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Félix Matos Rodríguez


Dr. Félix Matos Rodríguez is a tenured Professor in the Department of Africana and Puerto Rican/Latino Studies and a former Director of the Center for Puerto Rican Studies at Hunter College.  He was appointed the President of Hostos Community College, CUNY in April 2009.   Immediately prior to his appointment he served as Secretary of the Department of the Family for the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico.  Until the fall of 1999, he was an Assistant Professor in the History Department of Northeastern University where he also served as the Interim Director of the Latino Cultural Center.

Prof. Matos-Rodríguez has worked as program officer at the Social Science Research Council and has taught Latin American and Hispanic Caribbean Studies at City College, CUNY. He has also worked as a consultant, reviewer and member of several editorial boards and community organizations. He received both master's and doctoral degrees from Columbia University after completing his baccalaureate degree at Yale University.

In addition to various articles on women's history, his recent publications include the books Women and Urban Life in Nineteenth Century San Juan, Puerto Rico, 1820-68, Puerto Rican Women's History: New Perspectives, and Pioneros: Puerto Ricans in New York City, 1892-1948.

Research Interests:

Puerto Rican and Caribbean history, culture and politics; Puerto Rican and Caribbean Women's History; Latino History; Public History.


Women and Urban Life in Nineteenth-Century San Juan, Puerto Rico [1820-62]. University of Florida Press; 1999.

Co-editor with Pedro Juan Hernandez. "Pioneros": Puerto Ricans in New York City, 1892-1948: (Photographic History). Arcadia Publishing; 2001.

Co-editor with Linda Delgado. Puerto Rican Women's History: New Perspectives. Armonk NY: M.E. Sharpe Publishers; 1998.

Co-editor with Matthew C. Gutmann, Lynn Stephen, and Patricia Zavella. Blackwell Reader on The Americas. [In Press].

Articles in Refereed Journals:

"The ‘Browncoats’ are Coming!" Latino Public History in Boston" The Public Historian, XXIII: 4 (2001): 15-28.

"Their Islands and Our People: U.S. Writing about Puerto Rico, 1898-1920," Centro: Centro de Estudios Puertorriqueños, Volume XI, #1, Fall 1999: 33-50.

"Spatial and Demographic Change in Nineteenth Century San Juan, Puerto Rico (1800-1862)." Journal of Urban History, XXV: 4 (May 1999): 477-513.

"Demografía urbana y edad de matrimonio en el Puerto Rico decimonónico: El caso de San Juan" Boletín de la Asociación de Demografía Histórica XVI: 2 (1998): 169-186.

"¿Quién trabajará? Trabajo doméstico, esclavitud urbana y abolición en San Juan en el Siglo XIX." Revista de Ciencias Sociales #4 [January 1998]: 219-45. Reprinted in English in Félix V. Matos Rodríguez and Linda Delgado [eds.]; Puerto Rican Women's History: New Perspectives. [Armonk NY: M.E. Sharpe Publishers, 1998]: 62-82.

"New Currents in Puerto Rican History: Legacy, Continuity, and Challenges to the 'Nueva Historia'." Latin American Research Review XXXII: 3 (Fall 1997): 193-208.

and Marta Villaizán."Para que vayan y produzcan frutos y ese fruto permanezca:" Descripción de los fondos documentales del Archivo Eclesiástico de San Juan de Puerto Rico." Op Cit: Boletín del Centro de Investigaciones Históricas, #7, (1992): 211-228.

Book Chapters:

“Saving the ‘Parcela’: A Short History of Boston’s Puerto Rican Community,” in Carmen Whalen and Victor Vazquez, eds. The Puerto Rican Diaspora: Historical Perspectives [Philadelphia: Temple University Press, forthcoming].

“Libertas citadinas: Free Women of Color in San Juan, Puerto Rico," in David Barry Gaspar and Darlene Clark Hine, eds., Beyond Bondage: Free Women of Color in the Americas [Champaign: University of Illinois Press, forthcoming].

"Estructura familiar y jefatura de familia urbanas en el San Juan, Puerto Rico decimonónico," in Laura Muñoz Mata and Johanna von Grafenstein, eds. El Caribe: Región, frontera y relaciones internacionales. [México D.F.: Instituto Mora & Consejo Nacional de Ciencia y Tecnología de México (CONACYT): 2000]: Vol. II, 113-137.

"Women's History and Puerto Rican Historiography: The Last 30 Years," in Félix V. Matos Rodríguez and Linda Delgado [eds.]; Puerto Rican Women's History: New Perspectives. [Armonk NY: M.E. Sharpe Publishers, 1998]: 9-37.

"La mujer y el derecho en el siglo XIX en San Juan, Puerto Rico (1820-1862)," in Pilar Gonzalbo Aizpuru, (ed.), Familia, género y mentalidades en América Latina [Rio Piedras: Centro de Investigaciones Históricas y Editorial de la Universidad de Puerto Rico, 1997]: 227-264.

"Street Vendors, Peddlers, Shop Owners and Domestics: Some Aspects of Women's Economic Roles in Nineteenth Century San Juan, Puerto Rico (1820-1870)", in Verene A. Shepherd, Bridget Brereton & Barbara Bailey (eds.), Engendering History: Caribbean Women in Historical Perspectives [Kingston: Ian Randle Publishers, 1995]: 176-93.

Courses Taught:


  • World History since 1648,
  • Latin America and the Caribbean in Boston
  • Latinos/as in the U.S.
  • Topics in Global History: The World ca. 1898
  • Modern Latin America
  • The Modern Caribbean
  • Approaches to History


  • Latinos/as in the U.S.
  • Caribbean History
  • Latin American History: Gender and Migration
  • Community, History, and Archives


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