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Vanessa K. Valdés leads CCNY Black Studies Program

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Vanessa K. Valdés, the new director of CCNY's Black Studies Program.

Literature professor, author and editor Vanessa K. Valdés is the new director of The City College of New York’s Black Studies Program

Announcing her appointment, City College President Vincent Boudreau said: “Dr. Valdés comes to this position after years of teaching in and working with the program, and I am powerfully confident that her vision and commitment to education in this area will stand the program in good stead for years to come.

I know that our students and the program generally will benefit from her wise leadership.”

An accomplished scholar who joined CCNY in 2007, Valdés holds the title of associate professor of Spanish and Portuguese in CCNY’s Division of Humanities and the Arts. Her research interests include comparative studies of Black cultural productions throughout the Americas, including the Caribbean and Brazil.

She is the author of the critically acclaimed “Diasporic Blackness,” about the life and times of Harlem Renaissance historian, writer and activist Arturo Alfonso Schomburg. Her other books include “Oshun's Daughters: The Search for Womanhood in the Americas,” a 2015 finalist for the Albert J. Raboteau Prize for the Best Book in Africana Religions;  “Let Spirit Speak!” and “The Future Is Now.”

 Valdés also serves as book review editor of the literary platform “sx salon,”   and series editor of “Afro-Latinx Futures” at SUNY Press.  It publishes scholarly monographs and edited collections.

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