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My Intro course teaches students how to appreciate and respect diverse cultures, while simultaneously training them to see their own cultures through a new, critical lens that “makes the familiar strange.” This course introduceS the basic core concepts of cultural anthropology through lectures, discussions, readings, and films. We will explore issues of race, ethnicity, culture, class, gender, sexuality, and religion. Ultimately, we will come to understand that our ways of life and worldviews are culturally constructed, rather than naturally given, timeless, and universal.

SANT 305 Cross-Cultural Perspectives on Gender and Sexuality

This course explores gender and sexuality from a cross-cultural perspective by introducing students to classic and contemporary research on gender and sexuality in the subfield of feminist anthropology. Readings will focus on debates around cultural relativism and human rights, and Western and transnational feminisms. Some of the issues that will be discussed include femininities and masculinities, identity, personhood, kinship, the body, reproduction, women’s rights, activism, and intersex and transgender identities.

SANT 450 Sexual Economies

This advanced, writing intensive honors elective seminar explores controversial issues pertaining to how sexuality, romance, and intimacy are connected to transnational capitalism, globalization, and market relations. It analyzes sexual and/or romantic encounters that cross geographic, cultural, and virtual borders. How have myths of the hypersexuality of people of color circulated around the world, and what impact have these ideas had on processes of colonialism, sex tourism, trafficking, and internet-mediated transnational romance? Drawing from the fields of Cultural Anthropology, Gender/Women’s Studies, Sociology, and Philosophy, course readings will explore the gendered, racial and class politics of the sex trade; surveillance, policing, violence and stigma surrounding the sex trade, as well as trafficking, ‘mail-order brides,’ sex tourism, and human rights.

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A former student and I in Brazil

SANT 350 Race and Identity in Latin America

This course helps students analyze, understand and compare multiple dimensions of race, gender/sexuality, class, and ethnic identity in several Latin American societies, including Brazil, Cuba, Mexico and Panama, among others. Students will have an opportunity to learn about the complexities of racial formations as well as the historical and political context of social movements in Latin America. Students will have an opportunity to develop a deep intellectual engagement with Latin American history, culture and politics by reading texts that cover topics ranging from interracial relationships in Cuba, African diasporic religious traditions, Chinese immigration to Panama, black women’s identity and activism in Brazil, and much more.

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