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.

The series aims to showcase scholarship produced by different disciplines, including history, political science, sociology, ethnomusicology, anthropology, religious studies, art, law, and cultural studies. It seeks to cover the full temporal span of the African Diaspora in Latin America, from the early colonial period to the present. We embrace a capacious definition of Afro-Latin America, to include not only countries or regions in Latin America (i.e. former colonies of Spain and Portugal) where people of African descent have represented a sizable portion of the population, but also areas where Africans and their descendants have made an economic, cultural, or demographic impact despite limited numbers. Our vision for the field includes Afro-Latinos, that is, people of African and Latin American descent who live in the United States and whose personal histories and experiences are shaped by different racial taxonomies, ideologies, and understandings of race. It also includes studies that seek to capture transnational movements of peoples, ideas, and cultural practices associated with Africans and their descendants in Latin America, and those that deal with Afro-indigenous relations and interactions.

The editors welcome inquiries and manuscript proposals from prospective authors. Submissions should be sent to: George Reid Andrews (, Alejandro de la Fuente (, and Deborah Gershenowitz, senior editor for history at Cambridge University Press (

About the series editors:

George Reid Andrews is UCIS Research Professor and Distinguished Professor of History at the University of Pittsburgh, whose books include Blacks in the White Nation: A History of Afro-Uruguay (North Carolina, 2010), and the leading textbook in the field, Afro-Latin America, 1800-2000 (Oxford, 2004).

Alejandro de la Fuente ( is the Robert Woods Bliss Professor of Latin American History and Economics and Professor of African and African American Studies at Harvard University, where he directs the Afro-Latin American Research Institute. With Professor Andrews, he is a former co-editor of Hispanic American Historical Review, the leading journal on Latin American history. His books include Havana and the Atlantic in the Sixteenth Century (North Carolina, 2008) and A Nation for All: Race, Inequality, and Politics in Twentieth-Century Cuba (North Carolina, 2001).

Forthcoming books in the series:

Matthew Casey (University of Southern Mississippi), Empire’s Guest Workers: Haitian Migrants in Cuba during the Age of U.S. Occupation (Fall, 2016).

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