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Harry Franqui-Rivera

Dr. Harry Franqui-Rivera is an Associate Professor of History at Bloomfield College, New Jersey. He served as Research Associate at the Center for Puerto Rican Studies at Hunter College, City University of New York (2012-2016).  

He earned a Ph.D. from the University of Massachusetts Amherst; a Masters degree in History from Temple University in military/diplomatic history and a B.A. from the University of Puerto Rico, Mayagüez.  He also received a G.E.D. from the Departamento de Instrucción Pública de Puerto Rico.
Dr. Franqui-Rivera is a published author, public intellectual, cultural critic, blogger and NBC, Latino Rebels, and Huff Post contributor. He writes, blogs, and publishes in online magazines about current issues ranging from geopolitics, local and national politics and economics to social and cultural matters. His work has been featured in national and international media outlets and National Public Radio.
In his academic work, Doctor Franqui-Rivera specializes in Puerto Rican, Caribbean, Latino, Latin American, and Military History and focuses on the 19-20 centuries. Among other interests, he addresses the issues of nation building, national identities, citizenship, military institutions and imperial-colonial relations.
Dr. Franqui-Rivera also researches and writes on the experience of Puerto Ricans during the Korean War, the socio-economic impact of the G.I. Bill in Puerto Rico and among the diaspora, the condition of the Puerto Rican veteran and the linkages between military service, manhood, race and colonization in Puerto Rican history.
His latest book, Soldiers of the Nation: Military Service and Modern Puerto Rico,1868-1952, was published by the University of Nebraska Press in 2018 and has earned great praise.  
His second book manuscript, Fighting on Two Fronts: The Ordeal of the Puerto Rican Soldier  during the Korean War will be published by Centro Press.
He has also published a short historical fiction novel on the experience of the “All Puerto Rican” 65th U.S. Army Infantry Regiment in Korea and produced a short documentary on the Borinqueneers with the Center for Puerto Rican Studies, and several historical articles.
Dr. Franqui-Rivera has also mapped state-side Puerto Rican military communities contributing to our understanding of Puerto Rican migration and settlement patterns in the United States.

Books and Manuscripts

Soldiers of the Nation: Military Service and Modern Puerto Rico, 1868-1952

Franqui-Rivera, H. Soldiers of the Nation: Military Service and Modern
Puerto Rico, 1868-1952
. University of Nebraska Press.


Franqui-Rivera, H. Fighting on Two Fronts: The Experience of the Puerto Rican Soldiers in the Korean War. Centro Press. (Forthcoming).

Academic Journals

“‘A New Day Has Dawned for Porto Rico’s Jíbaro’: Manhood, Race, Military Service and Self-Government during WWI” in Latino Studies, Palgrave, Vol. 13.2 (2015).

National Mythologies: U.S. Citizenship for the People of Puerto Rico and Military Service” in Memorias: Revista Digital de Historia y Arqueología desde el Caribe, Universidad del Norte, Barranquilla Colombia, No.21 (2013).

Book Chapters

Military Service: Migration and a Path to Middle Class Status, in Edwin Meléndez and Carlos Vargas-Ramos, eds., The State of Puerto Ricans, Centro Press, New York, (2017).

Puerto Rican Veterans and Service Members’ Wellbeing and Place within the Diaspora, in Edwin Meléndez and Carlos Vargas-Ramos, eds., Puerto Ricans at the Dawn of the New Millennium, (CENTRO Press), New York, (2014).

Other Publications

"Why Puerto Ricans Did Not Receive U.S. Citizenship So They Could Fight in WWI", in Centro Voices, May 2017.

"Too Many Of Puerto Rico’s Veterans Are Moving Away", by Harry Franqui-Rivera, May 28, 2017.

Santa Cló Goes to la Calle Sol #12 Oeste” in Centro Voices, December 23, 2017.

Puerto Rican Veterans Pay It Back” in Huffington Post Latino Voices, July 10, 2015.

Marching on: Military Service and the Social Conditions of Puerto Ricans in the U.S.” in Centro Voices, May 22, 2015.


Students Soldiers: Puerto Rican Youth in High School Military Programs.”  Review of Gina M. Pérez, Citizen, Students, Soldier: Latina/o Youth, JROTC, and the American Dream, New York: New York University Press, 2015 in Centro Voices, (March, 2016).

Military Service: Migration and a Path to Middle Class Status  Online Brief, Center for Puerto Rican Studies, November, 2016.

Alexander M. Bielakoswky, Ed. Ethnic and Racial Minorities in the U.S. Military: An Encyclopedia. ABC-CLIO, Santa Barbara, California, Oxford, England, in Centro Voices, (Spring, 2015).

 Juan David Coronado, “I'm Not Gonna Die in This Damn Place": Manliness, Identity, and Survival of the Mexican American Vietnam Prisoners of War, East Lansing, MI: Michigan State University Press, 2018, in H-War, H-Net Reviews, (Spring, 2019).


"Pride and Courage, A Borinqueneers Story: Prologue & Chapter 1" in Centro Voices, August 3rd, 2017.

Puerto Rican Voices: Season 3, Episode 7: Borinqueneers” Centro TV, November 2016.

The Borinqueneers: The Forgotten Heroes of a Forgotten War” in Centro Voices, April 15, 2016.

El Cabo Gómez and The Unexpected Homecoming of a Puerto Rican Soldier” in Centro Voices, May 13,  2015.

With Honor and Dignity: Restoring the Borinqueneers Historical Record” in Centro Voices, November 17, 2014.

The Borinqueneers on Parade” in Latino Rebels, June 11, 2014.

Encyclopedia Entries

“The Korean War” in Encyclopedia Latina: History Culture, Society, (Grolier Publishing), (2005).

“The 65th U.S. Infantry Regiment” in Encyclopedia Latina: History Culture, Society, (Grolier Publishing), (2005).