I am a specialist in the African Diaspora in the Caribbean and Latin American, and Afro-Latinx communities in the U.S.

I am deeply committed to creating opportunities that support racial and gender equity through mentoring, education, research, and teaching.

Dr. Michele Reid-Vazquez

Dr. Reid-Vazquez is an Associate Professor in the Department of Africana Studies at the University of Pittsburgh, and currently a Global Studies Center Fellow for her project: Transnational Dialogues in Afrolatinidad. Her research and teaching specializations are the African Diaspora in the Caribbean, Latin America, and the Atlantic World, and Afro-Latinx History in the U.S., with an emphasis on race and gender relations, politics, migration, and identity.

She is the Director of the Afro-Latin American and Afro-Latinx Studies Initiative at the University of Pittsburgh. This project seeks to expand transnational, transregional, and interdisciplinary research, education, and programming in the global arenas of Afro-Latin American Afro-Latinx studies.

Along with her book, The Year of the Lash: Free People of Color in Cuba and the Nineteenth-Century Atlantic World (2011), she has published numerous articles in a variety of edited volumes and journals, and present regularly at national and international conferences. Current projects explore the Caribbean in the age of revolution, family history and memory in Haiti, Cuba and South Carolina, and Afro-Latinxs in the Rust Belt region.

As a specialist of the African Diaspora in Latin American and Latinx studies, and as a woman of African descent, she has a deep engagement with the histories of minoritized populations. These multiple contexts have fueled her sense of responsibility to create environments that support racial and gender equity through mentoring, education, research, and teaching.

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