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Carla Santamaria

Assistant Professor and Deputy Chairperson
Puerto Rican and Latino Studies

Location: 1204 Boylan Hall
Phone: 718.951.5561
Fax: 718.951.4183

Carla Santamaria explores ways in which Puerto Rican urban music (i.e., reggaetón, Spanish hip hop/rap, and trap) represents the challenges, forms of resistance, and contradictions that frame Caribbean societies. She has studied how different cultural manifestations created by the Puerto Rican diaspora transformed much of the music, poetry, and literature developed on the archipelago throughout the greater part of the XXth and XXIst centuries. Some of her work focuses on links between erotism, colonialism, and Hispanic-Caribbean identity. Her current research explores how Puerto Rican urban music works as a political platform that challenges the colonial-cultural hegemony developed in Puerto Rico by the dominant groups.

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