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Assistant Professor of Hispanic Studies

Ph.D., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; M.A. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; B.A. University of Puerto Rico at Río Piedras

Dr. Daynalí Flores-Rodríguez has taught all levels of language instruction as well as courses concerning Caribbean, Latin@s and Latin American literatures and cultures, both in the U.S. and in Puerto Rico. She works to develop a true cross-disciplinary scholarship that attends to the human side of knowledge production, whether that knowledge refers to the student’s learning process or to the communities they are engaging with for the first time.  Dr. Flores Rodríguez’s research explores the dynamics of power and identity in cultural discourses from a transnational perspective. In other words, rather than starting from a specific region, she studies these dynamics across national borders.  

Her research on a wide variety of topics such as language, power, cultural authoritarianism and Caribbean aesthetics has been published in journals such as The Black Scholar, Callaloo, Antipodas,, etc. She was recently a guest editor for a special edition of The Black Scholar on Frantz Fanon’s life. Dr. Flores Rodriguez is a frequent collaborator of the St. Augustine-Baracoa Friendship Association including working as the consultant editor for the book Baracoa a través de su historia urbana y arquitectónica,  which won a First Mention in a national competition for publications on Cuban architecture.  In addition, she has translated texts for Simon & Schuster, The Americas Program, Dalkey Archive Press and the UCSF Fresno Center for Medical Education & Research project Hablamos Juntos.