CSREA’s New Book Talks highlight new and notable works studying race, ethnicity, and indigeneity from scholars both internal and external to Brown. They facilitate thought-provoking and critical engagement with emerging scholarship. View the entire New Book Talks series lineup here.
In Being La Dominicana, Rachel Afi Quinn investigates the ways Dominican visual culture portrays Dominican women and how women represent themselves in their own creative endeavors in response to existing stereotypes. Delving into the uniquely racialized gendered experiences of women in Santo Domingo, Quinn reveals how racial ambiguity and color hierarchies work to shape experiences of identity and subjectivity in the Dominican Republic.
After Professor Quinn’s presentation, there will be a moderated discussion with the audience. We welcome your questions!
About the Author
Rachel Afi Quinn is an Associate Professor in the Department of Comparative Cultural Studies and the Women’s, Gender & Sexuality Studies Program at the University of Houston. She holds a Ph.D. from the Program in American Culture at the University of Michigan and a B.A. in African American Studies from Wesleyan University. Her transnational feminist cultural studies scholarship focuses on mixed race, gender and sexuality, black feminist biography, and visual culture in the African diaspora. In 2015 she was part of the team that produced the documentary film Cimarrón Spirit. Her writing on race and culture has been published in The Black Scholar, Small Axe, Latin American & Latinx Visual Culture, Meridians and Burlington Contemporary.