Black and Latino Studies Faculty
Dr. Shelly Eversley is Professor of English and Interim Chair of the Black and Latinx Studies department at Baruch College, City University of New York (CUNY), where she teaches literature, feminism, and Black Studies. She is also Faculty Co-Director of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation’s Transformative Learning in the Humanities initiative at CUNY. She was recently Academic Director of CUNY’s Faculty Fellowship Publication Program and is Founder of equalityarchive.com. She is the author of The “Real” Negro: The Question of Authenticity in Twentieth Century African American Literature as well as several essays on literature, race, and culture. Her editorial work includes The Sexual Body and The 1970s, both special issues of WSQ, a journal by the Feminist Press, as well as the forthcoming book Black Art, Politics, and Aesthetics in 1960s African American Literature and Culture (Cambridge). She is currently revising a new book titled The Practice of Blackness: Cold War Surveillance, Censorship, and African American Literary Survival. She earned her undergraduate degree at Columbia University, and her graduate degrees at The Johns Hopkins University.
Dr. Keisha Allan is a native of Trinidad and Tobago. She graduated with a Ph.D. from the department of English at the University of Maryland and her broad area of interest is twentieth-century Caribbean literature. Within this field, she examines Caribbean literature by women writers who critique social and political inequities in their societies. She examines how selected female authors from the Caribbean create fictional worlds that have the effect of subverting patriarchal perspectives and paradigms in their postcolonial societies. She interrogates society and artistic responsibility, with women presented as creatively engaged in revolutionary activities aimed at reshaping ideas and perspectives in the national imaginary.
As an advocate for community building, Dr. Allan has worked with Washington area community organizations founded by Anglophone Caribbean people who work with Caribbean and Central American students to expand knowledge by considering how issues of diversity and inclusion are discussed in the Washington Metropolitan Area and in various parts of the Caribbean and Latin America. In coordination with local community organizations, she has created avenues for productive global outreach to Caribbean and Latin American communities.
Karanja Keita Carroll, Ph.D. is currently a member of the Department of Black & Latinx Studies at Baruch College (CUNY). His teaching and research interests revolve around African-centered theory & methodology, with an emphasis on social and psychological theory. As an advocate of Prison Education, Dr. Carroll has also taught, held workshops and/or lectured in SCI-Chester, Shawangunk (NYSDOC), Sullivan (NYDOC) and Brookwood Secure Center (NYSDJJOY). His publications have appeared in the Journal of Pan African Studies, Western Journal of Black Studies, Journal of the International Society of Teacher Education, Critical Sociology and Race, Gender & Class; he also has articles and chapters in numerous edited volumes. Dr. Carroll is an African-centered social theorist who is thoroughly committed to the African-centered imperative, one that is grounded in the creation and utilization of culturally-specific frameworks in order to understand and create solutions for humanity. Dr. Carroll is also an organizer with the Malcolm X Grassroots Movement, North East Political Prisoner Coalition and Black Alliance for Peace. Dr. Carroll is fundamentally committed to “academic excellence and social responsibility” as originally articulated by the National Council for Black Studies.
Dr. Lewin was born in Harlem, New York. His parents hail from Jamaica and Cuba. He received his undergraduate and graduate degrees in Sociology from Queens College and the Graduate School of the City University of New York. He has been at Baruch since 1979.
His research has included topics in Jamaican political history, charismatic leadership in African America, Africa and the Caribbean and the class structure in Black America. He is the author of the popular book, Africa Is Not A Country. It’s A Continent! He is currently chronicling the origins and development of Black Studies departments on campuses across the country.
He teaches African History and Black Americans and the Mass Media. In the former, the class explores the history of Africa from 5,000,000 BC up until the present. In the latter, they examine the Black image in television, literature, newspapers and the internet, but above all they focus on the movies and the hypnotic imagery and symbolism that they contain. All are welcome to his class, as active students, or occasional visitors.
Tshombe Miles is an Associate Professor of Black and Latino Studies. He teaches the history of race, class, and ethnicity in Latin America, specifically Brazil. His work is particularly interested in the black diaspora in the Atlantic World. He is a member of the Association for the Study of the Worldwide African Diaspora and Associação Nacional de História (The National Association of History (in Brazil). Prof. Miles has presented papers at the University of Texas Austin, University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, New York University, and invited to the City College and presented papers at conferences in France, Italy, Spain, and has regularly presented in Brazil. Professor Miles has published two books and several articles. Also, he has written articles for popular online outlets like the Root, and the African-American Intellectual Society. He has also written several opinion pieces for the newspaper O Povo, a popular newspaper from the northeast of Brazil. He earned a BA from City College of New York and held a Ph.D. from Brown University.
Miles, T. (2019). Race and Afro-Brazilian Agency in Brazil. Routledge/Taylor Francis. https://www.crcpress.com/Race-and-Afro-Brazilian-Agency-in-Brazil/Miles/p/book/9781138607248
Miles, T. (2012). A luta contra a escravatura e o racismo no Ceará (The Fight Against Slavery and Racism in Ceará). Fortaleza, Ceará: Demócrito Rocha. ISBN: 9788575295403
Articles and chapters in books
Miles, T. L. (2019). “From Invisibility to Visibility: The Afro-Brazilian Struggle in Ceará” In Alejandro Velasco (Ed.). New York, NY: NACLA Report on the Americas/The North American Congress on Latin America is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization. https://nacla.org/
Miles, T. (2019). In Lawrence Aje (Ed.), Reconstructing A Dismantled Past: The Case of Afro-diasporic History in Ceará, Brazil. Routledge Press/Taylor Francis.
Miles, T. ( 2018). “Reflecting on the Legacy of Brazilian Slavery and Reimaging Afro-Brazilian Agency.” To appear in History Compass (John Wiley & Sons). https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/journal/14780542
Miles, T. (2017). Abdias Nascimento e a Tradição Intelectual Afrodiaspórica: no combate ao racismo (Combatting Racism: Abdias do Nascimento and the Afro-Diasporic Tradition). Revista de Ciencias Sociais (from the Department of Social Science and Graduate Program in Sociology of the Federal University of Ceará), Vol. 48, (Nº. 2, 2017), 106-136. ISSN 2318-4620. http://www.periodicos.ufc.br/revcienso/article/view/19496
Miles, T. (2013). O Escolhido: Dragão do Mar. (The Chosen One: Dragão do Mar) Cadernos de Estudos e Pesquisas do Sertão, Quixada, Ceará V.1 (N.1). 51-60. ISSN 2446-4872. http://seer.uece.br/?journal=cadernospesquisadosertao&page=issue&op=view&path%5B%5D=80
Miles, T. (2013). “Black Leadership and their Idea of Freedom” (Republished). In fassil demissie (Ed.), African Diaspora in Brazil: History, Culture, and Politics, 114-142. ISBN 0415824818 Routledge Press/Taylor and Francis. www.routledge.com/books/details/9780415824811
Miles, T. (2012). “Black Leadership and their Idea of Freedom.” African and Black Diaspora: An International Journal (Routledge Press/Taylor and Francis), Volume 5 (Issue 2), 264-282. ISSN 1752-8631. https://www.tandfonline.com/loi/rabd20
Miles, T. (2016). 10 Things Afro-Brazilians Want You to Know In Danielle Belton (Ed.). The Root. www.theroot.com/articles/culture/2016/08/10-things-afro-brazilians-want-you-to-know
Miles, T. (2016). D.J. Marky entry in Dictionary of the Caribbean and Afro-Latin American Biography. In Henry Louis Gates and Franklin Knight (Ed.). Oxford University Press. ISBN: 9780199935796
Miles, T. (2016). Dragão do Mar entry in Dictionary of the Caribbean and Afro-Latin American Biography In Henry Louis Gates and Franklin Knight (Ed.). Oxford University Press. ISBN: 9780199935796
Miles, T. (2016). Jorge Ben Jor entry in Dictionary of the Caribbean and Afro-Latin American Biography. In Henry Louis Gates and Franklin Knight (Ed.). Oxford University Press. ISBN: 9780199935796
Miles, T. (2016). Reflections on Race Diaspora and Nation In Keisha Blain (Ed.). New York, New York: African American Intellectual Historical Society. www.aaihs.org/reflections-on-race-diaspora-and-nation
Miles, T. (2014). “130 Years of the Abolition of Slavery” (130 anos da abolição da escravatura no Ceará). Fortaleza, Ceará: O Povo.
Dr. Rojo Robles is a writer, filmmaker, and professor born and raised in Puerto Rico. He graduated from the University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras with a B.A. in Theater and an M.A. in Comparative Literature. He completed his M. Phil and Ph.D. Degrees in Latin American, Iberian and Latino Cultures at CUNY’s Graduate Center. He taught at various CUNY college and is now an Associate Professor of Black and Latino Studies at Baruch College, CUNY, where his courses are particularly focused on Latin American, Latinx, and Afro-diasporic literature, film and intermedial cultures with an emphasis on Puerto Rico.
He has published articles in SX Salon| Small Axe Project, The Puerto Rico Review, Revista Cruce, Revista Iberoamericana and has been a cultural critic at 80grados.net for more than a decade. Dr. Robles has been researching and writing about cinegraphic and intermedial literature in Puerto Rico, Latin America, and US Latinx communities and on Black film in the Caribbean and the US. He is the editor of Pedro Pietri’s posthumous chapbook Condom Poems 4 Sale One Size Fits All (Lost and Found: The CUNY Poetics Document Initiative, 2019).
Along with teaching, researching, and academic writing, Dr. Robles has substantial work as a fiction writer, playwright, and filmmaker. Since 2004 he is the artistic director of the independent group, El kibutz del deseo, dedicated to producing plays, films, and publishing fiction and poetry. He is the author of Los desajustados/The Maladjusted (2015) and Escapistas (2017) and the writer, director, and producer of the experimental film The Sound of ILL Days (2017). He is currently at work on the book project Cinegrafía: literatura, espectadores y cinefilia contemporánea en Latinoamérica, and on a series of articles on the intersections and collaborations between Nuyorican and African-American filmmakers.
With his BLS colleague Rebecca Salois, he hosts a podcast called Latinx Visions.
Dr. Robles was selected as a 2022 Summer Faculty Fellow for the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Summer Institute for Higher Education to participate in a professional development program titled, “Concepts of Black Diaspora in the United States: Identity and Connections among African, Afro-Caribbean, and African American Communities.”
BLS Affiliated Faculty
David Cruz de Jesus (Modern Language and Comparative Literature)
Stephanie Golob (Political Science)
George Gonzalez (Sociology and Anthropology)
Els de Graauw (Political Science)
Katrin Hansing (Sociology and Anthropology)
Ted Henken (Sociology and Anthropology)
Jennifer Carroccio Maldonado (English)
Elena Martinez (Modern Languages and Comparative Literature)
Viviana Rivera-Burgos (Political Science)
Eric Essondo Tsimi (Modern Languages and Comparative Literature)