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The Center for the Study of Race, Politics, and Culture


Cathy Cohen, Interim Director (2017-18)
Phone: 773.702.8932

Tracye A. Matthews, Associate Director
Phone: 773.834.2581

Dara Epison, Program Coordinator
Phone: 773.795.3328

Sarah Tuohey, Student Affairs Administrator
Phone: 773.702.2365

Allen Linton II, Preceptor

Alfredo Gonzalez, Workshop Coordinator


  • Leora Auslander– History
  • Ralph A. Austen– History Emeritus
  • Kathleen Belew-- History
  • Lauren Berlant– English
  • Philip Bohlman– Music and the Humanities in the College
  • Dain Borges– History
  • Matthew Briones– American History and the College
  • P. Sean Brotherton-- Anthropology
  • Chad Broughton– Public Policy & Chicago Studies Program
  • Adrienne Brown– English
  • Kerwin Charles– Harris School
  • Yoon Sun Choi– School of Social Service Administration
  • Cathy Cohen– Political Science
  • Jennifer Cole– Human Development
  • Herschella  Conyers– Law School
  • 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
  • Cécile Fromont– Art History
  • Craig Futterman– Law School
  • Melissa Gilliam– Obstetrics/Gynecology and Pediatrics
  • Henry Ginard– Surgery
  • John A. Goldsmith– Linguistics
  • Adam Green– History
  • Roberto Gonzalez– Social Service Administration
  • Ramón Gutiérrez– United States History and the College
  • Thomas Holt– History
  • Dwight Hopkins– Theology in the Divinity School
  • Dennis Hutchinson– College and Law School
  • Travis Jackson– Music and the Humanities
  • 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 Kim– Professor of Medicine
  • Emilio Kouri- History
  • Loren Kruger– Comparative Literature and English
  • 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 Literature
  • 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. Palmié– Anthropology
  • Charles Payne– Social Service Administration
  • Monica Peek– Biological Sciences Division
  • Srikanth"Chicu" Reddy– English
  • François G. Richard– Anthropology
  • Gina Miranda Samuels– Social Service Administration
  • Julie Saville– History
  • Margaret Beale Spencer– Urban Education
  • Randolph Stone– Law School
  • Forrest Stuart– Sociology
  • Monica Vela– Medicine
  • Dexter Voisin– Social Service Administration
  • Kenneth Warren– English
  • Miwa Yasui– Social Service Administration

The CSRPC has many resources for masters and doctoral students who work on topics around race and ethnicity. The Center offers a CSRPC Dissertation Fellowship, currently providing one or two ABD students a year with a stipend of $23,000, some research funding, and an office at the Center. The CSRPC Residential Fellowship also provides office space and research funding. Jointly with the Center for The Study of Gender and Sexuality, the Center offers a dissertation fellowship (also with a stipend, research funding, and office space) for a student working on an intersectional topic. Finally, the CSRPC gives a total of at least $12,000 per year in research grants to students working on relevant topics.

Many teaching opportunities can be found at CSRPC as well. Several teaching internships and lectureships for the civilization sequence "Colonizations" are available each year, and the Center offers six stand alone courses from among those proposed by advanced graduate students.

The Center sponsors a Council on Advanced Studies graduate workshop, the Reproduction of Race and Racial Ideologies Workshop.

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

For further information on student and curricular matters at CSRPC, contact Sarah Tuohey, Student Affairs Administrator, 5733 S. University, Chicago, IL 60637, telephone: 773-702-2365, 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     Terms Offered: TBD
Prerequisite(s): Advanced standing and consent of instructor

CRES 33110. Anthropology of Indigeneity. 100 Units.

Around the world, appeals to indigeneity undergird contentious struggles over land, territory, and resources. While indigeneity is often treated as an instrument of political representation and legal appeal, this course explores the historical and relational underpinnings from which so-called ethnic movements draw. Building from ethnographic and historical texts, the course begins with a careful examination of how embodied orientations to place have given way to distinct articulations of political belonging, particularly in the Andean region of South America. We then consider how these place-based modes of collectivity have been shaped by various events including colonial land dispossession, republican projects of national integration and citizenship, labor movements and new extractive economies, multicultural reforms, and anti-imperialist projects of ethnic revivalism. In the final part of the course, we track the unexpected ways that these older orientations to place and collectivity are creatively redeployed within newer struggles for indigenous and environmental justice. By exploring the ways that specific histories of attachment shape contemporary demands for rights and political belonging, the course aims to foster new ways of approaching indigeneity in anthropology and beyond.

Instructor(s): M. Winchell     Terms Offered: TBD
Prerequisite(s): Presumes working knowledge of postcolonial theory. Open to 3rd & 4th year undergrads with consent of instructor.
Equivalent Course(s): ANTH 33110,CRES 22610,LACS 22610,LACS 33610,ANTH 22610

CRES 34501-34502. Anthropology of Museums I-II.

This sequence examines museums from a variety of perspectives. We consider the World’s Columbian Exposition of 1893, the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act, the image and imagination of African American culture as presented in local museums, and museums as memorials, as exemplified by Holocaust exhibitions. Several visits to area museums required.

CRES 34501. Anthropology of Museums I. 100 Units.

Using anthropological theories and methodology as a conceptual framework, this seminar will explore the organizational and ideological aspects of museum culture(s). The course includes visits to museums with guest museum professionals as guides into the culture of museums.

Instructor(s): M. Fred     Terms Offered: Autumn,Winter
Prerequisite(s): Advanced standing and consent of instructor
Note(s): CHDV Distribution: C
Equivalent Course(s): ANTH 34502,MAPS 34500,SOSC 34500,CHDV 34501,ANTH 24511

CRES 34502. Anthropology of Museums II. 100 Units.

No description available.

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

CRES 37002. Colloquium: Interracial America. 100 Units.

This course will examine the interaction between different racialized and ethnic groups in America (and beyond) from the eighteenth-century to our present moment. Conventional studies rely on a simplistic black-white paradigm of US race relations. This seminar aims to move beyond that dichotomy and searches for broader historical models, which include yellow, brown, red, and ethnic white. For example, how do we interpret recently excavated histories of Afro-Cherokee relations in antebellum America? What are hepcats, pachucos, and yogores? What is a "model minority," and why did Asians inherit the mantle from Jews? What is a "protest minority," and why were Blacks and Jews labeled as such during the civil rights movement? How does race operate differently in an ostensible racial paradise like Hawai‘i? How do we understand race, nation, and decolonization in a global context, as evidenced by radical activism in California in the 1960s and '70s? We will critically interrogate the history of contact that exists between and among these diverse "groups." If conflicted, what factors have prevented meaningful alliances? If confluent, what goals have elicited cooperation?

Instructor(s): M. Briones     Terms Offered: Spring
Prerequisite(s): Upper-level undergraduates with consent of instructor.
Equivalent Course(s): AMER 47002,HIST 47002

CRES 37110. Égalité des races dans la francophonie. 100 Units.

La réflexion anthropologie sur la Caraïbe commence avec les premières explorations européennes au cours des 15e et 16e siècles. Tout comme lors du développement de la colonisation, puis du système esclavagiste inauguré par le Code Noir (1685), la question raciale s’instaure au cœur même de la revendication républicaine des esclaves et de l’indépendance haïtienne. C’est cependant au milieu du 19e siècle, période où triomphe l’anthropologie positive, que paraîtront deux ouvrages majeurs sur la question raciale: De l’inégalité des races (1853) de Gobineau et De l’égalité des races humaines (1885) d’Anténor Firmin, l’un des premiers noirs à être membre de la Société d’anthropologie de Paris. Le séminaire analysera ces deux ouvrages en rapport avec l’esprit et l’histoire des idées de l’époque en mettant en évidence, à travers les réflexions théoriques et les œuvres des Durkheim, Firmin, Gobineau, Hibbert, Joseph-Janvier, Madiou, Marcelin, Moreau de Saint-Méry, Renan, Saint-Rémy, Schœlcher, l’émergence croisée et progressive d’un formidable discours sur la race dans l’histoire, la littérature et la philosophie politique, tout au long de la deuxième moitié du 19e siècle.

Instructor(s): D. Desormeaux     Terms Offered: Spring
Note(s): Taught in French. Undergraduates must be in their third or fourth year.
Equivalent Course(s): FREN 37100,CRES 27100,FREN 27100

CRES 38703. Baseball and American Culture, 1840 to Present. 100 Units.

This course will examine the rise and fall of baseball as America's national pastime. We will trace the relationship between baseball and American society from the development of the game in the mid-nineteenth century to its enormous popularity in the first half of the twentieth century to its more recent problems and declining status in our culture. The focus will be on baseball as a professional sport, with more attention devoted to the early history of the game rather than to the recent era. Emphasis will be on using baseball as a historical lens through which we will analyze the development of American society and culture rather than on the celebration of individuals or teams. Crucial elements of racialization, ethnicity, class, gender, nationalism, and masculinity will be in play as we consider the Negro Leagues, women's leagues, the Latinization and globalization of the game, and more.

Instructor(s): M. Briones     Terms Offered: Spring
Equivalent Course(s): CRES 28703,HIST 38703,HIST 28703

CRES 38906. Nineteenth-Century American Mass Entertainment. 100 Units.

Popular culture filters, reflects, and occasionally refracts many of the central values, prejudices, and preoccupations of a given society. From the Industrial Revolution to the advent of feature films in the early twentieth century, American audiences sought both entertainment and reassurance from performers, daredevils, amusement parks, lecturers, magicians, panoramas, athletes, and photographers. Amidst the Civil War, they paid for portraits that purportedly revealed the ghosts of lost loved ones; in an age of imperialism, they forked over hard-earned cash to relive the glories of western settlement, adventure, and conquest in Buffalo Bill's Wild West. Mass entertainment not only echoed the central events of the age it helped shape them: from phrenology as the channel for antebellum convictions about outward appearance (and racial identity), to the race riots following Jack Johnson's boxing victory over Jim Jeffries. Many of these entertainment forms became economic juggernauts in their own right, and in the process of achieving unprecedented popularity, they also shaped collective memory, gender roles, race relations, and the public's sense of acceptable beliefs and behaviors. This lecture course will examine the history of modern American entertainment over the course of the long nineteenth century. Requirements include careful reading, active and thoughtful participation, and written assignments.

Instructor(s): A. Lippert     Terms Offered: Winter
Equivalent Course(s): HIST 38906,CRES 28906,GNSE 28906,GNSE 38906,HIST 28906

CRES 39117. Theater and Performance in Latin America. 100 Units.

What is performance? How has it been used in Latin America and the Caribbean? This course is an introduction to theatre and performance in Latin America and the Caribbean that will examine the intersection of performance and social life. While we will place particular emphasis on performance art, we will examine some theatrical works. We ask: how have embodied practice, theatre and visual art been used to negotiate ideologies of race, gender and sexuality? What is the role of performance in relation to systems of power? How has it negotiated dictatorship, military rule, and social memory? Ultimately, the aim of this course is to give students an overview of Latin American performance including blackface performance, indigenous performance, as well as performance and activism. 

Instructor(s): D. Roper     Terms Offered: Spring
Note(s): Taught in English.
Equivalent Course(s): TAPS 28479 ,SPAN 39117,LACS 29117,LACS 39117,TAPS 34879,GNSE 29117,GNSE 39117,CRES 29117,SPAN 29117

CRES 39519. Histories of Racial Capitalism. 100 Units.

This course takes as its starting point the insistence that the movement, settlement, and hierarchical arrangements of people of African descent is inseparable from regimes of capital accumulation. It builds on the concept of "racial capitalism," which rejects treatments of race as external to a purely economic project and counters the idea that racism is an externality, cultural overflow, or aberration from the so-called real workings of capitalism. With a focus on the African diaspora, this course will cover topics such as racial slavery, labor in Jamaica, banking in the Caribbean, black capitalism in Miami, the under development of Africa, mass incarceration, and the contemporary demand for racial reparations.

Instructor(s): D. Jenkins     Terms Offered: Autumn
Equivalent Course(s): HIST 39519,CRES 29519,HIST 29519

CRES 40207. Development in Adolescents. 100 Units.

Adolescence is a period of rapid growth and development irrespective of circumstances, contextual conditions and supports; thus, it represents both significant challenges and unique opportunities. The conceptual orientation taken acknowledges the noted difficulties but also speculates about the predictors of resiliency and the sources of positive youth development achieved. The course delineates the developmental period's complexity made worse by the many contextual and cultural forces due to socially structured conditions; that fact interact with youths' unavoidable and unique meaning-making processes. As a function of some youths' privileging circumstances versus the low resource and chronic conditions of others, both coping and identity formation processes are emphasized as highly consequential. Thus, stage specific developmental processes are explored for understanding gap findings for a society's diverse youth given citizenship requirements expected of all. In sum, the course presents the experiences of diverse youth from a variety of theoretical perspectives. The strategy improves our understanding about the "what" of human development as well as dynamic insights about the "how" and “why.” Ultimately, the conceptual orientation described is critical for 1) designing better social policy, 2) improving  the training and support of socializing agents (e.g., teachers), and 3) enhancing human developmental outcomes (e.g., resilient patterns).

Instructor(s): M. Spencer     Terms Offered: Winter
Prerequisite(s): Graduate students only.
Note(s): CHDV Distribution: 2*
Equivalent Course(s): CHDV 40207

CRES 47310. The Matter of Black Lives: Hurston and Wright. 100 Units.

Despite being best known as adversaries—with Richard Wright notoriously accusing Zora Neale Hurston’s writing of being “cloaked in facile sensuality” and Hurston scorning Wright for his “tone deaf” and “grim” stories of “race hatred”—these two writers shared more commonalities than their feud suggests. This course will approach Hurston and Wright not as antagonists but as coworkers experimenting with how to represent something like collective black experience through different literary genres (both turning to autobiography, folklore, novels, short stories, op-eds, literary criticism, screenplays) and in response to social science methodologies (Wright’s faith in sociology vs. Hurston’s career as an anthropologist). In reframing their relationship to one another, this course will also trace a story of the development of African American literature in the early 20th century as refracted through Hurston's and Wright’s varying commitments to representing black life as both a unifying and restrictive categorization. (B, G)

Instructor(s): A. Brown     Terms Offered: Spring
Equivalent Course(s): ENGL 47310,CRES 27010,ENGL 27010