Gabriel Haslip-Viera


Additional Departments/Affiliated Programs

Latin American and Latino Studies


North Academic Center







Gabriel Haslip-Viera


Gabriel Haslip-Viera is a professor and a former chair of the Department of Sociology at City College. He was also Director of the Center for Puerto Rican Studies at Hunter College from September 1997 to January 2000, and chaired the former Department of Latin American and Hispanic Caribbean Studies at City College from 1985 to 1991, and again from 1993 to 1995. A specialist in the social history of colonial Mexico and the evolution of Latino communities in New York City, Dr. Haslip-Viera has lectured extensively on these subjects, and on the relationship between invented racial identities and pseudo-scholarship.


A.A.S., SUNY-Farmingdale; B.A., The City College of New York; M.A., Columbia Univ., Ph.D.

Research Interests

Latin American and Latino Studies, Ethnicity and Race, Ancient Civilizations, Peoples of New York City, Critiques of Pseudo-Scholarship in the Social Sciences.


Race, Identity and Indigenous Politics: Puerto Rican Neo Taínos in the Diaspora and the Island. Latino Studies Press, 2013.

Crime and Punishment in Late Colonial Mexico City, 1692-1810. University of New Mexico Press, 1999.

Co-edited with Angelo Falcón and Félix Matos Rodríguez. Boricuas in Gotham: Puerto Ricans in the Making of Modern New York City. Markus Wiener, 2004.

Editor. Taino Revival: Critical Perspectives on Puerto Rican Identity and Cultural Politics. Markus Wiener, 2001.

Co-edited with Sherrie L. Baver. Latinos in New York: Communities in Transition. University of Notre Dame Press, 1996.

“Changed Identities: A Racial Portrait of Two Extended Families, 1909-Present,” Centro: The Journal of the Center for Puerto Rican Studies, vol. 21, no.1, Spring 2009.

“Amerindian mtDNA does not matter: A reply to Jorge Estevez and the privileging of Taíno identity in the Spanish-speaking Caribbean,” Centro: The Journal of the Center for Puerto Rican Studies, vol.20, no.2, Fall 2008.

"The Taíno Identity Movement Among Caribbean Latinas/os in the United States," in Juan Flores and Renato Rosaldo, eds.  A Companion to Latina/o Studies. Blackwell. 2007.

"The Politics of Táino Revivalism: The Insignificance of Amerindian mtDNA in the Population History of Puerto Ricans," Centro: the Journal of the Center for Puerto Rican Studies, vol. 18, no. 1, Spring 2006

With Bernard Ortíz de Montellano and Warren Barbour, "Robbing Native American Cultures: Van Sertima's Afrocentricity and the Olmecs," Current Anthropology, vol. 38, no. 3, June 1997.

With Bernard Ortíz de Montellano and Warren Barbour, "They Were Not Here Before Columbus: Afrocentric Hyper-Diffusionism in the 1990's," Ethnohistory, vol. 44, no. 1, Spring 1997.