• Claudia Milian

  • Associate Professor, Spanish & Latin American Studies
  • African & African American Studies
  • 09 Languages Building
  • Campus Box 90257
  • Phone: (919) 660-3130
  • Research Description

    Claudia Milian, a scholar of Latino/a Studies, works in comparative and interdisciplinary studies and forges intersections among the vast intellectual traditions of Latina/o Studies, Latin American Studies, African American Studies, southern studies, and hemispheric American Studies. Her areas of inquiry push for broader geographies, flows, circulations, and epistemologies wherein a global Latino/a Studies has an active and equal voice in academic disciplines. Milian’s mélange of scholarly interests lie in cultural studies; critical race theory; the genomic era; citizenship; decoloniality; climate change and environmental degradation; the global south; twentieth-century U.S., Latin American, Latino/a, and African American literature; and translation studies.

    She is the author of Latining America: Black-Brown Passages and the Coloring of Latino/a Studies (University of Georgia Press, 2013), a monograph that charts a different but coeval path for how cultural signifiers for the U.S. Latino or Latina have been accessed by an unexpected circle of Latin participants: U.S. African Americans, brown-dark brown Latinos and Latinas, and “problematic” subgroups like Central Americans. Milian’s analysis is a reevaluation of the tools of Latinoness and Latinaness, exploring not who but what constitutes the Latino and Latina subject. Latining America demonstrates that blacks and browns bleed into each other’s color lines, delving into the cultural connections and global crossing color lines of blackness, brownness, and dark brownness.

    Milian is actively at work on her second book project, titled Deracination Americana, which turns to the Latin suffix “-ana” to frame a collection of “things” associated with a continental America. In it, she considers the creation and dissemination of global Latino/a cultures with particular attention to the contrasts in how they are localized and intellectually incorporated in the global south. Deracination Americana examines the various locations of Latinos and Latinas outside the United States, drawing from literary production, blogs, popular print culture, and other reflections on the experience of being––and navigating––iterations of Latinoness across geographies and media. This study is preoccupied with Latinoness and Latinaness as forms of deracination that bring about distinct articulations of a subject that are not bound to nation but are linked by different patterns of emergence, national detachments, varying degrees of “homelessness,” new socially and politically constructed families, and DNA testing and the formation of an international “Latino” genetic ethnicity.

    Milian serves on the Advisory Board of the University of Georgia Press’ The New Southern Studies Series and is an Associate Editor at Cultural Dynamics. She is the co-editor of two special journal issues: the Fall 2012 edition of The Global South on “Interoceanic Diasporas and The Panama Canal’s Centennial” and the Summer 2013 volume of Latino Studies on “U.S. Central Americans: Representations, Agency, and Communities.” Her writings have appeared in A Companion to African American Studies; The Latin American Fashion Reader; A Companion to Racial and Ethnic Studies; LASA Forum; The C. L. R. James Journal: A Publication of the Caribbean Philosophical Association; Aztlán: A Journal of Chicano Studies; Studies in Latin American Popular Culture; Nepantla: Views from South; and among other publications, Callaloo: A Journal of African Diaspora Arts and Letters.
  • Education

      • Ph.D.,
      • Brown University,
      • 2001
      • A.M.,
      • Brown University,
      • 1997
      • B.A.,
      • Hampshire College,
      • 1994
  • Awards, Honors and Distinctions

      • Andrew W. Mellon Assistant Professor of Romance Studies,
      • 2009
      • Donald C. Gallup Fellowship in American Literature,
      • Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Yale University,
      • 2007
  • Selected Publications

      • C. Milian.
      • (2014–15 [forthcoming]).
      • Reconceptualizing Mestizaje through Afro-Latinidad.
      • In John Morán González (Eds.),
      • The Cambridge Companion to Latina/o Literature
      • .
      • Cambridge University Press.
      • C. Milian.
      • (Spring, 2011).
      • Central American-Americanness, Latino/a Studies, and the Global South.
      • The Global South
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      • 137-152.
      • Indiana University Press.
      • C. Milian.
      • (Fall 2007).
      • Locating the Ephemeral South in the Latin Americanization of LASA.
      • LASA Forum
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      • 38
      • (4)
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      • 23–25.
      • C. Milian.
      • (2006).
      • Playing with the Dark: Africana and Latino Literary Imaginations.
      • In Lewis R. Gordon and Jane Anna Gordon (Eds.),
      • A Companion to African-American Studies
      • (pp. 543–568).
      • Blackwell Publishing.
      • C. Milian.
      • (2005).
      • Fashioning U.S. Salvadoranness: Unveiling the Faces of Christy Turlington and Rosa Lopez.
      • In Regina A. Root (Eds.),
      • The Latin American Fashion Reader
      • (pp. 263–279).
      • Berg Publishers.
      • C. Milian.
      • (2002).
      • New Languages, New Humanities: The "Mixed Race" Narrative and the Borderlands.
      • In David Theo Goldberg and John Solomos (Eds.),
      • A Companion to Racial and Ethnic Studies
      • (pp. 355–364).
      • Blackwell Publishing.
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  • Teaching

    • SPANISH 335.02
      • INTRO SPANISH-AMER LIT
      • Carr 135
      • MW 04:40 PM-05:55 PM
    • SPANISH 490S-2.01
      • U S LAT LIT/CUL STUDIES (TOP)
      • Soc/Psych 128
      • MW 11:45 AM-01:00 PM