On this page you can find copies of my teaching philosophy and sample syllabi that I have developed for a lower- and upper-division Latinx studies course.
Fall 2019, MAS 301 – Introduction to Mexican American and Latina/o/x Studies (Teaching Assistant):
In this introductory course, students study the field of Mexican American and Latina/o/x Studies as an interdisciplinary and intersectional arena of academic inquiry, which centers on challenging and dismantling the inherent inequalities and multiple oppressions foundational to the making of the United States through the eyes of the Mexican American, Chican@/x, Latin@/x experience. We survey the historical, political, socioeconomic, and cultural fabric, which shapes this heterogeneous populace and examine the formation of Latin@/xs as an ethnoracial group(s) in the United States. We explore the multifaceted histories of colonialism in the Americas and U.S. imperialism through an investigation of transnational, transborder contexts of corporate, military, and political interventions that have (re)defined national boundaries and human migrations in the Americas. Last, students use an intersectional approach to unravel how race, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, class, language, migration, indigeneity, and citizenship are integral to the multiple identities forming Latinidad.
Spring 2020, MAS 316/HIS 314K History of Mexican Americans in the United States (Teaching Assistant):
This course carefully examines the history of ethnic Mexicans from the Mesoamerican period to the 21st century. By beginning with 1491, we consider the origins of indigeneity and how it continues to be pivotal to the Mexican American experience today. We also rethink how contact, conquest, and colonization drastically changed the social worlds of Native Mexicans and its present-day implications for Mexican Americans. We further study the lives of (me)Xican@/xs, mestiz@/xs, indigenous peoples, and brown individuals through their roles, participation, occupations, and images within the U.S., and along the U.S.-Mexican borderlands. Last, we explore how race, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, class, language, migration, labor, and citizenship defined their diverse experiences, and how the (re)writing of this history is crucial to understanding Mexican American survival, resistance, and rebellion within Greater Mexico and the United States overall.