Most of my teaching focuses on colonial Latin America, and I’ve taught courses on colonialism and racism, colonialism and international law, and history and the colonial archive, among others. In disciplinary terms, colonial studies is ambiguous, located on the border of literature and history, and this ambiguity is important for students to keep in mind as we read, contextualize, and analyze primary texts. One of the main goals of my courses is for students to reflect on the violent foundations of the contemporary world and begin to recognize the ways in which the world they inhabit was and continues to be structured through conquest, genocide, slavery, and exploitation. In this way, I emphasize the importance of engaging with the colonial past in order to understand the postcolonial present.
In the Fall 2017 semester, I’ll be teaching two courses: Spanish 381 (“Introduction to colonial Latin American literature”) and Spanish 470 (“Colonialism and racism in Latin America”). Other courses I’ve taught at University of Michigan include:
- What is resistance?
- Introduction to colonial Latin American literature
- Colonialism and racism in Latin America
- The colonial origins of international law
- The colonial archive and the politics of history
- Colonial/postcolonial studies (graduate seminar)
- Colonial studies and the modern world-system (graduate seminar)