Assistant Professor of English and Latin American and Caribbean Studies, Eric Morales-Franceschini (PhD, UC Berkeley) specializes in postcolonial and poststructuralist theory, liberation philosophy, and critical Caribbean and Latino/a Studies. His book manuscript, ¡Al machete!: mambí aesthetics and liberatory ethics in the Cuban imaginary, looks to oratory, historiography, cinema, monuments and museums to tease out what revolutionary virtues the mambí, the 19th century independence soldier, has come to convey as well as foreclose in the Cuban political imaginary. In so doing, the project fleshes out a liberatory aesthetic haunted by the elective affinities of justice and tragedy. His scholarly works on racial and state formations in revolutionary Haiti, Afro-Caribbean figurations of the abject, poetic witness to atrocity in the War of 1898, and the machete as political metonym in Cuban historical cinema are published in or under review at Annals, Anthurium, Social Text, and Camera Obscura, respectively.
A James B. Duke fellow at Duke University and Chancellor’s fellow at UC Berkeley, Professor Morales-Franceschini has also been the recipient of fellowships from the Woodrow Wilson Foundation and the Ford Foundation.