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Instructor: Prof. Judith Kenny (

Office: Bolton 472 (229-6598)

Office Hours: By appointment

Online availability: E-mails will be reviewed each week on Tuesdays and Thursdays with a response provided within 24 hours. E-mail sent on other days will be responded to as quickly as possible but not necessarily within a 24-hour period. I will observe furlough days as required by the State of Wisconsin. Those days will be announced in advance.


In this course we examine how race and geography are intimately connected through the paired themes of privilege/oppression and belonging/exclusion. The course is divided into three major sections: 1) Difference, Privilege, and Oppression (defining terms); 2) Territory, Citizenship & Identity: Historical and Regional Geographies of Race & Ethnicity; and 3) Geographies of Inclusion & Exclusion: Wealth and Racialized Poverty.


To develop your ability to critically think about and discuss the geography of race in the US.

As an online course, meeting this objective will require that you read all of the assigned material and participate in class discussions by posting essays and responses to the course D2L site. To underscore the course expectations, those and other special assignments make this a reading and writing intensive class.

Readings (required)

  1. Purchase the text, available in the UWM Bookstore:

Frazier, J. W. & E. L. Tettey-Fio, eds. (2006) Race, Ethnicity, and Place in a Changing America. Binghamton NY: Global Academic Publishing.

  1. Accessible online at the following link: How Race is Lived in America (2001):

  2. E-reserve readings (click on “Course Reserve” on UWM library homepage):

  3. PDFs of assigned articles will be provided on the course’s D2L site as well.

Course Evaluation (approximate percentage points to emphasize weight of effort):

Reading Quizzes

120 points/ 17%

Discussion Questions/Essays

150 points/ 21.5%

Discussion Responses

100 points/ 14%

Midterm Exam

90 points/ 13%

Final Exam

90 points/ 13%

Book Review

150 points/ 21.5%

Final grades will be determined as follows:

Final grade



95 – 100%


90 – 94%


85 – 89%


80 – 85%


75 – 79%


70 – 74%


67 – 69%


63 – 66%


60 – 63%


< 60%

Grading Policy:

  • No late assignments or make-up exams will be accepted under any condition barring serious illness or similar severe crisis. All notifications must be made in advance.

  • Grading appeals must be submitted in writing.


  1. If you will need accommodations in order to meet any of the requirements of this course, please contact me as soon as possible – and preferably within the first two weeks of the semester.

  2. I expect you to be respectful, prepared and involved in this class, and you can expect the same of me. Additional information on “netiquette” and maintaining the appropriate environment for discussion will be provided during the first week of the semester.

  3. I will provide a checklist of specific instructions/assignments for each week. These simply confirm the information provided in the syllabus. Thus, you can anticipate course requirements by reading the syllabus regularly.

  4. The syllabus indicates the readings assigned for the week – and where you will locate them (PDFs, e-reserve, textbook, etc). All readings must be completed by the beginning of each week.

  5. Lectures will be posted on D2L under content several weeks in advance of the assigned “lecture date.”

  6. Quizzes, covering readings and lecture material, will be posted on Tuesdays and will cover the information since the previous quiz. There are 13 quizzes. Your lowest grade will be dropped in determining quiz points. All quizzes are timed (30 minutes) and are due on Tuesday(s) no later than 11:30 p.m.

The exceptions to this schedule will be the quiz that I will post on Wednesday, January 27th . You will have until the end of the day (at 11:30 pm) to answer questions related to the syllabus, instruction, and my letter of introduction. Please note that with this quiz, as with all quizzes, you will have only 30 minutes once you begin the quiz. This sample quiz insures that we have “the bugs” worked out prior to the first reading/lecture quiz, which will take place on Tuesday, February 3rd.

  1. Discussion questions will be posted on the Wednesday during the week assigned, and will cover readings since the previous discussion question. There are five discussion questions, and these are given approximately every other week. You will respond to the questions with a 200 to 250 word essay. Essays are due on Friday no later than 10:00 p.m.

  2. Discussion Responses will be due the Wednesday during the week assigned. Because you will be asked to comment on your classmates’ essays in the discussion response, you will respond the week after the discussion questions are posted. There are five discussion responses, and these occur approximately every other week. Responses should be between 100 and 150 words. Please pay close attention to this word limit/requirement.

You will read through each other’s discussion question essays to develop a response to the week’s topics. No more than two students may respond to the same essay, so if you see one you want to respond to, act quickly! Additional information on the discussion responses will be provided prior to the first due date.

Please note – if you do not prepare a discussion question essay, you are not allowed to submit a discussion response. Active participation in both parts of the discussion is expected to insure that a viable discussion takes place. Also, you will be graded not only on your response but whether you have read (all) of your colleagues essays. To learn something from this activity, you must “listen” to your classmates. I can access information on D2L that allows me to evaluate whether you are reading your classmates’ work.

  1. There are two scheduled Examinations. They are due the Wednesday assigned. While they are open notes/book, you will only have 60 minutes to complete the exam. That requires the same study effort as a closed book exam. The exams are timed and closed when 60 minutes expire! You will not be able to leave the examination and come back, so you must be prepared for the exam once you start it! The majority of both exams will be true/false or multiple choice questions. Although the final exam will focus on the second half of the material, it will build upon concepts introduced earlier in the semester.

  2. You will read one of six books that I have selected for the course Book Review assignment. No more than six students can choose the same book for discussion and review. So, if you see one that you wish to read, notify me as soon as possible (starting on January 25th). You will form a book group to discuss the book. Your grade on the book review will be based in part on your contribution to the book group discussion (40%) and in part on the final book review (60%). Additional information on this assignment will be provided in the second week of classes and posted to the course D2L site.

The following titles make up the list of acceptable selections for the book review assignment:1

  1. Deloria, Philip (2004) Indians in Unexpected Places. Lawrence KS: University Press of Kansas.

  2. Jimenez, Tomas (2009) Replenished Ethnicity: Mexican Americans, Immigration, and Identity. Berkeley: University of California Press.

  3. Neiwert, David (2005) Strawberry Days: How Internment destroyed a Japanese American Community. New York: Palgrave Macmillan.

  4. Obama, Barak (2004 edition) Dreams from my Father: A Story of Race and Inheritance. New York: Three Rivers Press.

  5. Roediger, David (2005) Working toward Whiteness/How America’s Immigrants Became White: The Strange Journey from Ellis Island to the Suburbs. Cambridge MA: Basic Books/Perseus Books Group.

  6. Shankar, Shalini (2008) Desi Land: Teen Culture, Class, and Success in Silicon Valley. Durham, NC: Duke University Press.

Any one interested in obtaining extra credit points (up to 5% of the final grade), may choose an additional book from the same list.2


For a variety of possible reasons, I reserve the right to make any changes to this schedule and syllabus’ content. You will be notified of any change via you UWM panthermail account if that should occur.

WEEK ONE (Jan. 25th-29th) Introduction to course; What are ‘race’ and ethnicity?
Readings/Requirements: 1) Visit D2L site – syllabus, letter of introduction, checklist

2) Quiz #1– posted Wed., Jan. 27th (opens at 7:30am; closes 11:30 pm);

Covers syllabus, letter of introduction

3) Post your own introduction to course site

Readings Assignments: 1) Text: Chapt. 1 - J. W. Frazier, “Race, Ethnicity, and Place in

(for Quiz #2) a Changing America: A Perspective,” pp. 1-24.

2) PDF at D2L site: Omi & Winant, “Racial Formations”

3) PDF at D2L site: Tatum, B. “Defining Racism: ‘Can We


4) E-Reserve: Johnson, “Privilege, Oppression, & Difference”


WEEK TWO (Feb. 1st-5th) What are ‘race’ and ethnicity?, cont.; Privilege &

Requirements: 1) Quiz #2: posted Tues., Feb. 2nd; closes Tues., at 11:30

2) Discussion Quest. #1 – posted to D2L site on Wed., Feb. 3rd

(closes Fri., Feb. 5th , 10pm)

Readings Assignments: 1) E-Reserve: I. Haney-Lopez, “Racial Restrictions in the Law

(for Quiz #3) of Citizenship” & “The Prerequisite Cases” (Both


2) Text: Chapt. 5 – W. Li, “US Immigration and Racialized

Assimilation,” pp. 57-68.

TERRITORY, CITIZENSHIP, & IDENTITY: Historical and Regional Geographies of Race & Ethnicity
WEEK THREE (Feb. 8th-12th) Overview of Immigration/Regional Racial & Ethnic

Histories - Citizenship and Racial Restrictions; Native Americans & Westward Expansion

Requirements: 1) Quiz #3 – posted Tues., Feb. 9th (closes same Tues., 11:30 pm)

2) Discussion Response #1 – Due Wed., Feb. 10th (11:30 pm)

3) Book Review decision – choose & report your selection of

the book for your review by Fri., Feb. 12th

Readings Assignments: 1) Text: Chapt. 24 – Zolnik, E. “Cultural and Economic Change

(for Quiz #4) in Indian Country,” pp. 319-328.

2) PDF at D2L site: U.S. Commission on Human Rights,

“Indian Tribes: A Continuing Quest for Survival”

3) PDF at D2L site: “Elk v. Wilkins (1884)”

WEEK FOUR (Feb. 15th-19th) Native Americans, cont.; European Ethnics & the Industrial

Requirements: 1) Quiz #4 – posted Tues., Feb. 16th (closes same Tues., 11:30 pm)

2) Discussion Question #2 – Posted Wed., Feb. 17th (closes Fri.,

Feb. 19th , 10pm)

Readings Assignments: 1) PDF at D2L site: Brodkin, K. “How Jews became White

(for Quiz #5) Folks.”

2) PDF at D2L site: Rubin, L. “Is this a White Country, or


3) E-Reserve: Kenny, J. “Polish Routes to Americanization:

House Form and Landscape on Milwaukee’s Polish

South Side”

WEEK FIVE (Feb. 22nd -26th) The Industrial North; Reconstruction & the Jim Crow South

Requirements: 1) Quiz #5 – posted Tues., Feb. 23rd (closes same Tues., 11:30 pm)

2) Discussion Response #2 – Due Wed., Feb. 24th (due 11:30 pm)

Readings Assignments: 1) Text: Tettey-Fio, E. “Black American Geographies: A

(for Quiz #6) Perspective,” pp. 69-82.

  1. PDF at D2L site: “United States Constitution: Thirteenth

(1865), Fourteenth (1868), and Fifteenth (1870) Amendments”

  1. PDF at D2L site: DuBois, W.E.B. “The Black Codes.”

  2. PDF at D2L site: “Plessy v. Ferguson (1896)”

  3. PDF at D2L Site: Hoelscher, S. “The White-Pillared Past:

Landscapes of Memory and Race in the American

South,” in R. Schein ed. Landscape and Race in the United States. New York: Routledge. pp. 39-72.

  1. PDF at D2L site: Crutcher, M. “Historical Geographies of

Race in a New Orleans Afro-Creole Landscape,” in R.

Schein ed. Landscape and Race in the United States.

New York: Routledge. pp. 23-38.


WEEK SIX (March 1st-5th ) Jim Crow South”; Southwestern Borderlands and Latinos

Requirements: 1) Quiz #6– posted Tues., March 2nd (closes same Tues., 11:30 pm)

2) Discussion Question #3 – Posted Wed., March 3rd (closes Fri.)

Reading Assignments: 1) Text: Reisinger, M. “Latinos in America: Historical and

(for Quiz #7) Contemporary Settlement Patterns,” pp. 183-198.

  1. Text: Jones, R. “Immigrant Accommodation and Intra-Ethnic

Friction: The case of Mexicans and Mexican Americans

in San Antonio,” pp. 221-232.

  1. PDF at D2L Site: Arreola, D. “The Picture Postcard Mexican

Housescape: Visual Culture and Domestic Identity,” in R. Schein ed. Landscape and Race in the United States. New York: Routledge. pp. 113-126.


WEEK SEVEN (March 8th-12th ) Southwestern Borderlands and Latinos
Requirements: 1) Quiz #7 – posted Tues., March 9th (closes same day)

  1. Discussion Response #3 – Due Wed., March 10th

Reading Assignments: No Readings!!

***********************************************************************************************WEEK EIGHT (March 15th – 19th) Midterm Exam – Wed., March 17th (posted -9 am; due –

11:30pm; timed for 60 minutes)


WEEK NINE (March 22nd – 26th) SPRING BREAK – Have fun!


WEEK TEN (March 29th-April 2nd) Asians and the Pacific Coast; New Geographies of

Immigration: post-1965 immigration
Requirements: 1) Place your summary for your book review in D2L dropbox –

Friday, April 2nd (by 10 pm). The format for the

summary will be provided in advance.

Readings Assignments: 1) Text: Frazier, J. “Asians in the United States: Historical and

(for Quiz #8) Contemporary Settlement Patterns,” pp. 265-28.

  1. Text: Skop, E. and C. Altman, “The Invisible Immigrants:

Asian Indian Settlement Patterns and Racial/Ethnic Identites,” pp. 309-318.

  1. PDF at D2L site: Thrupkaew, N. “The Myth of the Model


  1. PDF at D2 L site: Hoskins, G. “Poetic Landscapes of

Exclusion: Chinese Immigration at Angel Island, San Francisco,” in R. Schein ed. Landscape and Race in the United States. New York: Routledge. pp. 95-112.

WEEK ELEVEN (April 5th-9th ) Introduction to Section: Wealth and Racialized Poverty
Requirements: 1) Quiz #8– posted Tues., April 6th (closes same day)

Readings Assignments: 1) PDF at D2L site: Leonhardt, D. (2005) “US Poverty Rate

(for Quiz #9) was up last year”

2) Text: Owusu, T. “Disparities in Economic Status among

Native-Born and Foreign-Born Populations in Paterson,

New Jersey,” pp. 353-366.

  1. Text: Dakan, W., “Changes in the Heartland: Emerging

Ethnic Patterns in Louisville, KY,” pp. 367-378.


WEEK TWELVE (April 12th-16th) Wealth and Racialized Poverty: Housing and Segregation
Requirements: 1) Quiz #9 - posted Tues., April 13th (closes same day)

2) Discussion #4 - Posted Wed., April 14th (closes Fri.)

3) Book Group Discussion – Provide comments on the book

summary to two of your book group members by Friday,

April 16th

Readings Assignments: 1) E-Reserve: Jackson, K. “Federal Subsidy and the Suburban

(for Quiz #10) Dream”

2) Text: Kaplan, D. & G. Sommers, “Lending and Race in Two

Cities: A Comparison of Subprime Mortgages, Predatory

Mortgages, and Foreclosures in Washington DC and

Akron, Ohio,” pp. 97-110.


WEEK THIRTEEN (April 19th-23rd) Wealth and Racialized Poverty: Housing and Employment
Requirements: 1) Quiz #10 - posted Tues., April 21st (closes same day)

2) Discussion Response #4 – Due Wed., April 21st

Readings Assignments: 1) Text: Johnston-Anumonwo, I. & S. Sultana, “Race, Location

(for Quiz #11) and Access to Employment in Buffalo, NY,” pp. 119-


2) E-Reserve: LeDuff, “At a Slaughterhouse, Some Things

Never Die”


WEEK FOURTEEN (April 26th-30th)Education
Requirements: 1) Quiz #11 - posted Tues., April 27th (closes same day)

2) Discussion Question #5 – Posted Wed., April 28(closes Fri.)

Reading Assignments: 1) PDF at D2L site: “Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka

(for Quiz #12) (1954)”

2) Text: Logan, J., D. Oakley & J. Stowell, “Public Policy

Impacts on School Desegregation, 1970-2000,” pp. 33-44.

3) PDF at D2L Site: Kozol, J. “Still Separate, Still Unequal.”

4) E- Reserve: Lewin, T. “Growing up, growing apart”


WEEK FIFTEEN (May 3rd-7th) Environmental Racism
Requirements: 1) Quiz #12 - posted Tues., May 4th (closes same day)

2) Discussion Response #5 – Posted Wed., May 5th (closes Fri.)

Reading Assignments: 1) Text: Margai, F. “Racial/Ethnic Disparities in Health and

(for Quiz #13) Health Care in the US: A Geographic Overview,” pp.


2) PDF at D2 L site: AP “More Blacks live with Pollution”

3) PDF at D2L site: Sklar, H. “Imagine a Country – 2006 ”


WEEK SIXTEEN (May 10th-13th) Wrapping Up - Resistance
Requirements: 1) Quiz #13 - posted Tues., May 11th (closes same day)

2) Book Review – Place your final book review in the

dropbox by Friday, May 14th.


FINALS WEEK FINAL EXAM: Wednesday, May 19th (posted -9 am; due –

11:30pm; timed for 60 minutes)

1 Please make arrangements to obtain your book selection for the review assignment (from – a library, local bookstore, order online etc.).

2 Please discuss the possibility of extra credit points with me before starting the second book review. The extra credit book review will require that you follow specific guidelines.

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