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Alan A. Aja

Department Chairperson and Professor
Puerto Rican and Latino Studies

Location: 1205 Boylan Hall
Phone: 718.951.5561
Fax: 718.951.4183

Alan A. Aja is professor and chair in the Department of Puerto Rican and Latino Studies. His research interests include the racial wealth gap, education policy, economic democracy, collective action and sustainability. His publications include the book "Afro-Latinos in the U.S. Economy" with Michelle Holder (Lexington Books, 2021) and Miami's Forgotten Cubans: Race, Racialization and Local Afro-Cuban Experience (Palgrave-McMillan, 2016). He has independent and collaborative pieces in the Washington Post, Boston Review, Rolling Stone, Teen Vogue, Education Week, the Nation, Dissent, the American Prospect, Latino Rebels and other publications. Aja is a scholar-activist for federal to municipal level job guarantees. He advised on the award-winning documentary The Sentence by Rudy Valdez. Before academia, Aja was a labor organizer in Texas. He is currently on the Board of Directors for the National Jobs for All Network.

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