Latin America

103E.002 Spring 2016 From Cultural Encounters to Covert Ops: Approaches to Latin American Relations with the United States

In this seminar, students will examine the history and historiography of Latin American relations with the “Colossus of the North” over the twentieth century. We will consider both traditional lenses for viewing this relationship, such as policy, political economy, and intervention, in addition to newer “transnational” approaches, including work on migration, diaspora, pop culture, public health, and tourism. During the first third of the course, students will gain an understanding of the major historiographical trends in the scholarship.

101.002 Spring 2016 Research Topics in Latin America

This seminar will guide students through the process of completing a senior thesis on a topic within Spanish or Portuguese Latin America or the French and Spanish Caribbean. Our focus will be the research and writing process, ranging from the feasibility of research topics, historiography, methodology, and analysis. Students should contact the professor in advance of the seminar to discuss possible topics and, if possible, research questions.

285E Spring 2016 Latin America

This is a research seminar on Latin American topics.

103E.002 Fall 2015 The Image of the City in Latin America

This is a seminar about the form of the city in Latin America and why it matters. We will approach the topic from two perspectives, considering both the experience of those living in cities and the attempts by politicians, architects and urbanists to plan, organize, and even create cities. Our readings will span the history and countries of Latin America, but the focus will be on the nineteenth and twentieth centuries and on Mexico, Brazil, Cuba, and Argentina.

141B Fall 2015 Social History of Modern Latin America

What causes people to finally say, “¡ya basta!”? How has Latin America’s long history of social inequality played out in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries? How have Latin American governments reacted to and contributed to protests, strikes, and revolutions? This course explores the historical trajectories of various Latin American uprisings, and traces the conditions leading up to social unrest in a number of countries, including Mexico, Brazil, Cuba, Guatemala, Peru, Chile, and Argentina.

140B Fall 2015 Modern Mexico

This course surveys Mexican history from the end of the colonial period to the present. Students interested in Mexican problems and issues will come away with a deeper understanding of how present-day Mexico came to be. Students interested in historiographical issues should also find the course interesting, as lectures pay regular attention to problems of interpretation-the different ways that historians have tried to come to grips with Mexico's past.


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