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Alan A. Aja

Associate Professor and Acting Department Chairperson
Puerto Rican and Latino Studies

Location: 1208 Boylan Hall
Phone: 718.951.5561
Fax: 718.951.4183

Alan A. Aja is associate professor and deputy chair in the Department of Puerto Rican and Latino Studies. He has a forthcoming book, Miami's Forgotten Cubans: Race, Racialization and the Local Afro-Cuban Experience (Palgrave-McMillan, 2016). Recent publications include a co-authored examination of the current state of HBCUs (American Prospect, 2015), a book chapter on potential Latinx-centered public policies post-immigration reform (Fortress Press, 2015), and other public and scholarly pieces with focus on inter-group/wealth disparities, Latinx/Afro-Latinx politics and coalition-building, affirmative action and other urban policy related issues. Before academia, Aja worked as a labor organizer in Texas, an environmental researcher in Cuba, a human rights organizer in Argentina and in a refugee hostel in London. He is assisting on a documentary/news piece by filmmaker Rudy Valdez on the impact of mandatory minimum sentencing policies on families.

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