Emmanuel A. Velayos Larrabure

Adjunct Assistant Professor

Emmanuel A. Velayos Larrabure specializes in Latin American intellectual and cultural history. He also teaches at CUNY Hostos, where he is a tenure-track Assistant Professor of Latin American and Caribbean Studies. His research explores the relationship between lettered and performative cultures in the 19th century, through the lenses of media aesthetics, postcolonialism, and race studies.

His work has been published in Hispanic Review, Revista Hispánica Moderna, RCLL, Decimonónica, Chasqui, Transmodernity, New York History, A Contracorriente, and Confluencia. He received the 2020 Best Article in the Nineteenth Century Award (LASA) and the 2018 Sylvia Molloy Award for Outstanding Dissertation (NYU.) He has been awarded fellowships and grants from CUNY, the Andrew Mellon Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, L’École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales, and the Tinker Foundation. Emmanuel received a Ph.D. from New York University and also holds both a Licentiate and B.A. from Pontifical Catholic University of Peru.



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