Alejandro de la Fuente

Alejandro de la FuenteDr. Alejandro de la Fuente is the Robert Woods Bliss Professor of Latin American History and Economics at Harvard University. He is also Professor of African and African American Studies, and of History.  He is the director of the Afro-Latin American Research Institute, Hutchins Center for African and African American Research. He is an authoritative scholar of worldwide recognition in the fields of Latin American History and Economics. He has written extensively on issues related to the African diaspora, on the impact of slavery and on the subsequent contributions of people of African descent on contemporary societies across the Americas. He has written, as well, on race, politics, social revolutions, nation building, and cultural and artistic production by Afro-Latin Americans, particularly in Cuba and the Caribbean.

Professor Alejandro de la Fuente’s scholarship addresses themes that are relevant to the history, culture, and arts of Black people around the world, particularly Cuba. He has curated two art exhibits dealing with issues of race: Queloides: Race and Racism in Contemporary Cuban Art (2010–12) and Drapetomania: Grupon Antillano, The Art of Afro-Cuba, now on display at the African American Museum in Philadelphia.


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