Assistant Professor of English and Latin American and Caribbean Studies, Eric Morales-Franceschini (PhD, UC Berkeley) specializes in postcolonial and poststructuralist theory, decolonial aesthetics, Caribbean and Latinx literature, and radical thought in the Américas. His book manuscript, Epic Quintessence: Cuba Libre, the mambí, and the mythopoetics of the (im)possible, reads closely the tropes, symbols, and mythoi called on to narrate and aesthetically render the story of Cuba Libre and its epic hero the mambí. Drawing on literature, historiography, cinema and monuments, the study teases out what emancipatory desires and ethical addresses such texts embody as well as foreclose. His scholarly works on racial and state formations in revolutionary Haiti, Afro-Caribbean figurations of the abject, liberation theology, and the Young Lords in collective memory are published or forthcoming in Annals, The Journal of Postcolonial Writing, Global South Studies, and Centro. Other works on atrocity and poetic witness in the war of 1898, the cinematic iconography of José Martí, and how the series Elpidio Valdés productively "travesties" the epic of Cuba Libre are under review at Diacritics, Framework, and Journal of Latin American Cultural Studies.
A James B. Duke fellow at Duke University and Chancellor’s fellow at UC Berkeley, Professor Morales-Franceschini has also been the recipient of fellowships from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and the Ford Foundation.
PhD Rhetoric with Designated Emphasis in Critical Theory, University of California at Berkeley
MA Cultural Anthropology with Certificate in Latin American Studies, Duke University
BA Philosophy and Political Science, University of South Florida
"Tropics of Abjection: Figures of Violence and the Afro-Caribbean Semiotic" Journal of Postcolonial Writing (2019) at:
"Latin American Liberation Theology" Global South Studies (2018) at: https://globalsouthstudies.as.virginia.edu/key-thinkers/latin-american-liberation-theology