(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 […]

Experiential Learning

Teaching Ethnography at the Border Experiential Learning at Colorado College At Colorado College we follow a unique schedule, known as the Block Plan. As part of our Block Plan, our academic year is divided into eight, three and a half week, blocks. Each block students take one course, and it is the only course that […]

At the Margins of Celebrity Culture

Criminalizing the Latina/o Paparazzi of Los Angeles With all of the focus today on the treatment of Latinas/os as “illegal” under US immigration law, it is easy to overlook the ways that Latinas/os in the US can also face forms of illegalization through labor that they perform. One example, whose work is widely familiar but […]

ALLA Incoming President’s Report

Well into my first year as ALLA president, I remain eager to continue building on the programs and goals to which this community of critically engaged scholars has been committed. It is a joy working with this vibrant group of colleagues. In 2014 we celebrated a book award, sponsored a series of exciting panels at […]