Fall 2020

Transnational American Studies

Listed in: American Studies, as AMST-130  |  Black Studies, as BLST-130

Moodle site: Course


Jallicia A. Jolly (Section 01)
Leah C. Schmalzbauer (Section 01)


(Offered as AMST 130 and BLST 130) The hustle and flow of bodies, ideas, inequalities and solidarities is core to our increasingly globalized world. This course offers an introduction to the Americas as a transnational space. We will explore the interplay of race, gender, ethnicity, sexuality, and nationality from interdisciplinary perspectives. We will draw examples from the United States, Canada, the Caribbean, and Latin America. Students will learn through a variety of methods including textual analysis, feminist ethnography, archival research, and cultural studies. We will also examine multiple approaches to American Studies such as critical race and ethnic studies, feminist and queer studies, indigenous studies, as well as theories of decolonization and settler colonialism. We will grapple with the complexities of identity and difference, immigration and border control, slavery, colonization, and empire.

Limited to 20 students. Fall semester. Visting Instructor Jolly and Professor Schmalzbauer.

If Overenrolled: Preference will be given to first year students and sophomores and American Studies and Black Studies majors.


Attention to Issues of Class, Attention to Issues of Gender and Sexuality, Attention to Issues of Race, Attention to Writing, Community Based Learning, Online Only, Transnational or World Cultures Taught in English


2022-23: Not offered
Other years: Offered in Fall 2020, Fall 2023