Raquel Otheguy (Assistant Professor, History) has been named a 2020 National Academy of Education/ Spencer Postdoctoral fellow. This competitive postdoctoral fellowship program supports 30 early career scholars working in critical areas of education research across the United States.
Dr. Otheguy will work on a full-length book entitled Libertad e Instrucción: Race and Education in Nineteenth-Century Cuba. The work traces the development of the national education system in the racial and colonial context of nineteenth-century Cuba. It was also examine the intellectual history of black Cuban thought regarding education, and will explore the educational activities and initiatives of people of color themselves, thus positioning Afro-descendants at the center of the story of the rise of mass education in Cuba.
Dr. Otheguy, a U.S.-born bilingual Latina, specializes in the history of Latin America, the Caribbean, and the African Diaspora. She received her Ph.D. in History from Stony Brook University, SUNY in 2016. Her work has been previously highlighted in SUM.