Afro-Latin American Research Institute

The Afro-Latin American Research Institute at Harvard University is the first research institution in the United States devoted to the history and culture of peoples of African descent in Latin America and the Caribbean. Over 90 percent of the Africans forcibly imported into the Americas went to Latin America and the Caribbean, half of them to the Spanish and Portuguese colonies. Many Hispanics in the United States are also of African descent. Cultural forms and community practices associated with Africa are conspicuous across the region - indeed, the very existence of Latin America would be unthinkable without them. During the last few decades, Afro-Latin Americans have created numerous civic, cultural, and community organizations to demand recognition, equality and resources, prompting legislative action and the implementation of compensatory policies. The Afro-Latin American Research Institute stimulates and sponsors scholarship on the Afro-Latin American experience and provides a forum where scholars, intellectuals, activists and policy makers engage in exchanges and debates.


Odette Casamayor-Cisneros

Spring 2015: Fellow, David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies and Visiting Scholar,  Afro-Latin American Research Institute

On Being Blacks: Challenging the Hegemonic Knowledge Through Racial Self-identification Processes in Post-Soviet Cuban Cultural Production

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Genevieve Dempsey

Ethnomusicologist of the African Diaspora
Saints of the African Diaspora: Voicing Race, Gender, and Politics in Brazilian Congado
Mark Claster Mamolen Fellow
Academic Year 2017-18


Victor Fowler

2015-2016: Mark Claster Mamolen Fellowship

A research on how North American blacks look, analyze and understand black Cubans since last years of XIX century to the beginnings of Cuban revolution.

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Matheus Gato

Matheus Gato is a sociologist specializing largely in race relations in Brazil. He received his Ph.D. in sociology from the University of São Paulo in 2015. Gato’s work focuses on processes of racialization that marked the end of Brazilian slavery (1888) in the state of Maranhão, home to the highest concentration of black descendants in Brazil.

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Marial Iglesias Utset

Visiting Research Scholar at the Afro-Latin American Research Institute

Marial Iglesias Utset was Professor of Philosophy and History at the University of Havana for 25 years. She earned her Ph.D. in Historical Sciences at the University of Havana and her M. Phil. and her B.A. at Moscow State University. Her research fields include Culture and Race in Cuba, Atlantic Slavery, and African Diaspora Studies.

Márcia Lima

Fall 2016: Afro-Latin American Research Insitute Fellowship

Brazil's Racial Inequalities and Regional Variations: Recent Changes and Age-Old Challenges

Lester Tomé

Spring 2015: Peggy Rockefeller Visiting Scholar, David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies

Cuban Ballet: Cosmopolitan Dancers, Nationalist Gestures; A Study in Ballet and Globalization

Silvia Valero

Fall 2015: Afro-Latin American Research Institute Fellowship

Afro-descendancy in the Afro-Hispanic Literature and Audiovisual Works of the 21st Century: Refoundations and Political Identities

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Afro-Latin America Book Series

Cambridge University Press is delighted to announce a new book series, Afro-Latin America, edited by George Reid Andrews (University of Pittsburgh) and Alejandro de la Fuente (Harvard University). The series reflects the coming of age of the new, multidisciplinary field of Afro-Latin American Studies, which centers on the histories, cultures, and experiences of people of African descent in Latin America, as well as the rise of a powerful transnational movement of activists, organizations, and institutions devoted to issues of racial equity and racial justice in Latin America.

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Queloides: Race and Racism in Cuban Contemporary Art

Queloides is an art exhibit on the persistence of racism and racial discrimination in contemporary Cuba and elsewhere in the world. Despite the social transformations implemented by the Cuban revolutionary government since the early 1960s, racism continues to be a deep wound in Cuban society, one that generates countless social and cultural scars.

Workshop with Manuel Covo

Monday, March 9, 2015 - 5:00pm
"Neutrality, Commercial Circulations and Legal Identities in the Revolutionary Caribbean: Between Saint-Domingue and the United States"
Robinson Hall, Basement Seminar Room, 35 Quincy Street, Cambridge, MA Free and open to the public.


Wednesday, January 25, 2012 -
4:00pm to 6:00pm
Alejandro de la Fuente and Elio Rodriguez
Hiphop Archive, 104 Mount Auburn Street, 2R, Cambridge, MA

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