Vanessa K. Valdés

Professor of Spanish and Portuguese

Main Affiliation

Classical & Modern Languages & Literatures

Additional Departments/Affiliated Programs

Black Studies Program

Areas of Expertise/Research

  • Black Studies
  • Cultural Production of Peoples of African Descent throughout the Americas


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Vanessa K. Valdés


Dr. Vanessa K. Valdés is the Interim Dean of the Macaulay Honors College at CUNY for the 2021-2022 academic year. She is the former director of the Black Studies Program at The City College of New York-CUNY. A graduate of Yale and Vanderbilt Universities, and a Professor of Spanish and Portuguese, her research interests focus on the cultural production of Black peoples throughout the Americas: the United States and Latin America, including Brazil, and the Caribbean. She is the editor of The Future Is Now: A New Look at African Diaspora Studies (2012) and Let Spirit Speak! Cultural Journeys through the African Diaspora (2012). She is the author of Oshun's Daughters: The Search for Womanhood in the Americas (2014) and Diasporic Blackness: The Life and Times of Arturo Alfonso Schomburg (2017). Her latest book, Racialized Visions: Haiti and the Hispanic Caribbean (2020) is an edited collection that re-centers Haiti in the disciplines of Caribbean, and more broadly, Latin American Studies.                                


Ph.D. Vanderbilt University in Spanish and Portuguese

B.A. Yale University in English