeping with the model of the laboratory, the Learning Laboratory emphasizes the creation of shared spaces of experimental inquiry and the generation of knowledge as a collaborative endeavor.*

Comparative Studies 8990 Colloquium, Workshops, and Departmental Seminars

Hagerty 451 | W 3:00-5:00 | Miranda Martinez 

Departmental workshop, colloquium, or seminar.  Topics vary.  Repeatable to a maximum of 9 cr hrs or 9 completions. This course is graded S/U.