2019-2020 Executive Council Nominations

Below is a list of the current candidates nominated to the 2019-2020 PRSA Executive Council. Voting is limited to members. Voting will remain active until Friday 26 October 2018 (11:00am). A link to the voting site was sent to all active members of the association.

For more information, please contact Salvador Mercado at salvador.mercado@du.edu

 

Vice-President (2019-2020)/President Elect (2021-2022) – Two candidates

Adriana Garriga López
Associate Professor of Anthropology
Chair, Department of Anthropology and Sociology;
Global Health; Women, Gender, and Sexuality
Kalamazoo College
Agarriga@kalamazoo.edu

Qualifications for Position Sought:

I have been a member of PRSA since I was a graduate student and have presented several times. In 2010, I received an Honorable Mention for the PRSA Dissertation Award for my doctoral thesis entitled, “Viral Citizens.” Although I have not held office in the PRSA before, for the past three years, I have been the President of the AIDS and Anthropology Research Group, a tenure I am ending this November. As an interdisciplinary scholar, I bring flexibility to my engagement with Puerto Rican Studies (itself an interdisciplinary field). I also have the experience of reading broadly across a range of disciplinary engagements with the history and contemporary realities of Puerto Rico. As department chair at my institution, I have had the opportunity to develop leadership skills that will serve me well in coordinating a large group of diverse and committed scholars. I welcome the opportunity to work with PRSA members and the Executive Council to grow and sustain this important academic organization.

 

Relevant Biographical Note:

I was born and raised in San Juan, Puerto Rico. At 16 years of age, I enrolled in Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey in New Brunswick, where I graduated from in 2001 with a BA in Cultural Anthropology and Comparative Literature. I spent two years in the History of Consciousness Board of the University of California, Santa Cruz studying under Donna Haraway. In 2002, I enrolled in the Ph.D. program in Anthropology at Columbia University, from where I graduated in 2010. I have been faculty at Kalamazoo College since 2010, attaining tenure in 2016. I am also Associate Faculty of the Brooklyn Institute for Social Research (since 2017.)

 

Charles R. Venator-Santiago
Associate Professor
Joint Appointment in Department of Political Science and El Instituto
University of Connecticut
charles.venator@uconn.edu

Qualifications for Position Sought:

I have been working in various capacities for PRSA since 2005. I joined as an Executive Council Member in 2005; served as Vice-President/President (2011-2014); Treasurer (2017-2018); and Secretariat (2017-2022). In 2005 I was asked to assist in the institutional rebuilding process of the association. In 2016, I was again asked to assume a more active role in the association to assist the association in its rebuilding process. While I have resisted assuming a the role of VicePresident/President, because I believe that PRSA needs new faces/participants, I also understand the need to assist in the institution rebuilding process during difficult financial times.

Relevant Biographical Note:

I teach and write about Puerto Rican and Latino Studies more generally. I coordinate the Puerto Rican Citizenship Archives Project and I am working on a series of community based projects that seek to foster the political participation of Puerto Ricans, Latino/as and working class households more generally. Although I am residing in Connecticut, I also work on some projects in Puerto Rico.

Treasurer (2019-2020) – One candidate

Harry Franqui-Rivera
Associate Professor of History
Bloomfield College
harryfranquirivera@gmail.com

Qualifications for Position Sought:

I have served as PRSA treasurer before.

Relevant Biographical Note:

Dr. Harry Franqui-Rivera is Executive Director of the New York Chapter of the National Puerto Rican Agenda who alongside their mission to unite, educate, and create solutions for the Puerto Rican people in the United States and Puerto Rico, has taken up an ambitious agenda on central issues concerning Puerto Ricans in the United States and Puerto Rico.

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) and is a Board Member at the Center for Latin American, Caribbean and Latino Studies, CUNY, Graduate Center.

Dr. Franqui-Rivera is the author of Soldiers of the Nation: Military Service and Modern Puerto Rico, 1868-1952 (Studies in War, Society, and the Military Series) University of Nebraska Press, 2018. He is known as a 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. He has recently 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.
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; and a G.E.D. from the Departamento de Instruccción Pública de Puerto Rico.

Secretary (2019-2020) – One candidate

Joanna Camacho Escobar
Independent Scholar
Academic advisor and part-time professor of History at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley
jmcamachoescobar@gmail.com

Qualifications for Position Sought:

Through my professional and academic career I have accumulated extensive experience in research, collecting and synthesizing data, and organizing complex and detailed information for business meetings and classroom settings. I am bilingual, with excellent speaking and writing skills in English and Spanish. I’m goal-oriented and work well with teams to achieve programmed goals. In the past, I’ve been member of committees such as the Graduate Program Committee at the University of Texas at El Paso’s Department of History, were we decided over curriculum and master’s and doctoral program concerns. In addition, I have been involved in large, long term projects such as the Museo Urbano 2010, a community-based traveling museum in the historical Segundo Barrio in El Paso, Texas, were I served as research and volunteer interpreter. I strive to maintain good communication through the use of technology such as web-based systems like Skype, e-mailing services, and social media sites. I’m proficient in Microsoft Office programs, Google Drive, and other document management and sharing programs or sites.

Relevant Biographical Note:

I was born and raised in Arecibo, Puerto Rico. I completed my undergraduate degree in Secondary Education of History at the Universidad de Puerto Rico, Recinto de Rio Piedras in 2008. At the University of Texas at El Paso I earned a Master’s in History in 2011, and a doctoral degree in Borderlands History in 2017. My dissertation titled “Aqui Se Habla Espanol: Cultural Identity and Language in Puerto Rico,” is now a working manuscript. I also taught United States and World History courses at the University of Texas at El Paso. After graduating, I joined the Department of Global and Intercultural Studies as a Visiting Assistant Professor at Miami University of Ohio. I’m currently an an academic advisor and part-time professor of History at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley. I continue my research as an independent scholar, currently focusing on the history of the AIDS epidemic, and the local response in Puerto Rico from 1981 to 2000.

Publications and Communications Officer (2019-2020) – Two candidates

Ivonne García
William P. Rice Associate Professor of English & Literature
English
Kenyon College
garciai@kenyon.edu

Qualifications for Position Sought:

I was a newspaper reporter and editor in Puerto Rico for more than a decade (first Puerto Rican woman city editor of The San Juan Star) and I currently teach journalism classes at Kenyon College. I have also served as Secretary to the international Nathaniel Hawthorne Society for the past three years.

Relevant Biographical Note:

I am familiar with the use of FB and Twitter and have had significant experience with writing press releases and in designing communication strategies. I would appreciate the opportunity of contributing my skills and commitment to the PRSA.

Manuel Frau Ramos
Publisher and Editor
El Sol Latino
manuelfrau@gmail.com

Qualifications for Position Sought:

 Co-founder, Publisher and Editor of El Sol Latino, a bilingual newspaper serving Western Massachusetts. It is the only Latinx owned media in the region.

Relevant Biographical Note:

 Co-Chair of the 2000 PRSA conference held at UMass Amherst
PRSA secretary from 2000 to 2004. During my tenure as secretary of the PRSA I established the PRSA en la Brega Virtual Newsletter, a monthly electronic bulletin of the Puerto Rican Studies Association. It served the PRSA members for almost 8 years where it informed throughout the dissemination and distribution of information about the organization and member activities. At one time, the list had 450 email addresses, including members and non PRSA members.

 

Executive Council at Large

Student Member at Large (2019-2020) – Two candidates

Aurora Santiago Ortiz
Graduate Student/Research Assistant
Department of Student Development/Center for Latin American Latino and Caribbean Studies
University of Massachusetts at Amherst
asantiagoort@umass.edu

Qualifications for Position Sought:

Juris Doctor from the University of Puerto Rico. Practiced Media Law, Family Law, and general law. Social Justice (race, gender, sexuality, class) advocate and researcher in this field. Activist in Puerto Rico. Worked in media as scriptwriter and producer. Leadership experience in academic, student-led positions. Helped coordinate conferences related to Puerto Rican financial and debt crisis, as well as post-hurricane María conference at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. Will be a strong advocate for students interested in research and scholarship on Puerto Rico and mainland and island Puerto Ricans.

Relevant Biographical Note:

Strong experience in advocacy for disenfranchised communities. Expert in inclusive methodologies, intercultural dialogues, and community building. I am nominating Ms. Santiago Ortiz. Please, contact her for further information on her biography.

 

Lisa Figueroa-Jahn
PhD candidate, Department of Anthropology
Graduate Center, CUNY
ljahn@gradcenter.cuny.edu

Qualifications for Position Sought:

 I am one of the two current student representatives, I filled the vacancy beginning in May. In that short period of time I have attended all PRSA board meetings and co-organized the graduate student workshop at the Biennial Meeting this October at Rutgers. I am interested in continuing this work by committing to attend all PRSA conferences, meetings, and organizing student workshops and events. As a PhD candidate examining the impact of austerity measures on the healthcare system in Puerto Rico and women’s reproductive health, I am committed to engaging with an array of scholars to promote the study of Puerto Ricans in Puerto Rico and the US while advocating for equality and social justice.

Relevant Biographical Note:

 I am a PhD candidate at the Graduate Center, CUNY in the department of Anthropology. During my academic career I have conducted ethnographic research in Puerto Rico and shared my data by presenting at numerous conferences. As a co-editor of the AnthropologyNow Findings Column since 2017, I have edited and written various review articles addressing key issues such as the politics of belonging during the Trump era and the ambivalences of care. I enjoy engaging in this type of collaborative work which is crucial to holding a council position. I am also a member of the Puerto Rican Studies student group at the Graduate Center, CUNY which allows students to present their research, engage with scholars and organize events related to Puerto Rican Studies.

 

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