Department of Mexican American and Latina/o Studies
Department of Mexican American and Latina/o Studies
Department of Mexican American and Latina/o Studies
Due to COVID-19, the Latino Studies offices will be closed for the fall semester. The Gloria Anzaldúa Student Lounge will remain accessible to MALS students only via swipe ID access. Latino Studies staff are working remotely and remain responsive on email. To locate our emails, please refer to the Staff List in the navigation to the bottom left. 

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Race And Ethnicity Politics
39398 • Clealand, Danielle
Meets MWF 11:00AM-12:00PM • Online only
This course provides an introduction to the study of racial and ethnic politics throughout the United States. It is aimed at students with no prior knowledge of the field, but a desire to gain an in depth understanding of the major paradigms associated with race, racism and inequality in the United States. The course will discuss racial policies, racial activism, mass incarceration, immigration, housing discrimination and segregation, Afro-Latino politics, racial ideologies and migration. We will spend time talking about the current Black Lives Matter protests and how racial activism and protests are currently shaping our national conversation and policies.
Learn more about Dr. Clealand. 

Black/Latinx Intersections
39359 • Lebron, Marisol
Meets TTH 2:00PM-3:30PM • Online only 
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.
Learn more about Dr. LeBrón. 

Karma R. Chávez

Chair of Mexican American and Latina/o Studies

Karma R. Chávez
The establishment of MALS represents an institutional recognition of the importance of the Mexican American and Latino people in the history, culture, and society of the United States.
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