Faculty Profile

Eric Vazquez

Assistant Professor of American Studies (2015)

Contact Information

vazquez@dickinson.edu

Denny Hall Room 19
717.254.8334
http://www.ericvazquezphd.com

Bio

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.

Education

  • 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. At the beginning of the twenty-first century, Latinas and Latinos have emerged as the largest minority group in the United States, and reached majority status in states like California. Consequently, to assess their place in the United States seems timely. This course examines some of the central themes that shape the diverse experiences of Latino populations in the U.S. At core the course will be guided by the contradiction between what unites Latinos/as in the U.S., such as a shared ethos of latinidad, and what divides them, such as differential access to realms of economic and political power. In this course we will investigate how Latinas/os influence and are, in turn, impacted by histories of imperialism, generational conflict, demographic change, social movements, stratified labor markets, gender/sexuality, mass culture, music, and the global shift to free markets. Students will engage in a critical examination of a wide selection of texts, ranging from anthropological and historical texts to poetry, film, and graphic novels, in an effort to place the experience of diverse Latino populations in the social, political, historical, and interdisciplinary perspectives.

AMST 200 Introduction to Latino Studies
Cross-listed with LALC 123-01. At the beginning of the twenty-first century, Latinas and Latinos have emerged as the largest minority group in the United States, and reached majority status in states like California. Consequently, to assess their place in the United States seems timely. This course examines some of the central themes that shape the diverse experiences of Latino populations in the U.S. At core the course will be guided by the contradiction between what unites Latinos/as in the U.S., such as a shared ethos of latinidad, and what divides them, such as differential access to realms of economic and political power. In this course we will investigate how Latinas/os influence and are, in turn, impacted by histories of imperialism, generational conflict, demographic change, social movements, stratified labor markets, gender/sexuality, mass culture, music, and the global shift to free markets. Students will engage in a critical examination of a wide selection of texts, ranging from anthropological and historical texts to poetry, film, and graphic novels, in an effort to place the experience of diverse Latino populations in the social, political, historical, and interdisciplinary perspectives.

LALC 301 Undocumented in America
Cross-listed with AMST 303-01. "Undocumented immigrants," Luis Alberto Urrea writes, "have no way to tell you what they have experienced . . . They are, by the very nature of their experience, invisible." In actuality, the undocumented aren't invisible, so much as "hidden in plain sight," they are exempted of legal membership, deprived of political rights, and confined to spaces outside of recognition or public concern. How do producers of culture try to capture lives and experiences that are silenced and invisible to the broader public? This interdisciplinary course will try to engage directly with both the history of legal and economic parameters that designate one as undocumented and how narratives, artistic representations, and media that endeavor to portray and symbolize these particular immigrants. This class will pay particular attention to how legal, political, and economic designations of immigrant's "illegal" or "undocumented" status depend on and sustain U.S. discourse about race and ethnicity.

AMST 303 Undocumented in America
Cross-listed with LALC 301-01. "Undocumented immigrants," Luis Alberto Urrea writes, "have no way to tell you what they have experienced . . . They are, by the very nature of their experience, invisible." In actuality, the undocumented aren't invisible, so much as "hidden in plain sight," they are exempted of legal membership, deprived of political rights, and confined to spaces outside of recognition or public concern. How do producers of culture try to capture lives and experiences that are silenced and invisible to the broader public? This interdisciplinary course will try to engage directly with both the history of legal and economic parameters that designate one as undocumented and how narratives, artistic representations, and media that endeavor to portray and symbolize these particular immigrants. This class will pay particular attention to how legal, political, and economic designations of immigrant's "illegal" or "undocumented" status depend on and sustain U.S. discourse about race and ethnicity.