Jerome Branche is a Professor of Latin American Literature and Cultural Studies in the Department of Hispanic Languages and Literatures, University of Pittsburgh. His teaching and research focus on racialized modernity and how creative writers across the Atlantic imagine and write about 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 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 also edited Post/Colonialism and the Pursuit of Freedom in the Black Atlantic (Routledge 2018), Black Writing, Culture and the State in Latin America, and other collections and journal articles. His current book projects study the necropolitics of slavery and race in the imaginary of empire and its aftermath.
- PhD, University of New Mexico
- Post/Colonialism and the Pursuit of Freedom in the Black Atlantic (Routledge 2018). Ed. (https://www.routledge.com/Post/Colonialism-and-the-Pursuit-of-Freedom-in -the-Black-Atlantic/p/book/9781138061477)
- Black Writing, Culture and the State in Latin America (Vanderbilt, 2015). Ed.
- The Poetics and Politics of Diaspora: Transatlantic Musings (Routledge, 2014) ) (https://www.routledge.com/The-Poetics-and-Politics-of-Diaspora-Transatlantic-Musings/Branche/p/book/9780415787949)
- 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
- Issues of culture and coloniality in Latin America and the Caribbean