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Professor & Chair, Cultures, Societies, and Global Studies; Professor & Interim Director, International Affairs; Professor, Political Science; Affiliated faculty member of Women's Gender and Sexuality Studies; Affiliated faculty member in the School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs

Professor Amílcar Antonio Barreto specializes in nationalism & ethnic politics, citizenship and race. Most of his work has focused on Puerto Rico and Latinos in the United States. His most recent books are The Politics of Language in Puerto Rico Revisited (2020) and American Identity in the Age of Obama (2014, co-edited with Richard L. O’Bryant). And among most recent articles are “Bifurcating American Identity: Partisanship, Sexual Orientation, and the 2016 Presidential Election” Politics, Groups and Identities (2018, co-authored with Nicholas G. Napolio), “Hierarchies of Belonging: Intersecting Race, Ethnicity, and Territoriality in the Construction of US Citizenship” Citizenship Studies (2017, co-authored with Kyle Lozano), and “American Identity, Congress and the Puerto Rico Statehood Debate” Studies in Ethnicity and Nationalism (2016).

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  • 2013. Distinguished Faculty Award – John D. O’Bryant African American Institute, Northeastern University (April 5).
  • 2005. Outstanding Teaching in Political Science Award – American Political Science Association & Pi Sigma Alpha, National Political Science Honor Society, Washington, DC (September 2)
  • 2005. Excellence in Teaching Award – Northeastern University (April 30)
  • 2002. Premio de Exalumno Distinguido / Distinguished Alumnus Award – Universidad Interamericana de Puerto Rico. San Juan, PR (October 12)
  • 2001. One of the best books of the year – Newspaper El Nuevo Día for The Politics of Language in Puerto Rico. San Juan, PR (December 30)
  • 1998. Inductee, Phi Beta Delta Honor Society for International Scholars, Alpha Nu Chapter – Northeastern University (April 29)
  • Education

    JD, 1993
    University at Buffalo, State University of New York

    PhD, 1995, Political Science
    University at Buffalo, State University of New York

  • Contact

  • Address

    225K Renaissance Park
    360 Huntington Avenue
    Boston, MA 02115

  • Office Hours

    Monday 2:30-4:30pm
    Wednesday 12pm-1pm
    And by appointment

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Course catalog
  • Nationalism

    CLTR 3418/POLS 3418

    Explores contending theories of identity and nationalism—a powerful force in international and domestic politics. Examines topics such as the process of identity creation, the choice of national symbols, how group boundaries are established, the role of identity in conflict and state building, and the debate over nationalism’s constructed or primordial nature.