Dr. Arlene Torres is the Director of the Chancellor’s Latino Faculty Initiative in Academic Affairs at CUNY, a tenured Associate Professor in the Department of Africana and Puerto Rican/Latino Studies at Hunter College, and Vice-President/President-Elect of the Puerto Rican Studies Association. Torres received her PhD and master’s degrees from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She is a cultural anthropologist with expertise in Caribbean, Latina/Latino, and Latin American Studies.
Dr. Torres has conducted research in the Anglophone and Hispanic Caribbean and in the United States. Her scholarly interests include: African Diaspora; Puerto Rican and Latina/Latino Diaspora; Theories of Race, Ethnicity, Gender and Nationalism; Ideology and Praxis; Migration and Transnationalism; Representation; and Class and Economic Development.
Prior to her arrival at CUNY, Dr. Torres served as Director of the Latina/Latino Studies Program at Illinois and as Associate Professor of Anthropology there. She also served as Assistant to the Dean at the Graduate College at Illinois, and as President of the Association of Latina and Latino Anthropologists, a section of the American Anthropological Association. In her varied roles, Dr. Torres has worked on the recruitment and retention of university faculty, graduate students, and administrators. She has held appointments and received fellowships from the Rockefeller Foundation, the Smithsonian Institution, and Princeton University.
Her publications include two edited volumes with Norman E. Whitten, Jr., Blackness in Latin America and the Caribbean (Indiana University Press). Her chapter, “Collecting Puerto Ricans,” in Kevin Yelvington’s (ed.) Afro-Atlantic Dialogues: Anthropology in the Diaspora (SAR Press), reflects one of Dr. Torres’s recent intellectual concerns: the racialization of ethnic groups in museum settings. As a public intellectual, she has served as a member of the Advisory Board and consultant to a national project on race supported by the American Anthropological Association, National Science Foundation and Ford Foundation. Dr. Torres recently received a major grant from the National Park Service and will be conducting a study of the experiences of migrant and immigrant ethnic communities located in Paterson, New Jersey dating from the mid-twentieth century to the present. The goal of the project is to further enhance the relationship between the residents, Great Falls, and the National Park Service.
Dr. Arlene Torres can be reached via email at Arlene.Torres@hunter.cuny.edu. Her postal address is: Dr. Arlene Torres, Hunter College of The City University of New York, West Building Room 1714, 695 Park Avenue, New York, NY 10065. Her office telephone number is 212-772-5715, and her fax number is 212-650-3673.