Department of Mexican American and Latina/o Studies
Department of Mexican American and Latina/o Studies

Marisol LeBrón


Assistant ProfessorPh.D., New York University

Marisol LeBrón

Contact

  • Phone: 512-471-3587
  • Office: GWB 2.328
  • Office Hours: Mondays 11:30am-12:30pm and Thursdays 11am-2pm
  • Campus Mail Code: F9200

Interests


Puerto Rico and the Puerto Rican diaspora, Latinx populations in the United States, transnational American studies, race and ethnicity, gender and sexuality, colonialism and empire, neoliberalism, spatial inequality, policing, incarceration, criminalization, militarization, youth, popular culture

Biography


Dr. Marisol LeBrón received her PhD in American Studies from New York University and her bachelor's degree in Comparative American Studies and Latin American Studies from Oberlin College. Prior to arriving at UT, Dr. LeBrón was an Assistant Professor of American Studies at Dickinson College and a Postdoctoral Associate in Latino/a Studies in the Global South at Duke University. 

An interdisciplinary scholar, Dr. LeBrón’s research and teaching focus on race, social inequality, policing, violence, and protest. Her book, Policing Life and Death: Race, Violence, and Resistance in Puerto Rico (forthcoming University of California Press, 2019), examines the growth of punitive governance in contemporary Puerto Rico. Dr. LeBrón has published her research in a variety of scholarly venues including Radical History Review, Journal of Urban History, Souls: A Journal of Black Politics, Culture, and Society, Women & Performance: A Journal of Feminist Theory, NACLA Report on the Americas, and the edited volume Policing the Planet: Why the Policing Crisis Led to Black Lives Matter

Dr. LeBrón’s next project, tentatively titled Shared Geographies of Resistance: Puerto Ricans and the Uses of Solidarity, explores the role of Puerto Rican activists in international radical politics and freedom struggles over the course of the twentieth century. Drawing from rich archival data, this project will document how Puerto Ricans in the archipelago and in the diaspora have connected their struggles against U.S. colonial rule with other struggles against colonialism, racism, and military violence taking place around the globe.

Dr. LeBrón is an active contributor to popular conversations about Puerto Rico and its diaspora. She has published op-eds in The Guardian and Truthout (with Hilda Lloréns) and has been interviewed by a number of news outlets about Puerto Rico’s debt crisis as well as the impact of Hurricane María. Dr. LeBrón is also one of the co-creators and project leaders for the Puerto Rico Syllabus (#PRsyllabus), a digital resource for understanding the Puerto Rican debt crisis.

Courses


WGS 392 • Rsch Meths Smnr Wom/Gen Std-Wb

46165 • Spring 2021
Meets M 2:00PM-5:00PM
Internet; Synchronous

This course is designed to prepare graduate students in gender studies and the qualitative social sciences to conduct a research project for their master’s theses or similar projects. We will explore a range of research methods and traditions as well as the epistemological assumptions underlying them. We will consider what it means to conduct “feminist” research, as well as the perils and promise of the more participatory research traditions. Some of the research methods we will explore include interviewing, survey research, case studies, textual analysis, and participant observation.

MAS 319 • Black/Latinx Intersections-Wb

39359 • Fall 2020
Meets TTH 2:00PM-3:30PM
Internet; Synchronous
CD

Scholars, journalists, and pundits have argued that the new status of Latinxs as the “majority minority” population in the United States would diminish the political and economic power of the Black community and exacerbate simmering tensions between Black and Latinx groups. This course troubles sensationalistic accounts of Black and Latinx conflict by: 1) challenging the notion that Blackness and Latinidad are mutually exclusive; and 2) focusing on what interactions between Black American and Latinx groups illuminate about race and power relations in the United States. While this course asks what real and perceived moments of tension tell us about structures of inequality experienced by both groups, the readings in the course move beyond the dominant conflict paradigm to look at the complex relationship between Black American and Latinx communities and the structural forces and contexts that shape their interactions. In particular, this course will focus special attention on moments of coalition as Black American and Latinx groups have labored alongside one another to challenge the existing power structure and create a more just society.

 

Readings:

  • Lauren Araiza, To March for Others: The Black Freedom Struggle and the United Farm Workers.
  • Vanessa Ribas, On the Line: Slaughterhouse Lives and the Making of the New South.
  • John D. Márquez, Black-Brown Solidarity: Racial Politics in the New Gulf South.
  • Johanna Fernández, The Young Lords: A Radical History
  • Savannah Shange, Progressive Dystopia: Abolition, Antiblackness, and Schooling in San Francisco
  • Paul Ortiz, An African Americana and Latinx History of the United States

MAS 364E • Policing Latinidad-Wb

39388 • Fall 2020
Meets TTH 11:00AM-12:30PM
Internet; Synchronous

Course Description:

How does the criminal justice system make itself felt in the everyday lives of Latinxs? From border enforcement, to stop and frisk, to the phenomenon of mass incarceration, many Latinxs find themselves and their communities enmeshed within a dense web of surveillance, punishment, and detention. This interdisciplinary course will examine the historical, political, economic, and social factors that have, in many ways, criminalized Latinidad and/or rendered Latinidad illegal.

We will examine how race, class, education, gender, sexuality, and citizenship shape the American legal system and impact how Latinxs navigate that system. This course will pay special attention to the troubled and unequal relationshi between Latinxs and the criminal justice apparatus in the United States and how it has resulted in the formation of resistant political identities and activist practices.

Readings:

Timothy Black, When a Heart Turns Rock Solid: The Lives of Three Puerto Rican Brothers On and Off the Streets, New York: Vintage Books, 2009.

Kelly Lytle Hernandez, Migra!: A History of the U.S. Border Patrol, Berkeley: University of California Press, 2010.

Patrisia Macia-Rojas, From Deportation to Prison: The Politics of Immigration Enforcement in Post-Civil Rights America, New York: New York University Press 2016.

Eduardo Obregon Pagan, Murder at the Sleepy Lagoon: Zoot Suits, Race, and Riots in Wartime L.A., Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2003.

Victor M. Rios, Punished: Policing he Lives o Black and Latino Boys, New York: New York University Press, 2011.

All other readings for this course will be available online.

MAS 301 • Intr Mex Amer Latina/O Studies

40315 • Spring 2019
Meets TTH 12:30PM-2:00PM BUR 112
CD SB

This course will examine historical and contemporary examples of Latina/o/x political, social, and cultural practices in the United States through an interdisciplinary lens. We will explore the transnational nature of Latinidad and how Latina/o/x culture and identity is shaped by power relations and socio-political dynamics both in the United States as well as in countries of origin. This course will begin with discussions of what constitutes Latino/a/x identity and what constitutes Latino/a/x studies, laying the foundation for the analytical work we will do for the remainder of the semester. We will turn to themes ranging from colonialism and conquest, to sexuality and gender, to transnationalism and immigration, to race, poverty, and spatial inequality, to language, music, and media representations. Within each section of the course, students will be asked to articulate their thoughts via both written work and class participation, creating a classroom environment wherein students collectively think through the politics, histories, and implications of Latina/o/x identity.

MAS 374 • Policing Latinidad

40578 • Fall 2018
Meets MWF 10:00AM-11:00AM BIO 301
CD (also listed as AMS 321, WGS 340)

Course Description:

How does the criminal justice system make itself felt in the everyday lives of Latinxs? From border enforcement, to stop and frisk, to the phenomenon of mass incarceration, many Latinxs find themselves and their communities enmeshed within a dense web of surveillance, punishment, and detention. This interdisciplinary course will examine the historical, political, economic, and social factors that have, in many ways, criminalized Latinidad and/or rendered Latinidad illegal.

We will examine how race, class, education, gender, sexuality, and citizenship shape the American legal system and impact how Latinxs navigate that system. This course will pay special attention to the troubled and unequal relationshi between Latinxs and the criminal justice apparatus in the United States and how it has resulted in the formation of resistant political identities and activist practices.

Readings:

Timothy Black, When a Heart Turns Rock Solid: The Lives of Three Puerto Rican Brothers On and Off the Streets, New York: Vintage Books, 2009.

Kelly Lytle Hernandez, Migra!: A History of the U.S. Border Patrol, Berkeley: University of California Press, 2010.

Patrisia Macia-Rojas, From Deportation to Prison: The Politics of Immigration Enforcement in Post-Civil Rights America, New York: New York University Press 2016.

Eduardo Obregon Pagan, Murder at the Sleepy Lagoon: Zoot Suits, Race, and Riots in Wartime L.A., Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2003.

Victor M. Rios, Punished: Policing he Lives o Black and Latino Boys, New York: New York University Press, 2011.

All other readings for this course will be available online.

Assignments and Grading:

Class Participation: 15%

Presentations: 25%

Midterm Essay: 25%

Final Essays: 35%