Ethnicity, Migration, Rights

Brief Description of Secondary Field

EMRThe secondary field in Ethnicity, Migration, Rights (EMR) focuses on the closely linked areas of ethnicity, migration, and Indigeneity, with particular attention to Asian American and Pacific Islander, Latinx, Native American and Migration and Border Studies. Questions of rights– including political, legal, cultural, and economic rights – occupy an important position within studies of shifting landscapes of ethnicity, immigration, and Indigenous sovereignty. At EMR, studies of ethnicity, migration, and Indigeneity are understood as inseparable from analyses of race, gender, sexuality, disability, and other axes of difference and power. We strive to make these connections visible in our curriculum and programming, creating spaces for intersectional and interdisciplinary scholarly community. Students can declare a designated track in Latinx Studies or EMR.

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Gateway Courses

Several designated courses serve as “Portal Courses" to the field of EMR. Portal Courses are taught by faculty with expertise in one or more areas across ethnicity, migration, Indigeneity, and human rights. Portal Courses may be taken at any time in pursuit of the secondary field and are wonderful gateways to further study in EMR. 

Portal Courses:

  • EMR 1010: Topics in Latinx Studies 
  • EMR 1020: Topics in Asian American and Pacific Islander Studies 
  • EMR 131/WGS 1283: Love's Labors Found: Uncovering Histories of Emotional Labor   
  • EMR 133/WGS 1204: Power Knowledge, Identity: Critical Approaches to Race and Ethnicity   
  • GENED 1019: The Caribbean Crucible: Colonialism, Capitalism, and Post-Colonial Misdevelopment in the Region  
  • GENED 1148: Moctezuma's Mexico (Portal for Latinx Studies field only)  
  • History 1006: Native American and Indigenous Studies: An Introduction  
  • History 1028: Race, Capitalism, and the Coming of the Civil War  


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