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New CLACS Core Faculty Members from CANR and CAL

Published: Thursday, 18 Jan 2018
Author: Joy M Whitten
Department: Latin American Studies Center

Yomaira Figueroa (English, CAL)

Yomaira Figueroa works on 20th century U.S. Latinx Caribbean, Afro-Latinx and Afro-Hispanic literature & culture. Her current book project, Decolonial Diasporas: Radical Mappings of Afro-Latinx & Afro-Hispanic Literature, focuses on diasporic and exilic Puerto Rican, Cuban, Dominican, and Equatoguinean texts in contact. Framed with critical attention to theories of decoloniality, women of color feminisms, and feminist philosophy, the book complicates and enriches ongoing conversations and debates about diaspora and Latinx studies, migration and borders, race and cultural/linguistic belonging, and reparations and (Afro)futurisms

Nikolay Karkov (Global Studies in the Arts and Humanities, CAL)

Nikolay Karkov is an interdisciplinary political theorist. One of his major research and political projects involves facilitating a global South-to-South conversation, more specifically between Afro-diasporic and Latin American traditions of decolonial theory and post-socialist Marxism. Part of that work has included investigating parallel (but also different) conceptions of the human in Marxist humanism from Eastern Europe and "decolonial humanism" from the Caribbean. His courses include Caribbean Critical Theory and "Salsa as Resistance in Motion."

Michelle Rutty (Community Sustainability, CANR)
Michelle Rutty's research is located within the human-environment geographic tradition. She integrates social and natural scientific approaches to examine the interactions of the environment and the tourism sector. Broadly, this includes sustainable tourism, climate and society, resource management, and human dimensions of environmental change, with a particular focus on weather and climate as a resource for tourism. A significant component of her research focuses on the implications of climate change for coastal tourism in the Caribbean.