Latin American Borderlands

History 103E.003

Fall 2012
Day & Time: 
W 10-12P
Tim Ruckle is a Berkeley alum and Ph.D. candidate, writing on the use of the Bible in American public schools. He has taught history 7A, 7B, Intellectual History of the United States, The United States and the World Since 1919, and his seminar on the Religious History of the 20th Century United States.

The study of U.S.-Mexico borderlands has gained traction in the Latin America historiography as interest has grown in transnational identities, ethno-racial politics and the cross-border flow of peoples, goods and violence.  In this seminar we will consider how constructed geo-political boundaries and socio-cultural space encompassed by the region have reproduced cultural, economic and political exchanges between indigenous, Iberian, mestizo and Anglophone communities.  Our readings of secondary sources will problematize the idea of the nation-state as a primary unit of historical analysis and invite us to examine how borders have been imagined and constructed, contested or accepted, enforced and transgressed.   Attention will be paid to how race, gender, religion, and class influenced and were influenced by these tensions. In addition, students will have an opportunity to interrogate primary sources and, where applicable, develop a thesis prospectus as their term paper.