Vanessa K. Valdés

I am the director of the Black Studies Program at The City College of New York-CUNY. Born and raised in New York City to Black Puerto Rican parents, I am a graduate of Yale and Vanderbilt Universities. My research focuses on the cultural production of peoples of African descent throughout the Americas: the United States and Latin America, including the Caribbean and Brazil. I am the editor of The Future Is Now: A New Look at African Diaspora Studies (2012) and Let Spirit Speak! Cultural Journeys through the African Diaspora (2012). I am the author of Oshun's Daughters: The Search for Womanhood in the Americas (2014) and Diasporic Blackness: The Life and Times of Arturo Alfonso Schomburg (2017). I am the series editor of Afro-Latinx Futures, a book series dedicated to centering Blackness as a theoretical frame in scholarly monographs and edited collections in the humanities and social sciences.

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