Michigan State University
Michigan State University
Department of English
Yomaira Figueroa
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YF photo 2015.jpgAssistant Professor
Global Diaspora Studies

Office: C600 Wells Hall
Email: yomairaf@msu.edu
Website: http://www.yomairafigueroa.com

Yomaira Figueroa works on 20th century U.S. Latinx Caribbean, Afro-Latinx and Afro-Hispanic literature & culture. Her current book project, Decolonial Diasporas: Radical Mappings of Afro-Latinx & Afro-Hispanic Literature, focuses on diasporic and exilic Puerto Rican, Cuban, Dominican, and Equatoguinean texts in contact. Framed with critical attention to theories of decoloniality, women of color feminisms, and feminist philosophy, the book complicates and enriches ongoing conversations and debates about diaspora and Latinx studies, migration and borders, race and cultural/linguistic belonging, and reparations and (Afro)futurisms. 
 
Dr. Figueroa earned her Ph.D. and M.A. in the department of Ethnic Studies at the University of California, Berkeley and her B.A. in English, Latino & Hispanic Caribbean Studies, and Women’s and Gender Studies at Rutgers University. She is a native of Hoboken, NJ by way of Puerto Rico and she has served as the Secretary of Comparative Ethnic Studies for the Caribbean Philosophical Association since 2010. Her article "Faithful Witnessing as Practice: Decolonial Readings of Shadows of Your Black Memory and The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao" is the recipient of the 2015-2016 Hypatia: a journal of feminist philosophy diversity essay prize. Her article on reparations in decolonial contexts is featured in the journal of Decolonization: Indigeneity, Education & Society and she has an article on anthropolitical linguistics featuring an interview with Dr. Ana Celia Zentella forthcoming in CENTRO Journal. She offers courses in the Department of English, the African American & African Studies Program, and the Chicano/Latino Studies Program.

 

COURSES TAUGHT:

ENG450: Literatures of Emancipation and Decolonization
AAAS100: Race & Community in Local/Global Perspectives
ENG484C: Afro-Diasporas & Global Metropoles
ENG140: The Immigrant Subject (re)Imagines “Home”
ENG820/CLS811: Decoloniality, Diaspora, and the Human