María de los Ángeles Torres, Ph.D.

Professor of Latin American and Latino Studies and Interim Director

Professor of Latin American and Latino Studies and Interim Director
University of Illinois at Chicago
601 S. Morgan St.
1525 University Hall
Chicago, IL 60607
Phone (312) 996-2445

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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

In the early 1960’s at the age of six, María de los Angeles Torres was one of over 14,000 Cuban minors sent to the U.S. in “Operation Pedro Pan,” a U.S.-led rescue for children whose parents opposed the revolutionary government of Fidel Castro. Torres brings a historical and personal perspective to her research on contemporary issues of immigration and citizenship in America. She also has expertise in U.S.-Cuban relations, Latino politics in the U.S., Latin American political thought, and youth politics in the Americas. She is author of two books, The Lost Apple: Operation Pedro Pan, Cuban Children in the U.S. and the Promise of a Better Future and In the Land of Mirrors: The Politics of Cuban Exiles in the United States. She is co-author of Citizens in the Present: Youth Civic Engagement in the Americas (University of Illinois Press, 2013) and Global Cities and Immigrants: A Comparative Study of Chicago and Madrid (Peter Lang, 2015). She is co-editor of Borderless Borders: Latinos, Latin American and the Paradoxes of Interdependence (Temple University Press, 1998) and editor of By Heart/De Memoria: Cuban Women’s Journeys in and Out of Exile (Temple University, 2002). Torres received her PhD from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. She taught political science at DePaul University in Chicago from 1987 to 2005. She was a faculty associate at the University of Notre Dame’s Institute for Latino Studies (2000-2001) and a research fellow at Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago.