WGSS 321
Contemporary Immigration Landscapes Spring 2025
Division II
Cross-listed AMST 312 / LATS 335

Class Details

What is the relationship between racial formations, transnational migrations, and power in the United States? How do geometries of power shape our relationship to place? How do people navigate and resist the exercise of unequal power relations? This course examines geographies of transnational migration, bringing together insights from critical race theory, queer theory, and postcolonial theories to enrich our understanding of human geography. Theories on belonging, identity, and power will serve as a bridge between the state’s role in structuring the lives of transnational migrants and the politics of conceiving futures as alternatives to current political geographic imaginations in the U.S. immigration landscape. Through an interdisciplinary exploration of ‘migration,’ we will examine the depth and range of migrants’ experiences (such as through Javier Zamora’s Solito: A Memoir) and how these communities’ lives are structured through various axes of difference, such as race, gender, sexuality, class, and documentation status. We will give attention to the variegated landscape of immigration enforcement and its relationship to issues of labor, political economy, and incarceration, among others. Through materials that embrace both social science and humanities approaches, this course will help students develop a critical understanding of how space matters when considering transnational processes of migration as well as migrant communities’ political practices throughout the US. This course asks students to compare and contrast the intellectual genealogies covered and apply these theories of identity and power to case studies that focus on political interventions for social justice (such as UndocuQueers in the immigrant justice movement).
The Class: Format: seminar
Limit: 25
Expected: 20
Class#: 3512
Grading: no pass/fail option, no fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: Your learning is evaluated through class participation (discussion, responses, & in-class worksheets), three assignments, and a final project.
Prerequisites: None
Enrollment Preferences: LATS concentrators or those intending to concentrate
Distributions: Division II
Notes: This course is cross-listed and the prefixes carry the following divisional credit:
AMST 312 Division II LATS 335 Division II WGSS 321 Division II
Attributes: AMST Comp Studies in Race, Ethnicity, Diaspora
AMST Critical and Cultural Theory Electives
AMST Space and Place Electives
LATS Core Electives
WGSS Racial Sexual + Cultural Diversity Courses

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