(En)Gendering the Afro-Puerto Rican Bomba

Notes on Authenticity and Diasporic Performance Bomba is the Puerto Rican drum, dance, and song tradition that developed on the island’s plantations after the arrival of African slaves in the 16th century. Considered largely a lower class tradition associated with black populations on the island, the public practice of bomba was suppressed up through the 20th […]

Bridging the Divide Between Ethnic Studies and Anthropology

When I was hired as assistant professor and program head at Our Lady of the Lake University (OLLU) in August 2014, I encountered a beleaguered, yet not quite defunct Mexican American Studies program. There were only two classes active in the course catalogue and two students majoring in the subject. I was told that the […]