Puerto Rican Studies in the City University of New York: The First Fifty Years
Edited by María Elizabeth Pérez y González, and Virginia Sánchez Korrol
Total pages: 308
Price: $25.00 paperback
Authored by leading scholars in the field of Puerto Rican and Latinx Studies, this volume is an important milestone in documenting the power of collective consciousness and action to create change in and access to higher education for all peoples. The book features a comprehensive fifty-year trajectory in the field of Puerto Rican Studies (PRS) at the City University of New York in a series of critical essays on scholarship, the social sciences, bilingual education, media, and its counterparts beyond CUNY, in addition to retrospectives from founders of the field, current professors, and alumni. The student founders of PRS, its pioneering faculty and groundbreaking interdisciplinary focus on the intersectionalities of race, culture, gender, power, and class, elucidate a contentious path to forging an anti-racist and decolonial pedagogy. The critical analysis in the scholarship found in this volume assesses the current status of Puerto Rican Studies in continuing to meet its academic mission, challenges and opportunities, and points to future directions in the 21st century.
Table of Contents
INTRODUCTION: by Virginia Sánchez Korrol and María Elizabeth Pérez y González
• Remaking Puerto Rican Studies at 50 Years by Pedro Cabán
• Puerto Rican Studies: A Legacy of Activism, Scholarship, and Collective Empowerment by Edna Acosta-Belén
• Bilingual Education and Puerto Rican Studies: From Vision to Reality by Antonio Nadal and Milga Morales Nadal
• Five Decades of Puerto Rican Studies: Influences on Sociology and Allied Social Sciences by Christine E. Bose
• The Evolution of Puerto Rican Studies at City College by Conor Tomás Reed
• How a Few Students Transformed the Ivory Tower: Puerto Rican Studies and its (R)evolution at Brooklyn College by María E. Pérez y González
• Puerto Rican Studies: Transitions, Reconfigurations, and Programs Outside the CUNY System by Edna Acosta-Belén
• So Much Knowledge and We Still Ain’t Free: Puerto Rican Studies Fifty Years Later by Juan González
IN RETROSPECT: Voices from the Field
• Past is Prologue: A Look Back at the Evolution of Puerto Rican Studies in the Academy by Jesse M. Vázquez
• Puerto Rican Studies at Baruch College by Regina A. Bernard-Carreño
• Camuyana en Brooklyn: Reflecting on My Journey Through Puerto Rican and Latino Studies by Gisely Colón López
• Reflections on a Return to Lehman College by Andrés Torres
María Elizabeth Pérez y González is a Puerto Rican born in Brooklyn, New York, and Associate Professor in the Department of Puerto Rican and Latino Studies at Brooklyn College, CUNY, where she has served as faculty for 30 years with 17 of those years as Chairperson, including two as Acting Chairperson. Her research includes the Puerto Rican diaspora, Latinxs, women in ministry, and Pentecostals. She is the author of Puerto Ricans in the United States (2000) and scholarly pieces on Latinas in Christian ministry.
Virginia Sánchez Korrol is Professor Emerita at Brooklyn College, CUNY, where she chaired the Department of Puerto Rican and Latino Studies from 1989 to 2004. Her publications include From Colonia to Community: The History of Puerto Ricans in New York (1983, 1994), and the three-volume Latinas in the United States: A Historical Encyclopedia (2006). She serves on the boards of the New York Historical Society Center for Women’s History, Arte Público Recovery Project, and the Latino Expert Panel of the National Park Service. She is a 2020 recipient of the prestigious Herbert H. Lehman Prize awarded by the New York Academy of History.