Graduate Courses

Often graduate courses have pre-requisites and other program restrictions. Check with the graduate director of the instructor for further information and requests for exceptions.

Spring 2023

Research Colloquium in Latin American History

Professor Kathleen Lopez


Seminar in Latin American History--The Caribbean, 1750-1950: Mobilities, Empires and Colonialism

Professor Lauria Santiago


Fall 2022

Seminar "How Societies Recover from Mass Violence"

Prof. Isaias Rojas-Perez, Newark

This is a core seminar for the MA Program in Peace and Conflict Studies.


Tuesdays from 5:30 PM to 8:10 PM


Public Culture in Latin America: Urban Space, Expression and Participation

940.659, index 16421, meets Thursdays 5:40 – 8:40, AB 5191, CAC

Prof. Marcy Schwartz, Dept. of Spanish and Portuguese

Course description

This course will examine the foundations of public culture in Latin American thought, politics, literature and social movements to trace the emergence of cultural participation through the twentieth century until the present. The readings will include poetry, essays, chronicles, and narrative fiction from key periods in the development of public culture in the region. The course will highlight the elaboration of a “modern” urban sensibility in the 1920s and 1930s, debates and polemics during the “Boom” of the 1960s and 1970s, responses to dictatorship and state repression in the Southern Cone in the 1970s and 1980s, the crisis of representation and public expression in post-Revolution Cuba, and the artistic and literary reactions to neoliberal economics in the 1990s such as the cartonera book publishers. Along with literary and theoretical readings, the course will include film screenings and art and ephemeral documents. This course will offer a number of case studies, projects and assignments with relevance for the Public Humanities.

Students from all Humanities and Social Sciences programs are welcome. The course may be taught in English if interested students register who have limited Spanish competency. Readings will be available in English translation, or alternative readings in English will be assigned.

Primary Readings will include fiction by Julio Cortázar, Antonio José Ponte, Sergio Chejfec; poetry by Germán Carrasco and Oliverio Girondo; crónicas by Carlos Monsiváis and other cronistas; and other non-fiction narrative texts by Diamela Eltit and Elena Poniatowska.

Theoretical Readings will include Doris Sommer’s book The Work of Art in the World, and essays by Walter Benjamin, Jürgen Habermas, Angel Rama, Beatriz Sarlo, Néstor García Canclini, W. J. T. Mitchell, and Michel de Certeau.

Special events:

  • Students will participate in archival research in special collections at Alexander Library and the Princeton University Library in conjunction with the seminar.
  • Tour of community murals in New Brunswick
  • Invited lectures by writers and specialists in the field

Marcy Schwartz is Professor of Spanish and her area of research and teaching is Latin American literature and culture in the twentieth century to the present. She has published on Latin American urban space, translation, and photography. Her most recent book is Public Pages: Reading along the Latin American Streetscape (U TX P, 2018).


Narratives of the Centennial: Celebrations of Latin American Independence

16:940:648:01 index #18830

Prof. Carla Giaudrone--This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Carla Giaudrone is Associate Professor of Spanish at the Department of World Languages and Cultures at Rutgers-Camden. Research areas include Hispanic modernismo, queer and gender studies, visual culture, memory and commemoration, affect theory, and landscape and geographical imagination.

Course description

During the celebrations of the Centenario, the 100th anniversary of the beginning of the Independence movement in Latin America, many authors and intellectuals focused their work on the formulation of a Pan-Hispanic cultural order. In the context of the desire to assert a spiritual essence shared by all Latin American nations, the writings of the Centenario proposed an optimistic, cosmopolitan, and Euro-centric vision that also stressed an idealistic fusion of races and the recuperation of a common past.

This seminar will center on a wide range of official and excluded narratives from this period (1900-1930), focusing on issues of self, nation, class, race, and gender. The seminar will also take a comparative approach to the study of memory and commemoration by including revisionist bicentennial narratives (2010-2022). Informed by art as well as social and cultural history, the course will examine not only literary texts but also commemorative publications, literary histories and anthologies, textbooks, magazines, manifestos, and the most representative iconography of the period.

Discussions and readings will be both in Spanish and English. Students who are not enrolled in the department Spanish and Portuguese are strongly encouraged to enroll and may make their oral presentation and write their essays in English.

Topics include:

  • Narratives and constructions of Latin American past and present
  • Historiographies of commemoration
  • Founding fathers and national heroes. History textbooks and national geographies
  • Performativity and performance. The Centenario as public spectacle
  • Spatial constructions of national imaginaries (landscape representation)
  • Identity and citizenship
  • Race, science, and nation building. Indians, Blacks, Mestizos, and Immigrants
  • Nation and gender: mothers, teachers, and queer identities

Authors include:

  • Rubén Darío
  • José Enrique Rodó
  • Leopoldo Lugones
  • Alberto Gerchunoff
  • Ricardo Güiraldes
  • Jorge Luis Borges
  • Horacio Quiroga
  • Cesar Vallejo
  • Vicente Huidobro
  • José Carlos Mariátegui
  • Paulina Luisi
  • Gabriela Mistral
  • Victoria Ocampo
  • Juana de Ibarbourou.

Selected critical bibliography:

  • Anderson, Benedict. Imagined Communities. Reflections on the Origin and Spread of Nationalism. London: Verso, 1983
  • Balibar, Etienne. “Racism and nationalism.” Nations and nationalism: A reader 1 (1991): 161-72.
  • Brubaker, Rogers. Citizenship and Nationhood. Cambridge-London: Harvard UP, 1992.
  • Gellner, Ernest. Nations and Nationalism. Ithaca: Cornell University, 1983.
  • Halbwachs, M. On Collective Memory. L.A. Coser (ed. trad.). U. of Chicago, 1992.
  • Hastings, Adrian. The Construction of Nationhood Ethnicity, Religion, and Nationalism. Cambridge UP, 1997.
  • Hobsbawm, E.J. Nations and Nationalism Since 1780. Cambridge UP., 1990.
  • Herb, Guntram Henrik and David H. Kaplan. Nations and Nationalism: A Global Historical Overview. Santa Barbara: ABC-CLIO, 2008.
  • Nora, Pierre. “Between Memory and History: Les Lieux de Memoire.” Representations 26: 7-24, 1989.
  • Seton-Watson, Hugh. Nations and states: An enquiry into the origins of nations and the politics of nationalism. Routledge, 2019.
  • Smith, Anthony D. National Identity. Reno: University of Nevada Press, 1991.



Dickinson, Kendra F

1:10:940:586:01 (16418)

Th 5:40-8:40pm SPR-403 Span Lang Soc Contxt

Course description

This course is a designed to familiarize students with topics related to language use in social contexts in Spanish-speaking communities and to provide a comprehensive introduction to the theoretical frameworks and methods of sociolinguistic research. In particular, we will examine how both social elements, such as language ideologies, race, gender, socioeconomic status, and identity, and linguistic and cognitive mechanisms can influence sociolinguistic variation. In addition to theoretical components, this course will also include hands-on practice in sociolinguistics methods, including data collection and coding procedures, as well as a basic introduction to statistical techniques used in quantitative sociolinguistics. This course will expand students’ awareness of social aspects of language and their implications for both for linguistic analysis and in the world at-large and will provide them with the tools necessary to develop their own research related to Spanish in social contexts.


26:050:521 Topics In American Studies


Section 02 Cross-Listed With: 26:352:519:01

Tuesday1:00 PM - 4:00 PM Newark SMT-240



26:352:519 Latino/a Literature Culture

Section 01 Cross-Listed With: 26:050:521:02

Tuesday1:00 PM - 4:00 PMNewarkSMT-240



19:910:503 Social Work with Latinos


Section 90 Open To: 19 (School of Social Work)



19:910:549 Latinos: Culture, Community & Social Welfare


Section 90 Open To: 19 (School of Social Work)


19:910:568 CSW: Behavioral Health with Latinos


Section 90 Open To: 19 (School of Social Work)


16:988:526 Colloquium in WGS


Thursday 10:20 AM - 1:20 PMC/DHCK-206



16:940:589 Seminar: Topics in Hispanic Linguistics


Monday 8:30 AM - 11:30 AM College Avenue AB-5190