Fall 2022

Migration the Americas

Listed in: American Studies, as AMST-264  |  Anthropology and Sociology, as SOCI-264  |  Latinx and Latin Amer Studies, as LLAS-266


Leah C. Schmalzbauer (Section 01)


(Offered as AMST 264, LLAS 266, and SOCI 264) This course introduces students to sociological analyses of undocumented migrations between Central America, Mexico, and the United States. An exploration of undocumented immigration demands that we engage with oft-unexamined social and economic contradictions. Namely, whereas capital and culture move freely across most international borders, many people cannot. Walls - physical, legal, and social - aim to keep certain people in and “others” out. Yet, people do cross international borders and many do so without the legal authorization to make their moves formal and secure. In this course we explore the sociological forces behind these insecure migrations between Central America, Mexico, and the US, and the reality of undocumented immigrant life in the United States. While this course has a deep theoretical rooting, we use daily life as the lens through which to explore immigration and enforcement policies, and our individual and collective relationships to them.

Limited to 25 students.  Fall semester.  Professor Schmalzbauer

How to handle overenrollment: Preference to Sociology, American Studies and LLAS majors.

Students who enroll in this course will likely encounter and be expected to engage in the following intellectual skills, modes of learning, and assessment: emphasis on reading, in-class discussion, daily written reflections and group work.

AMST 264 - LEC

Section 01
Tu 2:30 PM - 3:50 PM CONV 209
Th 2:30 PM - 3:50 PM CONV 209

This is preliminary information about books for this course. Please contact your instructor or the Academic Coordinator for the department, before attempting to purchase these books.

ISBN Title Publisher Author(s) Comment Book Store Price
We are Not Dreamers: Undocumented Scholars Theorize Undocumented Life in the United States Duke University Press Abrego, Leisy, & Genevieve Negron-Gonzalez Amherst Books TBD
The Land of Open Graves: Living and Dying on the Migrant Trail Univ. of California Press De Leon, Jason Amherst Books TBD
Divided by the Wall: progressive and Conservative Immigration Politics at the U.S. - Mexican Border Univ. of California Press Fidan Elciogula, Emine Amherst Books TBD
Legal Passing: Navigating Undocumented Life and Local Immigration Law Univ. of California Press Garcia, Angela Amherst Books TBD
Solito: A Memoir Penguin Random House Zamora, javier Amherst Books TBD

These books are available locally at Amherst Books.


2023-24: Not offered
Other years: Offered in Fall 2022