Workshop on Race, Immigration, and Identity
Some of the deepest divisions and most violent conflicts in social, economic, and political life are rooted in collectivities defined by race and national belonging. This course will engage students deeply and actively on how to conduct research on the topics of race, immigration, and identity. The format is a workshop, designed to advance students’ developing or developed research interests on these topics. We will quickly lay down some basic groundwork for inquiry at the outset. For the remainder of the semester, the workshop will be structured around “master-class” sessions with visiting guest speakers and hands-on discussion and development of individual research projects. The content of these sessions will be determined by the research interests of the enrolled students and the written works of the guest speakers.
This workshop is ideally suited to graduate students working on their dissertation prospectus, early dissertation research, or a substantial research project beyond their dissertation. During weeks in which a guest speaker visits, students will be expected to attend a public talk (held from 12-1:30) in addition to the regularly scheduled seminar. The course is open to graduate students outside of the Department of Political Science with the approval of the instructor.