Spring 2025

BIPOC Children: Targets of the State

Listed in: American Studies, as AMST-312


Solsiree Del Moral (Section 01)


This course examines the history of BIPOC children, crime, and punishment in the United States. We survey historical and contemporary examples of the criminalization of indigenous, Black, Latinx, South Asian American, and immigrant children since the late-nineteenth century. Students have the opportunity to pursue a research project about BIPOC childhoods and punitive governance.

Limited to 15 students.  Spring semester.  Professor del Moral.


How to handle overenrollment: Preference given to AMST and EDST students.

Students who enroll in this course will likely encounter and be expected to engage in the following intellectual skills, modes of learning, and assessment: We will do "close readings" of secondary literature. Students are expected to complete all class readings and prepare for class discussion. The class also allows students to pursue a major research paper (20 pages) on the topic of BIPOC childhoods and we will have structured assignments throughout the semester to help the students develop the paper.

Course Materials


Other years: Offered in Fall 2023, Spring 2025