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Arlene Torres

Arlene Torres


"The likenesses will meet and make merry, but they won't know you. They won't know the you that's hidden somewhere in the castle of your skin."
George Lamming




Dr. Arlene Torres is an Associate Professor in the Department of Africana and Puerto Rican Studies at Hunter College. She is also the Director of the Chancellor’s CUNY Latino Faculty Initiative. She received her Ph.D. and Master’s degrees in Anthropology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign where she held positions as an administrator and member of the faculty. Torres is cultural anthropologist with expertise in Caribbean, Latina/Latino, and Latin American Studies. She has conducted research in the Anglophone and Hispanic Caribbean and in the U.S. Topical Interests include: African Diaspora; Puerto Rican & Latina/Latino Diaspora; Theories of Race, Ethnicity, Gender and Nationalism; Ideology and Praxis; Migration and Transnationalism; Representation; Class and Economic Development.


Prior to her arrival at CUNY, she served as Director of the Latina/ Latino Studies Program at Illinois and as Associate Professor of Anthropology. Torres also served as Assistant to the Dean at the Graduate College at Illinois. In her varied roles she worked on the recruitment and retention of University administrators, faculty, and graduate students. She has held appointments and received fellowships from the Rockefeller Foundation, the Smithsonian Institution and Princeton University.


Her publications include two edited volumes with Norman E. Whitten, Jr. & Blackness in Latin America and the Caribbean. “Collecting Puerto Ricans” In Kevin Yelvington (ed.) Afro-Atlantic Dialogues: Anthropology in the Diaspora. Santa Fe, NM: SAR Press, reflects Torres recent intellectual concerns. She is focusing on the racialization of ethnic groups in museum settings. As a public intellectual, Torres has served as a member of the Advisory Board and consultant to a national project on RACE supported by the American Anthropological Association, National Science Foundation and Ford Foundation.


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