Ginetta E. B. Candelario
Associate Professor of Sociology and Latin American & Latina/o Studies
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Ginetta Candelario is Associate Professor of Sociology and Latin American & Latina/o Studies and as well as a faculty affiliate of the Study of Women and Gender Program, of the Community Engagement and Social Change Concentration, and the Advisory Group for the Steinem & Mankiller School for Organizers at Smith College. She has directed the LALS Program several times, most recently from 2011 to 2014, and is the newly elected Vice President of the National Latin@ Studies Association. Her research interests include Dominican communities and identity formations, race and ethnicity in the Americas, beauty culture, Latina/o communities and identity formations, museum studies, Latin American and Latina feminisms.
Her first book, Black Behind the Ears: Dominican Identity From Museums to Beauty Shops was published by Duke University Press in 2007 and received the 2009 Best Book Award from the Latino Studies Section of the Latin American Studies Association and the 2008 Best Book Award from the New England Council of Latin American Studies. Her edited volume, Miradas desencadenantes: Los estudios de género en la República Dominicana al inicio del tercer milenio, a collection of recent gender and women's studies research in the Dominican Republic, was published in April of 2005. Her current research is on Dominican feminist thought and activism, 1880-1961, which she is developing into a book length study, tentatively titled Voices Echoing Beyond the Seas: Dominican Feminisms, 1882-1942. She is also co-editing with April Mayes (Pomona College) and Elizabeth Manley (Xavier University) a two-volume primary documents collection for the Dominican Republic's Archivo General de la Nación, Cien Años de feminismos dominicanos, 1861-1961, forthcoming 2015.
She has been teaching community-based learning and research courses on "The Sociology of Hispanic Caribbean Communities in the U.S" in collaboration with a dozen Holyoke community based organizations and non-profits for more than a decade, for which she has received various awards. These include the Antonia Pantoja Community Champion Award from the Latino Scholarship Fund in 2006 and the Five College Community Based Learning Faculty member of the year in 2008. In October of 2012 she was selected by Governor Deval Patrick to give the Keynote Address for the Opening Ceremonies of Hispanic Heritage Month in Massachusetts. She also serves on the Executive Board of Enlace de Familias and the Carlos Vega Social Justice Fund, both in Holyoke, MA.
She has received fellowships from the Fulbright Scholars Program, the Rockefeller Foundation, the Smithsonian Institution, the City University of New York Graduate Center, Smith College Mellon Fellowships, Five Colleges, Inc., and the Rappaport Foundation. She was the Latina/o Studies Program Track Chair and the Gender Section Co-Chair for the Latin American Studies Association (LASA) for 2006-2007. In addition, she is on the editorial boards of various journals including: Meridians: Race, Feminism, Transnationalism and Latin American and Caribbean Ethnicities.