Undergraduate Spring 2021

Spring 2021 UNDERGRADUATE COURSES

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Classes are listed alphabetically according to their first department listing. For the most up-to-date listings, check the Yale Course Search  website. ​To add or remove a course from this list, email environmentalhumanities@yale.edu

 
AFST 235 (23689) /ANTH 238/ER&M 239/GLBL 235
Race, Space, Power: Mapping the Global Color Line
Leslie Gross-Wyrtzen
W 1:30pm-3:20pm
Areas SO
This seminar is an interdisciplinary, comparative exploration of how race
makes space and how space makes race in US and global contexts. We
explore these relationships through historical and contemporary case studies,
with attention to how geographies of white supremacy and settler/colonial
power seek to erase or subsume the spatial practices of certain groups of
people. Because we take a comparative approach, the cases selected are
sited in various locations in the Americas, Africa, and Europe, three regions
among many we could have chosen. The goal is not to provide a comprehensive survey of all the places in which race is
produced, lived, and reworked, but to identify some of the domains through which race and space are co-produced to
shore up powerful groups’ dominance over disempowered groups. These domains include the colony, land, the city, the
nation and the body—just a few of the many overlapping domains through which we could explore how relationships of
power create uneven social and material terrains. Much of the critique we engage with emanates from Black geographic
thought (which itself draws upon Black feminist theorizing), postcolonial theory, and settler colonial theory. Students are
invited to use the analytical concepts and cases we discuss in class as a starting point for their own explorations of the
“fatal couplings of power and difference”(Gilmore 2002) in sites connected to their own research, interests, and political
commitments.
 
AFST 272 (21366) /ANTH 272/ARCG 272
African Prehistory
Jessica Thompson, Roderick McIntosh
MW 9am-10:15am
Areas SO
Survey of archaeological evidence for the original contributions of the African continent to the human condition. The
unresolved issues of African prehistory, from the time of the first hominids, through development of food production and
metallurgy, to the rise of states and cities.
 
AFST 399 (23978) /HIST 399J/ER&M 329
Art, Technology, and African Modernity
Daniel Magaziner
TTh 11:35am-12:50pm
Areas HU, WR
The intersection of technology, infrastructure, and artistry in the changing contexts of twentieth-century Africa. Topics
include the history of media, including print, radio, film, and social media; architecture and urban design in colonial and
post-colonial Africa; medical modernity; and visual culture.
 
AMST 030 (20658)
Cultures of Travel
Talya Zemach-Bersin
Areas HU
From where does the desire to leave the familiar and experience the
unknown emerge? What is the relationship between travel and the
production of knowledge? What are the cultural politics of constructing,
selling, and consuming “experiences” of alterity? In what ways is tourism
today linked to historically constituted systems of power and inequality? This
interdisciplinary course draws on anthropology, history, literary criticism,
and feminist, postcolonial, and critical theory to examine the social construction of travelers and the making of knowledge
and power through travel. We examine the processes through which displacement and travel yield normalized claims to
knowledge, enhanced selfhood, and professional expertise. Through engagement with theoretical texts, case studies, and
primary documents, we think critically about privileged discourses of travel. Major course themes include the politics of
authenticity, the mythic figure of the traveler, the valorization of displacement as aesthetic gain, the fantasy of “going
native,” patterns of consumption, and the pervasive links between travel, authority, power, and knowledge. Students are
encouraged to engage their own research interests and to theorize themselves as both travelers and knowledge-producers.
Enrollment limited to first-year students. Preregistration required; see under First-Year Seminar Program.
 
AMST 197 (22930) /ARCH 280/HSAR 219/URBN 280
American Architecture and Urbanism
Elihu Rubin
MW 11:35am – 12:25pm
Areas HU
Introduction to the study of buildings, architects, architectural
styles, and urban landscapes, viewed in their economic,
political, social, and cultural contexts, from precolonial times to
the present. Topics include: public and private investment in
the built environment; the history of housing in America; the
organization of architectural practice; race, gender, ethnicity
and the right to the city; the social and political nature of city
building; and the transnational nature of American
architecture.
 
AMST 236 (20337) /HIST 199/HSHM 207/EVST 318
American Energy History
Paul Sabin
MW 11:35am-12:25pm
Areas HU, WR
The history of energy in the United States from early hydropower and coal to present-day hydraulic fracturing, deepwater
oil, wind, and solar. Topics include energy transitions and technological change; energy and democracy; environmental
justice and public health; corporate power and monopoly control; electricity and popular culture; labor struggles; the
global quest for oil; changing national energy policies; the climate crisis.
 
AMST 257 (22126) /ENGL 325
Modern Apocalyptic Narratives
Jim Berger
T 9:25am-11:15am
Areas HU
The persistent impulse in Western culture to imagine the end of the world and what might follow. Social and psychological
factors that motivate apocalyptic representations. Differences and constant features in apocalyptic representations from
the Hebrew Bible to contemporary science fiction. Attitudes toward history, politics, sexuality, social class, and the process
of representation in apocalyptic texts.
 
AMST 258 (24423) /EVST 258
Wilderness in the North American Imagination
Patricia Ekpo
T 1:30pm-3:20pm
This is a reading intensive seminar on the
foundations of anti-black violence and
indigenous displacement and genocide within
North American conceptions of wilderness from
the 15th century to the present. Canonical texts
on nature and the environment, including those
from Henry David Thoreau and John Muir, are
read alongside scholarship in black and
indigenous studies to examine the deeply
racialized and capitalist history of concepts such
as “wilderness,” “nature,” and “landscape” and
how they intermingle with categories of “slave”
and “savage.” Particular attention is paid to aesthetic representations of wilderness in romantic, modern, and
contemporary visual art, sculpture, and film.
 
AMST 348 (23566) /ER&M 381/EVST 304
Space, Place, and Landscape
Laura Barraclough
W 3:30pm-5:20pm
Areas SO
Survey of core concepts in cultural geography and spatial theory. Ways in which the organization, use, and representation
of physical spaces produce power dynamics related to colonialism, race, gender, class, and migrant status. Multiple
meanings of home; the politics of place names; effects of tourism; the aesthetics and politics of map making; spatial
strategies of conquest. Includes field projects in New Haven.
 
AMST 358 (22128) /ENGL 281
Animals in Modern American Fiction
Jim Berger
W 1:30pm-3:20pm
Areas HU
Literary portrayals of animals are used to examine the relations between literature, science, and social and political
thought since the late nineteenth century. Topics include Darwinist thought, socialism, fascism, gender and race relations,
new thinking about ecology, and issues in neuroscience.
 
AMST 439 (23228) /ER&M 439
Fruits of Empire
Gary Okihiro
Th 1:30pm-3:20pm
Areas HU, SO
Readings, discussions, and research
on imperialism and “green gold” and
their consequences for the imperial
powers and their colonies and neocolonies. Spatially conceived as a
world-system that enmeshes the
planet and as earth’s latitudes that
divide the temperate from the tropical
zones, imperialism as discourse and
material relations is this seminar’s
focus together with its implantations—
an empire of plants. Vast plantations
of sugar, cotton, tea, coffee, bananas,
and pineapples occupy land cultivated
by native and migrant workers, and their fruits move from the tropical to the temperate zones, impoverishing the
periphery while profiting the core. Fruits of Empire, thus, implicates power and the social formation of race, gender,
sexuality, class, and nation.
 
AMST 452 (22168) /ER&M 452
Movement, Memory, and U.S. Settler Colonialism
Laura Barraclough
Th 3:30pm-5:20pm
Areas HU
This research seminar examines and theorizes the significance of movement and mobility in the production and
contestation of settler colonial nation-states. To do so, it brings together the fields of settler colonial studies, critical
indigenous studies, ethnic studies, public history, and mobility studies. After acquainting ourselves with the foundations
and some of the key debates within each of these fields, we examine four case studies: The Freedom Trail and the Black
Heritage Trail in Boston; the Lewis and Clark expedition and its recuperation as a site of healing and education for tribal
nations in the Upper Midwest and Northwest; the Trail of Tears and the contest over southern memory; and the
relationships between settlement, labor migration, and regional racial formation in California. Students then conduct their
own research projects that integrate primary source research on a particular organized movement (of people, non-human
animals, ideas, practices) with two or more expressions of memory about that movement (in the form of public history
installations, popular culture, literature, music, digital memes, etc.).
 
AMST 459 (22118) /ANTH 465
Multispecies Worlds
Kathryn Dudley
Th 1:30pm-3:20pm
Areas SO
This seminar explores the relational and material worlds that humans create in concert with other-than-human species.
Through an interdisciplinary analysis of the problematic subject of anthropology—Anthropos—we seek to pose new
questions about the fate of life worlds in the present epoch of anthropogenic climate change. Our readings track circuits of
knowledge from anthropology and philosophy to geological history, literary criticism, and environmental studies as we
come to terms with the loss of biodiversity, impending wildlife extinctions, and political-economic havoc wrought by global
warming associated with the Anthropocene. A persistent provocation guides our inquiry: What multispecies worldings
become possible to recognize and cultivate when we dare to decenter the human in our politics, passions, and aspirations
for life on a shared planet?
 
ANTH 220 (24987)
Human-Wildlife Conflict & Coexistence
Chloe Chen-Kraus
TTh 11:35am-12:50pm
Areas SO, WR
When reading a news report of a charismatic, well-studied
mountain gorilla being killed by poachers, human-wildlife
conflict can seem like a simple issue with a clear culprit:
the humans doing the killing. In fact, human-wildlife
interactions are dynamic and complex. Understanding
conflict—and making strides towards human-wildlife
coexistence—requires a nuanced and interdisciplinary
approach. The focus of this course is on better
understanding the diversity and complexities of humanwildlife conflict and strategies for coexistence. In the first
unit, we examine why human-wildlife conflict is becoming a growing issue. During the second unit, we dig into the
complexity of human-wildlife conflict using case studies including ivory poaching, hunting of wild animals for meat, crop
destruction by elephants, and depredation of livestock by carnivores. We examine various factors (ecological, social,
cultural, political, economic) at play and highlight underlying human-human conflicts. In the final unit, we examine
approaches to promoting human-wildlife coexistence. In this sophomore writing seminar, students learn to read, think, and
write about these issues critically and from both ecological and anthropological perspectives. This is an interdisciplinary
course and students from diverse academic backgrounds are welcome.
 
ANTH 375 (22291) /ARCG 379
Anthropology of Mobile Societies
William Honeychurch
W 3:30pm-5:20pm
Areas SO
The social and cultural significance of the
ways that hunter-gatherers, pastoral nomads,
maritime traders, and members of our own
society traverse space. The impact of mobility
and transport technologies on subsistence,
trade, interaction, and warfare from the first
horse riders of five thousand years ago to jetpropulsion tourists of today.
 
ANTH 382 (25044) /EVST 345/ER&M 395/F&ES 385
Environmental Anthropology
Carol Carpenter
F 9:25am-11-15am
Areas SO
The history and contemporary study of anthropology and the environment, with special attention to current debates
regarding human environmental relations. Topics include: nature-culture dichotomy; ecology and social organization;
methodological debates; politics of the environment; and knowing the environment.
 
ARCG 242 (24861) /NELC 244
Ancient Egyptian Materials and Techniques: Their Histories and SocioEconomic Implications
Gregory Marouard
TTh 2:30pm-3:45pm
Areas HU
This seminar investigates in detail ancient Egyptian materials, techniques, and
industries through the scope of archaeology, history, and socioeconomical, textual
as well as iconographic data. When possible ethnoarchaeological and experimental
approaches of the antique chaîne-opératoire are discussed in order to illustrate
skills and professions that have now completely disappeared. This class is
organized according to various themes within a diachronical approach, from the
4th millennium BC to the Roman Period. Copper and precious metals, construction
stones, hard stones and gems, glass and faience production, imported wood or
ivory, we explore multiple categories of materials, where and how they were
collected or exchanged, the way these products were transported, transformed,
refined or assembled and the complex organization of the work involved and
administration that was required in order to satisfy the tastes of Egyptian elites or
their desires to worship their gods. Some other vernacular savoir-faire linked to
the everyday life and the death is explored, through food production and
mummification practices. The aim of this seminar is not only to give an overview of
the history of techniques for this early civilization but, beyond how things were made, to acquire a more critical view of
ancient Egyptian culture through the material culture and as well the strong economic and sociologic implications linked to
their objects and constructions―rather than the usual focus on its temples and tombs.
 
ARCG 322 (24069) /NELC 322
Urbanism and Urban Society in Ancient Egypt
Nadine Moeller
MW 2:30pm-3:45pm
Areas HU
The aim of this seminar is to challenge prevailing views on Egypt’s non-urban past and to investigate Egypt as an early
urban society. The emergence of urban features are traced diachronically starting with the Predynastic period up to the
disintegration of the powerful Middle Kingdom state into the New Kingdom with its powerful royal cities and up to the
urban transformation of the Late Period and Graeco-Roman times. This seminar offers a synthesis of the archaeological
data that sheds light on the different facets of urbanism in ancient Egypt and looks at theoretical concepts and models of
urbanism more generally, and how they can be applied to ancient societies. Drawing on evidence from recent excavations,
the changing settlement patterns are explored by contrasting periods of strong political control against those of
decentralization. On a microlevel, the characteristics of households and the layout of domestic architecture are addressed,
which are key elements for understanding how society functioned and evolved over time. In addition, settlement patterns
provide further insights into the formation of complex society and the role of the state in the urban development of ancient
Egypt.
 
ARCH 230 (20066) /URBN 230/STCY 176
Introduction to Study of the City
T 1:30pm-3:20pm
Areas SO
An examination of forces shaping American cities and strategies for dealing with them. Topics include housing, commercial
development, parks, zoning, urban renewal, landmark preservation, new towns, and suburbs. The course includes games,
simulated problems, fieldwork, lectures, and discussion.
 
ARCH 314 (20976) /URBN 314
History of Landscape in Western Europe and the United States: Antiquity to 1950
Warren Fuermann
T 1:30pm-3:20pm
Areas HU
This course is designed as an introductory survey of the history of landscape architecture and the wider, cultivated
landscape in Western Europe and the United States from the Ancient Roman period to mid-twentieth century America.
Included in the lectures, presented chronologically, are the gardens of Ancient Rome, medieval Europe, the early and late
Italian Renaissance, 17th century France, 18th century Britain, 19th century Britain and America with its public and
national parks, and mid-twentieth century America. The course focuses each week on one of these periods, analyzes in
detail iconic gardens of the period, and places them within their historical and theoretical context.
 
ARCH 324 (20978) /SAST 384/URBN 324
The City Before and After the Tubewell
Anthony Acciavatti
HTBA
Areas HU
What do such disparate cities as New Delhi,
Jakarta, Mexico City, and Phoenix all have
in common? In short, each city relies on a
fantastic technology that few people know
anything about but has transformed the
shape and life of cities and their
hinterlands: the tubewell. Technologies for
drawing up groundwater, tubewells are
used in places where municipal water
supply is non-existent, unreliable, or often
polluted. A minor technology with a global reach, the tubewell is to the city what the elevator was to the skyscraper in the
booming American metropolis of the early twentieth century. In this course we look at how tubewells and other
decentralized technologies have radically transformed urban and agricultural spaces across the globe since the nineteenth
century to the present. We watch how people exult before these technologies; we witness how governments and
philanthropies as well as farmers and townspeople appropriate them for radically different ends. And we consider why.
 
ARCH 325 (24650) /URBN 417
Fugitive Practice: Introducing, Recentering, and Exploring Black and Indigenous Design Methods
F 9:25am-11:15am
Areas HU
This seminar introduces and explores Black, indigenous, and other historically marginalized modes of cultural production—
collectively referred to here as “fugitive practices.” The course confronts the erasure (and re-centering) of these modes by
rethinking the episteme of architecture—questioning history, planning, and urbanism—but also of the body, the design of
objects, and making. Modes of sociocultural and aesthetic production explored in the course may include: improvisation in
jazz, hip-hop and social dance; textiles of the Modern African Diaspora and indigenous peoples; informal economies;
ingenuity in vernacular architecture; and others. The course is structured around seven two-week “modules,” each
containing a seminar discussion, a design exercise, and a short written accompaniment. It is conducted in collaboration
with a parallel seminar being offered by faculty at Howard University.
 
ARCH 341 (20981) /GLBL 253/LAST 318/URBN 341
Globalization Space
Keller Easterling
MW 10:30am-11:20am
Areas HU
Infrastructure space as a primary medium of change in global polity. Networks of trade, energy, communication,
transportation, spatial products, finance, management, and labor, as well as new strains of political opportunity that reside
within their spatial disposition. Case studies include free zones and automated ports around the world, satellite urbanism in
South Asia, high-speed rail in Japan and the Middle East, agripoles in southern Spain, fiber optic submarine cable in East
Africa, spatial products of tourism in North Korea, and management platforms of the International Organization for
Standardization.
 
CLCV 235 (24513) /HIST 234/HSHM 277
Medicine and Disease in the Ancient World
Jessica Lamont
MW 2:30PM-3:20PM
Areas HU
Examination of ancient medicine considering modern fields of
pathology, surgery, pharmacology, therapy, obstetrics, psychology,
anatomy, medical science, ethics, and education, to gain a better
understanding of the foundations of Western medicine and an
appreciation for how medical terms, theories, and practices take on
different meanings with changes in science and society. All readings in
English.
 
CLVC 258 (20101) /EVST 257/HIST 201
Ecocultures of Antiquity: Ecocritical Approaches to Ancient Greece and Rome
Kirk Freudenburg
MW 11:35am-12:50pm
Areas HU
This class examines how the Greeks and Romans exploited their natural surroundings not only as physical resources, but
as resources for human thought. The focus is on how ancient thinkers, living lives that were largely city-bound and
detached from nature, structured their thoughts about the lives they lived (and about human existence more generally) by
reference to their nonhuman surroundings: creatures, plants and places, some of which existed in the real world (in places
far off, largely unknown and elsewhere; in places penetrated, explored, and/or told of), others of which existed entirely in
the imagination, whether as inherited lore, or as places and creatures invented ad hoc by individuals and groups to get
certain kinds of cultural work done. We look not only at the how and what, but at the why of nature’s encoding via culture,
and vice versa (their symbiosis), paying special attention to ancient Rome (though with a short first glance at Homer,
Hesiod and Aristotle). We begin by scrutinizing the categories themselves, attempting to find historically appropriate ways
to connect modern ecocritical concerns and ways of thought to the ancient world. Topics include: the cosmos, the heavens,
and the first humans (and first peoples in their places); humans in their ‘kinds’ and animals, wild and tame; mountains,
rivers, the sea and the undersea; human and animal foods, farming and food ways; wine and fermentation; groves, forests
and trees; gardens, flowers, vegetables and fungi; birds, fish, weasels and snakes; earthquakes, floods and natural
disasters; pollution, dirt and the city of Rome; the ecocultural lives of others.
 
CSBK 330 (24732)
Northern Power: Resource Extraction vs. Indigenous Sovereignty
Stephen Longmire
M 1:30pm-3:20pm
This course explores the controversies
surrounding two proposed electrical transmission
lines that soon could bring more Canadian
hydropower into the northeast United States: the
Champlain Hudson Power Express and the New
England Clean Energy Connect. Proponents argue
these are cornerstones of a Green New Deal, of
New York and New England’s efforts to achieve a
carbon-neutral energy economy, while opponents
argue they are examples of greenwashing, asking
US ratepayers to pay a premium for electricity
that does not reduce global greenhouse gas
emissions, making them complicit in ongoing
human rights abuses and ecological devastation.
The vast reservoirs Hydro-Quebec has created by flooding boreal forests in northern Quebec and Labrador—larger than
some New England states—emit methane, a potent greenhouse gas, from rotting vegetation, as well as methyl mercury
that poisons fish essential to the diet of Indigenous communities. Quebec argues it is poised to become the “battery” of the
northeast and plans more dams. “Northern Power” connects both ends of the proposed transmission lines. It considers the
histories of Canada’s use of Indigenous lands for resource extraction from colonial times to the present, as well as the
need for a new energy economy in this period of climate change.
 
CSSY 330 (24592)
Future Cities
Manasvi Menon, Matthew Triebner
W 7pm-8:40pm
This course addresses the forces that shape
contemporary urban life to help us understand and
contextualize the future of cities. We explore different
elements of city life, from resiliency to retail, using case
studies from Brooklyn to Barcelona. Analyzing cities
through these multiple “probes” provides insights into
how a city functions as well as the values, needs, and
priorities of the people who inhabit them.
 
ENGL 114 - Section 02 (21197)
Black and Indigenous Ecologies
Rasheed Tazudeen
MW 11:35am-12:50pm
Areas WR
Through readings in anthropology, geology, critical
race studies, philosophy, literature, and poetry, this
course explores the perspectives of indigenous
peoples and communities of color in crafting new
modes of anti-colonial and anti-racist ecological
thought from 1492 to the present.
 
ENGL 114 – Section 03 (21198)
The Secret Life of Food
Andie Berry
MW 4pm-5:15pm
Areas WR
Focusing on the contemporary United States, this course examines how food shapes our cultural and social identities by
examining ordinary and celebratory rituals around food, different aspects of food science, historical movements around
agricultural labor, and the food entertainment industry.
 
ENGL 115 – Section 03 (20151)
Into the #Wild
Tess Grogan
MW 11:35am-12:50pm
Areas WR, HU
Looking out from the peak of Mount Snowdon one night in 1791, the young hiker William Wordsworth famously saw
something “awful and sublime” in the mist-shrouded valleys below. The transcendent power of an authentic encounter with
nature—“In that wild place and at the dead of night”—shaped a literary movement and set off a European craze for
untamed experience, as nineteenth-century adventurers began flocking to glacial summits en masse. Wilderness was
suddenly in vogue. The Romantic elevation of nature played a pivotal role in the great conservation and environmental
movements of the twentieth century, but this pursuit of transcendence also had unforeseen consequences. Wordsworth’s
bestselling accounts of solitary rambles in the hills near his home helped turn the Lake District into one of the most
crowded tourist destinations in England; in the 2019 climbing season alone, eleven people died on Everest as others waited
in line to take selfies at the mountain’s summit. This course explores both the strong allure of the wild in the human
imagination and the political, ecological, and ethical consequences of this compulsion. What can wilderness literature tell us
about the figure of the ‘outdoors type’ or the relationship between environmentalism and adventure culture? What tensions
emerge between authentic experience and the careful framing, filtering, and marketing of that authenticity? As the
wilderness has receded, finding it has become increasingly urgent. But at what cost
 
ENGL 279 (23965)
Indigenous Poetics and Politics of Resistance
Alanna Hickey
MW 2:30pm-3:45pm
Areas HU, WR
This course interrogates the deep historical
relationship between political resistance and poetic
expression within particular Indigenous
communities, reading broadly on poetics and Native
and Indigenous studies. Texts and inquiries span
from non-alphabetic writings and Indigenous
understandings of communal and political life, to the
recent flourishing of formally innovative collections
by Indigenous poets working on issues like climate
justice, sexual violence, police brutality, and language revitalization. Poets include Heid E. Erdrich (Turtle Mountain
Ojibwe), Kathy Jetnil-Kijiner (Marshallese), Layli Long Soldier (Oglala Lakota), Deborah Miranda (Ohlone-Costanoan
Esselen), and Leanne Betasamosake Simpson (Nishnaabeg).
 
ENGL 432 (20189)
Writing about Food
Barbara Stuart
TTh 11:35am-12:50pm
Areas WR
Writing about food within cultural contexts. Through reading
essays written by the luminaries of the food world, students
explore food narratives from many angles, including family
meals, recipes, cookbooks, restaurant reviews, memoir, and
film.
 
ENGL 459 (22112) /MB&B 459/EVST 215
Writing about Science, Medicine, and the Environment
Carl Zimmer
M 1:30pm-3:20pm
Areas WR
Advanced non-fiction workshop in which students write about science, medicine, and the environment for a broad public
audience. Students read exemplary work, ranging from newspaper articles to book excerpts, to learn how to translate
complex subjects into compelling prose.
 
EVST 211 (20276) /HSHM 211/HIST 416/EPS 211
Global Catastrophe since 1750
Bill Rankin
MW 10:30am-11:20am
Areas HU
A history of the geological, atmospheric, and environmental sciences, with a focus on predictions of global catastrophe.
Topics range from headline catastrophes such as global warming, ozone depletion, and nuclear winter to historical debates
about the age of the Earth, the nature of fossils, and the management of natural resources. Tensions between science and
religion; the role of science in government; environmental economics; the politics of prediction, modeling, and incomplete
evidence.
 
EVST 228 (21936) /HUMS 228/HIST 459J/LITR 345
Climate Change and the Humanities
Katja Lindskog
MW 7:30pm-8:45pm
Areas HU
What can the Humanities tell us about climate change? The Humanities help us to better understand the relationship
between everyday individual experience, and our rapidly changing natural world. To that end, students read literary,
political, historical, and religious texts to better understand how individuals both depend on, and struggle against, the
natural environment in order to survive.
 
EVST 351 (21442)
The Anthropocene
Harvey Weiss
Th 9:25am-11:15am?
Areas SO
“The Anthropocene” is the recent and informal
designation for the period during which human activity
has transformed the Earth. The Anthropocene is now
the subject of intense research and debate among
environmental historians, archaeologists, botanists, and
climate system modelers. The reasons for this are clear:
we need to know the history of the Earth’s
transformation(s) in order to understand present rates
of atmospheric, climatic, environmental, demographic,
land use, and biodiversity change. What were the
magnitudes and rates of these changes, individually or
synchronously, over the past 10,000 years? 4000 years? 100 years? Are these rates of change “normal,” unusual, benign,
unimportant, or “dangerous?”
 
EVST 408 (24070) /EAST 409/HIST 329J
The Environmental History of East Asia
Mark Frank
T 3:30pm-5:20pm
Areas HU
This course introduces students to the rapidly growing
field of East Asian environmental history. Our scope is
the interactions of human beings with their
environments in China and Japan from antiquity to the
present. Most of our class time is devoted to openended discussions of readings that are grouped by
topic. Most of our readings are of recently published
research that challenge earlier understandings of
Chinese and Japanese history. Prior knowledge of East
Asian history or environmental history is welcome but
is not a requirement. The schedule is organized into three units that cover specific themes within East Asian environmental
history: (I) The Nature of the State, (II) Plants and Waters, and (III) Human-Animal Relations.
 
ER&M 325 (22081) /HIST 335/AFST 335
A History of South Africa
Daniel Magaziner
TTh 9:25am-10:15am
Areas HU
An introduction to the history of southern Africa, especially South Africa. Indigenous communities; early colonial contact;
the legacies of colonial rule; postcolonial mismanagement; the vagaries of the environment; the mineral revolution;
segregationist regimes; persistent inequality and crime since the end of apartheid; the specter of AIDS; postcolonial
challenges in Zimbabwe, Angola, and Mozambique.
 
ER&M 392 (22071) /HIST 131J
Urban History in the United States, 1870 to the Present
Jennifer Klein
W 1:30pm-3:20pm
Areas HU, WR
The history of work, leisure, consumption, and housing in American cities. Topics include immigration, formation and reformation of ethnic communities, the segregation of cities along the lines of class and race, labor organizing, the impact of
federal policy, the growth of suburbs, the War on Poverty and Reaganism, and post-Katrina New Orleans.
 
ER&M 402 (10302) /AMST 479
The Displaced: Migrant and Refugee Narratives of the 20th and 21st Centuries
Leah Mirakhor
W 1:30pm-3:20pm
Areas HU
This course examines a series of transnational literary
texts and films that illuminate how the displaced—
migrants, exiles, and refugees— remake home away
from their native countries. The twentieth and twentyfirst centuries have produced massive displacements
due to wars, genocides, racial, ethnic and religious
conflicts, economic and climate change, among other
factors. Our course focuses on several texts that
explore questions of home, nation, and self in the
context of specific historical events such as the Holocaust, civil rights movements in the U.S., internment, the Indian
partition, African decolonization, and Middle Eastern/Arab ethno-religious conflicts and wars. We examine these events
alongside the shifting legal and political policies and categories related to asylum, humanitarian parole, refugee, and illegal
alien status. Exploring themes such as nostalgia, longing, trauma, and memory, we look at the possibilities and limitations
of creating, contesting, and imagining home in the diaspora. Our objective is to debate and develop the ethical, political,
geographic, and imaginative articulations of home in an era of mass displacements and geo-political crises. We examine
how notions of home are imagined alongside and against categories of race, gender, and sexuality.
 
HIST 128J (20269) /HSHM 475
Race and Disease in American Medicine
Sakena Abedin
T 9:25am-11:15am
Areas HU, WR
An exploration of the history of race and disease in
American medicine from the late 19th century to the
present, focusing on clinical practice and clinical research.
We discuss cancer, psychiatric disease, sickle cell disease,
and infectious diseases including tuberculosis and HIV. We
examine the role of race in the construction of disease and
the role of disease in generating and supporting racial
hierarchies, with special attention to the role of visibility
and the visual in these processes. We also consider the
history of race and clinical research, and the implications of
racialized disease construction for the production of
medical knowledge.
 
HIST 132J (21712) /AFAM 422
Plantation Societies in the Greater British Caribbean 1627-1761
Erin Trahey
W 1:30pm-3:20pm
Areas HU, WR
This upper level writing and reading intensive seminar considers the development of ‘slave societies’ in the Greater British
Caribbean region from 1627 to 1761. In this course, we explore the development and evolution of the plantation
economies and societies of Barbados, Jamaica, and South Carolina, and the shift to a racialized form of slavery in America,
first codified in the Barbados Slave Code of 1661. Drawing on a wide range of sources, we explore themes including: the
Atlantic slave trade, the consolidation of African slavery in the Americas, divisions of labor on sugar and rice plantations,
internal marketing economies, spiritual practices of the enslaved and slave resistance and revolt.
 
HIST 177J (23524) /HSHM 448/WGSS
448
American Medicine and the Cold War
Naomi Rogers
Th 9:25am-11:15am
Areas HU, WR
The social, cultural, and political history
of American medicine from 1945 to
1960. The defeat of national health
insurance; racism in health care; patient
activism; the role of gender in defining
medical professionalism and family
health; the rise of atomic medicine;
McCarthyism in medicine; and the polio
vaccine trials and the making of science
journalism.
 
HIST 194J (20272) /HSHM 424
Citizenship, Race, and Public Health in U.S. History
Miriam Rich
Th 3:30pm-5:20pm
Areas HU, WR
This seminar examines the history of citizenship, race, and public health in the modern United States. The course explores
how public health practices structured shifting boundaries of social and political inclusion, focusing particularly on the late
nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. How did public health interventions serve to affirm, regulate, or deny the
citizenship of different groups? How have public health issues both shaped and been shaped by systems of racial
inequality? Topics include the history of public health and immigration, surveillance and regulation of racialized and
gendered subjects, eugenics and racial hygiene, health activism and reform, and ethics of public health powers.
 
HIST 236 (20273) /HSHM 226
The Scientific Revolution
Ivano Dal Prete
MW 1pm-2:15pm
Areas HU
The changing relationship between the natural world and the arts from Leonardo to Newton. Topics include Renaissance
anatomy and astronomy, alchemy, natural and geo history.
 
HIST 314J (22299) /SAST 226
The Environmental History of South and Southeast
Asia
Sunil Amrith
T 1:30pm-3:20pm
Areas HU, WR
This is a research and writing seminar on the
environmental history of South and Southeast Asia. We
examine a range of approaches to studying the major
environmental transformations in a region that is home to
a significant part of the world’s population. Students write
a substantial primary source-based research paper by the
end of the course.
 
HIST 337 (20771) /SAST 330
The Indian Ocean World
Sunil Amrith
MW 10:30am-11:20am
Areas HU
This lecture course provides a survey of the Indian Ocean’s history, from medieval to contemporary times. By
foregrounding oceanic connections, the class links the histories of South Asia, Southeast Asia, the Middle East, and East
Africa. Long before the Atlantic, the Indian Ocean was “global”—it was a crossroads of trade and commerce, following the
monsoon winds. We study the centuries-long movement of material culture, of cultural and religious ideas across the
ocean’s arc of port cities. We examine how the Indian Ocean became a crucible of competition between empires, as
Europeans hungered for its spices and fabled riches, and eventually established dominion. We examine the vast migration
of people across the Indian Ocean that followed—indentured, indebted, and free migrants whose labor shaped the modern
world. The legacies of that movement that can be seen to this day, in the multicultural but divided societies around the
ocean’s rim. In the first half of the twentieth century, the Indian Ocean became a hotbed of political activism; anticolonial
movements learned from each other and diasporas became a conduit for new political ideas about nation, race, and
equality. Today the Indian Ocean is at the forefront of strategic competition between India and China; perhaps even more
significantly, it stands at the front line of climate change and its growing impact. In the last part of the course, we seek to
understand how both of these features of the contemporary Indian Ocean world are shaped by a deeper history.
Throughout the course, we emphasize how the Indian Ocean world provides a distinctive vantage point from which to
understand key processes in global history—slavery and unfree labor, the rise and fall of empires, the formation of
diasporas, and massive environmental transformation.
 
HSAR 150 (20375)
Introduction to the History of Art: Sacred Art and
Architecture
Jacqueline Jung
MW 11:35am-12:25pm
Areas HU
A wide-ranging, cross-temporal exploration of religious images,
objects, and architecture in diverse cultures, from ancient
Mesopotamia to modern Manhattan. Buddhist, Christian, Hindu,
Jewish, Muslim, and various polytheistic traditions are
represented. Thematic threads include the human body;
transformations of nature; death, memory, and afterlife; sacred
kingship and other forms of political engagement; practices of
concealment and revelation; images as embodiments of the
divine; the framing and staging of ritual through architecture.
 
HSAR 383 (23606) /SAST 374
Sacred Space in South Asia
Subhashini Kaligotla
TTj 9:25am-10:15am
Areas HU
“Sacred” space in the Indian subcontinent was at the epicenter of
human experience. This course presents Buddhist, Hindu, Islamic, and
Jain monuments and the gamut of social meanings and activities
associated with them. Moving from the ritual spaces of the Indus
Valley Culture to nineteenth-century colonial India, we learn how the
organization and imagery of these spaces supported devotional activity
and piety. We learn too how temples, monasteries, and shrines
supported the pursuit of pleasure, amusement, sociability, and other
worldly interests. We also explore the symbiotic relationship between
Indian kingship and religion, and the complex ways in which politics
and court culture shaped sacred environments. The course concludes
with European imaginings of Indian religion and religious places.
 
HSAR 410 (24010) /AMST 332
Humbugs and Visionaries: American Artists and Writers Before
the Civil War
Bryan Wolf
W 1:30pm-3:20pm
Areas HU
This course examines American literature and visual culture of the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. We
look in particular at outliers, prophets, and self-promoters, from the radical Puritan writer Anne Bradstreet to popular
entertainers like P. T. Barnum. Topics include: visuality and the public sphere; landscape and politics; genre painting and
hegemony; race and identity; managerial culture and disembodied vision. Class trips to the Yale University Art Gallery and
the Metropolitan Museum (New York).
 
HSAR 481 (21791)
The Traveling Object: Trade,
Appropriation, Theft & Migration (1500-
1820)
Samuel Luterbacher
W 1:30pm-3:20pm
Areas HU
Trade, economic migration, and violent
displacement caused an unprecedented
number of people and things to travel across
the early modern globe. This seminar
explores the portable objects that were
created within, and impacted by, the global
mercantilisms and colonialisms of the
Spanish and Portuguese empires. We follow
a series of moving items that defy the
traditional categories of singular authors or
cultures. Their travels span distant points in
the colonial maritime world, such as Goa, Manila, Mexico City, Nagasaki, Antwerp, Lisbon, and Potosí. Framed as a writingintensive seminar, we examine how objects were made, transported, and received by communities across imperial realms.
In this vein, we consider material and technique, as well as the variety of makers who participated in their creation,
including the systems of unequal and oppressive colonial labor inherent within imperial networks of artistic production.
Each class will center around 1-2 select Objects in Focus that anchor key themes in the study of transit. Ranging from the
high-end to the everyday, these works include ivories, feather mosaics, silverwork, lacquer, ceramics paintings, prints, and
textiles, and more. They intersect with a series of discussions on appropriation, reuse, display, theft, copying, gifting,
erasure, fashion, labor, and race. The goal of the seminar is to break down totalizing visions of global empire, and to
consider moving objects and their afterlives in contemporary institutions. The paths of things past offer a more nuanced
view of our own current systems of globalized capitalism and its reflection in artistic production and display to this day.
 
SOCY 169 (21254)
Visual Sociology
Philip Smith
Th 3:30pm-5:20pm
Areas SO
Introduction to themes and methods in visual sociology. The role and use of visual information in social life, including
images, objects, settings, and human interactions. Ethnographic photography, the study of media images, maps and
diagrams, observation and coding of public settings, unobtrusive measures, and the use of internet resources.
 
URBN 360 (22716) /ARCH 360
Urban Lab: An Urban World
Anne Barrett
Th 10:30am-1:20pm
Areas HU
Understanding the urban environment
through methods of research, spatial
analysis, and diverse means of
representation that address historical,
social, political, and environmental issues
that consider design at the scale of the
entire world. Through timelines, maps,
diagrams, collages and film, students
frame a unique spatial problem and
speculate on urbanization at the global
scale.