AAST 407:
seminar in comparative racialization

Toussaint L’Overture and the Haitian Revolution

Course Description

This course is designed to provide students with an opportunity to explore racial formation from a global, transnational, and comparative perspective. Moving beyond an exclusive focus on race in the United States, we examine historical and contemporary processes of racial formation in contexts such as Latin America, South Africa, Europe, Palestine/Israel, Canada, Australia, and the Caribbean. In doing so, we discuss topics such as colonization and empire, slavery and genocide, settler colonialism and racial capitalism, gender and sexuality, national liberation and post-colonialism, and war and policing.
The course is organized into three sections. First, we examine the foundations for comparative studies on race and ethnicity.  After an introduction to the concept of racial formation, we look at the historical processes that gave rise to racialized social structures: colonialism, slavery, genocide, and empire. The first section of the course ends by considering struggles for civil rights and decolonization after World War II.   Next, the course examines contemporary processes shaping racial formation: migration, colorblindness, globalization, policing, and war. Finally, the course considers topics and issues in contemporary racialized societies, including the politicization of identity, the marketing of race, racial economies of desire, settler colonialism, anti-Black racism, and struggles for social and racial justice. 

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Arab and African refugees
Andy Clarno
Assistant Professor of African American Studies & ​Sociology

Contact Info

Office: ​​4125 BSB
Email: aclarno@uic.edu

Curriculum Vitae


What Does African American American Studies Mean to You?

"Black studies provides a tradition of critical engagement with the political, economic and social dynamics of racism, capitalism, colonialism and empire.  Grounded in a thorough understanding of history, the Black radical tradition facilitates intersectional critiques of contemporary forms of domination, exploitation, exclusion, and abandonment."--Andy Clarno

Course Information

3 or 4 hours. Same as SOC 407. Prerequisite(s): 
AAST 247 orAAST 248 
or AAST 340 or SOC 225;
and senior standing or above;
or consent of the instructor.


Diasporic & Transnational Studies
Race, Politics & Institutions

When is it Offered?

Spring Semester