Leo Valdes, History Ph.D. Student, wins won the Antonia I. Castañeda prize

Leo Valdes won the Antonia I. Castañeda prize from the National Association for Chicana and Chicano Studies for their article, “In the Shadow of the Health-Care City: Historicizing Trans Latinx Immigrant Experiences during the Coronavirus Pandemic” published in US Latina & Latino Oral History Journal, vol. 5, 2021, pp. 32-65. 

Jian Ren wins Fellowship for Research at Hoover Institution

Ph.D. Candidate Jian Ren (Latin American History) has won a Silas Palmer Fellowship ($5000) from the Hoover Institution Library and Archives.  

Daria Turner Joins CLAS Team

Daria Turner is a rising senior with studies in English and Comparative Literature.  She has worked as a Tutor at the Writing Center and as a intern at Princeton University Press's program for Aspiring Scholars and Professionals. She will join the CLAS Team in June 2022.

Prof. Flores's Article wins LASA Section Award

Professor Tatiana Flores (Latino & Caribbean/Art History) received an award from the LASA Visual Culture Section. Her article  won the Prize for Best Essay in Latin American Visual Culture Studies.  The article, "Latinidad is Cancelled: Confronting an Anti-Black Construct" was published in the journal Latin American and Latinx Visual Culture and may be accessed here.  

Laura de Moya-Guerra at events in Colombia

Laura de Moya-Guerra, PhD student in History, presented at the XX Congreso de la Asociación de Historiadores Colombianos "La República en Plural" that took place from April 25 to 29 in Cartagena. Her presentation was entitled "Negocios a la distancia: el rol de los familiares árabes que no migraron a Barranquilla 1920-1940."   Laura was invited to discuss the new book "La presencia china en el Gran Caribe: ayer y hoy," coordinated by MuKieng Adriana San Beng. In the conversation, she shared...

Lisette Varon Carvajal at La Feria del Libro in Bogota

Lisette Varon Carvajal (Ph.D. candidate, History) visits the Feria del Libro in Colombia: "On April 22nd, I was invited to talk with Professor Mauricio Nieto at Bogotá´s Book Fair. We talked about his recently published book: "Una historia de la verdad en Occidente: Ciencia, arte, religión y política en la conformación de la cosmología moderna." We discussed what it means to write a history about truth-making from Colombia, how it can be challenging to historicize truth, and ultimately, what...

Newark hosts Dr. Antonia Gabriela P. de Araújo

Dr. Antonia Gabriela P. de Araújo presented her work to a Rutgers Newark audience on 19 April 2022 as part of a program organized by Prof. Laura Lomas and co-sponsored by the CLAS. Dr. Araújo's lecture/performance offered a timely meditation on how writing itself can be an act of resistance and self-emancipation. Dr. Antonia Gabriela P. de Araújo, who has recently received an award for her doctoral dissertation that earned her a Research Affiliate position at Harvard University Hutchins...

New Undergrad Representative Named

Alexis Ramirez will be the undergraduate representative to the CLAS for next year.

CLAS and LSRI Receive Grant from Rutgers Global

North-South Learnings and Collaboration on Emigration, Immigration and Latino Studies, 2022-2024   The CLAS and the LSRI have won a grant form Rutgers Global to establish a new program that will link Latin American scholars with Latino Studies Specialists in Rutgers and the US.  The Center for Latin American Studies, in collaboration with the Rutgers Latino Studies Research Initiative, will use funding from the International Collaborative Research Grants to establish a partnership with...

Elizabeth Manley presented on Women and Caribbean Tourism

To an audience of over 20 professors and graduate student from within and outside Rutgers University, Prof. Elizabeth Manley presented her research for her forthcoming book on Caribbean Tourism. Elizabeth Manley holds a PhD. in History from Tulane University.  She is the Kellogg Endowed Professor in the Department of History of Xavier University of Louisiana.  During the 2021-2022 academic year she held a Mellon-HBCU Fellowship at the National Humanities Center. Her first book focused on the gender...

Graduate Student Jazmin Puicon wins Graduate School Award

Ph.D. student and soon to be graduate has won the Graduate School's Excellence in Outreach and Service Award. The Excellence in Outreach and Service Award recognizes SGS graduate students who have made significant contributions to organizations outside Rutgers University.  The winner of the Excellence in Outreach and Service Award will receive a commemorative plaque at our annual Awards Ceremony.  The Award is based on sustained, extraordinary commitment to service outside of Rutgers University;...

Award for Prof. Barragan's Book

Yesenia Barragan's book, Freedom’s Captives: Slavery and Gradual Emancipation on the Colombian Black Pacific, has won the Latin American Studies Association's Nineteenth Century Studies Section’s Best Book 2022 Prize. From the Section: RESULTADOS: PREMIO MEJOR LIBRO 2022SECCIÓN SIGLO XIX DE LASA La Sección Siglo XIX de la Asociación de Estudios Latinoamericanos (LASA) tiene el agrado de anunciar la ganadora del Premio al Mejor Libro sobre el siglo XIX, publicado durante el 2021.En esta ocasión...

Rosa Cordero Commented on Jorrel Badillo's Book Talk

Commentary on Jorell Meléndez Badillo’s The Lettered Barriada: Workers, Archival Power, and the Politics of Knowledge in Puerto Rico Rosa E. Cordero Cruz (Ph.D. Student, Latin American History) [Commentary to Jorell Melendez Badillo's book talk hosted by CLAS's Caribbean Studies Working Group] Thank you, Dr. Melendez Badillo, for such a wonderful presentation. I’m going to present my comments and, once I am done, we can move on to the Q&A. As stated by Dr. Melendez Badillo, this book follows...

History Major wins Siegel History Prize with Seminar Paper about Peruvian Social Movement

Isobel Ali, a graduating senior with majors in History & Ancient History and Criminal Justice, and Minors in Anthropology and Psychology, won the Martin Siegel History Prize for the best seminar paper in history.  Isobel's paper (45pp) " Fool’s Gold: Climate Change and Conflict in Peru" examines social movements against the Conga mining project in Peru.  Isobel participated in Professor Lauria Santiago's Fall semester research seminar on Revolt, Revolution and Social Movements in Latin America. History...

Prof. Berg, former CLS Director, wins Excellence in Teaching and Mentoring Award

Prof. Ulla Berg (Latino & Caribbean Studies/Anthropology) has won the Excellence in Teaching and Mentoring Award of the Rutgers School for Graduate Studies for 2022.  Congratulations to Prof. Berg!

Peter Sorensen is Awarded Mellon Post-Doctoral Fellowship

Peter Sorensen, who recently defended his dissertation for the Ph.D. in History program, was awarded an Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship in the Humanities at the University of Pennsylvania's Wolf Humanities Center for the 2022-2023 academic year on the theme of "Heritage."  Congratulations to Peter.

Michelle Chase Presents on Cuban Exile Transnational Anti-Communist Networks

Michelle Chase works as an associate professor at Pace University in New York City. She received her Ph.D. in History from New York University in 2010.  Her first book, Revolution within the Revolution: Women and Gender Politics in Cuba, 1952-1962 was published by the University of North Carolina Press. The book explores the role of women and gender in the Cuban revolution.  The book challenges accounts of women’s liberation that emphasize the state by uncovering the vast mobilization of Women in Cuba’s...

Dr. Jean-Baptiste affiliates with the CLAS; will join faculty in Fall.

Shanna Jean-Baptiste is the most recent CLAS Affiliate. Shanna is currently a Post Doctoral Fellow and will join the Department of French as an Associate Professor in the Fall Shanna holds a Ph.D. in French and African American Studies from Yale University and is working on a book: (Un)Belonging: Aliens in Haitian Literature,  She will be teaching courses on Francophone Literature including Francophone Afrofuturism.

CLAS Announces Fall 2022 Course List!!

Please consult the online University Schedule of Classes for course details for section/index numbers, meeting days/times, credits, pre-/co-reqs, cross-listings, instructor, SAS Core certified goals, and course synopses links: http://sis.rutgers.edu/soc/ Courses marked with * are required for the major or minor in Latin American Studies. Courses offered by CLAS *01:590:101:01 (Index# 08496) LATIN AMERICA: AN INTRODUCTION (Rocha)  T/Th Per 5 (3:50-5:10 pm) BE-011 (LIV) *01:590:101:02 (Index# 08497) LATIN...

CLAS Announces Post-Doctoral Affiliate, Dr. Briana Nichols

The Center for Latin American Studies at Rutgers University announces its incoming post-doctoral fellow for 2022-2024. Dr. Briana Nichols is a recent Ph.D. graduate from the University of Pennsylvania’s Department of Anthropology.  Her work and interests connect transnational development, critical theories of mobility and indigenous studies.   Her dissertation (Imagining un Futuro Digno: Indigenous youth striving for non-migration in Guatemala) explores the impact of migration in Guatemala and...

Prof. Barragan's New Book Freedom’s Captives: Slavery and Gradual Emancipation on the Colombian Black Pacific Celebrated

On Monday, March 28, about 25 people gathered together to celebrate history professor Yesenia Barragan’s new book: Freedom’s Captives: Slavery and Gradual Emancipation on the Colombian Black Pacific (Cambridge University Press, 2021). The event was sponsored by the Slavery and Freedom Working Group, but most of the attendees were CLAS folks. It was the first time so many of us had gathered together in person since before the pandemic. Camilla Townsend offered a comment on the book. She noted...

CFP: New England Conference on Latin American Studies

The New England Conference on Latin American Studies is holding its November 2022 annual meeting at CCSU. The call for papers is below and attached as both a png and a pdf file. Please distribute widely. Submissions are due April 15th. Living in Las Americas: Remembrance, Resilience, and HopeAnnual Meeting; November 4-5, 2022Central Connecticut State UniversityNew Britain, CT 06050 The New England Council of Latin American Studies (NECLAS) invites you to participate in our annual meeting at...

CLAS Grad Student Research Awards Announced

The selection committee for the CLAS graduate student summer research awards just announced award recipients for Spring '22. The committee, composed of Professors Kenneth Sebastian (LatCar/CJ), Tom Stephens (SpanPort), Carlos Fernandez (Director of the CLAC), and CLAS Director Aldo Lauria Santiago awarded nearly $17,000 in research awards, funded by SAS and by the CLAS's own funds. Congratulations to the award recipients and thanks to the committee members for their work. Project reports will...

Immigration, Diversity and Student Journeys to Higher Education by Dr. Peter J. Guarnaccia

Read about Dr. Peter J. Guarnaccia's book! Immigration, Diversity and Student Journeys to Higher Education Immigration, Diversity and Student Journeys to Higher Education presents an in-depth understanding of how immigrant students at a major public research university balanced keeping their family cultures alive and learning U.S. culture to get to college (Peter Lang Publishing Inc.). This book studies immigrant students at Rutgers and features several students from Latin America.  Peter J. Guarnaccia...

CLAS Caribbean Working Group Holds First Workshop

On Tuesday, February 22 of this year, CLAS's Caribbean Working Group met for the first time to discuss Professor Anne Eller's (Yale University) fascinating article Skirts Rolled Up: The Gendered Terrain of Politics in Nineteenth-Century Port-au-Prince, together with the second chapter of Hermia Edris Morton Anthony's thesis titled Decolonizing Narratives: Kittitian Women, Knowledge Production and Protest. Anthony's chapter was recommended by Dr. Eller herself, who cites the dissertation...

Professors Berg and Sebastian publish co-authored articles.

Professors Ulla Berg (Latino & Caribbean Studies/Anthropology) and Sebastian Kenneth Leon (Latino & Caribbean Studies/Criminal Justice) have just published to co-authored articles.  Both are also co-authored with Sara Tosh. "Migrant Detention and COVID-19: Pandemic Responses in Four New Jersey Detention Centers." Journal on Migration and Human Security. April 5, 2021. "Carceral ethnography in a time of pandemic: Examining migrant detention and deportation during COVID-19." Ethnography. February...

Joyce Lu presents at MACLAS conference

Rutgers Ph.D. Student (anthropology) Joyce Lu will present a paper at the MACLAS Conference this month.   From Columbus to Coronavirus: discourses of pandemic in post-genocide Guatemala On July 29, 2021, protesters arrived to the Central Park of Quetzaltenango, Guatemala to protest the President and Attorney General’s dismissal of anti-corruption prosecutor, Juan Francisco Sandoval, as well as the delayed distribution of COVID-19 vaccines. Both pro-vaccine and anti-vaccine protesters rallied together...

Yale RITM joins CLAS in the Puerto Rico Archival Collaboration

The Yale Center for the Study of Race, Indigeneity and Transnational Migration, directed by Professor Stephen Pitti, has decided to partner with the CLAS in supporting the work of organizing, facilitating and publishing the materials held by the Archivo General de Puerto Rico.  The CSRITM will fund at least three of their graduate students for a month in the summer when they will dedicate half their time to the work of the Archivo, directed by Hilda Ayala.  They will also fund at least one local...

Central America--History and Migration

Over 45 undergraduate and graduate students and faculty--including guests from other universities--joined the CLAS for a talk by Professor Aviva Chomsky of Salem State University.  Professor Chomsky presented her book on Central American migration. Her recent book with Beacon Press, analyzes the connections between failed reform and revolution in Central America, originating in the 1980s, are at the root of the continued poverty and the recent emigration crisis.     Professor Chomsky is an activist scholar who...

2022 Study Abroad in Peru!

DEPARTMENT OF SPANISH & PORTUGUESE STUDY ABROAD PERU 2022 JUNE 24TH- JULY 29TH EARN 9 CREDITS IN 6 WEEKS After two years in Covid hiatus, Rutgers in Perú is returning from June 24th through July 29th. This program allows students to earn up to 9 Rutgers credits as they combine classwork with community service in Cusco, the heart of the ancient Incan Empire. The 6-week program includes weekend visits to historical sites and traditional festivities, a free weekend for personal adventure, and 3 days...

CLAS Co-sponsors Major Workshop on Research Sources on Latin America and Iberia

Hemispheric and Transatlantic Archives Workshop: Researching Iberian, Latin American, Caribbean, Latinx Collections Professor Marcy Schwartz, Chair of the Department of Spanish and Portuguese and member of the CLAS Executive Committee, has coordinated a major workshop on research sources for Latin America, the Caribbean, Latino US, and Iberia. Research librarians from five institutions will discuss many sources for research. Join us for hands-on workshops, presentations and exhibits...

Professor Lopez Presents on Identity, Mobility and Latino Movements in New Jersey for the NJ Historical Commission

Movement of People Dr. Kathleen Lopez, Rutgers University Department of Latino and Caribbean Studies and History New Jersey is one of the most diverse and densely populated states in our nation, but how did it get there? In the Movement of People webinar, Dr. Lopez explores the migration of people in and out of the state throughout its history.

Update: The Many Worlds of Mainland 'British Latin America'"

An exciting update about our upcoming symposium. "The Many Worlds of Mainland 'British Latin America'" (website to be updated soon).  We received so many wonderful proposals that we decided to expand the symposium to two days. It now will be held on May 5 and 6, 2022 (location TBA). We are also excited to share that Professor Gaiutra Bahadur will be joining us as the keynote speaker on the 5th while Professor Alissa Trotz will serve as the closing commentator for the final session on the 6th. Some...

Caribbean Working Group Reading Workshop

The Caribbean Working Group’s meeting! The event will be held at Van Dyck Hall (16 Seminary Pl, New Brunswick, NJ 0890) on February 22nd in room VD308 at 5 pm. There will be lots of yummy food, so please get excited! Social distancing will, of course, be enforced to assure everyone’s safety. For those who cannot make it in person, we will also be hosting on zoom. (Email us for the registration link)   For our first meeting, we will be discussing Anne Eller’s article “Skirts Rolled Up: The...

Event Report: The New Vertical Archipelago: Small-Scale Mining and Ch’ixi Livelihoods in the Bolivian Tin Belt

The New Vertical Archipelago: Small-Scale Mining and Ch’ixi Livelihoods in the Bolivian Tin Belt At the first meeting of the Indigenous Studies working group, Andrea Marston (assistant professor of Geography) gave a terrific talk on the current participation of Bolivia’s native peoples in mining their own lands. The talk showed how small-scale mining has the capacity to redistribute subterranean wealth across Indigenous communities, which can counterintuitively support autonomy projects –even...

Free Womb Project--Prof. Barragan

Professor Yesenia Barragan (History) has produced a major website dedicated to the study of the "free womb"--the practices in many countries of "freeing" the children of enslaved women: "This project is a resource for students and scholars of slavery and emancipation in the Atlantic World. Each law has been translated into English and Spanish and can be accessed in the “Laws” section. On this website, visitors can also find a brief introductory historical essay, a “Suggested Readings” list,...

Indigenous Studies Working Group Announces Talk Series

The Indigenous Studies Working Group of CLAS and the American Studies Department, coordinated by Professor Camilla Townsend, has announced a series of talks.  The talks are intended to draw attention to our goal of hiring and strengthening our commitment to Hemispheric Indigenous Studies.

New Article by Prof Marston and Grad Student Daniela Mosquera (Geography)

"Post-Conflict Territorialization in Three Dimensions: Volumetric Territorial Struggles in Post-Peace Agreement Colombia" Daniela Mosquera-Camacho, Andrea Marston Journal of Latin American Geography Volume 20, Number 3, November 2021, pp. 11-39

CLAS Affiliate wins NEH

Professor Yesenia Barragan (History) has won an NEH Fellowship for 2022-2023. Prof. Barragan will be working on: "A Country of Their Own: African Americans and the Promise of Antebellum Latin America (1820–1870)".  The project focuses on Latin America as a beacon of freedom and an immigration destination for African Americans during the antebellum period.  This will be Prof. Barragan's second book, after the recent publication of her first (Slavery and Gradual Emancipation on the Colombian Black...

History Ph.D. Student Wins Kennedy Library Fellowship

Jian Ren, Ph.D. Candidate in the History of Latin America program, was awarded the Abba Schwartz fellowship by the John F. Kennedy Library Foundation.  The fellowship focuses on immigration related topics.  Jian will be working on the history of Chinese Cubans during the global cold war---a section of his dissertation project.

CLAS Sponsors Working Group on Caribbean Studies

Ph.D. Students Rosa Cordero and Kiran Baldeo have convened a CLAS Working Group in Caribbean Studies with an emphasis on Race, Gender, Migrations, and Class-Formations. For more information visit the project page.

CLAS and LatCar sponsor student appreciation LatinBites food truck lunch!

Organized by Madai Poole. Thank you Madai and thanks to LatinBites!

Leo Valdes Publishes Article on Latinx Trans Immigrants in New Jersey

Ph.D. Student in History Leo Valdes recently published an article on trans Latinx immigrants in New Jersey dealing with health needs and the Covid pandemic in New Jersey Leo Valdes "In the Shadow of the Health-Care City: Historicizing Trans Latinx Immigrant Experiences during the Coronavirus Pandemic" US Latina & Latino Oral History JournalUniversity of Texas PressVolume 5, 2021pp. 32-65

De Moya Guerra wins Scholarship from Colombia

Laura De Moya-Guerra, graduate student in the history Ph.d. Program, has won the "Doctorados en el Exterior 2020" scholarship sponsored by Minciencias, the Colombian government Ministry. The scholarship is granted by the Colombian government and is aimed at financially supporting Colombian students abroad.

New CLAS Faculty Affiliates

New CLAS affiliated faculty: Daniel Da Silva ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR Department: Department of Spanish and Portuguese Gender, sexuality, race, performance and popular music in the Portuguese-speaking world https://span-port.rutgers.edu/people/faculty/faculty-directory/814-daniel-da-silva Maria Gloria Dominguez Bello PROFESSOR Department of Biochemistry and Microbiology; SEBS Microbiome development from birth, functions for the host, microbial transmission, microbiota, strategies for restoration,...

CLAS Announces Post-Doctoral Position

Rutgers Center for Latin American Studies The Center for Latin American Studies (CLAS) of the School of Arts and Sciences at Rutgers University, New Brunswick, invites applications for a non-renewable two-year Postdoctoral Associate position in Latin American Studies. We seek applicants with strong multi-regional training in the fields of Anthropology, Geography, History, Politics, or Sociology, with work on migration, race, gender, or urban studies. Specialists on Central America or Mexico...

New Course: The History of Puerto Rico

The History of Puerto Rico (LCS 01:595:371/History 01:508:371) Instructor: Aldo Lauria Santiago This course will provide students an advanced introduction to the history of Puerto Rico in Caribbean and American contexts. The study of the post-conquest history of Puerto Rico history covers over five centuries. Four hundred years under Spanish rule and over 100 under US rule. Because of this persistent colonial history Puerto Rico is often presented as an exceptional place with a history unlike...

New Course on Central American and Mexico--Spring 2022

CLAS Post-Doc Jennifer Trowbridge will be teaching a new course for CLAS in the Spring 2022 Semester “Introduction to Mexico and Central America”  This course will provide students with an advanced introduction to Mexico and Central America, including migrations from these countries to the United States. Taking a multidisciplinary approach, this course draws on history and anthropology – particularly medical anthropology – to examine the political conditions that shape social movements and...

CLAS Sponsors Working Group on the History of Puerto Rico

CLAS is sponsoring a working group of twenty historians who do research on Puerto Rico.  With participants from multiple US and Puerto Rico-based universities, the group discusses published papers and research paper drafts in a workshop format every two months. The group focuses on specialized and textual commentary.  Please email Aldo Lauria Santiago if interested in participating.