Fall 2018

Gender, Migration and Power: Latinos in the Americas

Listed in: American Studies, as AMST-305  |  Anthropology and Sociology, as SOCI-305  |  Sexuality, Women's and Gender Studies, as SWAG-305


Leah C. Schmalzbauer (Section 01)


(Offered as AMST 305, SOCI 305 and SWAG 305) In this course we draw from sociology, anthropology, and geography to explore the gendered dynamics and experiences of Latino migration to the United States. We begin by situating gendered patterns of migration in the context of contemporary globalization and relating them to social constructions of gender. Next we look at experiences of settlement, analyzing the role of women’s and men’s networks in the process of migration, especially in terms of employment and survival strategies. We also analyze how specific contexts of reception influence the gender experience of settlement. For example, how does migration to rural areas differ from migration to traditional urban migration hubs, and how does gender influence that difference? We then look at Latino family formation, paying special attention to the experiences of transnational mothers and fathers, those who have left children behind in their home countries in the process of migration. Finally, we explore the relationship between migration and sexuality.

Limited to 20 students. Fall semester. Professor Schmalzbauer.

AMST 305 - L/D

Section 01
Tu 10:00 AM - 11:20 AM MORG 110
Th 10:00 AM - 11:20 AM MORG 110

ISBN Title Publisher Author(s) Comment Book Store Price
Sacrificing Families: Navigating Laws, Labor and Love across Borders Stanford University Press Abrego, Leisy Amherst Books TBD
The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao Penguin Diaz, Junot Amherst Books TBD
Waiting for Jose: The Minutemen's Pursuit of America Princeton University Press Shapira, Harel Amherst Books TBD
Gendered Asylum: Race and Violence in U.S. Law and Politics University of Illinois Press McKinnon, Sara Amherst Books TBD
When I was Puerto Rican Da Capo Press Santiago, Esmeralda Amherst Books TBD

These books are available locally at Amherst Books.


2024-25: Not offered
Other years: Offered in Spring 2015, Fall 2016, Fall 2018