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Rabaka, Reiland Professor

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  • Reiland Rabaka is Professor of African, African American, and Caribbean Studies in the Department of Ethnic Studies at the University of Colorado, Boulder, where he also has affiliations with the Department of Women & Gender Studies, Humanities Program, School of Education, College of Media, Communication & Information, and College of Music. His research interests include: African, African American, and Caribbean studies; African, African American, and Caribbean history; African, African American, and Caribbean politics; African, African American, and Caribbean social movements; critical race theory; black feminist theory; black sexuality studies; black popular culture studies; black popular music studies; and decolonial theory.

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  • African studies, African American studies, Caribbean studies, African history, African American history, Caribbean history, African politics, African American politics, Caribbean politics, African social movements, African American social movements, Caribbean social movements, critical race theory, black feminist theory, black sexuality studies, black popular culture studies, black popular music studies, decolonial theory

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  • ETHN 3212 - Introduction to Hip Hop Studies
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2018 / Summer 2019
    Examines critical questions posed by hip hop culture. Accentuated in this course are hip hop's contributions to the political-economic, philosophical, and sociological study of race, racism, sexism and sexuality. Examines the ways in which hip hop, as a new social phenomenon, cultural force and aesthetic form, have influenced contemporary American and global culture. Recommended prerequisite: ETHN 1022 or ETHN 2001.
  • ETHN 4102 - Special Topics in Africana Studies
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2019
    Variable topic that allows intensive coverage of a subject, theme, or issue in African American studies. May be repeated up to 9 total credit hours on different topics. Same as ETHN 5102.
  • ETHN 5102 - Special Topics in Africana Studies
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2019
    Variable topic that allows intensive coverage of a subject, theme, or issue in African American studies. May be repeated up to 9 total credit hours on different topics. Same as ETHN 4102.
  • ETHN 6301 - Decolonial/Postcolonial Theory
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2018
    Offers an overview of the origins and evolution of Decolonial/Postcolonial Theory. Critically compares and contrasts decolonial discourse with postcolonial theory. Exposes students to the ways in which decolonial and postcolonial theory conceptually interconnect via Cultural Studies, Critical Race Studies and Ethnic Studies-derived discourses such as racial colonialism, the critique of European imperialism, transnationalism feminism, Indigeneity/Indigenous Studies, Diaspora Studies and Subaltern Studies.
  • ETHN 6501 - Critical Race Theory: Soc Scnc Explrtn/Intrvntn into Crit Race St
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2018 / Spring 2019
    Offers an overview of the origins and evolution of Critical Race Theory (CRT). Critically compares and contrasts legal and extralegal social science approaches to CRT. Exposes students to the ways in which CRT and Critical Ethnic Studies conceptually interconnects via CRT-derived discourses such as Critical Race Feminism, Critical White Studies, TribalCrit, LatCrit, AsianCrit, DesiCriti, QueerCrit and Decolonial/Postcolonial Critical Race Theory.
  • ETHN 6841 - Advanced Directed Readings in Ethnic Studies
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2018 / Fall 2019
    This is a graduate level directed readings course designed to expand student knowledge in a particular area of concentration with a broad interdisciplinary and comparative framework. These areas of concentration include work in Africana, American Indian, Asian American, Chicana and Chicano and Transnational/Hemispheric ethnic studies. May be repeated up to 6 total credit hours.

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