History Department
History Department

Professor's book on diaspora formation wins award

Mon, 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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