Michele Reid-Vazquez

  • Associate Professor


4156 Wesley W. Posvar Hall

Curriculum Vitae



  • BA, Emory University, Music and Spanish
  • MA, University of Texas at Austin, Austin, Latin American and Caribbean History
  • M.M., University of Maryland, College Park, Ethnomusicology and Jazz Studies
  • PhD, University of Texas at Austin at Austin, Latin American and Caribbean History

Michele Reid-Vazquez is an Associate Professor in the Department of Africana Studies at the University of Pittsburgh, and currently a Global Studies Center Fellow for her project: Transnational Dialogues in Afrolatinidad. Her research and teaching specializations are the African Diaspora in the Caribbean, Latin America, and the Atlantic World, and Afro-Latinx History in the U.S. She serves as director of the Afro-Latin American and Afro-Latinx Studies Initiative and as Faculty Advisory for the ADDverse Poetry Collective. Dr. Reid-Vazquez is the author of The Year of the Lash: Free People of Color in Cuba and the Nineteenth-Century Atlantic World (2011). In addition, she has published numerous articles in a variety of edited volumes and journals, and presents regularly at conferences Her second monograph, Black Mobilities in the Age of Revolution: Comparative Politics, Migration, and Freedom in the Caribbean, is under contract with the University of Pennsylvania Press. It examines black diasporic movements and networks forged through the themes of liberty, equality, counter-discourse, and armed resistance. Projects-in-progress include exploring 20th-century Latinx Caribbean communities in the Midwest and family history, memory and migration linking 19th-century Haiti, Cuba, and South Carolina.

Recent Publications


  • The Year of the Lash: Free People of Color in Cuba and the Nineteenth-Century Atlantic World, Athens: University of Georgia Press, Early American Places Series, 2011. 


  • "Blood, Fire, and Freedom: Enslaved Women and Rebellion in Nineteenth-Century Cuba,”– under revision for Rutledge Companion to Black Women’s Cultural Histories, Janel Hobson, editor, New York: Routledge – forthcoming 2021.
  • “Caribbean-Atlantic Discourses of Race, Equality, and Humanity in the Age of Revolution,” Journal of Black Studies, Volume 50, Issue 6 (May 2019), 507- 527.
  • “Formidable Rebels:  Enslaved and Free Women of Color in Cuba’s Conspiracy of La Escalera,  1843-1844,” Breaking the Chains, Making the Nation: The Black Cuban Fight for Freedom and Equality, 1812-1912, Aisha Finch and Fannie Rushing, editors, Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press, 2019, 158-177.
  • “Tensions of Race, Gender and Midwifery in Colonial Cuba,” Africans to Colonial Spanish America: Expanding the Diaspora, Rachel O’Toole, Sherwin Bryant, and Ben Vinson III, editors. Chicago: University of Illinois Press, 2012, 186-205.
  • “Empire, Loyalty, and Race: Militiamen of Color in Nineteenth-Century Cuba,” Documenting Latin America: Gender and Race, Empire and Nation, Volume 1, Erin E. O’Connor and Leo J. Garofalo, editors, Upper Saddle River, NJ:  Pearson Prentice Hall, 2010, 498-513.
  • “The Yoruba in Cuba: Origins, Identities, and Transformations,” The Yoruba Diaspora in the Atlantic World, Toyin Falola and Matt Childs, editors. Bloomington:  Indiana University Press, 2005, 111-129.
  • “Protesting Service: Free Black Response to Cuba’s Reestablished Militia of Color, 1854-1865,” Special Issue, “Introducing the “New” African Diasporic Military History in Latin America,” Ben Vinson III and Stewart King, editors, Journal of Colonialism and Colonial History 5, no. 2 (Fall 2004): 1-22.