J. Lorand Matory is the Lawrence Richardson Professor of Cultural Anthropology and the Director of the Sacred Arts of the Black Atlantic Project at Duke University. Dr. Matory research interests include, among other things, the anthropology of religion, of ethnicity, and of education; history and theory of anthropology; African and African-inspired religions around the Atlantic perimeter; and ethnic diversity in the African-descended population of the US. He has received numerous awards, including the Distinguished Africanist Award from the American Anthropological Association (2010) and the government of the Federal Republic of Germany’s Alexander von Humboldt Prize (2013), a lifetime achievement award that is one of Europe's highest academic distinctions.  His most recent book, The “Fetish” Revisited: Marx, Freud and the Gods Black People Make, was published in 2018 by Duke University Press. In addition to academic books and articles, he is the executive producer and screenwriter of five documentary films


Margarita Huayhua is an assistant professor of anthropology at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth. Dr. Huayhua is a sociocultural anthropologist with a background in linguistic anthropology, video production, translation, Quechua language, and education. Her current research focuses on everyday interactions and the reproduction of social hierarchies; language, power, and race; social hierarchies among women; and, indigenous people of South America. Dr. Huayhua has received a National Science Foundation fellowship, a Ford Foundation fellowship and a two-year Rutgers Presidential Postdoctoral Fellowship. This postdoc enabled her to study how the image of “the Indian as a problem” is constructed to justify the exploitation of indigenous Quechua-speakers in Bolivia and Peru and to maintain their subordination.

Ana Liberato is an associate professor of Sociology at the University of Kentucky. Dr. Liberato’s work contributes to the theorization of the way race, ethnicity, and gender interplay with political identity and political attitudes. Dr. Liberato has a special interest in the cultural and political impacts of migration. The first focuses on Dominican migration to Europe and the United States while the second focuses on migration and mobility in Cuban and Dominican cultures. In 2013 she published Joaquín Balaguer, Memory and Diaspora: The Lasting Political Legacies of an American Protégé. Among other topics, she has also published articles on prostitution and human trafficking, systemic racism, authoritarianism and memory, Dominican mob violence against Haitians, and masculinity in Hollywood films. Dr. Liberato just completed a book manuscript on the gender politics of the Trujillo regime based on oral history methodology

Zaire Dinzey-Flores is an Associate Professor in the Department of Latino and Caribbean Studies and the Department of Sociology at Rutgers University. Her research focuses on understanding how urban space mediates community life and race, class, and social inequality. Her book, Locked In, Locked Out: Gated Communities in a Puerto Rican City (University Of Pennsylvania Press: 2013) won the 2014 Robert E. Park Award of the Community and Urban Sociology Section (CUSS) of the American Sociological Association. Dinzey-Flores is currently working on two projects: the first is a mixed-method examination of how race is articulated in residential real estate practices in demographically changing neighborhoods in Brooklyn, NY; the second, looks at the transatlantic circulation of housing planning and design ideals in the middle of the 20th Century


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