Adrián Emmanuel Hernández-Acosta is a Postdoctoral Fellow in International Humanities in the Department of Hispanic Studies and the Cogut Institute for the Humanities, where he teaches courses in Hispanophone Caribbean literature with a focus on formations of race, gender, and sexuality in the afterlife of racial slavery and under duress of colonial structures. He is also affiliated with the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies, the Department of American studies, and the Ethnic Studies concentration. His research and teaching explore the literary, religious, and theoretical aspects of 20th- and 21st-century Dominican, Puerto Rican, and Cuban texts. His current project develops the concept of “mortuary poetics” to examine the vital roles played by mourning in representations of African diaspora religions within contemporary Hispanophone Caribbean literature. He earned a Ph.D in the study of religion and an M.A. in Romance languages and literatures from Harvard University as well as an M.Div from Harvard Divinity School. He has served as Assistant Managing Editor for Transforming Anthropology, the flagship journal of the Association of Black Anthropologists, and his creative nonfiction is published on public platforms such as ReVista: Harvard Review of Latin America, Political Theology Network, and La Respuesta Magazine.
This past year, he presented his research at the American Studies Association Annual Meeting, the American Academy of Religion Annual Meeting, Brown’s Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies, Brown’s Modern Languages Conference, and Brown’s Center for the Study of Race and Ethnicity in America.