Perspectives on Citizenship Seminar - LAW 731

2 Hours

This seminar will interrogate the concepts of citizenship and civic equality through engagement with a variety of philosophical, historical, and legal sources.  We will examine the concept of citizenship in American law from Dred Scott to Jim Crow, the period of Chinese exclusion, the passage of the Indian Citizenship Act granting U.S. citizenship to indigenous people, recent litigation over the citizenship of American nationals in certain territories, and contemporary efforts to legalize unauthorized migrants.? This seminar will further provide an opportunity to consider citizenship in a comparative setting.