Alan A. Aja
"Alan A. Aja is associate professor and acting chair in the Department of
Puerto Rican and Latino Studies at Brooklyn College (CUNY). He has
published in a range of scholarly and public outlets with focus on
inter-group wealth disparities, socioeconomic stratification, and public
policy. His recent publications include the book Miami's Forgotten Cubans:
Race, Racialization and the Local Afro-Cuban Experience
(Palgrave-McMillan, 2016) and co-authored pieces in the Boston Review, the
Nation, Dissent, the American Prospect, Latino Rebels and other outlets.
Before academia, Aja was as a labor organizer in Texas, conducted
environmental research in Cuba, worked as a human rights organizer in
Argentina and in a refugee hostel in London. Currently, he is assisting on
a documentary/news piece by filmmaker Rudy Valdez on the effects of
mandatory minimum sentencing policies on families. He has provided live
and/or taped commentary for various media outlets, including CNN en
Español, MSNBC™s the Grio, TV3 (Cataluyna, Spain), CUNY Television,
Brooklyn News 12 and (the former) Air America. Aja™s parents were born in
Cuba. He considers Miami, Florida and Louisville, Kentucky as his
co-hometowns. He currently lives in Brooklyn with his family, all Brooklyn
Miami’s Forgotten Cubans by Alan A. Aja
"Returning to Juan’s comment about the invisibility of black Cubans in Miami, there is evidence that the Cuban-American population in Miami is disproportionately whiter than Cuban-American populations in other metropolitan areas of the U.S, as cited by Alan A. Aja in his book Miami’s Forgotten Cubans. In other words, black and even mixed-race Cubans tend to settle in other U.S. cities, perhaps in part because they anticipate facing racism from their white compatriots in Miami." -- How Oscar Favorite ‘Moonlight’ Subtly Illuminates the Erasure of Miami’s Black Cubans 1/6/2017 Remezcla
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How Immigrants Became Criminals 3/17/2017 Boston Review: "According to ICE,
“criminal removals” comprised 92 percent of all deportations from the nation’s
interior last year, compared with only 3 percent in 1980. Yet immigrants are not
committing more crime than in the past. Rather the definition of “criminal” has
broadened significantly since the 1990s, when the federal government began
criminally prosecuting immigration infractions that were previously enforced as
civil matters, while also deporting an unprecedented number of immigrants with
minor criminal records."
White-Supremacist David Duke’s New Senate Campaign Fits a Pattern 7/23/2016 The Nation: "The enthusiastic Trump supporter and former Grand Wizard of the KKK makes common cause with an international rising right."
Complex Histories of the Marginalized: Q&A with Alan Aja, Puerto Rican and Latino Studies Department 11/24/2015 The Exelsior: "Alan Aja is a professor in Brooklyn College’s Department of Puerto Rican and Latino Studies. He received a B.A. in Sociology and Communication n 1997, an M.A. in Sustainable International Development in 2000 and a Ph.D. in Public and Urban Policy in 2008. His courses and research focus on political reasons for intragroup and intergroup disparities."
Juan Flores (1943-2014): A Remembrance of a Great Scholar 12/17/2014 Racism Review: "I (read: we) needed to dig deeper into Cuban anthropologist Fernando Ortiz’s view of Cubanidad, which Juan had us critique in the seminar, as an expression of “color-blind” nationalism that seemed to involve everyone but Afro-Cubans. We needed to understand how the “Latin@ propensity to uphold mestizaje (racial and cultural mixture),” as he and fellow collaborator and life partner Miriam Jiménez Román wrote in the Afro-Latin@ Reader, was indeed an “exceptionalist and wishful panacea,” deeply embedded in the contours of anti-blackness."
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