Denny Hall Room 302
Marisol LeBrón received her PhD in American Studies from New York University. Her research interests include policing, militarization, incarceration, spatial inequalities, political economy, youth, and race in the Americas. She is currently at work on a book about the growth of punitive governance in contemporary Puerto Rico.
FYSM 100 First-Year Seminar
The First-Year Seminar (FYS) introduces students to Dickinson as a "community of inquiry" by developing habits of mind essential to liberal learning. Through the study of a compelling issue or broad topic chosen by their faculty member, students will: - Critically analyze information and ideas - Examine issues from multiple perspectives - Discuss, debate and defend ideas, including one's own views, with clarity and reason - Develop discernment, facility and ethical responsibility in using information, and - Create clear academic writing The small group seminar format of this course promotes discussion and interaction among students and their professor. In addition, the professor serves as students' initial academic advisor. This course does not duplicate in content any other course in the curriculum and may not be used to fulfill any other graduation requirement.
AMST 303 Theories of Power & Resistance
This course will introduce students to key theorists and central theoretical approaches that have shaped the way scholars in the field of American Studies think about power and resistance. Specifically, we will examine the work of Antonio Gramsci, Michel Foucault, Stuart Hall, and Judith Butler and consider how American Studies scholars have taken up the work of these thinkers in order to examine difference, inequality, culture, history, governance, and social movements in the Americas. In this way, we will work across the fields of gender and sexuality studies, cultural studies, race and ethnic studies, and postcolonial studies, to understand the influence of these theorists’ work in an American Studies context. Grounding our discussions also in students’ research interests, this course will give students a strong understanding of key theoretical approaches within American Studies while equipping them with necessary tools connect these theories to their own interests as they develop compelling research questions and prepare to embark upon their own projects.