Contemporary U.S. Race Relations; Sociology of Afro-Latin Populations; Family, Marriage and Gender; Race and Media; Race and Law; Historical and Comparative Methods.
Youth Speak: College-Student Perspectives on Race in the 2008 Presidential Election. The central aim of this study is to explore understandings of race among young people in the 21st century U.S. The data consists of 125 in-depth interviews conducted with undergraduate students in the weeks leading up to the election. While journalists and other paid political commentators provided an immense repository of points of view on the 2008 presidential race (analyzed in my first book), this study seeks to understand the perspectives of the members of the electorate in their own words.
Race, Baptism and Marriage in Post-Emancipation Cuba. To date, there is little published work on the Cuban family before the 1959 revolution, and even less about families of color in the decades immediately following emancipation. This project consists of a large-scale, quantitative examination of the practices of marriage and baptism among whites, blacks, and mulattos during the first four decades of Cuban independence (1899-1940). I collected data from nearly 60,000 marital and baptismal records housed in four historic parishes in the city of Havana. While I have published two articles based on my research thus far, several others are in progress.
“At This Defining Moment: Barack Obama's Presidential Candidacy and the New Politics of Race”. 2011 New York: NYU Press.
“Social Status, Race and the Timing of Marriage in Cuba’s First Constitutional Era,1902-1940.” 2011. Journal of Family History 36 (1): 52-71.
“Each Sheep with Its Mate: Marking Race and Legitimacy in Cuban Ecclesiastical Archives, 1890-1940.” 2010. The New West Indian Guide/ Nieuwe West-Indische Gids 84(1): 5-39.
“The 1899 Cuban Marriage Law Controversy: Church, State and Empire in the Crucible of Nation.” 2008. Journal of Social History 42(2):469-494.