Guadalupe García specializes in Latin American colonial history with an emphasis on Cuba and the Caribbean. Her research interests include colonial cities and subjects, port cities and security spaces, and contemporary social movements and revolution
Sex and Gender in Colonial Latin America
This course examines women's roles and gender and sexuality in colonial Latin America. It also examines the conquest and colonization of Latin America through the lens of gender and sexuality. If focuses on the the relationships and belief systems that emerged among indigenous, European, and African populations and looks at how beliefs about women, sexuality, and gender were used to establish relationships of power. The goal of the class is not only to understand the relationships that emerged in colonial Latin America but to also understand how ideologies were used to sustain and contest Spanish colonial rule.
Border Crossings: American Migrations in Historical Perspective
This course examines the social, political, and economic contexts in which hemispheric migrations occur. Understanding the various circumstances of migration serves to contextualize class discussions of how immigrant categories are constructed and immigration policies developed. Although our focus is on contemporary movements to the United States, the class also makes clear that the historical antecedents of peoples’ movements are much broader. We will thus view American migrations as part of a larger, transnational and global phenomenon that spans temporal and geographic boundaries. It is the goal of the class to have students emerge from the course with an in-depth knowledge of what defines migrant flows and how “immigrants” are made from the various groups of ex-patriots, exiles, émigrés, refugees, and "border-crossers" that leave their home countries.
The Cuban Revolution in History, Myth, and Memory
This course explores the various faces of the Cuban revolution. Through the interpretation of primary sources, scholarly works, films, memoirs, and novels, the class analyzes the narratives that have been generated about Cuba and the Cuban Revolution. Analyses are meant to provide students with a critical, in-depth understanding of political events in Cuba from 1959 to the present. The goal of the class is to understand how myth, memory, and political objectives become competing historical narratives, how these narratives are understood as “Truth,” and how this process affects both popular and scholarly understandings of historical events. To accomplish this goal, students in the class engage with the methods that private individuals, communities, organizations, and governments have used to produce and transmit histories about Cuba and its revolution.
The City in Latin America
This seminar is devoted to the importance that cities have played in Latin America's history. During European colonization, they served as the administrative centers of Hispanic rule and defined the “civilized” spaces of the empire. Yet even the most successful cities never lay fully within the grasp of the colonial administration, subject as they were to local needs as well as imperial designs. In some areas of Latin America pre-colonial urban structures remained (and remain still) as visual evidence of the ability of the city and its residents to erase, legitimize, and transform spaces, peoples, and ideas. Since then, the city in Latin America has been alternately understood as a space of imperial control, social opportunity and mobility, and a place where ideas can be challenged and changed. This class explores the forces, mechanisms, and intellectual currents that define ‘the city’ in Latin America past and present. It also introduces students to various ways of approaching the study of the city in Latin America.