Jorge Chinea, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of History and Director

Associate Professor of History and Director
Wayne State University
656 W. Kirby, Room 3327 F/AB
Detroit, MI 48202
Phone (313) 577-4378

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Areas of Expertise:

  • African diaspora
  • Art History
  • Arts Administration
  • Caribbean History
  • Chicana/Latina Feminist & Queer literary
  • Chicano Studies
  • children and families
  • Children and Youth
  • Cinema
  • Civil Rights
  • Colonial Exploitation of the Hispanic Caribbean
  • Criminal justice
  • Cuba
  • Cuban Studies
  • Cultural Studies
  • Dominican Studies
  • Economic Development
  • Education
  • Education Leadership
  • Education Politics
  • Environmental Justice
  • Ethnicity & Race
  • Family
  • Feminist/critical pedagogies
  • human rights
  • Identity
  • Immigration
  • Immigration Policy
  • Immigration policy and practice
  • Labor
  • Latino Politics
  • Literature
  • Migration
  • Museums & Culture
  • Nationalism/Transnationalism in the Americas
  • Neoliberalism
  • performance arts; US women of color thought; decolonial aesthetics and decolonial spiritualities
  • poetry
  • Politics of Race and Ethnicity
  • Popular Culture
  • Poverty
  • Puerto Rican and Latino Studies
  • Qualitative Methods
  • Race & Ethnicity
  • Race/Ethnic/Gender Health Disparities
  • Settment
  • Social Welfare Reform
  • The Caribbean
  • U.S. and transnational social and political movements
  • U.S. Latinx History
  • U.S.-Cuba Relations
  • U.S.-Latin American Relations
  • U.S.-Mexico Border Dynamics
  • Urban politics
  • visual
  • Visual Arts
  • Visual Culture
  • Voting Rights Policy
  • Women's literacy
  • Youth
  • youth and protective services
  • Youth in the Americas

Jorge L. Chinea specializes in colonial Latin American history and has researched the themes of immigration, settlement, and colonial exploitation of the Hispanic Caribbean. His book, Race and Labor in the Hispanic Caribbean: The West Indian Worker Experience in Puerto Rico, 1800-1850 (2005), received a Wayne State University’s Board of Governors Faculty Recognition Award in 2006. A revised, augmented Spanish-language edition of the book was released in 2014 by the School of Hispanic-American Studies in Seville, Spain, the Office of the Official Historian of Puerto Rico and Wayne State University. He holds a B.A. in Latin America and Caribbean Area Studies/Psychology from Suny-Binghamton, an M.A. in History with a Chicano Studies Minor from Suny-Binghamton, and a Ph.D. in Latin American History, University of Minnesota. His research interests are in Latin American History, Colonial Period; Caribbean History, Colonial and Modern Periods; Immigration; African Diaspora; Ethnohistory; Latino/a Studies.