Faculty Profile

Eric Vazquez

Assistant Professor of American Studies (2015)

Contact Information


Denny Hall Room 19


Eric Vázquez specializes on U.S. Latinx and Transnational American studies. His research interests include U.S. relations with Central America, warfare and culture, undocumented immigration, social solidarities, and cultures of capitalism. His courses focus on the comparative cultures, aesthetics, and politics of marginalized communities.


  • B.A., Kenyon College, 2003
  • Ph.D., Carnegie Mellon University, 2015

2018-2019 Academic Year

Fall 2018

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.

AMST 401 Research and Methods in Am St
An integrative seminar focusing on the theory and methods of cultural analysis and interdisciplinary study. Students examine the origins, history, and current state of American studies, discuss relevant questions, and, in research projects, apply techniques of interdisciplinary study to a subject related to thematic concentration. Prerequisite: 303, Senior American studies major, or permission of the instructor.

Spring 2019

LALC 123 Introduction to Latino Studies
Cross-listed with AMST 200-03.

AMST 200 Introduction to Latino Studies
Cross-listed with LALC 123-01.

LALC 301 Undocumented in America
Cross-listed with AMST 303-01.

AMST 303 Undocumented in America
Cross-listed with LALC 301-01.