Spring 2020

Identity Politics

Listed in: Political Science, as POSC-357


Tess E. Wise (Section 01)


Identity has emerged as a major theme of contemporary politics, although as we will learn, politics and identity have been entangled throughout history. We will explore the theoretical bases for identity politics in political psychology, political culture, and social movements. We will consider various critiques of identity politics from both the left and the right. In the second half of the semester, we will explore how identity politics have appeared in the United States, focusing on the LGBTQ+ movement, Black Lives Matter, and white nationalism.

Requisite: At least one POSC course 200 or above. Limited to 20 students. Not open to first-year students. Spring semester. Visiting Assistant Professor Wise.

If Overenrolled: Preference will be given to Political Science majors.


Attention to Issues of Class, Attention to Issues of Gender and Sexuality, Attention to Issues of Race, Attention to Issues of Social Justice, Attention to Research, Attention to Speaking, Attention to Writing


2022-23: Not offered
Other years: Offered in Spring 2020, Spring 2021