Politics of Race, Ethnicity and Immigration in the United States (Government 2576)




Co-taught with Jennifer Hochschild. This course is something of an experiment.  It brings together several disciplines – history, sociology, political science, philosophy, and perhaps others.  It spans several centuries and several nations.  The topics range through individual attitudes, political behavior, demographic stratification, historical development, contemporary institutions, public policy, and normative goals.  Most importantly, the course brings into direct contact with one another several robust academic literatures that have largely developed independently of one another—studies of American racial dynamics, American ethnic and immigration politics, and some comparative ethnic and immigration politics.  The experiment consists of discovering whether we can find enough common themes and sufficiently comparable evidence to keep all of this complexity from flying apart by sheer centrifugal force, while respecting the distinctive features of each research tradition and substantive focus.