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Yomaira Figueroa
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Yomaira Figueroa

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Degree: Ph.D Ethnic Studies University of California, Berkeley

Position: Assistant Professor of Global Diaspora Studies

Website: http://www.yomairafigueroa.com

Yomaira Figueroa works on 20th century U.S. Latinx Caribbean, Afro-Latinx and Afro-Hispanic literature & culture. Her current book project, Decolonial Diasporas: Radical Mappings of Afro-Latinx & Afro-Hispanic Literature, focuses on diasporic and exilic Puerto Rican, Cuban, Dominican, and Equatoguinean texts in contact. Framed with critical attention to theories of decoloniality, women of color feminisms, and feminist philosophy, the book complicates and enriches ongoing conversations and debates about diaspora and Latinx studies, migration and borders, race and cultural/linguistic belonging, and reparations and (Afro)futurisms. 

Dr. Figueroa earned her Ph.D. and M.A. in the department of Ethnic Studies at the University of California, Berkeley and her B.A. in English, Latino & Hispanic Caribbean Studies, and Women’s and Gender Studies at Rutgers 
University. She is a native of Hoboken, NJ by way of Puerto Rico and she has served as the Secretary of Comparative Ethnic Studies for the Caribbean Philosophical Association since 2010. Her article "Faithful Witnessing as Practice: Decolonial Readings of Shadows of Your Black Memory and The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao" is the recipient of the 2015-2016 Hypatia: a journal of feminist philosophy diversity essay prize. Her article on reparations in decolonial contexts is featured in the journal of Decolonization: Indigeneity, Education & Society and she has an article on anthropolitical linguistics featuring an interview with Dr. Ana Celia Zentella forthcoming in CENTRO Journal

She offers courses in the Department of English, the African American & African Studies Program, and the Chicano/Latino Studies Program.

Selected Courses Taught:

ENG 450: Literatures of Emancipation and Decolonization
AAAS100: Race & Community in Local/Global Perspectives
ENG 484C: Afro-Diasporas & Global Metropoles
ENG 140: The Immigrant Subject (re)Imagines “Home”
ENG 820/CLS811: Decoloniality, Diaspora, and the Human