Genesis Lara

Research expertise: African diaspora studies, Caribbean history and diaspora studies, postcolonial and revolutionary studies

Génesis Lara, UCI assistant professor of Chicano/Latino studies, explores the ways Afro-Dominican women challenged state sanctioned violence during the 1960s and 1970s in the Dominican Republic and the United States. Specifically, Lara studies the ways Dominican women mobilized grief and human rights advocacy to challenge and bear witness to the effects of state sponsored violence in the Dominican Republic and in the United States. Her work has been supported by the Tinker Foundation and several other institutional awards and has been published in Estudios Sociales.



Lara earned her bachelor’s at the University of Florida and Ph.D. at UC Davis, both in history with a concentration in African Diasporic Studies. She’s coming to UCI following a postdoctoral fellowship at Boston University in collaboration with the National Archives. She’s looking forward to joining UCI’s collaborative community and teaching courses on social movements, food, music and pop culture.

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