Podcast Episode 3

Episode 3 – May 31, 2021

Jennifer A. Jones: Afro-Mexicans, Migration, and the Permutations of Race

This episode features Dr. Jennifer A. Jones, a native of Chicago and a sociologist specializing in contemporary transnational Afro-Mexican studies. She discusses the way race is made in Latin America through her experiences in both Cuba and Mexico, as well as the broader impact of space, politics, and mobility on racial constructions throughout the U.S. She also highlights her recent book, The Browning of the New South, which explores blackness and anti-blackness in Mexico, the current migration of Afro-Mexicans to North Carolina, and their reformulations of race in the U.S. South.

Dr. Jennifer Jones – Website and Social Media

Episode Resources:


Jennifer A. Jones, Browning of the New South, Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2019.

Jennifer A. Jones, Petra R. Rivera-Rideau, and Tianna S. Paschel, Afro-Latin@s in Movement Critical Approaches to Blackness and Transnationalism in the Americas, New York: Palgrave Macmillan US, 2016.

Christina A. Sue, Land of the Cosmic Race: Race Mixture, Racism, and Blackness in Mexico, New York: Oxford University Press, 2013.


Jennifer A. Jones, “Afro-Latinos: Speaking through Silences and Rethinking the Geographies of Blackness,” 569-605 in Alejandro de la Fuente and George Reid Andrews, editors. Afro-Latin American Studies: An Introduction. Cambridge University Press, 2018.

Paulina Olvera Cáñez, Ebony Bailey, Leslie Meyer, “Commentary: ‘No puedo respirar.’ The Black Lives Matter Movement is Growing in Tijuana,” The San Diego Union-Tribune, June 25, 2020.

Maylei Blackwell, Floridalma Boj Lopez, and Luis Urrieta, Jr. Special issue: Critical Latinx Indigeneities. Lat Stud 15,126–137 (2017).

Lorgia García Peña, Dismantling Anti-Blackness Together,” The Latinx Project, June 8, 2020.

Bobby Vaughn and Ben Vinson, “Memín Penguin, Changing Racial Debates, and Transnational Blackness,” Hemispheric Institute.

Organizations and Exhibitions

Black Latinas Know Collective

“The African Presence in México: From Yanga to the Present,” National Museum of Mexican Art, Chicago, 2006.

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