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Associate Professor of Cultures, Societies and Global Studies

Research Topics:

  • Afro-Cuban and Afro-Caribbean Religions
  • Latin American Literature (20th and 21st century)
  • Cuban Literature & Culture (contemporary)
  • Puerto Rican Literature (contemporary)
  • Race and Racial Formations (Caribbean)
  • Afro-Diasporic Music (Cuban popular music, Latin Jazz, rap)
  • Afro-Diasporic Visual Arts (Cuba, Haiti, Puerto Rico, South Africa)
  • World Cinema (Cuba, Brazil, Senegal, South Africa, China, Iran, Japan)
  • Translation Theory and Practice
  • Communist, post-Communist Cultures (Cuba, China, USSR)

Current Research Project:

“A Dog Has Four Legs But Takes one Path: Afro-Cuban Religions and the Arts”

This book discusses Afro-Cuban religions and their philosophy to discuss literature (Carpentier, Morejón), music (popular, Omar Sosa), artists (Campos Pons, Bedia), and two films.

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Undergraduate Research Projects:

  • “COVID 19, International Studies and Students at Northeastern” Arabella Berman Fall 2020 (film)
  • “Ecology and Ethics in Santería Practitioners & Christians” Paige Welch Spring 2019
  • “Haitian and Cuban Immigration to the U.S. A Comparative Study” Anne Georges Spring 2015
  • “Archiving the Revolution” (on post-revolutionary Cuban cinema) by Enrique González-Conty Fall 2015 (reader and mentor for Ph.D. thesis, U.Texas-Austin, Fall 2015)
  • “Gender and Rebellion in Three Films by Carlos Saura” Julia Cooper Spring 2013
  • “Race and History in the U.S. Virgin Islands” Jessica Suárez, M.A. Thesis in History Spring 2002.
  • “In the Company of Women: The Narrative Voices of Contemporary U.S. Latina Writers” Carmen Haydée Rivera, Ph.D. Thesis, Spring 2001.

Past Research Topics:

  • Cuban Cultural History (2017 book)
  • Cuban History, Culture and Society (2011 reference work, two volumes)
  • Latino & Latina Writers in the U.S. (2004 book)
  • African-Caribbeans (history and culture, 2003 book)
  • Cuba’s Literary and Historical Imagination (1997 book)
  • Cuban Music (articles or reviews: 1994, 1996, 1998, 2000, 2002, 2004, 2008, 2016, 2019, 2020, 2021)