Alaí Reyes-Santos

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  • Title: Associate Professor
  • Additional Title: Pro-Term Instructor Conflict Resolution
  • Phone: 541-346-0928
  • Office: 217 Alder Bldg
  • Departments: Ethnic Studies
  • Office Hours: Winter Term: Wednesdays from 4:00-5:00pm, Townshend's Teahouse, EMU and by appointment
  • Affiliated Departments: English Department, Romance Languages, Women's Gender and Sexuality Studies
  • Interests: Black Studies, Comparative Ethnic Studies, Gender and Sexuality Studies, Environmental Justice
  • Website: Website


Book manuscript. Our Caribbean Kin: Race and Nation in the Neoliberal Antilles.  Rutgers University Press, 2015.

“On Pan-Antillean Politics: Betances and Luperón Speak to the Present.” Callaloo 36.1 (2013): 142–157.

“Afro-descendencia y pan-americanismo en el pensamiento antillanista del siglo diecinueve.” Estudios Sociales XLI.154 (May 2013): 29-51.

“Capital neoliberal, raza, migración: relaciones domínico-haitianas y domínico-puertorriqueñas.” Revue Européenne des Migrations Internationales 24.1 (February 2008): 13-34.

“Anowa and Tituba, Witch or Feminist?: A Comparative Study of Two Postcolonial Characters.” African Diasporas: Ancestors, Migrations and Boundaries. Eds. Robert Cancel and Winifred Woodhull. Trenton: Africa World Press, 2008. African Literature Association Annual Series Vol. 14: 115-123.

Translation of Academic Publication

Adames, Digna María. "Breaking Down the Boundaries that Appear to Make Us Enemies." Trans. Alaí Reyes-Santos and Liomarys Reyes-Santos. SEMEIA Journal, Summer 2015.

Book Reviews

Maja Horn. Masculinity after Trujillo: The Politics of Gender in Dominican Literature. In The Black Scholar (Seattle, WA). Spring 2015.

Frank Graziano. Undocumented Dominican Migration (Austin: University of Texas Press, 2013). NWIG 89-1 & 2 (2015).

Ginetta E.B Candelario. Black behind the Ears: Dominican Racial Identity from Museums to Beauty Shops (Durham and London: Duke University Press, 2007). In A contracorriente: A Journal on Social History and Literature in Latin America 6.2 (Winter 2009): 277-289.

Other Publications

Creative Essay. “Echa Pa’Lante”: For Some of Us, Death is Never Too Far Away.” Revista Bilingüe. Mar. 2017.

Invited Blog Entry. “Our Caribbean Kin,” Bittersweet Blog: Coming Together to the Table, Jan. 2017

Op-Ed. “Violencia Policial y Fantasmas de la Historia.” La Razon, Spain. July 2016.

"Rubbing Shoulders: A Collective Introduction to the Black Feminist Retreat," co-authored, Asterix Journal, Spring 2014

"Music, Beauty, and Afro-Diasporic Traditions." The Artfullness Project, Jan. 2014

"Interviews with Dominican Social Justice Activists," co-produced with Ana-Maurine Lara, January 2012,

Op-ed. Gender Justice in Lane County. Community Alliance for Lane County Newsletter.

Report on the IV People’s Summit of the Americas. Latin American Solidarity Committee Newsletter. July 2009.

IV People’s Summit of the Americas. April 2009.


Fellowships and Awards

Selected Grants and Fellowships

2017               Humanities Summer Stipend, CAS, U of UO

2016               Faculty Research Grant, CSWS, U of O

2017               Professional Development Grant, Center for Asia Pacific Studies, U of O

2016               Research Grant, Center for Latin@ and Latin American Studies, U of O

2015               Golden Key International Honor Society Travel Grant, Speaker and Advisor, Australia

2014               Research Grant, Dominican-Puerto Rican Families and Civic Engagement, Claiming the Center Stage: Critical Perspectives on                        Puerto Ricans and Dominicans in the Minority-Majority Global City, CUNY’s Dominican Studies Institute and the Center for Puerto Rican                        Studies, New York City

2014              Academic Support Grant, Jordan Schnitzer Museum, U of Oregon

2010-2011     Faculty Research Fellow, Oregon Humanities Center, University of Oregon

2010               Faculty Research Grant (Fall quarter), Center for the Study of Women in Society, University of Oregon

2010               Invited Visiting Scholar (Summer), Dominican Studies Institute, City University of New York

2009               Future of Minority Studies Postdoctoral Fellowship (Fall semester),

                       Women's and Gender Studies, Syracuse University

Academic Awards and Honors

2016               Distinguished Woman of Achievement, Black Women of Achievement, U of Oregon

2015               Ersted Distinguished Teaching Award, University of Oregon

2015               Guy Alexandre Paper Prize, Haiti-Dominican Republic Section, Latin American Studies Association Conference

2008               Fall Professor of the Term, Mortar Board Society, University of Oregon

2007               Outstanding Faculty Award, Office of Multicultural Advising and Support, University of Oregon

2005               Barbara and Paul Saltman Distinguished Teaching Award, UCSD Academic Senate


  • ES 101: Introduction to Ethnic Studies (F06; F07; F08; S11; S12; F13; W14; F14; S15; S17; W18)
  • ES 199: Race, Gender, and Globalization (S10)
  • ES 199: Race, Ethics, Justice (W17; F2018)
  • ES 250: Introduction to African American Studies (W07; W08; W09; W10; S12; F13; W15; W16; W17)
  • ENG 254: Survey of Latin@ Literature (W17)
  • ES 301: Theoretical Perspectives in Ethnic Studies (F13)
  • ES 330: Women of Color Feminisms (W10; W14; W15)
  • ES 300: Environmental Racisms (S19)
  • ES 399: Caribbean Migrations in the Literary Imagination (S07; W08; S10)
  • ES 399: Migrations in Literature and Film (Summer 2007)
  • ES 407: Race, Gender, and Globalization (F06; W12)
  • ES 442/542: Caribbean Literature and Politics (F08; S11; W14; W15; F18)
  • ES 450/560: Race and Sex in Latin@/Latinx Literature (W19)
  • ES 410/510: Latin American and Latino/a Cultural Studies (S07)
  • ES 499: Ethnic Studies ProSeminar (S09; S16; S17)
  • CRES 610: Cross-Cultural Understanding in Conflict Resolution (2018-19)


Ph.D. University of California, San Diego, Literature, 2007

M.A. University of California, San Diego, Spanish, 2004

B.A. University of Puerto Rico, Comparative Literature, magna cum laude, 2001