Marcel Sabo, Witness Iraq, 2003

​CAST 407: Picturing War and Human Rights: Trauma, Violence and Spectatorship (pdf)

This seminar examines how American visual culture has represented recent U.S. military actions. We will analyze visual media to consider such issues as the symbolic value of female bodies in narratives of national defense and how racial ideals secure or undermine the authority of the male body under attack.

CAST 316: From Equal Rights to Human Rights: Feminist Perspectives on Social Justice (pdf)

This course will study feminist activism from the passage of the 19th Amendment to the present. We will analyze mainstream and radical American feminist theories as well as challenges to the rights paradigm from Third World and indigenous feminists. 

CAST 202: Visible Bodies and the Politics of Sexuality (pdf)

This course considers how visual culture produces and contests concepts of sexuality in American society. Through case studies, we will explore concepts such as the gaze, spectacle, and agency.

CAST 400: Research Seminar: Expanding the Archives  (pdf)

How do American Studies scholars use archives? Is this changing in the 21st century? Do new archives like the Internet require different methodological approaches? This seminar explores the distinctiveness of interdisciplinary research in Comparative American Studies as well as the range of traditional and contemporary sources of evidence available to scholars. 

CAST 235: Debating Citizenship (pdf)

This interdisciplinary course explores popular media from the radio to the Internet as formative sites for contested ideals of citizenship, with particular attention to changing notions of gender, sexuality, race, ability, and class. We will examine the intersections of popular culture and legal discourse to address issues of belonging, visibility, and marginalization. 

CAST 100: Introduction to Comparative American Studies (pdf)

This course introduces students to the complexities of American social and cultural formations, with particular emphases on sexuality, race, ethnicity, class, and gender, and to various methodologies of comparative analysis. 


Wendy Kozol

Professor of Comparative American Studies

Oberlin College