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Bonnie Lucero '08

Bonnie LuceroAssociate Professor of History and Direcotr of the Center for Latino Studies, University of Houston-Downtown

Bonnie teaches courses on Latin America, the Caribbean and the African Diaspora, with special emphasis on issues of social justice. Her research centers on the intersections of race and gender in Cuba. Her first book manuscript Revolutionary Masculinity and Racial Inequality in Cuba, 1895-1902, currently under review at the University of Pittsburgh Press, employs gendered analysis to explain how stark racial inequality came to exist in a supposedly colorblind Cuban society. She is currently finishing a second book manuscript, tentatively titled Geographies of Power and Privilege: A Feminist History of Racial Segregation in a Central Cuban City, which challenges myths of Latin American race relations by exploring the gendered and classed roots of urban racial segregation in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.

She earned her PhD from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2013. She obtained her Masters of Philosophy in Latin American Studies from the University of Cambridge (UK) in 2010, and holds a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations & Spanish Language & Literature from the University of the Pacific, where her interest in international affairs first blossomed into a love of Cuban history. Her studies in the School of International Studies launched her on a longer trajectory of national and international travel across the United States, Brazil, Cuba, England and Mexico, where she has lived, worked and conducted research. Dr. Lucero is a native of Richmond, California