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Reynaldo Ortiz-Minaya

Assistant Professor
Puerto Rican and Latino Studies

Location: 1208B Boylan Hall
Phone: 718.951.5000 x3605
Fax: 718.951.4183

Born in the Dominican Republic, Reynaldo Ortíz-Minaya's areas of research reflect colonization's indelible impact on his land of birth and on surrounding islands in the Caribbean. His research includes world-historical structures of slavery (particularly in the Spanish-Caribbean); social regulatory processes; political economy; and ethno-racial labor formation. He examines the ways that systems of forced labor fluctuated and served as precursors to modern forms of penal punishment.

His forthcoming manuscript, "From Plantation to Prison: Visual Economies of Slave Resistance, Criminal Justice, and Penal Exile in the Spanish Caribbean, 1820-1886", explores the relationship between the expansion of slavery in Cuba and the rise of prisons in Puerto Rico as a means to incorporate the Spanish Caribbean into the world-market.

As a Fulbright Specialist, his additional research examines the historical relationship between forms of confinement (penal in particular) and the accumulation of profits under varying economic systems. He serves on the board of directors for various international organizations focusing on penal reform and rule of law. He has conducted extensive research in Pakistan, Bulgaria, Hungary, Russia, Czech Republic, South Africa, Cuba, and Jamaica.

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