Dr. Juan Flores

Juan Flores is Professor in the Department of Black and Puerto Rican Studies at Hunter College (CUNY) and in the Sociology Program at the CUNY Graduate Center. In recent years he has also been visiting professor at Rutgers, Princeton, Columbia, New York University and Harvard. From 1994 to 1997 he served as Director of the Center for Puerto Rican Studies at Hunter, and is currently Director of Hunter's Mellon Minority Fellowship Program.

He received his B.A. from Queens College in 1965 and his Ph.D. from Yale University in 1970. His doctoral training and early teaching career were in the field of German literature and intellectual history. His research and teaching focus on social and cultural theory, popular culture, and ethnicity and race, especially Puerto Rican and Latino studies.

He is the author of Poetry in East Germany (Choice magazine award), The Insular Vision (winner Casa de las Americas award), Divided Borders: Essays on Puerto Rican Identity, and From Bomba to Hip-Hop: Puerto Rican Culture and Latino Identity. He also is the translator of Memoirs of Bernardo Vega and of Cortijo's Wake by Edgardo Rodríguez Juliá, and co-editor of On Edge: The Crisis of Latin American Culture. His work has appeared in numerous journals and newspapers in the U.S. and Latin America, including Daedalus, Journal of Ethnic Studies, Revista de Ciencias Sociales, Harvard Educational Review, and Modern Language Quarterly. He is co-editor of two book series, one on "Cultural Studies of the Americas" for University of Minnesota Press, the other on "Puerto Rican Studies" with Temple University Press.

He has served on editorial boards for several journals, including The Americas Review, Black Renaisssance, Social Text, Science and Society, and The Latino Review of Books, as well as on the boards of directors of the New York Council on the Humanities, the Recovering the Hispanic Literary Heritage Project, and the Latin Jazz Project of the Smithsonian Institution.


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