Dr. Isaac Campos

This course will explore the history of intoxicants in the Americas within a comparative  global perspective.

Primarily the course will explore the political, economic, and cultural forces that explain how certain substances like cocaine, opium,  and cannabis have been declared illicit while other substances like alcohol,  tobacco,  and coffee have not.

The course will begin with an examination of drugs in the pre-Hispanic era and carry through to the present day War on Drugs.

This course will be designed to fulfill the 4000-level requirements of the History Department meaning that it will guide students through an original research project that will utilize both primary and secondary sources and entail significant writing.