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Professor's book on diaspora formation wins award

Associate Professor of History Frank Guridy’s book receives the Elsa Goveia Book Prize from the Association of Caribbean Historians.

Posted: April 18, 2011
Prof. Frank Guridy

Prof. Frank Guridy

The Association of Caribbean Historians (ACH) started in 1969 as a colloquium and is now the leading association for scholarly and public historians working in the field of Caribbean history.

The association has awarded Frank Guridy's book, Forging Diaspora: Afro-Cubans and African Americans in a World of Empire and Jim Crow (Chapel Hill: UNC Press, 2010) in recognition of excellence in the field. The Elsa Goveia Book Prize is awarded every two years.

In Forging Diaspora, Guridy shows that the cross-national relationships nurtured by Afro-Cubans and black Americans helped to shape the political strategies of both groups as they attempted to overcome a shared history of oppression and enslavement.

As a result of these relationships, argues Guridy, Afro-descended peoples in Cuba and the United States came to identify themselves as part of a transcultural African diaspora.

Guridy teaches courses in African Diaspora in Latin America and the Caribbean, Racialization in Hemispheric America, Re-imagining Cuba, and Afro-Latin America in the Department of History at The University of Texas at Austin. He is the recipient of the Regents’ Outstanding Teaching Award for 2009-10.

He is currently working on a history of the Houston Astrodome.

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