Jorge L. Chinea - Associate Professor


  • Associate Professor, Department of History (1996-present)
  • Director, Center for Latino/a & Latin American Studies (2003-present)



  • Suny-Binghamton, Binghamton, NY, 1980                                                


  • M.A., Suny-Binghamton, Binghamton, NY, 1983
  • Ph.D, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN, 1994


  • Who’s Who in America (Chicago: A.N. Marquis Co., 2011)
  • Who's Who in the Midwest: A Biographical Dictionary of Noteworthy Men and Women of the Central and Midwestern States (Chicago:  A.N. Marquis Co., 1997)
  • Ramón Bosque-Pérez, compiler, National Directory of Puerto Rican Professionals Working in Institutions of Higher Education in the United States (New York: Higher Education Task Force, Centro de Estudios Puertorriqueños, 1992)


  • Excellence in Education Award, Hispanic Business Alliance, Detroit, MI, 2008
  • Outstanding Alumni Achievement Award, Office of Opportunity Programs, The State University of New York, Albany, N.Y., 2007
  • Board of Governors Faculty Recognition Award, Wayne State University, 2006
  • Alumni Award of Excellence, Michael V. Boyd Educational Opportunity Program, Binghamton University, Binghamton, NY, 2005
  • Sigma Xi Honor Society, The Scientific Research Society, 2005
  • ALSAME Exceptional Service Award, Advocates for Latino Student Advancement in Michigan Education (ALSAME), 2005
  • President's Award for Excellence in Teaching, Wayne State University, 1999
  • Jessamine Allen Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship for Racial Minorities, Graduate School, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN, 1987
  • Certificate of Recognition, Martin Luther King Program, College of Liberal Arts, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN, 1987
  • Recipient, National Hispanic Scholar Award, National Hispanic Scholarship Fund, San Diego, CA, 1985, 1986, 1987
  • Departmental Honors, Latin American & Caribbean Area Studies Program, State University of New York at Binghamton, Binghamton, NY, 1980


A.   Book

Race and Labor in the Hispanic Caribbean: The West Indian Immigrant Worker Experience in Puerto Rico, 1800-1850 (Gainesville, FL: University Press of Florida, 2005).

B.   Refereed Articles

“Spain is the merciful heavenly body whose influence favors the Irish”: “Jaime O’Daly y Blake, Enlightened Immigrant, Administrator and Planter in Late Bourbon-Era Puerto Rico, 1776-1806,” Tiempos Modernos: Revista electrónica de Historia Moderna, 7:25 (2012), 1-33.

“Confronting the Crisis of the Puerto Rican Plantation System: Bureaucratic Proposals for Agricultural Modernisation, Diversification, and Free Labour in Puerto Rico, 1846-1852,” Journal of Latin American Studies, 42:1 (2010), 121-154.

“Diasporic Marronage:  Some Colonial and Intercolonial Repercussions of Overland and Waterborne Slave Flight, with Special Reference to the Caribbean Archipelago,” Revista Brasileira do Caribe, 10:19 (2009), 259-284.

“Un discurso esclavista de la ilustración: la trata negrera en el proyecto plantocrático de Louis Balbes des Berton, duque de Crillón y Mahón,” Revista Complutense de Historia de América, 34 (2008), 257-268.

“Francophobia and Interimperial Politics in Late Bourbon Puerto Rico: The Duke of Crillón y Mahon’s Failed Negotiations with the Spanish Crown, 1776-1796,” New West Indian Guide, 80:1-2 (2007), 37-53.

“The Control of Foreign Immigration in the Spanish American Colonial Periphery: Puerto Rico during its Transition to Commercial Agriculture, c.1765-1800, “ Colonial Latin American Historical Review, 11:1 (2002), 1-33.

“Fissures in el Primer Piso: Racial Politics in Spanish Colonial Puerto Rico during its Pre-Plantation Era, c.1700-1800,” Caribbean Studies, 30:1(2002), 169-204.

“Deconstructing the Center, Centering the Margins: Revisiting Eurocreole Narratives on the History of Colonial Latin America,” Revista Mexicana del Caribe, 6:11 (2001), 261-273.

“The Spanish Immigrant Joseph Martín de Fuentes:  A Self-Styled Reformer, Imperial Watchdog and Nativist in Puerto Rico at the end of the Eighteenth Century,” Revista Mexicana del Caribe, 6:12 (2001), 85-109.

“A Quest for Freedom: The Immigration of Maritime Maroons into Puerto Rico, 1656-1800,” Journal of Caribbean History, 31: 1/2 (1997), 51-87.

“Race, Colonial Exploitation and West Indian Immigration in Nineteenth-Century Puerto Rico, 1800-50,” The Americas: A Quarterly Journal of Inter-American Cultural History, 52:4 (1996), 495-519.

C.   Chapters/Encyclopedia Entries

“Miguel Enríquez (also Henríquez),” Dictionary of Caribbean and Afro-Latin American Biography.  New York: Oxford University Press.  Forthcoming.

 “Latinos in Southeast Michigan,” A History of Race in Michigan: Struggles and Triumphs of Peoples of African, Arab, Asian, Latino, and Native American Descent, 18-21. Ed. Matt Hoerauf.  W.K. Kellogg Foundation/Michigan Roundtable for Diversity and Inclusion, Detroit, MI, 2012.

“La Revolución Haitiana y su Impacto en el Caribe”, Enciclopedia de Puerto Rico en Línea. San Juan, PR: Fundación Puertorriqueña de las Humanidades, 2011.

“In the Royal Service of Spain: The Milicianos Morenos Manuel and Antonio Pérez during the Napoleonic Invasion, 1808-1812,” Afro-Latino Voices: Narratives from the Early Modern Ibero -Atlantic World, 1550-1812, 315-225.  Eds. Kathryn J. McKnight and Leo J. Garofalo. Indianapolis, IN: Hackett Publishing Co., 2009.

“Puerto Rico” [historiographical essay appearing under the heading “The Caribbean, the Guianas and the Spanish Borderlands”], Handbook of Latin American Studies.  Austin: University of Texas Press, vols. 62 (2007), 171-72 and 64 (2009), 171-174.

“Boricua,” International Encyclopedia of the Social Sciences, 2nd edition, vol. 1, 355-56.  Ed. William A. Darity, Jr.  Detroit: Macmillan Reference USA, 2008.

“Puerto Rico,” Oxford Encyclopedia of the Modern World, vol. 6, 280-283. Ed. Peter N. Stearns. New York and Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2008. 

“Diasporic Marronage,” Encyclopedia of the African Diaspora: Origins, Experiences, and Culture, vol. 2, 384-387.  Ed. Carole Boyce Davies.  Santa Barbara and Oxford: ABC-CLIO, 2008.

“Irish Indentured Servants, Papists and Colonists in Spanish Colonial Puerto Rico, ca. 1650-1800,” Irish Migration Studies in Latin America, vol. 5, no. 3 (November 2007), available online at:

“Maroons” (vol. 2, 363-365) and “Ramón Emeterio Betances y Alacán” (vol. 1, 70-71), Encyclopedia of Emancipation and Abolition in the Transatlantic World.  Ed. Junius P. Rodríguez.  N.Y.: M.E. Sharpe, 2007.

“Latinos,” Encyclopedia of the Midwest, 262-264. Eds. Richard Sisson, Christian Zacher, and Andrew Cayton.  Bloomington and Indianapolis, IN: Indiana University Press, 2007.

“Puerto Rico” (vol 5, 706-707) and “Caribes” (vol. 1, 184-185), Colonial America: An Encyclopedia of Social, Political, Cultural, and Economic History.  Ed. James Ciment.  N.Y.: M.E. Sharpe, 2006.

“Michigan,” Encyclopedia Latina: History, Culture, Society, vol. 3, 150-152. Ed. Ilan Stavans. Danbury, CT: Grolier/Scholastic Library Publishing, 2005.

“Colonists and Settlers III—Caribbean,” Iberia and the Americas: Culture, Politics, and History, vol. 1, 274-279. Ed. J. Michael Francis. Santa Barbara and Oxford: ABC-CLIO, 2005.

“Illustrative Episode: Puerto Rican” in Donald P. Irish, Kathleen F. Lundquist, and Vivian Jenkins Nelsen, eds., Ethnic Variations in Dying, Death and Grief: Diversity in Universality (Washington: Taylor & Francis, 1993), 67-68.

“Puerto Rico,” co-authored with Jacquelyn Briggs Kent, Encyclopedia of Latin American History and Culture, vol. 5, 408-415.  Editor-in-chief, Jay Kinsbruner; Erick D. Langer, senior editor. Woodbridge, CT & Detroit, MI: Charles Scribner’s Sons, 2008. 

D.   Editorships of Books/Proceedings

Contributing editor, Handbook of Latin American Studies. Katherine D. McCann, editor (Austin: University of Texas Press), vols. 62, 171-72 (2007) and 64 (2009), 171-74.

Associate Editor, Encyclopedia of Latin American History and Culture, 6 volumes. Jay Kinsbruner, editor-in-chief; Erick D. Langer, senior editor. Woodbridge, CT & Detroit, MI: Charles Scribner’s Sons, 2008.   

Guest Editor, Special issue on “The Irish in the Caribbean,” Irish Migration Studies in Latin America, vol. 5, no. 3 (November 2007), available online at:

E.   Book Reviews

M.C. Mirow, Florida’s First Constitution, the Constitution of Cádiz: Introduction, Translation, and Text (Durham, North Carolina: Carolina Academic Press, 2012).  Anuario de Estudios Americanos, forthcoming.

María Teresa Cortés Zavala, Los hombres de la nación.  Itinerarios de progreso económico y el desarrollo intelectual, Puerto Rico en el siglo XIX (México: Universidad Michoacana de San Nicolás de Hidalgo/Ediciones Doce Calles, 2012), Historia Ambiental Latinoamericana y Caribeña, 3:2 (2014), 522-525.

Stephan Palmié and Francisco A. Scarano, eds., The Caribbean: A History of the Region and its People (Chicago and London: The University of Chicago Press, 2011), CENTRO: Journal of the Center for Puerto Rican Studies, 25:1 (2013), 247-251.

Michele Reid-Vazquez, The Year of the Lash: Free People of Color in Cuba and the Nineteenth-Century Atlantic World (Athens and London: The University of Georgia Press, 2011), New West Indian Guide, 87:3-4 (2013), 386-388.

Gillian McGillivray, Blazing Cane, Sugar Communities, Class and State Formation in Cuba, 1868-1959 (Durham & London: Duke University Press, 2009), Journal of Latin American Studies, 44:3 (2012), 618-620.

Antonio Santamaría García and Consuelo Naranjo Orovio, eds., Más allá del azúcar: política, diversificación y prácticas económicas en Cuba, 1878-1930 (Madrid: Ediciones Doce Calles, 2009), Caribbean Studies, 38:2 (2010), 220-222.

Manuel Barcia, Seeds of Insurrection: Domination and Resistance on Western Cuban Plantations, 1808-1848 (Baton Rouge, LA: Louisiana State University Press, 2009), Journal of Latin American Studies, 42:2 (2010), 660-662.                    

David Luis-Brown, Waves of Decolonization: Discourses of Race and Hemispheric Citizenship in Cuba, Mexico, and the United States (Durham and London: Duke University Press, 2008), History: Reviews of New Books, 38:2 (April 2010), 49.

Gervasio Luis García and Emma Dávila Cox, compilers, Puerto Rico en la mirada extranjera: la correspondencia de los cónsules norteamericanos, franceses e ingleses, 1869-1900 (Río Piedras: Universidad de Puerto Rico, Centro de Investigaciones Históricas y Decanato de Estudios Graduados e Investigación, 2005), Caribbean Studies, 35:1 (January-June 2007), 280-282.

Luis A. Figueroa, Sugar, Slavery, and Freedom in Nineteenth-Century Puerto Rico (Chapel Hill: The University of North Carolina Press, 2005), Colonial Latin American Historical Review, 13: 2 (Spring 2004), 191-192.

Steward R. King, Blue Coat or Powdered Wig: Free People of Color in Pre-Revolutionary Saint Domingue (Athens: University of Georgia Press, 2001), The Americas: A Quarterly Journal of Inter-American Cultural History, 60:1 (July 2003), 125-127.

Birgit Sonesson, Puerto Rico’s Commerce, 1765-1865: From Regional to Worldwide Market Relations (Los Angeles: UCLA Latin American Center Publications, 2000), Colonial Latin American Historical Review, 10: 3 (2001), 388-90.

Félix V. Matos Rodríguez, Women and Urban Change in San Juan, Puerto Rico, 1820-1868 (Gainesville, FL: University Press of Florida, 1999), Journal of Latin American Studies, 33:4 (2001), 890-1.

Christopher Schmidt-Nowara, Empire and AntiSlavery: Spain, Cuba, and Puerto Rico, 1833-1874 (University of Pittsburgh Press, 1999), Mesoamerica, 40 (2000), 217-20.

José Trías Monge, Puerto Rico: The Trials of the Oldest Colony in the World (New Haven: Yale University Press, 1997), 228. The Americas: A Quarterly Journal of Inter-American Cultural History, 56:1 (1999), 140-1.

Luis M. Díaz Soler, Puerto Rico: desde sus orígenes hasta el cese de la dominación española (Río Piedras: Universidad de Puerto Rico, 1995), New West Indian Guide, 71 1/2 (1997), 130-2.

David R. Maciel and Isidro D. Ortiz, eds., Chicanas/Chicanos at the Crossroads: Social, Economic, and Political Perspectives (Tucson: The University of Arizona Press, 1996), The Ethnic Studies Review, 19: 2/3, (1996), 238-40.

Selected Appointments:

  • Internal Advisory Board, Labor@Wayne, 2012-present
  • Board of Directors, Michigan Humanities Council, 2010-12
  • H-LATAM (History, Latin America) Advisory Board, 2005-2007.
  • Board Member, Hispanic Learner Task Force, Minnesota State Department of Education, 1991-2.

Other Professional Service

  • Expert interviewee on Spanish explorer Juan Ponce de León, PBS Genealogy Roadshow, July 9, 2013.   Program was aired on September 23, 2013.
  • Consultant, American Social History Project, Mott Foundation, 2012-2014.
  • Peer-reviewed articles for Caribbean Studies (2005; 2008; 2009), Text & Performance Quarterly (2007), Colonial Latin American Historical Review (2004; 2007), The Americas: A Quarterly Review of Inter-American Cultural History (2006); Social Science History (2009); Memorias: Revista digital de Historia y Arqueología desde el Caribe (2013); Anuario de Estudios Americanos (2013).
  • External evaluator for book manuscripts from University of Illinois Press (2011); Oxford University Press (2012); and Routledge (2012), and Spain’s Ministry of Defense, Subdelegación Nacional de Publicaciones y Patrimonio Cultural (2013).
  • Grant Competition Selection Committee, Society for Irish Latin American Studies, 2008
  • Chair, Caribbean Studies Committee, Conference on Latin American History, 2005-7
  • Secretary, Caribbean Studies Committee, Conference on Latin American History, 2003-4
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