Hemispheric & Transnational Studies engages in the comparative analysis of culture and history in the Americas to explore how scholarship on the Atlantic, borderlands, and diaspora has reshaped American Studies, Caribbean Studies, and Latin American Studies, emphasizing the topics of empire, race, and revolution.
One of the intellectual aims of Hemispheric Studies is to explore how the “transnational turn” in the academy sets new agendas for scholarship. Students explore how scholarship on the Atlantic, borderlands, and diaspora have reshaped U.S. American Studies, Caribbean Studies, and Latin American Studies. Requirements for the concentration are dictated according to the department/program in which the student is enrolled.
The Hemispheric and Transnational Studies concentration is available to students in the Applied Gender Studies, Cultural Studies, English, History, and Religion programs. The concentration is awarded in conjunction with the MA or PhD and is noted on the transcript as an additional area of qualification.
SCHOOL AT A GLANCE
The School of Arts & Humanities lets you tailor your program to target your specific interests. You’ll conduct research across disciplines to approach problems in new ways, all in an intimate, collegial learning environment where faculty-mentors offer you personal attention, and opportunities for collaborative, interdisciplinary scholarship abound.
This interdisciplinary concentration is available for students pursuing the following degree programs:
Examines the role that museums and memorials have played in shaping the general process of coming to terms with past acts of state-sponsored violence, war, and genocide.
Harlem Renaissance & Literature of the Americas
Explores the writings of the Harlem Renaissance as intimately connected to a broader literature of the Americas, examining meanings of race, gender, and nationalism in the early 20th century.
Hemispheric Americas Studies
Examines the literature and culture of the Americas from the 19th century to the present, focusing on nation, race, empire, and violence.
Master of Arts
• 16 units in seminars designated as hemispheric or transnational in scope
• A capstone/final paper (in Cultural Studies only) on hemispheric or transnational literatures or cultural theories
• One language requirement in Spanish, French, Portuguese, or Creole. (Other languages may be considered by request.) The language requirement serves as a Research Tool for Cultural Studies.
Same as MA, with the added requirement of either a major or minor qualifying field examination in Hemispheric Studies, determined in consultation with the advisor.
Note: in some cases, fulfilling the requirements of this concentration as well as the core requirements for the student’s degree may involve additional units or Research Tools. Students should always consult with an academic advisor before adding a concentration to their degree program.
Faculty & Research
Associate Professor of Cultural Studies and English
Chair, Cultural Studies Department
Hemispheric Americas studies, Latino/a/x studies, Black diaspora studies, American literature and culture
Dean, School of Arts & Humanities
Director, Early Modern Studies Program
Director, Kingsley & Kate Tufts Poetry Awards
English Renaissance and Reformation Literature; Early Modern British and European History; Reformation Studies, Protestantism, the Bible and English-language Culture; the Bible in America; William Shakespeare