Oberlin in London, Spring 2015

A program focusing on London as a global city, immigration, and cultural identity (with courses in London history and drama as well).

Gina Perez

Gina Pérez, Comparative American Studies

I am a cultural anthropologist who regularly teaches in the areas of Latina/o Studies, urban ethnography, migration, critical youth studies, and militarism. I take an interdisciplinary approach, using novels, films, ethnography, and history to understand the varied experiences of different communities. As someone committed to understanding and teaching about the history and contemporary realities of American cities and their residents, I am fascinated by the similarities and differences between London and the U.S. I am particularly interested in the experiences of marginalized communities in urban spaces—immigrants, women, working class communities, youth, and queer communities. I enjoy going to museums, but even more importantly I value walking in neighborhoods, markets, and community spaces, and learning about these places and their histories. In Spring 2010, my family and I accompanied my husband, Baron Pineda, as he taught in the London program. I was lucky to attend the theater weekly and learn just enough about immigrant London to whet my appetite to return.


Baron Pineda

Baron Pineda, Anthropology

I am a cultural anthropologist specializing in human rights, race/racism, indigenous peoples, and Latin America. I currently do research about the United Nations and the particular way that indigenous peoples intersect with the UN system. Although England might seem very distant from Latin America and indigenous peoples, actually my research among the Miskito Indians of Nicaragua’s Mosquito Coast revealed the deep and enduring legacies of the British presence in the region. Much of my 2006 book, Shipwrecked Identities: Navigating Race on the Mosquito Coast, deals with the ways in which the Miskito Indians and Afro-Caribbean Creoles historically took advantage of their alliance with the English in order to defend themselves from Spanish incursions. Starting in the 17th century, the Miskito Royalty was brought to England to cement their alliance with the English. London has been a global city and a diverse city for a long time, and I invite you to join me in studying these, and other, histories and their legacies. This is my second time participating in the Danenberg Oberlin-in-London program, and I am really excited to share this incredible experience with another group of Oberlin students.


Resident London Program Faculty:

Donna Vinter (The London Stage)

Katy Layton-Jones (A History of London)