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James Cantres

Professor Cantres is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Africana and Puerto Rican/Latino Studies. He earned his PhD from the Department of History at New York University in 2014 and BA from Vassar College in 2008.

Professor Cantres’s scholarly interests include Caribbean history, the African
diaspora, social and cultural formations, Caribbean intellectual history, and the
history of black peoples in Great Britain. His dissertation explored notions of belonging and alienation among migrant populations in Britain and argued that they were crucial to the development of the patterns of identification that West Indian migrants utilized while negotiating British society. Currently, Prof. Cantres is working on a book project that explores the patterns of affiliation and radical politics in mid-twentieth century London which developed among Afro and Indo-Caribbean migrants as well as their colleagues and counterparts from Africa and South Asia.

He has presented papers at the Association for the Study of the Worldwide African Diaspora and Caribbean Studies Association, and is a member of the American Historical Association. Before joining the department in Fall 2015, Professor Cantres was a 2014-15 College Core Curriculum Post-doctoral Fellow at New York University, a 2013-14 Dissertation Fellow in the Department of Black Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara, and a 2012 Global Research Institute Fellow at NYU London.

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