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Front row: (L-R) Nancy Sinkoff, Paul Hanebrink, James Delbourgo, Rudy Bell, Paul Israel, Paul G. E. Clemens
2nd: Judith Surkis, Matt Matsuda, Carolyn Brown, Johanna Schoen, Walter Rucker, Marisa Fuentes, Bayo Holsey, Samantha Kelly, Toby C. Jones
3rd: Jackson Lears, Seth Koven, Gail Triner, Ann Fabian, Barbara M. Cooper, Temma Kaplan, Melissa Feinberg
Last: Louis Masur, Jamie Pietruska, Mark Wasserman, David Greenberg, Alastair Bellany, Steven Reinert, Deborah Gray White, Norman Markowitz, John W. Chambers, Virginia Yans, Leah DeVun, Camilla Townsend, Sarolta Takacs, Don Roden


Marisa Fuentes

Associate Professor, Women's & Gender Studies and History

Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley

B.A., UC Santa Cruz

Ruth Dill Johnson Crockett Building
162 Ryders Lane
Douglass Campus
New Brunswick, NJ 08901

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Professor Marisa J. Fuentes’ first book, Dispossessed Lives: Enslaved Women, Violence and the Archive (University of Pennsylvania Press, Spring 2016) constructs historical accounts of urban Caribbean slavery in Bridgetown, Barbados from the positions and perspectives of enslaved women confined within traditional documents.  Fuentes engages fragmented archival sources with interdisciplinary methodologies including black feminist theory, critical studies of history, the archive and slavery, to understand how the construction of legal, architectural and historical "spaces" marked enslaved women's bodies, in life and death. Her broad research interests include Black Feminist Epistemologies, Subaltern and Slavery Studies, and analyses of sexuality, gender and "precarity" in the early Black Atlantic World.  Fuentes' work has been supported by the Ford Foundation, the Fulbright IIE, the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture with funding from the National Endowment of the Humanities, and fellowships from Harvard University and the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill.  Her article "Power and Historical Figuring:  Rachael Pringle Polgreen’s Troubled Archive," Gender & History Vol. 22: 3 (November 2010): 564–584 won the Andrés Ramos Mattei-Neville Hall Article Prize from the Association of Caribbean Historians in 2012 (for articles published between 2008-2011):


  • Scholar-in-Residence Fellow, Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, 2012-2013
  • Fellow, Charles Warren Center for Studies in American History, Harvard University, 2009-2010
  • Carolina Postdoctoral Fellow for Faculty Diversity, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, 2007-2009
  • Ford Foundation Dissertation Fellow, 2006
  • Fulbright Fellow, Barbados, 2003


  • The Berkshire Conference of Women Historians
  • Association of Caribbean Historians
  • Association for the Study of the Worldwide African Diaspora
  • American Historical Association

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