The Afro-Latin American Research Institute at the Hutchins Center for African & African American Research at Harvard University announced its first class for the Mark Claster Mamolen Dissertation Workshop on Afro-Latin American Studies.

Selected from a pool of 52 applicants from universities and research institutions in Europe (Spain, France, United Kingdom), Canada, the United States, and Latin America (Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Chile, Cuba, Mexico), the 14 members of the first class of the Mamolen Dissertation Workshop work in a variety of topics and time periods. Their work reflects the richness of Afro-Latin American studies, with contributions from anthropology (3), art history (1), history (5), literature (1), political science (1), political philosophy (1), and sociology (2).

A yearly event hosted by the Afro-Latin American Research Institute, the Mark Claster Mamolen Dissertation Workshop is supported by a bequest from Mark Claster Mamolen (1946-2013) and by the Ford Foundation, and is conducted in partnership with the International Academic Program of the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid (IAP UAM).