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
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.