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Comparative Race and Ethnic Studies

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Michael Dawson, Director
Phone: 773.702.8063

Tracye A. Matthews, Associate Director
Phone: 773.834.2581

Kafi Moragne-Patterson, Student Affairs Administrator
Phone: 773.834.8736

Marcelle Medford-Lee, Preceptor
Phone: 773.834.8737

Ainslie LeSure, Workshop Coordinator
Phone: 773.834.8737



  • Leora Auslander- History
  • Ralph A. Austen - History Emeritus
  • Lauren Berlant – English
  • Philip Bohlman- Music and the Humanities in the College
  • Dain Borges – History
  • Matthew Briones- American History and the College
  • Chad Broughton- Public Policy & Chicago Studies Program
  • Adrienne Brown- English
  • Melvin Butler-Music
  • Kerwin Charles- Harris School
  • Yoon Sun Choi- School of Social Service Administration
  • Cathy Cohen - Political Science
  • Jennifer Cole - Human Development
  • Herschella  Conyers- Law School
  • Raul Coronado- Englsih
  • Jane Dailey- American History
  • Shannon Dawdy - Anthropology
  • Michael Dawson - Political Science
  • Daniel DeSorMeaux- French Literature
  • Darby English- Art History
  • Curtis Evans- Divinity
  • Thomas Fisher- Medicine
  • Raymond Fogelson- Anthropology
  • Anton Ford- Philosophy
  • Cecile Fromont- Art History
  • Craig Futterman- Law School
  • Leela Gandhi- English
  • Melissa Gilliam- Obstetrics/Gynecology and Pediatrics
  • Henry Ginard- Surgery
  • John A. Goldsmith – Linguistics
  • Robert Gooding-Williams- Political Science
  • Adam Green- History
  • Roberto Gonzalez- Social Service Administration
  • Ramon Gutierrez- United States History and the College
  • Thomas Holt – History
  • Dwight Hopkins- Theology in the Divinity School
  • Dennis Hutchinson - College and Law School
  • Reginald Jackson- East Asian Lang & Civilizations
  • Travis Jackson- Music and the Humanities
  • Rachel Jean-Baptiste – History
  • Waldo E. Johnson, Jr.- Social Service Administration
  •  Arthur Damon Jones- Harris  School Public Policy
  • Micere Keels- Department of Comparative Human Development
  • John Kelly- Anthropology
  • Karen- Kims- Professor of Medicine
  • Emilio Kouri-History
  • Loren Kruger - Comparative Literature and English
  • Donald N. Levine - Sociology Emeritus
  • Agnes Lugo-Ortiz- Romance Languages & Literatures
  • William McDade- Anesthesia & Critical Care; Deputy Provost for Research & Minority Issues
  • Omar M. McRoberts – Sociology
  • Alfredo César Melo-  Luso-Brazilian Lit.
  • Doriane Miller- Medicine
  • Salikoko Mufwene - Linguistics
  • Dolores G. Norton - Social Service Administration (Emeritus)
  • Eric Oliver- Political Science
  • Olufunmilayo Olopade- Medicine and Human Genetics Human
  • Emily L. Osborn – History
  • Jennifer Palmer- Liberal Arts
  • Stephan D. Palmie – Anthropology
  • Virginia Parks- Social Service Administration
  • Tianna Paschel- Political Science
  • Charles Payne- Social Service Administration
  • Monica Peek- BSD
  • Srikanth"Chicu" Reddy- English
  • François G. Richard - Anthropology
  • Gina Miranda Samuels- Social Service Administration
  • Julie Saville – History
  • Mario Small-Sociology
  • Margaret Beale Spencer- Urban Education
  • Randolph Stone- Law School
  • Forrest Stuart-  Sociology
  • Monica Vela- Medicine
  • Dexter Voisin- Social Service Administration
  • Robert von Hallberg – English
  • Kenneth Warren - English
  • Miwa Yasui- Social Service Administration
  • Rebecca Zorach- Art History

The B.A. program in Comparative Race and Ethnic Studies offers an interdisciplinary curriculum through which students can examine the histories, languages, and cultures of the racial and ethnic groups in and of themselves, in relationship to each other, and, particularly, in structural contexts of power.  Focusing on genocide, slavery, conquest, confinement, immigration, and the diaspora of peoples around the globe, Comparative Race and Ethnic Studies examines the material, artistic, and literary expressions of peoples who originated in Africa, Latin America, Asia and Europe, who moved voluntarily or were forcefully bound over to the Americas, and here evolved stigmatized identities, which were tied to the cultures and histories of their natal lands in complicated ways.

A student who obtains a B.A. in Comparative Race and Ethnic Studies will be well prepared for admission to graduate programs in the humanities and social sciences, to professional schools in law, medicine, public health, social work, business, or international affairs, and to careers in education, journalism, politics, creative writing, and the nonprofit sector. A degree in Comparative Race and Ethnic Studies offers training designed to impart fundamental skills in critical thinking, comparative analysis, social theory, research methods, and written expression. This major/minor is also available to students interested in the study of Africa in a comparative framework.

Additional information about the undergraduate program can be found in the College Catalog

The CSRPC also maintains a list of Courses with Substantial Content on Race and Ethnicity:

For further information on the committee, contact Y. Kafi Moragne-Patterson, CRES Student Affairs Administrator at the Center for the Study of Race, Politics, & Culture, 5733 S. University, Chicago, IL 60637, telephone: 773-834-8736, email: 

Comparative Race and Ethnic Studies Courses

CRES 30104. Urban Structure and Process. 100 Units.

This course reviews competing theories of urban development, especially their ability to explain the changing nature of cities under the impact of advanced industrialism. Analysis includes a consideration of emerging metropolitan regions, the microstructure of local neighborhoods, and the limitations of the past U.S. experience as a way of developing worldwide urban policy.

Instructor(s): O. McRoberts     Terms Offered: Spring

CRES 31800. Religious Movements in Native North America. 100 Units.

Religious beliefs and practices are assumed to be primordial, eternal, and invariable. However a closer examination reveals that Native American religions are highly dynamic and adaptive, ever reactive to internal pressure and external circumstances. Perhaps the most dramatic forms of religious change are the transformations that anthropologists recognize as nativistic or revitalization movements. These movements on one level represent conscious breaks with an immediate negative past, and they anticipate a positive future in which present sources of oppression are overcome. Many contemporary Native American movements, political and/or religious, can be understood as sharing similar dynamics to past movements. We examine classic accounts of the Ghost Dance, often considered to be the prototypical Native American religious movement; the analysis of the Handsome Lake religion among the Senecas; and other Native American religious movements.

Instructor(s): R. Fogelson
Prerequisite(s): Advanced standing and consent of instructor

CRES 31900. ¿Cuerpos Desechables? Estéticas de la No-Vida en las Literaturas Hispanoamericanas (de la Conquista al siglo XXI) 100 Units.

In this seminar we will conduct a theoretical exploration of the aesthetic procedures through which human life has been represented as expendable in Spanish-American literature from the Conquest to the twenty-first century, as well as an examination of the historical and philosophical contexts within which such figurations emerged. The course will focus on case studies that correspond to four key moments in the history of the region: conquest and colonization, slavery and the formation of national states in the nineteenth century, the triumph of a capitalist export economy at the turn of the twentieth, and the violent challenges posed by globalization and narcotráfico in the contemporary context. Among the issues and texts we may engage are Fray Bartolomé de las Casas and Francisco de Vitoria’s sixteenth-century dispute on the right of conquest and the Brevísima relación de la destrucción de las Indias, Esteban Echevarría’s El matadero, Lucio Mansilla’s Una excursión a los indios ranqueles, Juan F. Manzano’s Autobiografía de un esclavo, Manuel Zeno Gandía’s La charca, and Fernando Vallejo’s La virgen de los sicarios.

Instructor(s): A. Lugo-Ortiz     Terms Offered: Spring
Equivalent Course(s): LACS 31900,HMRT 31901,SPAN 31900

CRES 34501. Anthropology of Museums I. 100 Units.

Instructor(s): M. Fred     Terms Offered: Winter
Prerequisite(s): Advanced standing and consent of instructor
Equivalent Course(s): ANTH 24511,ANTH 34502,CHDV 38101,MAPS 34500,SOSC 34500

CRES 34502. Anthropology of Museums II. 100 Units.

Instructor(s): M. Fred     Terms Offered: Spring
Prerequisite(s): Advanced standing or consent of instructor
Equivalent Course(s): ANTH 24512,SOSC 34600

CRES 37100. Introduction to Brazilian Culture: Essay, Fiction, Cinema, and Music. 100 Units.

During the twentieth century, literature, social thought, music and cinema were completely intertwined in Brazil. This class is an introduction to Brazilian culture through these four types of cultural production and their interaction. We will read authors such as Euclides da Cunha, Gilberto Freyre, Mario de Andrade, Clarice Lispector, and listen to samba, bossa nova, and tropicalismo.

Instructor(s): A. Melo     Terms Offered: Spring
Equivalent Course(s): PORT 27100,LACS 27105,LACS 37105,PORT 37100

CRES 39000. Lat Am Religious, New & Old. 100 Units.

This course will consider select pre-twentieth-century issues, such as the transformations of Christianity in colonial society and the Catholic Church as a state institution. It will emphasize twentieth-century developments: religious rebellions; conversion to evangelical Protestant churches; Afro-diasporan religions; reformist and revolutionary Catholicism; new and New-Age religions.

Instructor(s): D. Borges     Terms Offered: Autumn