Professor Essig is extremely chill and you can tell she’s super interested in the material she lectures on. She definitely helped broaden my historical understanding on the existence of racial categories and the ways they’ve been politicized. Overall, the class is pretty easy and the lectures are always enjoyable - some of the content will shock you!
Laurie is a great teacher. She can rant a lot and she loves to gossip but this course material is extremely valuable, and she makes it fun to learn. a lot of reading though, most people could not finish it all. she makes it pretty clear that she's not a hard grader, so long as you do all the work.
The readings were a bit dense, but Laurie is highly effective at helping navigate the tough material. The class is super fun and full of real-world examples. Papers were allowed and encouraged to be projects. Grading was fair. The class was a ton of fun!