Jerome Branche is Professor of Latin American Literature and Cultural Studies in the Department of Hispanic Languages and Literatures, University of Pittsburgh. His teaching and his research focus on racialized modernity and the way creative writers across the Atlantic imagine and articulate slavery, freedom, the nation, being, and gender. He has served on the Executive Board of the Association for the Study of the Worldwide African Diaspora (ASWAD), and as chair of the Ethnicity, Race and Indigenous Peoples section of the Latin American Studies Association (LASA).
He is currently serving, as well, as the Secretary/Treasurer of the Instituto Internacional de Literatura Iberoamericana. At the Instituto he is editing a series of afro-related narratives and critical works, the Serie Malunga. Branche’s books to date include Colonialism and Race in Luso-Hispanic Literature (Missouri 2006), and The Poetics and Politics of Diaspora: Transatlantic Musings (Routledge 2014).
Branche has also edited, most recently, Black Writing, Culture and the State in Latin America (Vanderbilt 2015), and other collections and journal articles. His current book project studies freedom narratives from the Caribbean, Latin America and Africa, before and after the attainment of Independence.
He has convened and organized the 8th Cultural Studies Conference of the Department of Hispanic Languages and Literatures of the University of Pittsburgh, under the theme of Post/Colonialism and the Pursuit of Freedom in the Black Atlantic, November, 2015.
- PhD, University of New Mexico
- The Poetics and Politics of Diaspora: Transatlantic Musings (Routledge, 2014)
- Black Writing, Culture and the State in Latin America (Vanderbilt, 2015)
- Colonialism and Race in Luso-Hispanic Literature (University of Missouri Press, 2006)
- Lo que teníamos que tener: raza y revolución en Nicolás Guillén (IILI, 2003)
- Diversity across the Curriculum: A Practical Guide for Faculty (Anker publishers, 2007, with Ellen Cohn and John Mullenix)
- Race, Colonialism, and Social Transformation in Latin America and the Caribbean (University Press of Florida, 2008)
- Critical Edition of La esclava Isaura (A escrava Isaura, Bernardo Guimaraes, 1875) (IILI, 2009)
Areas of Specialization
Black Atlantic, critical race theory, pedagogy, and issues of culture and coloniality in Latin America and the Caribbean.