My research examines Latino political history and behavior, postcolonial racial systems, and community politics in U.S. cities. My current projects include research on Latino racial politics (negrura en política), and studies of gender, race, and political consciousness, using data from the new Latino National Survey (LNS). As a visiting scholar at the CSREA, I am teaching a course on “Race, Class, and Gender in Latino Communities,” co-editing a book (with Professors Evelyn Hu-DeHart and Marion Orr) about the scientific analysis of Latino politics, and mentoring students who hope to pursue graduate work in Latino studies. My family heritage is Puerto Rican, and in 1982 I was Rhode Island's first-ever Latino candidate for elective office, when I ran for a seat on the Providence City Council. My full time appointment is Professor of Political Science at Providence College, where I have taught since 1991.
I am interested in the migration of peoples, ideas, and material culture. As a visiting scholar at the CSREA, I am currently researching immigration archives and historical newspapers with an eye to re-constructing the story of the Chinese heritage community in RI during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. My interest in the globalization of Chinese food led to two conferences co-sponsored by Brown University and the Johnson & Wales Culinary Arts Museum; both events explore the workings of the networks of trade and peoples that gave rise to Chinese cuisine in its global variety. More recently, I have been associated with an effort to re-evaluate the place of Asia and the Pacific world in the making of America. I have enjoyed a lifelong career working with international educational exchange and now serve as Senior Adviser to the International Masters Program in American Studies at Brown.
Shalene A.M. Vasquez