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Executive Committee of ALARA

Dr. Sheridan Wigginton

President, Afro-Latin/American Research Association (ALARA)
Professor of Spanish and Latin American Studies
California Lutheran University
Department of Languages and Cultures
60 W. Olsen Road, #3800
Thousand Oaks, CA 91360
Phone: 805-493-3358
Fax: 805-493-3479


Dr. Sheridan Wigginton is a professor of Spanish and Latin American Studies at California Lutheran University in Thousand Oaks, where she is also chair of the department of Languages and Cultures.

Since the early 2000s, her research has focused on the connections between education, race, ethnicity, and national identity in Latin America—specifically exploring how these issues impact Afro-descendants in Costa Rica and the Dominican Republic. Her work has been published in “Race, Ethnicity, and Education, “Education, Citizenship, and Social Justice”, and the “Publication of the Afro-Latin/American Research Association”, of which she is currently serves as president.

Her work in Costa Rica examines how the cultural and linguistic legacy of West Indian immigrants to the Pacific Coast are either included or excluded from Costa Rican educational initiatives. She has centered much of this investigation around the writers Quince Duncan and Shirley Campbell Barr and the folkloric children’s tale Cocorí by Joaquín Gutiérrez.

Dr. Wigginton’s most recent work in the Dominican Republic reveals how the country’s complex relationship to Haiti and its nebulous definition of “blackness” manifest themselves within the pages of social science textbooks used in schools nationwide. Her current book project with Dr. Richard Middleton (University of Missouri-St. Louis, Saint Louis University School of Law) is titled Un-Mastering the Script: The Struggle to Reconcile the Haitian Other in Dominican Identity and is under contract with University of Alabama Press and expected to be published in 2018.

Dr. Antonio D. Tillis

College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
M.D. Anderson Professor in Hispanic Studies
University of Houston
Agnes Arnold Hall

3553 Cullen Boulevard, Room 402
Houston, TX 77204-3000
Phone: 713-743-3155
Fax: 713-743-2990


Dr. Antonio D. Tillis is Associate Professor and Chair of the African and African American Studies Program at Dartmouth College. He is a specialist in the areas of Latin American, Afro-Latin American and African Diaspora literatures. He is the immediate-past president of the College Language Association (CLA), editor of PALARA (Publication of the Afro-Latin American Research Association) and a former Fulbright Scholar to Brazil (2009-2010).

Professor Tillis has published numerous articles in journals such as The Afro-Hispanic Review, Callaloo, the Hispanic Journal, Mosaic Journal, CLAJ, Transit Circle to name a few. He is the author of Manuel Zapata Olivella and the “Darkening” of Latin American Literature, published in 2005 by the University of Missouri Press; Caribbean-African…Upon Awakening: Poetry by Blas Jiménez (Mango Publishing, 2010); and (Re) Considering Blackness in Brazilian (Con) Texts: A Cultural Studies Reader (Peter Lang, 2011). He is the editor of the forthcoming volume: Critical Perspectives on Afro-Latin American Literature, Routledge, due late 2011.

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Dr. William Luis

Gertrude Conaway Vanderbilt Professor of Spanish
Editor, Afro-Hispanic Review
Department of Spanish and Portuguese
Vanderbilt University
HB 1617
Nashville, Tennessee 37235


William Luis is the Gertrude Conaway Vanderbilt Professor of Spanish at Vanderbilt University. He has held teaching positions at Dartmouth College, Yale University, Washington University in St. Louis, and Binghamton University. Luis has published thirteen books and more than one hundred articles. His authored books include Literary Bondage: Slavery in Cuban Narrative (1990), Dance Between Two Cultures: Latino Caribbean Literature Written in the United States (1997), Culture and Customs of Cuba (2001), Lunes de Revolución: Literatura y cultura en los primeros años de la Revolución Cubana (2003), Juan Francisco Manzano: Autobiografía del esclavo poeta y otros escritos (2007), and Bibliografía y antología crítica de las vanguardias del Caribe: Cuba, Puerto Rico y República Dominicana (2010).

Also, Luis is the editor of the Afro-Hispanic Review. Born and raised in New York City, Luis is widely regarded as a leading authority on Latin American, Caribbean, Afro-Hispanic, and Latino U.S. literatures.

Dr. Daniel Mosquera

Director Latin American and Caribbean Studies Program Associate professor of Spanish and Latin American Studies Dept.of Modern Languages and Lits.
Union College
Schenectady, NY 12308
Phone: 518-388-6415
Fax: 518-388-6462

Biography in English

Member of ALARA since the 2008 Cartagena Congress, Daniel Mosquera is an associate professor of Spanish and Latin American studies in the dept. of Modern Languages at Union College, Schenectady, NY, where he directs the Latin American and Caribbean Studies program. He does research, teaches, and has published work on popular religion, colonial Latin American and cultural and literature studies, history, film, and critical theory. He has received research grants from the Woodrow Wilson Foundation, NEH, and the Mellon Foundation. His work on popular religion explores the convergence of popular Christianity, politics and ethnic identity and cultures. More specifically, his work focuses on Mexican colonial (Nahua) indigenous communities and the afro-descendent peoples of Chocó, Colombia, diaspora identities and cultural theory. In addition to the documentary he is working on a book about the social history of the afro-descendent feast of San Pacho and on a documentary of Passion reenactment cultures in Amecameca, Ozuma and Chimalhuacan, Mexico. He has recently joined the editorial board of the Journal of Latin American Cultural Studies.

Biografía en español

Miembro de ALARA desde el congreso en Cartagena, 2008, Daniel Mosquera es profesor asociado de español y estudios latinoamericanos en Union College, Schenectady, NY (USA), donde dirige el programa de Latin American and Caribbean Studies. Es traductor, da cursos y ha publicado artículos sobre religión popular, estudios coloniales y culturales y de teoría cultural, cine y literatura latinoamericanos. Ha recibido becas de la Fundación Woodrow Wilson, la Nacional Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) y la Fundación Mellon. Su trabajo sobre religión popular examina la mezcla entre cristianismos populares, política e identidades y culturas étnicas. Más específicamente, parte de este trabajo enfoca los procesos culturales de cristianización de comunidades Nahuas en el México colonial y la religión afro-cristiana del Chocó, Colombia, identidades diaspóricas y teoría cultural. Además de este documental, se encuentra en proceso de escribir una historia social de las fiestas de San Pacho y de terminar un documental sobre pasioneros en Amecameca, Ozumba y Chimalhuacan en México. Recientemente se unió al comité editorial de la revista Journal of Latin American Cultural Studies.

Dr. Luisa Ossa

La Salle University
Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures
1900 W. Olney Ave.
Philadelphia, PA, 19141
Phone: 215-951-1213
Fax: 215-991-3699

Biography in English

Luisa Ossa is Associate Professor of Spanish at La Salle University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Her research interests include Afro-Hispanic Literatures as well as the Chinese presence in Latin America. She has published articles on the work of Manuel Zapata Olivella in the Afro-Hispanic Review and the Monographic Review. Her other publications include, “Conciencia social y la herencia africana en la salsa de Joe Arroyo y Grupo Niche” in the Afro-Hispanic Review and “Muerte caliente: El erotismo y la muerte en La última noche que pasé contigo” in the anthology, La narrativa de Mayra Montero: Hacia una literatura transnacional caribeña, edited by Madeline Cámara and Kevin Raúl Sedeño. Most recently she presented on the works of Edelma Zapata Pérez at the 15th Annual Arturo Schomburg Symposium in Philadelphia.

Biografía en español

Luisa Ossa es Profesora Asociada en La Salle University en Filadelfia, Pensilvania. Sus campos de investigación incluyen la literatura afro-hispana y la presencia china en Latinoamérica. Ha publicado artículos sobre la obra de Manuel Zapata Olivella en las revistas Afro-Hispanic Review y Revista monográfica. Sus otras publicaciones incluyen, “Conciencia social y la herencia africana en la salsa de Joe Arroyo y Grupo Niche” en la revista Afro-Hispanic Review, y “Muerte caliente: El erotismo y la muerte en La última noche que pasé contigo” en la antologíaLa narrativa de Mayra Montero: Hacia una literatura transnacional caribeña, editada por Madeline Cámara y Kevin Raúl Sedeño. Recientemente, participó en el decimoquinto Arturo Schomburg Symposium en Filadelfia, donde habló sobre la obra de Edelma Zapata Pérez.

Dr. Dorothy Mosby

Associate Dean of Faculty
Professor of Spanish, Latina/a, and Latin American Studies
Mount Holyoke College
50 College Street
South Hadley, MA 01075
Phone: 413-538-2527


Dorothy E. Mosby is the author of Place, Language, and Identity in Afro-Costa Rican Literature (University of Missouri Press, 2003), which explores contemporary black writing from Costa Rica. She is currently preparing a critical study on the work of Costa Rican writer Quince Duncan.

Mosby’s poetry has appeared in Hispanic Culture Review. She has presented her research at numerous conferences and institutes and is a member of the Modern Language Association, the College Language Association, and the Afro/Latin American Research Association.

At Mount Holyoke, Mosby has taught Afra-Hispanic Literature: Black Women's Writing from the Spanish-Speaking World (a January Term intensive, taught in English); Introduction to Latin American Literature I; and Colonial and Nineteenth-Century Latin American Literature.

Before coming to Mount Holyoke, Mosby taught Spanish and Portuguese at Ohio State University.


ALARA Membership is open to all those interested in African Diaspora Studies.

Membership Dues and Conference Registration Fees

The conference registration fee is US $285. The conference registration fee for students/Professors Emeriti is US $200.

For those not attending the conference, the annual membership fee for one-year is US $100.

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Dr. Dorothy Mosby and Dr. William Luis