CHSTU 352 A: Latina/o Migrations: A Comparative Analysis

Meeting Time: 
MW 8:30am - 10:20am
CMU 226
Carolyn Pinedo-Turnovsky

Syllabus Description:

CHSTU 352: Latinx Migrations. A Comparative Analysis
Mon/Wed 8:30-10:20am
226 Communication

Professor:       Carolyn Pinedo-Turnovsky, Assistant Professor
Appointment:  American Ethnic Studies
Office Hrs:       Monday 3-5pm and by individual appointment in A-517 Padelford* (see note at bottom of page for directions)

REVISED Course Syllabus

We will examine the relationship of immigration and Latinx identity in the United States. Key questions include: What does migration look like? How has migration changed over time? How have Latinx communities in the U.S. changed? What are the different concerns that we should have in examining immigration and Latinx communities? Our course will pay particular attention to the current political climate concerning immigration reform and consider the implications on identity, integration and a sense of belonging across different Latinx communities.

Paying close attention to the intersections of gender, race, class and legality, we will evaluate how these relate to each other in shaping patterns of migration and the formation of Latinx communities. Our coursework will concentrate, in particular, on situations of labor and law in select periods in U.S. history in order to better understand the inclusion and exclusion of migrants in the U.S. and the consequential impact on social, economic, political and cultural life.

Students are expected to have a basic familiarity with discourses in race, gender and in studies of migration, inequality and globalization. You will be expected to engage in critical readings and discussions of the course materials. 

*Note:  Padelford has 3 wings: A, B and C.  The easiest way to find my office is to enter the A-wing of Padelford via the entrance nearest Hall Health. Take the elevator to the 5th floor and turn left when you exit. You'll see my office on the right side, just four office doors past the elevator.

Majoring in American Ethnic Studies:  Many students take AES courses out of interest in the topics or to fulfill general education requirements, yet do not realize how close they are to a major or even a double major. A degree in American Ethnic Studies is excellent preparation for a career in law, education, medicine, public health, social work, counseling, public policy, arts and humanities and many other careers. For more information about the major, please contact: Lorna Hamill, Academic Counselor, (206) 221-0664 or visit

Catalog Description: 
Comparative studies of migrations to the U.S. from Mexico, the Caribbean, Central and South America. Key theories and conceptual frameworks for understanding Latina/o migration and other key migrations to the U.S. Analyses of structural powers, the state, and identify formation in areas such as work, family, political participation, and community.
GE Requirements: 
Diversity (DIV)
Individuals and Societies (I&S)
Last updated: 
August 2, 2019 - 9:10pm