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Milagros Denis

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Professor Milagros Denis is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Africana and Puerto Rican/Latino Studies. Until 2007, she was an instructor in the Department of Latino and Hispanic Caribbean Studies at Rutgers University. She earned a Ph.D. in Latin America and Caribbean history from Howard University; Master in Africana Studies from Cornell University and a BA in Art History from the University of Puerto Rico.

Professor Denis is currently working on her manuscript entitled “One Drop of Blood: Racial Formation and Meanings in Puerto Rican Society, 1898-1960s,” which is a historical analysis of race in Puerto Rican society. In addition, she has a collaborative project with the Center for Puerto Rican Studies. The project “Citizenship Given, Citizenship Won: Puerto Ricans and African Americans in the Civil Rights Movement” aims to bridge the struggle of two communities that despite being integral parts of American history have been treated as “second class citizens.”

She has presented papers at the Puerto Rican Studies Association, the African Heritage Studies Association, the African Studies Association and the Association of Caribbean Historians among others.

Research Interest:

Race, racial identity, Puerto Rican and Hispanic Caribbean history, Latino Studies, African Diaspora in Latin America, labor movement and gender issues.

Courses taught:

  • Puerto Ricans in the United States
  • Puerto Rican Culture
  • Latino Communities in the United States
  • History of Puerto Rico
  • History of Cuba
  • Introduction to Caribbean Studies
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