Matthew Nicdao

Research Associate

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Recently received his PhD in the Spanish and Portuguese Department at NYU. His research centers on race and nation formation(s) as expressed in the literary and visual cultures of nineteenth-century Spanish empire in Puerto Rico and the Philippines. His research interests include anti-colonial thought and praxis, critical ethnic studies, comparative racializations, and literary and visual cultural production. During his residency at CENTRO, he will be preparing his first manuscript—tentatively titled, Dissensus at the Edges of Empire—as well as working on two projects: one which examines the life and works of nineteenth-century Afro-Puerto Rican writer Eleuterio Derkes (including a translation of one his shorter texts) and another which analyzes artist Pepón Osorio’s 1991 installation piece The Wake (El Velorio).