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Assistant Professor of English and Latin American and Caribbean Studies, Eric Morales-Franceschini (PhD, UC Berkeley) specializes in postcolonial and poststructuralist theory, decolonial aesthetics, Caribbean and Latinx literature, and radical thought in the Américas.  His book manuscript, Epic Quintessence: the mambí and the mythopoetics of Cuba Libre, reads closely for 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 the emancipatory desires and ethical addresses that 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 atrocity and poetic witness are published or forthcoming in Annals, The Journal of Postcolonial Writing, Global South Studies, Centro, and Comparative Literature.    

A James B. Duke fellow at Duke University and Chancellor’s fellow at UC Berkeley, Professor Morales-Franceschini has also been the recipient of the Andrew Mellon Fellowship in Humanistic Studies (awarded by the Woodrow Wilson Foundation) and the Ford Foundation's Postdoctoral Fellowship.  He regularly teaches courses in Latinx studies and multicultural American literature as well as on themes such as "Literature and Utopia" and the "Epic of Liberation."    


PhD  Rhetoric with Designated Emphasis in Critical Theory, University of California at Berkeley

MA   Cultural Anthropology with Certificate in Latin American Studies, Duke University

BA    Philosophy and Political Science, University of South Florida

Selected Publications:

"Tropics of Abjection: Figures of Violence and the Afro-Caribbean Semiotic" Journal of Postcolonial Writing (2019) at:

"Latin American Liberation Theology" Global South Studies (2018) at:





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