Assistant Professor of English and Latin American and Caribbean Studies, Eric Morales-Franceschini (PhD, UC Berkeley) specializes in postcolonial and poststructuralist theory, liberation philosophy, decolonial aesthetics, Latinx literature, and Latin American cultural studies. His book manuscript, Tropics of Utopia: Mythopoetics and the Desire Called Cuba Libre, reads closely the tropes, symbols, and mythoi called on to narrate and aesthetically render the story of Cuba Libre and its epic hero the mambí. Drawing on literature, historiography, cinema and monuments, the study teases out what emancipatory desires and ethical addresses such texts embody as well as foreclose. His scholarly works on racial and state formations in revolutionary Haiti, Afro-Caribbean figurations of the abject, liberation theology, the Young Lords in collective memory, and the cinematic iconography of José Martí are published in or under review at Annals, The Journal of Postcolonial Writing, Global South Studies, Centro, and Film & History, 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 Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and the Ford Foundation.
PhD Rhetoric with Designated Emphasis in Critical Theory, University of California at Berkeley
MA Cultural Anthropology and Latin American Studies, Duke University
BA Philosophy and Political Science, University of South Florida