Archived Graduate Courses

2021-2022 Graduate Courses

Winter 2022

HMR 200A/ REL 231E
Keith Watenpaugh
History-Theory-Criticism Human Rights
Wednesdays, 1:10-4:00

This seminar explores the human rights idea and the field of Human Rights Studies.  Participants will read and discuss influential and recent work in the field. The seminar will provide an opportunity for students to develop research projects from within their own disciplines and scholarly engagement activities, and create syllabi and lesson plans appropriate to their field(s).

Readings include:

Keck, Margaret E., and Kathryn Sikkink. Activists beyond borders: advocacy networks in international politics. Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press, 2004.

Quataert, Jean H. Advocating dignity: human rights mobilizations in global politics. University of Pennsylvania Press, 2011.

Gündogdu, Ayten. Rightlessness in an age of rights: Hannah Arendt and the contemporary struggles of migrants. Oxford University Press, 2014.

Moses, A. Dirk. The problems of genocide: permanent security and the language of transgression. Cambridge University Press, 2021.

Atapattu, Sumudu. "Climate change and displacement: protecting ‘climate refugees’ within a framework of justice and human rights." Journal of Human Rights and the Environment 11, no. 1 (2020): 86-113.


HISTORY 201I (counts for Human Rights DE elective)
Professor Charles Walker,
Revolutions in World History
Tuesdays 3-6

This course takes a long-term approach to revolution, addressing the concept's development and many meanings.  The concept  (Latin revolutio, turn around) has circulated since at least Aristotle and the term appears in French in the 13th century and English in the 14th.

The course will jump across the centuries and the globe, and I will  encourage students to write a final paper on some aspect of revolutions: theory, practice, specific ones, women in Cuba, meanings in Late Capitalism, etc. I will be flexible about the topic.

We will build on the Shelby Cullom Davis Center's year-long focus on Revolutionary Change. (I will be in residence there in fall 2021).

Preliminary week-by-week topics.

Please purchase Popkin, DuBois, Marx and Engels, Rius, and Fitzpatrick

1. What are revolutions and the Age of Revolution?
(Readings provided)
recommended: Edmund Wilson, To the Finland Station

2. Age of Revolutions: France
Jeremy Popkin, A Short History of the French Revolution-

3. Haitian Revolution
Laurent Dubois, Avengers of the New World: The Story of the Haitian Revolution

4. Karl Marx
Marx and Engels, Communist Manifesto and
Rius, Marx for Beginners

5. Russia Revolution
Sheila Fitzpatrick, The Russian Revolution (Oxford)

6. Mexican Revolution
Series of articles, to be provided

7. Cuban Revolution (and a brief review of China)
Sara Kozameh, "Black, Radical, and Campesino in Revolutionary Cuba"
Series of articles, to be provided

8. New Social Revolutions and the New Left
Series of articles, to be provided

9. Presentations and short readings on Gender and Revolution
Series of articles, to be provided

10. Presentations and short readings on Revolutions, Human Rights, and the Global South
Series of articles, to be provided



Spring Quarter 2022

Monday 3:10-6:00 pm PST

History Library - SSH 4217

HIS 201i Women, Gender, & Sexuality in Modern Latin American History  (counts for Human Rights DE elective)

Marian E. Schlotterbeck

Associate Professor of History

This seminar introduces the historiography on women, gender, and sexuality in modern Latin America. It emphasizes women’s experiences as participants and protagonists in the social, political, economic, and cultural transformation of Latin America. It understands the categories of gender and sexuality as social constructs in which changing definitions of masculinity, femininity, & sexuality were bound up in understandings of colonial, national, and transnational change.  From a historiographical perspective, we will place particular emphasis on transnational frameworks and oral history as methodology. We will debate what “recent history” is as well as what historians can bring to the study of contemporary movements. 

Students from all disciplines are encouraged to enroll. This course is required for any graduate student completing a preliminary exam field in 20th-century Latin America & recommended for the UC Davis History Department minor field in Women's and gender History (WgH). 

Reading list includes: 

  1. 1. David Carey Jr. Oral History in Latin America: Unlocking the Spoken Archive. New York: Routledge, 2017. 
  2. 2. Claire Bond Potter and Renee C. Romano, eds. Doing Recent History: On Privacy, Copyright, Video Games, Institutional Review Boards, Activist Scholarship, and History that Talks Back. Athens: University of Georgia Press, 2012. 
  3. 3. David Carey Jr. I Ask for Justice: Maya Women, Dictators, and Crime in Guatemala, 1898-1944. Austin: University of Texas Press, 2014.   
  4. 4. Mary A. Renda. Taking Haiti: Military Occupation and the Culture of U.S. Imperialism, 1915-1940. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2001.  
  5. 5. Lauren Derby. The Dictator's Seduction: Politics and the Popular Imagination in the Era of Trujillo. Durham: Duke University Press, 2009.  
  6. 6. Katherine M. Marino. Feminism For the Americas: The Making of an International Human Rights Movement. Chapel Hill: UNC Press, 2019.   
  7. 7. Rachel Hynson. Laboring for the State: Women, Family, and Work in Revolutionary Cuba, 1959-1971. Cambridge UP, 2019. 
  8. 8. Natalia Milanesio. Destape: Sex, Democracy, and Freedom in Post-dictatorial Argentina. University of Pittsburgh Press, 2019. 
  9. 9. Elizabeth Q. Hutchinson. Workers Like All the Rest of Them: Domestic Service and the Rights of Labor in Twentieth-Century Chile. Duke UP: April 2022. 
  10. 10. Natalie L. Kimball, An Open Secret: The History of Unwanted Pregnancy and Abortion in Modern Bolivia. New Brunswick: Rutgers University Press, 2020.