Pedro Cabán

Professor and Chair
Department of Latin American, Caribbean & U.S. Latino Studies

Pedro CabanSocial Science 248D
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Ph.D.   Columbia University
M.Phil.   Columbia University
B.A.       City College of New York

Research areas: Political economy of Puerto Rico; Latinos in the United States; and race and ethnic studies

Professor Cabán joined the Department of Latin American, Caribbean, and U.S. Latino Studies in 2011. He is Director of Graduate Studies and Chair of the department. From 2011-2013 he was the elected department senator in the University Senate, and chaired the Committee on Curriculum and Instruction of the Graduate Advisory Council. Cabán served as the Vice Provost for Diversity and Educational Equity of the State University of New York from 2007 to 2011. As Vice Provost, Cabán provided strategic direction to all SUNY campuses in recruiting and retaining faculty, and undergraduate and graduate students from historically underrepresented populations in higher education. Cabán specializes in the development of race and ethnic studies as academic disciplines, race and U.S. political development, and the political economy of colonialism and imperialism. Cabán directed Latino studies departments and programs at Fordham, Cornell, Rutgers, and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. At Illinois he was also a Faculty in Residence at the Center for Democracy in a Multiracial Society; at Rutgers he was a co-director of the Center for Cultural Analysis’ interdisciplinary, year-long seminar on the American Century in the Americas. He is the author of Constructing a Colonial People: Puerto Rico and the United States, 1898-1932, and has published dozens of articles, book chapters, and review essays.