Fall 2023

Methods and Theories in Asian American History

Listed in: History, as HIST-407


Christine N. Peralta (Section 01)


[AS/US/TC/TE/TR/TS] Asian American studies is not merely the study of Asian American people. It is a discipline that is invested in critiquing U.S. empire, white supremacy, and the Western academy by highlighting different historical actors and demonstrating different ways of approaching knowledge.  Despite these pivotal conversations which have shaped the field for over the past two decades, the way that Asian American history has been taught is still through traditional conversations of belonging, racialization, and exclusionary laws that are heavily bound within the framework of the nation-state. This research seminar will examine a range of questions, problems and approaches that current scholars use in the field. We will examine new theories and methods in their historical context, and will analyze their impact on current understanding of Asian American history such as queer theory, transnationalism, and settler colonialism. Finally, the course will culminate in individual research projects based on theories and research methods learned in class. One meeting per week.

Limited to 18 students. Fall semester. Professor Peralta.

How to handle overenrollment: Priority access for history majors, then by seniority.

Students who enroll in this course will likely encounter and be expected to engage in the following intellectual skills, modes of learning, and assessment: Research seminars require independent research, including the framing of a research question, and the identification and analysis of relevant primary and secondary sources. History majors must write a 20-25 page, evidence-based paper.

HIST 407 - LEC

Section 01
Th 2:30 PM - 5:15 PM CONV 302


Other years: Offered in Fall 2023