Graduate Student Instructors (GSI) and Reader Positions

Fall 2020 American Studies GSI and Reader Positions

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*One GSI position for American Studies 10 – Everyday America (4 units) — Class # 23974.  Instructor: C. Palmer



*One Reader position for American Studies 101AC–Americans and their Stuff: Object Lessons from the Civil War Era (4 units) – Class #20973. Instructor: S. Gold McBride



*One Reader position for American Studies 102 – California Food Places (4 units)– Class #24766. Instructor: K. Moran 



*One Reader position for American Studies 102 – Hands on the Vines: The California Wine Industry (4 units)– Class #25315. Instructor: A. Saragoza

This course examines the story of the California wine industry, beginning with the early history of viticulture in the state. Most of the attention in the course will be given to the period since the “wine boom” of the 1970s to the present. The Napa/Sonoma valleys will be the focus of that discussion, but the course will take into account state, national and international issues that impinge upon the development of California’s wine industry, e.g., immigrant labor, imports, and market conditions. Social and cultural trends related to the consumption of wine will also be examined extensively, such as gender, class, race and ethnicity.


*One Reader position for American Studies C111E/English C136. The Wall: Art, Literature, Performance and about the U.S.-Mexican Border (4 units) — Class #24705. Instructor: G. Padilla

This will be a course in which we will think about the emergence of a distinct border aesthetic, one in which form is often torqued by dispiriting content but which, simultaneously, also finds beauty in the cultural and natural ecologies that trace the border.

We will read The Devil’s Highway, by Luis Alberto Urrea, view documentaries like Rebecca Cammisa’s Which Way Home? and Daffodil Altan’s Kids Caught in the Crackdown, and read the poetry of Javier Zamorra, Emmy Perez, Michelle Otero, and Juan Felipe Herrera, among other poets/essayists, and we will consider art as border performance in the work of Ana Teresa Fernandez, Alberto Caro, and Guillermo Gomez Pena.