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Christina Proenza-Coles

Lecturer for American Studies
Office Hours: Mondays 2:00pm-3:00pm and 5:00pm-6:00pm and by appointment | Wilson 130 (also available via zoom)

Office Address: Wilson Hall 130

Christina Proenza-Coles examines questions surrounding race and ethnicity with an interdisciplinary, comparative, transnational, and transhistorical framework. She has taught courses whose topics range from the historical, with particular focus on the colonial Atlantic world, to the contemporary, including the sociology of culture and immigration. Her work endeavors to shed light on current dynamics of race and ethnicity in the United States within a larger world-historical context. She holds a joint doctorate in Historical Studies and Sociology from the New School as well as an M.A. in Liberal Studies. She was an assistant professor of the African Diaspora and the Atlantic World at Virginia State University from 2004 to 2011. Her book American Founders: How People of African Descent Established Freedom in the New World (NewSouth Books 2019) reframes the American narrative in a hemispheric scope and was a 2019 Foreword Indies book award finalist. She is currently working on a second book, Imagining Communities in Black and White.

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