Comparative American Studies
Department Chair:
Shelley Lee

Administrative Assistant:
Linda Pardee

Department Email:

Phone: (440) 775-8390
Fax: (440) 775-8644

King 105
10 N. Professor Street
Oberlin, OH, 44074-1095

Gina Pérez’s courses

Gina Pérez’s courses

201.  Latinas/os in Comparative Perspective - 3 hours
This course may also count for the major in (consult the program or department major requirements): Latin American Studies; Hispanic Studies; Gender, Sexuality and Feminist Studies This course analyzes the varied experiences of Latinas/os in the United States. Using ethnography, literature, film, and history, this course will explore questions of immigration/transnationalism; culture and political economy; racial, ethnic, gender, and sexual identities among Latinas/os; the struggle for place in American cities; as well as the intersections of gender, work and family. Enrollment Limit: 30.

300.  Situated Research Semester - 4 hours
4SS, CD, Wri
This field-based methods course integrates classroom-based discussion of methodologies and theory with field research drawn from weekly fieldwork in an internship or placement of the student’s choice. Students will present, discuss, and engage with methodological, theoretical, and ethical questions arising from field research and work with the instructor in writing a work-based ethnography.  Note: Must be taken with CAST 301.  Enrollment Limit: 12.

301.  Situated Research Practicum 1-2 hours
1 to 2SS
Students will choose a field site and use this work as the basis of weekly written assignments in the form of field journals. Note: Must be taken with CAST 300

311.  Militarization of American Daily Life - 4 hours
This course may also count for the major in (consult the program or department major requirements): GSFS, LATS
How has the historic and contemporary reality of war and war preparation shaped daily life in the United States? And what have been the repercussions of militarization beyond United States geopolitical boundaries both throughout the Americas and globally? This course takes a broad view of ‘American’ daily life to consider how war, war preparation, and the underlying assumption that war is both a natural fact of life and part of human nature shape the experiences of people throughout the Americas, as well as the globalizing reach of American military power throughout the 20th century. Enrollment Limit: 20.

402.  Capstone Seminar: Rethinking Barrios and Ghettoes - 4 hours
4SS, CD, Wri
Academics, policy makers, and social reformers have long concerned themselves with understanding the urban poor. This course takes a critical look at the structural forces creating urban spaces popularly regarded as ‘barriors’ and ‘ghettos.’ Course readings will draw from anthropology, sociology, literature and history to examine various approaches to and representations of marginalized urban communities in the past and present. Consent of the instructor is required. Enrollment Limit: 12.