2014 Arthur Aiton Lecture: "The Migration Lessons We're Missing: Caribbean Borderlands and Historical Blindness"
Sponsored by the Department of History and the Department of Afroamerican and African Studies.
Lara Putnam is professor of Latin American and Caribbean history at the University of Pittsburgh. Her research explores labor migration and state racism; popular culture and black internationalism; and the ways kinship, gender, and sexuality both shape and are shaped by large-scale political and economic shifts. Her latest book, Radical Moves: Caribbean Migrants and the Politics of Race in the Jazz Age (UNC Press, 2013) traces the working-class, supranational roots of the anticolonial and antiracist movements that remade the twentieth century. Her other publications include The Company They Kept: Migrants and the Politics of Gender in Caribbean Costa Rica, 1870-1960 (UNC Press, 2002) and articles in Modernism/Modernities, International Labor and Working-Class History, the Journal of British Studies, and Small Axe.