Faculty Profile

Marisol LeBrón

Assistant Professor of American Studies (2013)

Contact Information

lebronm@dickinson.edu

Denny Hall Room 10A
717.245.1070

Bio

Marisol LeBrón is a PhD candidate in the Program in American Studies at New York University. Her dissertation, "Violent Arrest: Punitive Governance and Neocolonial Crisis in Contemporary Puerto Rico," traces the growth of increasingly punitive policing measures within the context of a deepening neocolonial crisis between Puerto Rico and the United States. Her research interests include policing, militarization, incarceration, spatial inequalities, political economy, youth, and race in the Americas.

Education

  • B.A., Oberlin College, 2007
  • Ph.D., New York University, 2014

2014-2015 Academic Year

Fall 2014

LALC 123 Introduction to Latino Studies
Cross-listed with AMST 200-01. Using an interdisciplinary approach, this course will examine historical and contemporary examples of Latina/o political, social, and cultural practices in the United States. We will explore the transnational nature of Latinidad and how Latina/o culture and identity is shaped by power relations and socio-political dynamics both in the United States as well as in countries of origin. This course will begin with discussions of what constitutes Latino/a identity and what constitutes Latino/a studies, raising questions we will return to throughout the semester. We will then cover themes ranging from colonialism and conquest, to sexuality and gender, to transnationalism and immigration, to race, poverty, and spatial inequality, to language, music, and media representations. Within each section of the course, students will be asked to articulate their thoughts via both written work and class participation, creating a classroom environment wherein students collectively think through the politics, histories, and implications of Latina/o identity.

AMST 200 Introduction to Latino Studies
Cross-listed with LALC 123-01. Using an interdisciplinary approach, this course will examine historical and contemporary examples of Latina/o political, social, and cultural practices in the United States. We will explore the transnational nature of Latinidad and how Latina/o culture and identity is shaped by power relations and socio-political dynamics both in the United States as well as in countries of origin. This course will begin with discussions of what constitutes Latino/a identity and what constitutes Latino/a studies, raising questions we will return to throughout the semester. We will then cover themes ranging from colonialism and conquest, to sexuality and gender, to transnationalism and immigration, to race, poverty, and spatial inequality, to language, music, and media representations. Within each section of the course, students will be asked to articulate their thoughts via both written work and class participation, creating a classroom environment wherein students collectively think through the politics, histories, and implications of Latina/o identity.

AMST 201 Intro to American Studies
Introduces students to basic theories and methods used for the interdisciplinary analysis of U.S. cultural materials and to the multiplicity of texts used for cultural analysis (mass media, music, film, fiction and memoir, sports, advertising, and popular rituals and practices). Particular attention is paid to the interplay between systems of representation and social, political, and economic institutions, and to the production, dissemination, and reception of cultural materials. Students will explore the shaping power of culture as well as the possibilities of human agency. This course fulfills the DIV II social sciences distribution requirement.

Spring 2015

AMST 200 Prisons and Punishment in Amer
Cross-listed with SOCI 230-04. The United States imprisons more people than any other country in the world. More than two million men and women are currently locked up behind bars, a population constituting roughly one in every one hundred American adults. What has led to this phenomenon of mass incarceration in the United States? This interdisciplinary course will examine the historical, political, economic, and social factors that have resulted in the growth of the prison system in American society. We will examine how race, class, education, gender, and sexuality shape the American legal system and impact the demography of prisons. We will also pay special attention to the intersections between the growth of for-profit prisons, the increasing criminalization of low-level drug offenses, and the rise of zero tolerance policing. We will conclude the course by considering alternatives to the current prison system and debate whether we can envision a world without prisons. This course will analyze a wide range of texts including, scholarly monographs, prison writings, documentaries, ’zines, and photographs. Readings for this course will include Michelle Alexander’s The New Jim Crow, Sabrina Jones and Marc Mauer’s graphic novel Race to Incarcerate, and Angela Davis’ Are Prisons Obsolete?

SOCI 230 Prisons and Punishment in Amer
Cross-listed with AMST 200-01. The United States imprisons more people than any other country in the world. More than two million men and women are currently locked up behind bars, a population constituting roughly one in every one hundred American adults. What has led to this phenomenon of mass incarceration in the United States? This interdisciplinary course will examine the historical, political, economic, and social factors that have resulted in the growth of the prison system in American society. We will examine how race, class, education, gender, and sexuality shape the American legal system and impact the demography of prisons. We will also pay special attention to the intersections between the growth of for-profit prisons, the increasing criminalization of low-level drug offenses, and the rise of zero tolerance policing. We will conclude the course by considering alternatives to the current prison system and debate whether we can envision a world without prisons. This course will analyze a wide range of texts including, scholarly monographs, prison writings, documentaries, ’zines, and photographs. Readings for this course will include Michelle Alexander’s The New Jim Crow, Sabrina Jones and Marc Mauer’s graphic novel Race to Incarcerate, and Angela Davis’ Are Prisons Obsolete?

AMST 402 Seminar in American Studies
Students research and write a substantial research project, normally drawing on their work in 401. Prerequisite: 303, 401. This course fulfills the DIV II social sciences distribution requirement.