Puerto Rican Studies in the City University of New York: The First Fifty Years



María Elizabeth Pérez y González, and Virginia Sánchez Korrol


Authored by leading scholars in the field of Puerto Rican and Latinx Studies, this volume is an important milestone in documenting the power of collective consciousness and action to create change in and access to higher education for all peoples. The book features a comprehensive fifty-year trajectory in the field of Puerto Rican Studies (PRS) at the City University of New York in a series of critical essays on scholarship, the social sciences, bilingual education, media, and its counterparts beyond CUNY, in addition to retrospectives from founders of the field, current professors, and alumni. The student founders of PRS, its pioneering faculty and groundbreaking interdisciplinary focus on the intersectionalities of race, culture, gender, power, and class, elucidate a contentious path to forging an anti-racist and decolonial pedagogy. The critical analysis in the scholarship found in this volume assesses the current status of Puerto Rican Studies in continuing to meet its academic mission, challenges and opportunities, and points to future directions in the 21st century.

Book Details

308 Pages
ISBN: 978-1-945662-49-2
LCNN: 2021948909

About the Editor

María Elizabeth Pérez y González is a Puerto Rican born in Brooklyn, New York, and Associate Professor in the Department of Puerto Rican and Latino Studies at Brooklyn College, CUNY, where she has served as faculty for 30 years with 17 of those years as Chairperson, including two as Acting Chairperson. Her research includes the Puerto Rican diaspora, Latinxs, women in ministry, and Pentecostals. She is the author of Puerto Ricans in the United States (2000) and scholarly pieces on Latinas in Christian ministry.

Virginia Sánchez Korrol is Professor Emerita at Brooklyn College, CUNY, where she chaired the Department of Puerto Rican and Latino Studies from 1989 to 2004. Her publications include From Colonia to Community: The History of Puerto Ricans in New York (1983, 1994), and the three-volume Latinas in the United States: A Historical Encyclopedia (2006). She serves on the boards of the New York Historical Society Center for Women’s History, Arte Público Recovery Project, and the Latino Expert Panel of the National Park Service. She is a 2020 recipient of the prestigious Herbert H. Lehman Prize awarded by the New York Academy of History.

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