Lorgia García Peña
Assistant Professor of Romance Languages and Literatures and of History and Literature
Contemporary U.S. Latino/a literature and cultures, Caribbean literature and cultures, performance studies, race and ethnicity, transnational feminism, migration, human rights, Dominican and Dominican diaspora studies.
Academic Degrees: B.A., Journalism, Spanish Language and Literature (Highest Honors), Rutgers University, New Brunswick; M.A. Latin American Literature and Cultures, Rutgers University, New Brunswick; PhD American Studies, specialization in Latino/a Studies, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
Completed book manuscript. Archiving Contradictions: Bodies, Nations and the Production of Dominicanidad. A study of the process of racial identification of the Dominican subject as linked to the geographical and imaginary borders that placed the Dominican nation between Haiti and the United States since the birth of the republic in the 19th century. Under contract, Duke University Press
Ongoing book-length project. Translating Blackness: Latinos Negotiating Race and Belonging Across the Atlantic engages various geopolitical spaces: Latin America, the United States and Europe, providing a new cartography for understanding contemporary Latino/a racialization. Specifically, my research analyzes how black Dominican migrants and their descendants grapple with various racial systems finding ways to translate racial meaning across national contexts while carving a space of belonging and representation within the nation (s) that often exclude them.