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Solsiree Del Moral

Associate Professor of American Studies and Black Studies

(On Leave 1/1/2015 - 6/30/2015)

Departmental affiliations: American Studies; Black Studies

Submitted by Solsiree Del Moral on Thursday, 3/19/2015, at 1:25 PM


Ph.D. in History (Latin America and the Caribbean), University of Wisconsin, 2006

M.A. in History (Latin America and the Caribbean), Columbia University, 1997

B.A. in International Relations, Latin American Studies, and Spanish, University of Wisconsin, 1995


Teaching Interests:

I teach courses on the modern history of the Spanish Caribbean, US Empire, and Afro-Latinos.


Research Interests:

I am a historian of Puerto Rico, the modern Caribbean, and US Empire. My book, Negotiating Empire: The Cultural Politics of Schools in Puerto Rico, 1898-1952 (Madison: University of Wisconsin Press, 2013), is a history of US Empire, Puerto Rican educators, and colonial schools in the first half of the twentieth century. I examine the history of the United States as empire and its colonial practices on the island. Within that colonial framework, I privilege the history of Puerto Rican teachers. I propose that the history of education in early-twentieth-century Puerto Rico can be a history of local teachers and their visions for children, community, and country, rather than a history shaped by the views of US colonial administrators. In the analysis of Puerto Rican teachers, I propose they were a dynamic, heterogeneous, and contradictory intermediate group in a colonial society. In the end, the book argues that the history of empire and education in Puerto Rico requires an analysis of multiple relationships – the United States as a modern empire, teachers as modern yet colonial actors, and the dynamics between teachers, students, and parents.

Reviews of Negotiating Empire are now available from: the Hispanic American Historical Review (November 2014); The Américas: A Quarterly Review of Latin American History (April 2014); the American Historical Review (February 2014); the Journal of American History (March 2014); CENTRO Journal (Spring 2014); and the American Educational History Journal (2014).