Frances Negrón-Muntaner is one of the world’s leading scholars of Latino studies, groundbreaking artist and professor at Columbia University. Her scholarship and artistry span a wide range of forms, such as film, public art, and essay, with a focus on the Caribbean, the African diaspora, and Latinos in the United States. Her publications include, Puerto Rican Jam: Rethinking Colonialism and Nationalism (1997), Boricua Pop: Puerto Ricans and the Latinization of American Culture (2004), The Latino Media Gap: The State of Latinos in US Media (2014), Sovereign Acts (2017), and many articles in academic journals. Among her films and arts works are: AIDS in the Barrio (1989), Brincando el charco: Portrait of a Puerto Rican (1997), Small City, Big Change (2013), War in Guam (2015), and Valor y Cambio (2019).

Negrón-Muntaner has also founded transformative programs and institutions, including the National Association of Latino Independent Producers, and the Latino Arts and Activism Collection at Columbia University’s Rare Book & Manuscript Library, which aims to preserve and make accessible materials about the Latino experience. She has published op-eds in The New York Times, Pacific Standard, The Conversation, Huffington Post, Nueva Sociedad, O Globo, El Diario/La Prensa, and 80grados, and appeared in multiple venues, including NPR, BBC, CBS, HBO, O Globo, and Univision.

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