Founded in 1992, The Puerto Rican Studies Association for Research Advocacy and Education, Inc. brings together scholars, educators, public policy experts, artists, community activists and students from diverse fields of knowledge whose work focuses on Puerto Rico, Puerto Ricans in the United States, or both. Our members work in a variety of institutions, including colleges and universities, research and public policy centers and non-profit organizations located in the United States, Puerto Rico, the Caribbean region, Canada and Europe.
PRSA members, numbering several hundred, represent virtually all fields of research and teaching in the Humanities, Social Sciences and Arts, including Anthropology, Architecture, Art History, Demography, Economics, Educational Studies, History, Linguistics, Literature, Music, Philosophy, Political Science, Psychology, Public Administration, Social Work, Sociology, Studio Arts, Theater and Dance, and Urban Planning, among others.
Some of our members work within specific disciplines but a large number are also engaged in thoroughly interdisciplinary research and teaching in fields such as Critical Legal Studies, Critical Race Studies, Environmental Studies, Film Studies, Gender and Sexuality, Public Health, Public Policy, Queer Studies, and Women Studies, among others.
Our symposia and conferences provide two principal services:
1) They offer a venue for scholars, educators, public policy experts, community activists and artists, both junior and senior, to present their latest research and creative work. These opportunities, and the critical dialogues that follow each presentation, significantly contribute to increasing the production and enhancing the caliber of published scholarship in a myriad of fields and disciplines in the Humanities and Social Sciences. It equally encourages the growth and development of public policy and applied research addressing issues facing Puerto Rican communities.
2) They also offer multiple opportunities for young young scholars to foster relationships with mentors while networking with others in their field(s). To this end, at each conference we include professional development workshops targeted at junior faculty and advanced graduate students.