Latin America

8A Fall 2016 Becoming Latin America, 1492 to 1824

This class is an introduction to the key trends, people and events that shaped the emergence of Latin America and the Caribbean. Beginning with a brief treatment  of Amerindian societies and cultures prior to 1492 and the earliest encounters  between Europeans and diverse Amerindian peoples, we will consider the mutual  misunderstandings that characterized these early encounters, the subsequent "conquest"  of complex American civilizations, the establishment of colonial rule, and the formation of diverse colonial societies.

275E.001 Fall 2016 Survey: Latin American History

This seminar is a survey of colonial Latin American and Caribbean history, which combines classic debates with new lines of inquiry inspired by the overlapping field of Atlantic history.  This course will introduce students to major themes and historiographical approaches through a combination of canonical works and some of the most recent scholarship in the field.  Our approach is designed both to build core knowledge and provide inspiration about new directions for future

103E.002 Fall 2016 Inequalities in the Americas (Proseminar in Latin American History)

A common theme since the late nineteenth century has been the persistence of inequalities. Across the globe, workers, women, peasants, racial and religious minorities, governments, and so forth, wrestled with various forms of inequality. How did these different social actors address them? Were the grievances of workers in, say, Buenos Aires and Mexico City comparable to those in Chicago or Manchester? Was being black different in Brazil, Cuba, or the U.S. during the 1950s? Were some governments more successful at redressing inequalities than others? If so, why?

103E.001 Fall 2016 In and Out of Latin America: From a Region of Immigrants to a Region of Emigrants (Proseminar in Latin America History)

During the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, millions of Asian and European migrants left their home communities and settled in Latin America.  But during the second half of the twentieth century, millions of Latin Americans left the region and migrated elsewhere.  This reading seminar will examine the early migratory flows to Latin America and the later flows out of the region.  Readings during the first half of the course will focus on the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, specifically immigrant societies in Latin Ameri

100E.002 Fall 2016 Special Topics in Latin American History: Cuba in World History

This course surveys Cuban history, culture, and politics from the fifteenth century to the present.  We will examine both the outsized role the island has played in world history and the dramatic ways world history has refracted through the island’s turbulent past.  Over this long timespan, Cuba has had relationships of colonial status with Spain, a client role with the United States, and dependency with the Soviet Union.  Today it stands at the precipice of a new post-Cold War relationship with the United States.  Throughout its histor

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.


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