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Buffington, Robert M. Professor

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Research

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  • Dr. Buffington's research involves several distinct historical fields. He has done extensive work on the history of crime and punishment in modern Mexico and Latin America with a focus on elite attitudes towards the criminality of different social groups. His latest book examines changing notions of masculinity for working-class men in early twentieth-century Mexico City. He has also co-edited A Global History of Sexuality which includes a co-written chapter on the recent history of sex trafficking. He also works on the history of the U.S.-Mexico borderlands and Mexican migration to the United States.

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  • history of modern mexico, history of crime and punishment, history of gender and sexuality, history of masculinities, history of us-mexico borderlands, history of migration

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Teaching

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  • HIST 4620 - A Global History of Sexuality: The Modern Era
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2018 / Spring 2019 / Fall 2019
    Provides an introduction to the history of sexuality in the modern era through engagement with recent interdisciplinary research into what sexuality has meant in the everyday lives of individuals; in the imagined communities formed by the bonds of shared religion, ethnicity, language and national citizenship; on the global stage of cultural encounter, imperialist expansion, transnational migration and international commerce. Same as WGST 4620.
  • WGST 2600 - Gender, Race, and Class in a Global Context
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2019 / Fall 2019
    Examines the positionality of women in terms of gender, race, ethnicity, class and power relations in a global context.
  • WGST 3500 - Global Gender Issues
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2018 / Fall 2019
    Introduces global gender issues, such as the gendered division of labor in the global economy, migration, women's human rights, environmental issues, gender violence in war, women in the military, nationalism and feminism and the representation of the Third World in the United States. Offers students the opportunity to broaden their perspectives beyond the borders of the United States. Recommended prerequisite: WGST 2000 or WGST 2050 or WGST 2600.
  • WGST 4300 - Sex, Power, Politics: International Perspectives
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2018
    Studies the commercial trade of sexual labor in the global economy, examining theories and assumptions about sexual-economic exchanges and gendered and racialized relations of power in the sex trade. Emphasizes prostitution. Recommended prerequisite: WGST 2600 or WGST 3100.
  • WGST 4620 - A Global History of Sexuality: The Modern Era
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2018 / Spring 2019 / Fall 2019
    Provides an introduction to the history of sexuality in the modern era through engagement with recent interdisciplinary research into what sexuality has meant in the everyday lives of individuals; in the imagined communities formed by the bonds of shared religion, ethnicity, language and national citizenship; on the global stage of cultural encounter, imperialist expansion, transnational migration and international commerce. Same as HIST 4620.
  • WGST 4800 - Senior Colloquium in Feminist Studies
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2018
    Provides students with the opportunity to actively reflect on their education and to complete a research project that incorporates an interdisciplinary and feminist approach to the study of gender, class, race, ethnicity and sexuality. Offered each spring.

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