Teresa Lozano Long Institute of Latin American Studies
Teresa Lozano Long Institute of Latin American Studies

Iván Chaar López

Assistant ProfessorPh.D., University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

Assistant Professor, Department of American Studies
Iván Chaar López



Digital Studies, Ethnic Studies, Latina/o Studies, and Science & Technology Studies; art and visual culture; borderlands, capital, history of technology (especially electronics and computing); imperial formations; Latina/o lifeworlds and knowledge production; media archaeology; racial formation





AMS 390 • Borderlands/Technology/Race

31520 • Spring 2022
Meets TH 2:00PM-5:00PM BUR 436B
(also listed as HIS 392, MAS 392)

Graduate standing required. Permission from instructor required.

AMS 370 • Art/ Data In The Digital Age

31905 • Fall 2021
Meets TTH 12:30PM-2:00PM BUR 436A

Of central concern for this class are the ways contemporary cultures are shaped by and shaping digital technologies. Using scholarly and popular press materials as well as a range of artifacts (i.e., films, videos, social network sites, algorithms, wearables), the class interrogates the role of digital technologies in the social, political, and economic life of peoples in the U.S.

AMS 310 • Intro To American Studies-Wb

31495 • Spring 2021
Meets TTH 12:30PM-2:00PM
Internet; Synchronous

This class introduces students to the field of American Studies. The guiding objective of the class is to use interdisciplinary lenses – such as music, dance, material culture, and urban studies – to develop a more complex understanding of American culture. In this class, we will investigate select aspects of American culture using various methodological approaches. The course outline follows a semi-linear pattern in history, but is hardly comprehensive. We will look broadly at the tensions between individual identity formation and the many social constructions that operate in American culture. The class is loosely tied around the connection, or disconnection, of individuals with mass culture (music, in particular, but also cars, corporations, television, and even fashion).

AMS 390 • Borderlnds/Technology/Race-Wb

31655 • Spring 2021
Meets W 1:00PM-4:00PM
Internet; Synchronous

This course examines what becomes legible when we explore the borderlands though the articulations of technology and race after 1945. Often times, historical actors have treated the borderlands as a site for the development of an experimental mode of governance that, with time, becomes dominant. Part of the course’s method is to explore borderlands through a comparative approach that tries to understand the proliferation of (racial) capitalist modes of production. Throughout the semester we will explore the role of the borderlands in, among other things, the development of nuclearity, special economic zones, electronics manufacturing, energy, urban spaces, waste, border enforcement, logistics, and the entrepreneurial self.

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