Four CUNY Professors Win Grants for Latino Humanities Research

June 14, 2022

The faculty members will lead interdisciplinary research projects as part of the Crossing Latinidades Collaborative.

Crossing Latinidades Faculty Winners
Four CUNY professors will co-lead research projects on aspects of Latino arts and culture. Clockwise from top left: Ramona Hernández, Anna Indych-Lopez, Sara V. Hinojos, and Vanessa Pérez-Rosario

Four CUNY faculty members, including three from the Graduate Center, are among the winners of the Crossing Latinidades Collaborative, Cross-institutional, and Comparative Research Working Groups in Latino Humanities Studies Grant Competition. The professors will collaborate with faculty at other universities to lead interdisciplinary research projects that explore aspects of Latino arts and culture. 

The CUNY faculty winners are

Ramona Hernández, a professor of Sociology and International Migration Studies at the Graduate Center and professor of Sociology and director of the CUNY Dominican Studies Institute at The City College of New York. Hernández is a co-principal investigator of the project “Forging Panethnic Alliances: Hispanic Caribbean Communities in Three Gateway Cities—Miami, New York, Orlando.” Ph.D. student Jayson Castillo (Urban Education), one of three CUNY students named a Crossing Latinidades student fellow and chosen for the program’s 2022 summer institute, will support the project as a junior peer and researcher. 

Anna Indych-Lopez, a professor of Art History at the Graduate Center and at The City College of New York. Indych-Lopez is a co-principal investigator of the project “Situating the Networks of Latinx Art.” She is joined by Graduate Center alumna Abigail Lapin Dardashti (Ph.D. ’20, Art History), an assistant professor of art history and visual studies at the University of California, Irvine. Ph.D. student Lidia Hernández-Tapia (Latin American, Iberian, and Latino Cultures) is a junior peer and researcher on the project. 

Vanessa Pérez-Rosario, a professor and deputy executive officer of Latin American, Iberian, and Latino Cultures at the Graduate Center and a professor of English at Queens College, is a co-principal investigator of the project “The Latinx Past: Archive, Memory, Speculation.” Joining the project as a junior peer and researcher is Graduate Center Ph.D. student Ricardo Martín Coloma (Latin American, Iberian, and Latino Cultures).

Sara V. Hinojos, a professor of Media Studies and advisory board member of the Latin American and Latino Studies Program at Queens College, is a co-principal investigator of the project “Latinx Sound Cultures: Belonging, Resonance, Amplifications.”

Each research working group will receive a grant of $310,000, which includes summer stipends for the principal investigators and $30,000 stipends for doctoral fellows who have completed the Summer Institute in Latino Humanities Studies Methodologies and Theories, who will support each project. 

The Center for Latin American, Caribbean & Latino Studies (CLACLS) at the Graduate Center coordinated student applications to the program. 

“We are extremely pleased and proud that all three students were selected for this wonderful opportunity,” said Victoria Stone, CLACLS associate director, who will also be an instructor at the two-week Crossing Latinidades institute that the students will attend in late June.

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