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Fall 2012-2013
POL 547  

Identity Politics

Ali A. Valenzuela

Graduate seminar on identity politics within the U.S. context; primary focus is on ethnic, racial and religious identities. Course tackles questions about when, why and to what extent ethnic, racial and religious identities take on significance in American politics. In doing so course examines theories of identity development and change; considers strategies for measuring identity; and assesses the standard empirical approach to studying identity in American politics. Course also explores how context, institutions and elections work to politicize identities under some conditions.

Sample reading list:
Omi, Michael and Howard Winant, Racial Formation in the United States: From the 1960s to the
Haney López, Ian F., White by Law: The Legal Construction of Race
Nobles, Melissa, Shades of Citizenship: Race and the Census in Modern Politic
Laitin, David D., Identity in Formation: The Russian-Speaking Populations in t
Beltrán, Cristina, The Trouble with Unity: Latino Politics and the Creation of
Sniderman, Paul M. and Louk Hagendoorn, When Ways of Life Collide: Multiculturalism and its Disconte

Other Requirements:
POL Graduate Students Only.

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
23001 S01 1:30 pm - 4:20 pm M   Corwin Hall   023   Enrolled:12 Limit:15