Alejandro de la Fuente

Alejandro de la Fuente

Robert Woods Bliss Professor of Latin American History and Economics
Professor of African and African American Studies and of History
Director, Afro-Latin American Research Institute
Alejandro de la Fuente

Office Hours: Wednesday 1:30-3:30

A historian of Latin America and the Caribbean who specializes in the study of comparative slavery and race relations, Alejandro de la Fuente is the Robert Woods Bliss Professor of Latin American History and Economics and Professor of African and African American Studies. He is the author of Havana and the Atlantic in the Sixteenth Century (University of North Carolina Press, 2008), and of A Nation for All: Race, Inequality, and Politics in Twentieth-Century Cuba (University of North Carolina Press, 2001). He is also the curator of two art exhibits dealing with issues of race: Queloides: Race and Racism in Cuban Contemporary Art (2010-12) and Grupo Antillano: The Art of Afro-Cuba (ongoing). De la Fuente is currently working on a comparative study of slaves and the law in Cuba, Virginia and Louisiana. He is the editor of Transition magazine and of the journal Cuban Studies 

Selected Publications

  • "Manumission and Freedom in the Americas, 1500s-1700s," Quaderni Storici 50:148 (2015) (with Ariela Gross), 15-48.
  • Editor, Grupo Antillano: The Art of Afro-Cuba (Pittsburgh: Fundacion Caguayo & University of Pittsburgh Press, 2013).
  • "Slaves, Free Blacks, and Race in the Legal Regimes of Cuba, Louisiana and Virginia: A Comparison," North Carolina Law Review 91 (2013) (with Ariela Gross), 1699-1756.
  • Editor, Queloides: Race and Racism in Cuban Contemporary Art (Pittsburgh: Mattress Factory, 2011).
  • Havana and the Atlantic in the Sixteenth Century (University of North Carolina Press, 2008).
  • A Nation for All: Race, Inequality, and Politics in Twentieth-Century Cuba (University of North Carolina Press, 2001 (Spanish ed. 2001; Cuban ed. 2015).
  • "“Tengo una raza oscura y discriminada...” El movimiento afrocubano: hacia un programa consensuado," Nueva Sociedad (Buenos Aires) 242 (Nov-Dec. 2012), 92-105.

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Institute of Afro-Latin American Studies
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p: 617-496-0681 f: 617-495-8511

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