Paul Joseph López Oro

Assistant Professor of Africana Studies

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Ph.D., The University of Texas at Austin

M.A., Northwestern University

M.A., The University of New Mexico

B.A., St. John’s University


Paul Joseph López Oro teaches courses on Black Latin American and U.S. Black Latinx social movements, Black diaspora theories and ethnographies, and Black feminisms/queer theory. His research interests include Black politics in Latin America, the Caribbean and U.S. AfroLatinidades, Black Latinx LGBTQ movements and performances, and Black transnationalism. He is working on his first book manuscript, Hemispheric Black Indigeneity: The Queer Politics of Self-Making Garifuna New York, an ethnographic and oral history study on how gender and sexuality shape the ways in which Garifuna New Yorkers of Central American transgenerational descent negotiate, perform and articulate their multiple subjectivities as Black, indigenous and Latinx.

López Oro received his doctorate in African and African diaspora studies from the University of Texas at Austin, his master’s degree in African American studies from Northwestern University, his master’s degree in Latin American studies from the University of New Mexico and his bachelor’s degree in history from St. John’s University. He has taught Black studies and Latinx studies courses at The University of Texas at Austin; Hunter College, The City University of New York; University of Virginia; and John Jay College of Criminal Justice, The City University of New York.

Selected Publications

López Oro, Paul Joseph. “Refashioning Afro-Latinidad: Garifuna New Yorkers in Diaspora,” in Critical Diálogos in Latina and Latino Studies, edited by Ana Y. Ramos-Zayas and Mérida M. Rúa. (Forthcoming. New York: New York University Press, 2020).

López Oro, Paul Joseph. “Digitizing Ancestral Memory: Garifuna Settlement Day in the Americas and in Cyberspace,” in Indigenous Interfaces: Spaces, Technology, and Social Networks in Mexico and Central America, edited by Jennifer Carolina Gómez Menjívar and Gloria Elizabeth Chacón. Pp: 165-179. (Tucson: University of Arizona Press, 2019).

López Oro, Paul Joseph. “Ni de aquí, ni de allá: Garifuna Subjectivities and the Politics of Diasporic Belonging,” in Afro-Latin@s in Movement: Critical Approaches to Blackness and Transnationalism in the Americas, Edited by Petra R. Rivera-Rideau, Jennifer A. Jones, and Tianna S. Paschel. Pp: 61-83. (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2016).

Lopez Oro, Paul Joseph. “Colon, Mirtha” (Honduras) and “Ramos, Tomas Vicente” (Belize), in Dictionary of Caribbean and Afro-Latin American Biography. Henry Louis Gates, Jr. and Franklin K. Knight, Editors in Chief. Pp: 192-194 and 251-253. (New York: Oxford University Press, 2016).

López Oro, Paul Joseph. “Negotiating Blackness: West Indians and Afro-Hispanics in Panama” a review of Sonja Stephenson Watson’s The Politics of Race in Panama: Afro-Hispanic and West Indian Literary Discourses of ContentionSmall Axe Salon, 19 (June 2015).

López Oro, Paul Joseph. “Preliminary Findings: ENLACE de Mujeres Negras de Honduras (ENMUNEH) Garifuna Women and their Community-Based NGO in Tela, Honduras”. LIMON, Vol. 24, Issue 1 (September 2008, University of New Mexico).