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Juliet Hooker

Associate Professor Ph.D., 2001, Government, Cornell University

Associate Professor of Government and of African and African Diaspora Studies
Juliet Hooker

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Biography

Prof. Hooker became the Associate Director of the Teresa Lozano Long Institute of Latin American Studies (LLILAS) in September 2009. She is also Associate Professor of Government. In 2008-2009 Prof Hooker was awarded the Lucia, John, and Melissa Gilbert Teaching Excellence Award in Women's and Gender Studies. Other recent awards include a Junior Scholar in the Study of Democracy in Latin America Grant from the Latin America Program of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars and the Ford Foundation, and a Visiting Fellowship at the Kellogg Institute for International Studies at the University of Notre Dame. Professor Hooker is the author of Race and the Politics of Solidarity (Oxford University Press, 2009); she has also published widely on multiculturalism in Latin America, race and nationalism in Nicaragua, and Afro-descendant politics in Latin America. In addition to book chapters in edited volumes, her articles have appeared in journals such as the Journal of Latin American Studies, the Latin American Research Review, and Souls: A Critical Journal of Black Politics, Culture and Society.

Interests

Political Solidarity; Theories of Multiculturalism; Critical Race Theory; Black Political Thought; Latin American Political Thought; Multiculturalism and Indigenous and Afro-descendant Politics in Latin America

AFR 381 • Freedom: Douglass/Dubois/Davis

30863 • Spring 2014
Meets T 330pm-630pm BAT 5.102
(also listed as GOV 382M )
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 Prerequisites

NONE

 Course Description

Freedom is one of the central concepts in Western political thought; understandably, it has also been a key preoccupation for African-American thinkers.  This course will examine the concepts of freedom articulated in the work of Frederick Douglass, W. E. B. DuBois, and Angela Davis, particularly in light of the relationship between freedom, emancipation, and slavery.  In addition, the conceptions of freedom put forward by Douglass, DuBois, and Davis will be contrasted with those in the canon of Western political thought and those put forward by Latin American political thinkers such as the Afro-Brazilian intellectual Adbias do Nascimento.

 

Grading Policy

Students will write two short (2 page, single spaced) critical response essays about the readings and one longer final paper (10-15 pages).  Final grades will be assessed based on the two critical response essays (17% each for a total of 34%), the final essay (34%), an in class presentation (16%), and class participation (16%).

 

Texts

Frederick Douglass, “What to the Slave Is the Fourth of July?”

_____ The Heroic Slave

_____ My Bondage and My Freedom

 

W. E. B. DuBois, The Souls of Black Folks

_____ Dusk of Dawn: An Essay toward an Autobiography of a Concept of Race

_____ Dark Princess

 

Angela Davis, Women, Race, and Class (Vintage, 1983).

_____ Abolition Democracy: Beyond Empire, Prisons, and Torture/Interviews with Angela Y. Davis (New York: Seven Stories Press, 2005).

_____ Lectures on Liberation (Los Angeles: National United Committee to Free Angela Davis)

AFR 386 • Us Afr-Am/Lat Am Polit Thought

30438 • Fall 2012
Meets T 330pm-630pm BAT 1.104
(also listed as GOV 382M, LAS 384L )
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Despite the current trend towards the study of comparative political theory, the work of Latin American political thinkers, which has been tremendously influential in their own region, remains marginal to the canon of Western political thought. Likewise, the work of U.S. African-American political thinkers is an important yet often overlooked strand of [U.S.] American political thought. This course is an an introduction to the history of these two traditions, and a comparative effort to understand the main thematics in each and the similarities and differences between them. It examines the answers U.S. African-American and Latin American thinkers have given to some of the fundamental preoccupations of political theory, as well as to other questions that have sometimes been viewed as marginal, such as: What is justice? What is freedom? What are the conditions of possibility for democratic politics? How should we theorize race? How should we conceive racial identity? What form should anti-racist politics take? The course will introduce students to some of the most influential figures in U.S. African-American and Latin American political thought, including: Domingo F. Sarmiento, José Martí, José Vasconcelos, Frederick Douglass, W.E.B. DuBois, as well as to contemporary thinkers and debates about racial justice and black, latino, and indigenous politics in the U.S. and Latin America. The aim of the course is to identify the contours and substantive problematics of U.S. African-American and Latin American political thought, particularly as they relate to questions of racial justice. 

AFR S374E • Afro-Caribbean Pol/Cul-Nic

81770 • Summer 2012
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(also listed as GOV S365N, WGS S340 )
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STUDY ABROAD COURSE

Course Description

This course will examine the politics of race, culture, nation, and political mobilization among Afro-Caribbean communities on Central America’s Caribbean Coast. It will discuss the historical process by which these communities were formed in the region during the colonial era, different periods of labor migration, the emergence of anti-Black mestizo nationalism, and contemporary struggles for racial justice. Students will learn how Afro-Caribbean populations have drawn from their Caribbean roots to navigate and resist persistent patterns of racial, gender, and economic inequality and have challenged the racially defined limits of citizenship and national belonging within mestizo nation-states. The course will provide students with a foundation for understanding larger racial formation patterns in Central America and ground this analysis in historical and ethnographic studies of Afro-Caribbean populations in Nicaragua, Honduras, Costa Rica, Panama, and Belize.

AFR 383 • Afr-Am & Latin Am Pol Thought

30600 • Spring 2012
Meets T 330pm-630pm BAT 1.104
(also listed as GOV 382M, LAS 381 )
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Despite the current trend towards the study of comparative political theory, the work of Latin American political thinkers, which has been tremendously influential in their own region, remains marginal to the canon of Western political thought. Likewise, the work of U.S. African-American political thinkers is an important yet often overlooked strand of [U.S.] American political thought. This course is an an introduction to the history of these two traditions, and a comparative effort to understand the main thematics in each and the similarities and differences between them. It examines the answers U.S. African-American and Latin American thinkers have given to some of the fundamental preoccupations of political theory, as well as to other questions that have sometimes been viewed as marginal, such as: What is justice? What is freedom? What are the conditions of possibility for democratic politics? How should we theorize race? How should we conceive racial identity? What form should anti-racist politics take? The course will introduce students to some of the most influential figures in U.S. African-American and Latin American political thought, including: Domingo F. Sarmiento, José Martí, José Vasconcelos, Frederick Douglass, W.E.B. DuBois, as well as to contemporary thinkers and debates about racial justice and black, latino, and indigenous politics in the U.S. and Latin America. The aim of the course is to identify the contours and substantive problematics of U.S. African-American and Latin American political thought, particularly as they relate to questions of racial justice.

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