Afro-Latin American Research Institute Students

Angélica María Sánchez Barona

Ph.D. Candidate, Department of African and African American Studies and History of Art + Architecture

Her research focuses on the analysis of the representation of the black population in the “Comisión coreográfica” project and how these images permeated the construction of a national identity in early 19th century Colombia.

Cary Aileen García Yero

Ph.D. Candidate, History Department

Her research focuses on the relationship between arts and politics in connection to nation making and racial formation processes in Cuba (1940s – 1960s), to better understand performative meanings and practices of identity and belonging.

Denisse Delgado Vázquez

Ph.D. Candidate, Department of African and African American Studies (AAAS) and Sociology

Her research interests are focused on questions of race, inequality and economic reform in contemporary Cuba. She has studied the impact that remittances are having on the growth of a private sector in Cuba and on new forms of racial and social inequality. 

James Almeida

Ph.D. Candidate, History Department

His research examines the relationship between imperial powers in the first century of the Atlantic slave trade and the implications for international law. He is most interested in questions of how people created and navigated social order, focusing on the intersections between the law, social identification, and categories of difference (especially race and ethnicity).

Jonathon Booth

JD-Ph.D. Candidate, History Department and Law

His research focuses on criminal law and race in the post-emancipation Atlantic World, particularly the United States, Jamaica, and Cuba. 

Laura Correa-Ochoa

Ph.D. Candidate, History Department

Her research focuses on questions of race, nationhood, citizenship and Afro-Colombian and indigenous mobilization in the 20th century. Examining cross-class and cross-ethnic spaces of mobilization such as labor unions, women groups, and political parties, her dissertation studies the possibilities and limits of Afro-Colombian and indigenous solidarity from the 1930s to the 1990s.

Marcella (Sally) Hayes

Ph.D. Candidate, History Department

Her proposed dissertation project centers on the legal, political, and social position of black slaves and free people of color in colonial Lima. Theoretically, two legal regimes, the república de indios and the república de españoles, governed colonial Latin America; her research explores how slaves and their descendants fit (or did not fit) into this system, both in theory and in practice.

Mary McNeil

Ph.D. Candidate, American Studies Program

Her research interests center around the representation of hemispheric Afro-Indigenous subjectivities in cultural, historical, and popular spheres of discourse, and the ways in which such representations impact the political struggles of Afro-Indigenous individuals and collectives. She also examines the ways in which black women's gendered subjectivities are incorporated into larger circuits of diasporic political and social movement discourses.  

Matthew Leslie Santana

Ph.D. Candidate, Department of Music

He is broadly interested in race, sexuality, and performance in the Americas and his dissertation project focuses on drag performance and sexual revolution in Cuba.

Miari Stephens

Ph.D. Candidate, Department of African and African American Studies and Anthropology

Her research interests include the politics and intersections of race, gender, beauty and hair as they affect and shape black women's experiences throughout the diaspora, specifically in the Hispanic Caribbean. 

Nicholas Rinehart

Ph.D. Candidate, Department of English

His research focuses on African American, African diasporic, and American multi-ethnic literature across all periods. His dissertation research provides an account of New World slave testimony that challenges scholarly preoccupation with the American slave narrative tradition, asking how various genres of slave testimony produced in the Americas, Europe, and Africa in the 17th through 20th centuries have remained largely illegible to literary criticism and thus marginal to African diasporic literary history.

Russel Burk

Ph.D. Candidate, Religions of the Americas, Committee on the Study of Religion.

His research interests focuses on the globalization of Afro-Cuban religions and the appropriation of African diaspora religions in the United States.

Christofer A. Rodelo

Ph.D. Candidate, American Studies Program

Broadly, his research interests include theater and performance studies, 19th century American literature and culture, Afro-Latina/o literature and criticisms, critical race studies, aesthetics and critical theory, queer of color critique, and digital/public humanities. His dissertation is a critical study of Latino and Afro-Latino aesthetic and performance cultures in the long hemispheric 19th century, particularly as they relate to the materialization of blackness and brownness, aesthetics of emancipation and subjugation, and literariness/textuality/formalisms of performance.

Carolina Silva Portero

S.J.D. Candidate, Law School
Her research interests are in the area of nationalism, ethnicity, race, and gender in Latin America. She explores the role of people of African descent and indigenous peoples in the processes of constitutional change since the 1980s, focusing primarily on Ecuador and Bolivia.


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