Course Listings

Spring 2022
Course number Course title Course description Course instructor Course date
  • ER&M 351
Southeast Asian Refugee Histories and Experiences

This multi-disciplinary seminar explores the historical and contemporary experiences of Southeast Asian refugees living in the United States. The course examines the historical contexts that created Southeast Asian refugee diasporas and community formations in the US as well as contemporary social, political, cultural, and economic issues concerning these communities.

  • Quan Tran
T 9:25-11:15a
  • AFAM 305
  • ENGL 258
African American Autobiography

Examination of African American autobiography, from slave narratives to contemporary memoirs, and how the genre approaches the project (and problem) of knowing, through reading, the relationships of fellow humans. Chronological consideration of a range of narratives and their representations of race, of space, of migration, of violence, of self, and of other, as well as the historical circumstances that inform these representations.

  • Sarah Mahurin
MW 11:35a-12:50p
  • ANTH 321
  • MMES 321
  • SOCY 318
  • WGSS 321
Middle East Gender Studies

The lives of women and men in the contemporary Middle East explored through a series of anthropological studies and documentary films. Competing discourses surrounding gender and politics, and the relation of such discourse to actual practices of everyday life. Feminism, Islamism, activism, and human rights; fertility, family, marriage, and sexuality.

  • Marcia Inhorn
M 3:30-5:20p
  • GLBL 292
  • MMES 295
Middle East Foreign and Regional Policies

The course presents MENA states’ foreign policies within the context of their evolving political and regional constraints as well as taking into consideration their mutual rivalries. The course focuses on the foreign policies of some states from both North Africa and the Middle East.

  • Nizar Messari
W 3:30-5:20p
  • GLBL 322
  • MMES 310
Society and Politics of the Middle East

This introductory survey seminar has an emphasis on cultural anthropology. Its aim is to explore the region from an ethnographic perspective. Students gain both a grounding in key themes and texts, as well as an understanding of the wider issues as they pertain to a very diverse region of the world grouped under the concept of the “Middle East.” We cover some of the most pertinent thematic areas, such as the aftermath of colonialism, the nature of states and nationalism, the role of religion in the diverse societies of the Middle East, gender and sexuality, and media.

  • Elizabeth Berk
T 9:25-11:15a
  • HIST 381
  • MMES 102
  • NELC 102
  • SOCY 102
Introduction to the Middle East

Introduction to the history, politics, societies, and cultures of the Middle East. Topics and themes include geopolitics, environment, state formation, roles of Judaism/Christianity/Islam, empire&colonialism, nationalism, regional & global wars, Palestine-Israel conflict, US and other Great Power intervention.

  • Jonathan Wyrtzen
MW 2:30-3:45p
  • GMAN 319
  • GMAN 679
  • FILM 694
  • HUMS 379
  • LITR 357
  • CPLT 528
  • FILM 361
Media of Migration

What role do media play in current debates on transnational migration? How do the stories they tell shape our imagination of refugees’ journeys starting in the Middle East, Africa, and Asia? Against the backdrop of European colonialism, post-1945 labor migration, and the so-called “European Refugee Crisis” in 2015, this course analyzes media representations of migration to Europe in the 21st century. We explore representations of migration due to political conflict, global economic inequality, and climate change.

  • Jette Gindner
Th 3:30-5:20p
  • 30170-01
  • 30171-01 (Advanced)
International Refugee Assistance Project
This course is designed to give students an opportunity to learn about international refugee law in theory and in practice. Students enrolled in the seminar will work under the supervision of attorneys to assist persecuted individuals abroad seeking safe legal passage to the United States or another country through client assistance, research, or advocacy projects. The course will provide the students with the practical and theoretical knowledge necessary to be effective practitioners of international refugee law. 
  • Kornfeld Poellot
Tue 4:10 PM-6:00 PM, TBC (Advanced)
  • 30203-01 (Fieldwork)
  • 30192-01 (Seminar)
Advanced Legal Assistance: Immigrant Rights Clinic Fieldwork
Fieldwork (30203). 1 to 4 units. Open only to students who have completed Legal Assistance: Immigrant Rights Clinic. 
Seminar (30192). 1 unit, credit/fail. Open only to students who have completed Legal Assistance: Immigrant Rights Clinic: Fieldwork and Seminar. Students who are enrolled in the seminar must also be enrolled in the fieldwork section.
  • Blank Haldeman
  • 30173-01
  • 30174-01 (Advanced)
Lowenstein International Human Rights Clinic
Lowenstein International Human Rights Clinic (30173). 4 units. Students will work on a variety of human rights projects, generally in support of advocacy efforts of human rights organizations. Projects are designed to give students practical experience with the range of activities in which lawyers engage to promote respect for human rights; to help students build the knowledge and skills necessary to be effective human rights advocates; and to integrate the theory and practice of human rights.
  • Silk
  • Metcalf
  • Beckerle Flores
Tue 10:10 AM-12:00 PM Fri 10:10 AM-12:00 PM, Fri 10:10 AM-12:00 PM (Advanced)
  • 30130-01 (Fieldwork)
  • 30129-01 (Seminar)
Advanced Worker and Immigrant Rights Advocacy Clinic
Fieldwork (30130). 1 to 4 units, graded or credit/fail at student option. Students may elect to take the fieldwork section without enrolling in the advanced seminar section.
Seminar (30129). 1 unit, credit/fail. A weekly seminar session only for returning students. Advanced Worker and Immigrant Rights Advocacy Clinic: Fieldwork is a co-requisite. Students enrolled in the seminar section must also be enrolled in the fieldwork section.
  • Ahmad Wishnie
  • Zampierin Flores
TBC (Fieldwork), Wed 9:10 AM-10:00 AM (Seminar)
  • 21193-01
Human Rights Workshop: Current Issues and Events

Human Rights Workshop: Current Issues and Events (21193). 1 unit, credit/fail. Conducted in workshop format and led by Professor James Silk, Director of the Orville H. Schell, Jr. Center for International Human Rights, the course will examine contemporary issues in human rights practice and theory. Guest speakers, including scholars, advocates and journalists, will present each week on a diverse range of topics in human rights. Readings are generally distributed in advance of each session.

  • Silk
  • Metcalf
Thu 12:10 PM-1:45 PM
  • 30195-01 (Fieldwork)
  • 30194-01 (Seminar)
Legal Assistance: Immigrant Rights Clinic
Fieldwork (30195). 2 units. Students must enroll simultaneously in the seminar and fieldwork components of this clinic. Permission of the instructors required. Enrollment limited to six new students. D. Blank and B. Haldeman.
Seminar (30194) and Fieldwork (30195). 2 units, for each component, 4 units total. Students may elect credit/fail and must do so by the stated deadline each term. Students must be enrolled in the seminar and fieldwork components simultaneously.
  • Blank Haldeman
  • 30128-01 (Fieldwork)
  • 30127-01 (Seminar)
Worker and Immigrant Rights Advocacy Clinic

Worker and Immigrant Rights Advocacy Clinic (30127) and Fieldwork (30128). 2 units, graded or credit/fail, at student option, for each part (4 units total). Students will represent immigrants and low-wage workers in Connecticut in labor, immigration, and other civil rights areas, through litigation for individuals and non-litigation advocacy for community-based organizations. In litigation matters, students will handle cases at all stages of legal proceedings in Immigration Court, Board of Immigration Appeals, U.S. District Court, the Second Circuit, and state courts.

  • Ahmad Wishnie
  • Zampierin Flores
TBC (Fieldwork), Thu 10:10 AM-12:00 PM (Seminar)
  • GLBL 773
Practical Challenges in Reform and Reconstruction

This course addresses practical challenges in countries, cities, and regions undertaking policy design and reform, especially at post-disaster and post-conflict junctures. With the current context of the pandemic, imperatives for climate change and inclusive governance, and ongoing challenges of conflict, criminality, and state collapse, governments and international institutions are struggling to respond and find the right policies for recovery and resilience. The course provides a range of perspectives on approaches to policy reform and implementation.

  • Clare Lockhart
T 1:30pm-3:20pm in WTS B35
  • GLBL 304
Four Conflicts: Iraq, Syria, Yemen, and Afghanistan

This course focuses on four recent conflicts—Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, and Yemen—using human rights as a sustaining theme. The instructor uses her on-the-ground knowledge to delve into the roots of the conflicts; the specific battles; turning points; the case studies of human rights abuse; and finally, possible political solutions and post-conflict resolution. We use a mix of video footage from reputable journalists as well as testimonies, texts, and articles from the time. An important dimension is lessons learned from previous wars, and the diplomatic and international response.

  • Janine di Giovanni
T 1:30-3:20p
  • GLBL 288
  • PLSC 465
Civil-Military Relations

This course explores the role of the military in politics, with a focus on processes of democratization. It introduces students to concepts of civilian control, professionalization, and military intervention. The course introduces significant cases from twentieth-century history and surveys contemporary military politics. Topics include coups d’etat, responses to revolution, and democratic transition.

  • Nicholas Lotito
W 9:25-11:15a
  • PLSC 221
American Extremism

This course interrogates the rise of violent extremism in the United States from a political science perspective. The course draws from research on terrorism and political violence to explain current trends in extremism. We compare made-in-America ideologies like white nationalism and the “alt-right” to extremist movements abroad, from the Red Army Faction to the Islamic State. 

  • Nicholas Lotito
M 9:25-11:15a
  • ER&M 323
Documenting Refugees in New Haven

This hands-on mixed methods seminar explores the historical and contemporary experiences of refugees in New Haven. The course examines the historical contexts that have led to the resettlements of different refugee populations in New Haven as well as contemporary issues concerning these communities. Through workshops, students gain qualitative research skills by exploring oral history, archival research, and ethnographic participant observation as complementary methods to document and study refugee communities in New Haven.

  • Quan Tran
Th 9:25-11:15a
  • MMES 304
  • ANTH 344
  • PLSC 458
Modern North Africa in Flux

This advanced course overviews the politics, culture, and society of contemporary North Africa: Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, and to a degree, Libya and Mauritania.

  • Vish Sakthivel
W 3:30-5:20p
  • GLBL 341
  • PLSC 450
The Geopolitics of Democracy

The threats to liberal democracy are being widely debated, from the US and Europe to developing nations.   In order for democracy to continue to thrive as the cornerstone of Western governance, it must adapt and be relevant to citizens of the 21st century. This course examines our appreciation of what constitutes democracy today and how to apply those understandings to the challenges of the 21st century.

  • Lauren Young
T 1:30-3:20p
  • HMRT 460
Independent Study

Readings in history, policy, theory, advocacy, and methodology of human rights; weekly tutorial and substantial term essay. Open to sophomores, juniors, and those seniors not intending it to fulfill a senior requirement.

  • Jim Silk
  • HMRT 470
Senior Independent Study

Readings in history, policy, theory, advocacy, and methodology of human rights; weekly tutorial and substantial term essay.

  • Jim Silk
  • PLSC 425
  • PLSC 759
  • GLBL 768

This course examines why autocratic states democratize and why democracy breaks down in already democratic states. The course also examines the reasons for and the effectiveness of the different ways that governments resist democratization, including accommodation, censorship, and repression.

  • Dawn Brancati
M 3:30-5:20p
  • AMST 099
  • ER&M 089
  • HIST 059
  • PHYS 047
Asian Americans and STEM

As both objects of study and agents of discovery, Asian Americans have played an important yet often unseen role in fields of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) in the U.S. Now more than ever, there is a need to rethink and educate students on science’s role in society and its interface with society. This course unites the humanities fields of Asian American history and American Studies with the STEM fields of medicine, physics, and computer science to explore the ways in which scientific practice has been shaped by U.S.

  • Mary Lui
  • Reina Maruyama
TTh 11:35a-12:50p
  • ECON 465
  • EP&E 224
  • GLBL 330
Debating Globalization

Facets of contemporary economic globalization, including trade, investment, and migration. Challenges and threats of globalization: inclusion and inequality, emerging global players, global governance, climate change, and nuclear weapons proliferation.

Prerequisite: background in international economics and data analysis. Preference to seniors majoring in Economics or EP&E.

  • Ernesto Zedillo
M 9:25-11:15a
  • HMRT 100
  • PLSC 148
Theories, Practices, and Politics of Human Rights

Introduction to core human-rights issues, ideas, practices, and controversies. The concept of human rights as a philosophical construct, a legal instrument, a political tool, an approach to economic and equity issues, a social agenda, and an international locus of contestation and legitimation. Required for students in the Multidisciplinary Academic Program in Human Rights.

  • Teeny Beckerle
TTh 2:30-3:20p
  • AMST 348
  • EVST 304
  • ER&M 381
Space, Place, and Landscape

Survey of core concepts in cultural geography and spatial theory. Ways in which the organization, use, and representation of physical spaces produce power dynamics related to colonialism, race, gender, class, and migrant status. Multiple meanings of home; the politics of place names; effects of tourism; the aesthetics and politics of map making; spatial strategies of conquest. Includes field projects in New Haven.

  • Laura Barraclough
Th 1:30-3:20p
  • AMST 452
  • ER&M 452
Movement, Memory, and U.S. Settler Colonialism

This research seminar examines and theorizes the significance of movement and mobility in the production and contestation of settler colonial nation-states. To do so, it brings together the fields of settler colonial studies, critical indigenous studies, ethnic studies, public history, and mobility studies.

  • Laura Barraclough
Th 9:25-11:15a
  • GLBL 341
  • PLSC 450
The Geopolitics of Democracy

The threats to liberal democracy are being widely debated, from the US and Europe to developing nations.   In order for democracy to continue to thrive as the cornerstone of Western governance, it must adapt and be relevant to citizens of the 21st century. This course examines our appreciation of what constitutes democracy today and how to apply those understandings to the challenges of the 21st century.

  • Lauren Young
T 1:30-3:20p
  • ANTH 388
  • ANTH 588
Politics of Culture in Southeast Asia

The promotion of national culture as part of political and economic agendas in Southeast Asia. Cultural and political diversity as a method for maintaining a country’s cultural difference in a global world.

  • Erik Harms
Th 9:25-11:15a
  • GLBL 460
Turning Points in American Foreign Policy

Examination of American policy decisions and strategies from the founding of the republic to modern day. Topics include American engagement with France and Britain during the American Revolution; post-WWII construction of the modern international order; the breakdown of the Communist system; and the failed states in Yugoslavia and Syria; as well as America’s responses to the current challenges of modern world order, emerging multipolarism, and climate change.

  • Robert Ford
T 3:30-5:20p
  • ARCH 3297
From Shigeru Ban to Ikea: Designing Refugee Camps

Ever since the UN declared shelter a “human right” in 1951, the number of refugee camps has escalated. Across the globe, NGOs, humanitarian organizations, and architects have been involved in designing provisional housing for refugees—a term that covers peoples displaced by ethnic, political, economic, and environmental reasons, both within and beyond their countries. Initially designed as temporary solutions, many are now the size of cities, in some cases with populations that have soared to half a million people.

  • Esther da Costa Meyer
T 4-5:50p