My areas of expertise are race, gender and class in modern Latin America and the African Diaspora. Currently, my research focuses on the cultural influence of African American musical performers such as Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday, Dizzy Gillespie and Nat King Cole upon the development of Afro-Cuban music, in particular jazz, in Cuba during the 1940s and 1950s.
As a Latin American cultural historian, my research background is rooted in archival and ephemeral documents related to twentieth century social and cultural history of the race, class and gender in Cuba and African Diaspora. I also incorporate jazz music from the US, Africa, the Caribbean and Brazil, salsa, and son (Cuba) in my scholarly research and writings. Moreover, my research incorporates the significance of Afro-Latino religions, such as santería (Cuba), vodun (Haiti) and candomblé (Brazil) in the social construction of gender, national identity and cultural nationalism within the African Diaspora in the Caribbean, South America and the United States.
WGS 150 Introduction to Women's and Gender Studies
WGS 245 Mothers and Daughters in American Popular Culture
WGS 250 Women and Popular Protest in Latin America
WGS 255 Sex, Lies and Urban Life
WGS 256 Women and Witchcraft in America
WGS 325 Women, Writing and Resistance
WGS 459 Senior Seminar
JNST Cinemas of the African Diaspora
JNST Cabinet of Spells: Myth and Folklore in World Literatures
JNST The Vampire as a Cultural Icon
FYS American Gothic: The Literature of Terror
FYS Growing up Female
St. John's University, Jamaica, NY History Department 1994-2000
Scripps College, Claremont, CA History Department 1990-1994
University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS History Department 1989-1990
Holy Cross College, Worcester, MA History Department 1988-1989
Book Review. "Chávez, Castro, Morales and the Democratization of Latin America: Tariq Ali's Pirates of the Caribbean: Axis of Hope" (2006) in A Contra: A Journal on Social History and Literature in Latin America 5:1 Fall 2007 339-344.
"Antonio Conselheiro (1830-18970)" in Encyclopedia of Slave Resistance and Rebellion Vol. 1: A-N edited by Junius Rodriguez (2007) 135-137.
"Boukman (d. 1791)" in Encyclopedia of Slave Resistance and Rebellion Vol. 1: A-N edited by Junius Rodriguez (2007) 73-74.
"Conspiracy of the Ladder" (1844) in Encyclopedia of Slave Resistance and Rebellion Vol. 1: A-N edited by Junius Rodriguez (2007) 137-139.
"Negritude" in Encyclopedia of Slave Resistance and Rebellion Vol. 1: A-N edited by Junius Rodriguez (2007) 342-345.
"Jacques Vincent Ogre (1750-1790)" in Encyclopedia of Slave Resistance and Rebellion Vol. 1: A-N edited by Junius Rodriguez (2007) 362-364.
"François Duvalier, 1907-1971" in Encyclopedia of Modern Dictators: From Napoleon to the Present edited by Frank Coppa (2006) 83-87.
"Juan Manuel de Rosas, 1793-1877" in Encyclopedia of Modern Dictators: From Napoleon to the Present edited by Frank Coppa (2006) 264-267.
"Rafael Leónidas Trujillo Molina, 1891-1961" in Encyclopedia of Modern Dictators: From Napoleon to the Present edited by Frank Coppa (2006) 308-312.
"Negotiating the Cuban Identity": Migration, Race and the Politics of Whiteness in Republican Cuba, 1910 to 1930" in Proceedings of the Pacific Coast Council on Latin American Studies eds. Irene Vásquez and Doreen O'Connor-Gómez 2002-2003 84-118.
Book Review. "Women at Sea: Travel Writing and the Margins of Caribbean Discourse edited by L. Paravisini-Gerbert and I. Romero-Cesareo (2002) in Hispanic American Historical Review 82:4 November 2002 817-819.
"The Bell Curve and the Politics of Negrophobia" in Race and Intelligence: Separating Science from Myth edited by Jefferson Fish (2001) 177-198.
"Our Hunger is Our Song: The Politics of Race in Cuba, 1900-1930" in The African Diaspora: African Origins and New World Identities eds. I. Okepwho, C. Boyce Davies and A. Mazrui (1999) 178-196.
Book Review. "Knocking at Our Own Door: Milton A. Galamison and the Struggle for School Integration in New York City by Clarence Taylor (1997) in Long Island Historical Journal Fall 1998 11:1 pp. 109-113.
1979-1980 Graduate Opportunity Fellowship, University of Minnesota
1982-1985 San Diego Graduate Fellowship, UC San Diego
1987-1988 President's Fellowship, UC San Diego
1989-1990 Minority Research Fellowship, University of Kansas
American Historical Association
Latin American Studies Association