This class is absolutely phenomenal. Rieder is extremely knowledgeable and enthusiastic, and very engaging in lectures. The discussions and lectures in class usually made me wish they would go on all day rather than be confined to an hour and fifteen minutes. The class deals with issues of unity and division in contemporary America in the areas of politics, race, immigration and cultural identities, all of which are topics that are extremely current and useful to understand and think about for everyday life. Rieder typically explains difficult readings, and asks questions to stimulate input, making doing the readings (which are by and large very interesting) useful and productive. He is very encouraging of ideas and provokes discussion in class whenever time allows. Definitely take this class.