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Marco Polo Hernandez-Cuevas

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Professor of Spanish & Afro-Hispanic Studies
(919) 530-7202
(919) 530-7991
215 Farrison-Newton Communications Building


Dr. Marco Polo Hernandez Cuevas is a tenured full professor of Spanish language and literature, Afro-Mexican, Afro-Hispanic and Afro-Latin@ Studies. He holds a Ph.D. in Hispanic and Italian Studies from the University of British Columbia; a M.A. in Spanish Language and Peninsular and Latin American literatures; and a B.A. in General Studies & Spanish language and literatures from Portland State University. He has written seven books in English and Spanish: African Mexicans and The Discourse on Modern Nation (Lanham: UP of America, 2004); Africa en el carnaval mexicano (Africa in Mexican Carnival) (Mexico D.F.: Plaza y Valdes, 2005); Africa en Mexico:una herencia repudiada (Africa in Mexico: A Repudiated Heritage) (Lewiston: E Mellen P, 2007); The Africanization of Mexico From the Sixteenth Century Onward: A Review of the Evidence (Lewiston: E Mellen P. 2010); Eternidad (Eternity) a collection of his own poetry (Mexico D.F.: Plaza y Valdes. 2010); The Afro-Mexican Ancestors and the Nation They Constructed (Lewiston: E. Mellen P, 2015); and Cosa de suerte (A Matter of Luck) a collection of his short stories. Mexico, D.F.: Destiempos, 2016. Dr. Hernandez has produced and directed a series of short films. In addition, he founded and directs: the Instituto Mexicano de la Africania Americana (Mexican Institute of Africana Studies) IMAA; and the YouTube Channel, Africana Studies (http://www.youtube.com/user/africanastudies). Dr. Hernandez has lectured in the Americas, Europe and Africa. He is an African-Mexican native of Mexico City's inner ghettos and Chilango (an Afro-Hispanic language) is his first language. Dr. Hernandez is a Chef de Cuisine and gastronome by trade.

Research Interests

Africana and AfroLatin@ cultures and literatures with specialization in nineteenth and twentieth century African Mexican culture, popular culture, gastronomy and literature; Transatlantic Studies; Diaspora Studies; Postcolonial Studies; contemporary critical theories; mass media persuasion; Caribbean Studies; and cross-cultural and multicultural studies.
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PhD University of British Columbia 2001
MA Portland State University 1997
BA Portland State University 1989


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