HIS 158: Migrations History Now- Paradigms, Crises, and Challenges in Latin America and Beyond

Topics in the history of Latin America. Topics may be framed geographically (e.g., Central America), chronologically (e.g., The Cold War) or thematically (e.g., environmental history).


Professor José Juan Pérez Meléndez






Spring 2018


This upper-division course explores migratory phenomena connecting Latin America to global processes from the independence revolutions of the 1810s and 20s to the migration management regimes of the present day. The relationship between nationhood, government formation, and the identification, management, and curtailment of migratory flows will be at the center of discussions. Topics include the Asian coolie system, transatlantic mass migrations, inter-Caribbean migrations, the advent of quota systems, migrant worker programs, human experiences of displacement and resistance, and technologies of surveillance. In addition to specific case studies from various regions in Latin America, the course will critically examine different methodological approaches and theoretical perspectives in migration studies.


  • Brown, Wendy. Walled States, Waning Sovereignty (2014)
  • Cook-Martín, David, and David Scott FitzGerald. Culling the MassesThe Democratic Origins of Racist Immigration Policy in the Americas (2014)
  • Foote, Nicola & Michael Goebel, eds. Immigration and National Identities in Latin America (2014)
  • Harzig, Christiane & Dirk Hoeder. What is Migration History? (2009)
  • León, Jason de. The Land of Open Graves: Living and Dying on the Migrant Trail (2015)