Marisa J. Fuentes
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Marisa J. Fuentes

Marisa J. Fuentes completed her Ph.D. in the Department of African American Studies at UC Berkeley. She is an associate professor at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey in the departments of History and Women’s and Gender Studies. Her first book, 'Dispossessed Lives: Enslaved Women, Violence and the Archive'(Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2016) explores the spatial, historical, and symbolic confinement enslaved women experienced in eighteenth century Bridgetown, Barbados. Grounded in archival research and recent scholarship on gender and enslavement, Fuentes investigates how the construction of legal, architectural and historical “spaces” marked enslaved women’s bodies and experiences, in life and death. She is also the author of “Power and Historical Figuring: Rachael Pringle Polgreen’s Troubled Archive” which appeared in Gender & History November 2010 and won the Andres Mattei Ramos/Neville Hall article prize from the Association of Caribbean Historians in 2012. Fuentes’ research has been supported by the Fulbright Program, Ford Foundation, Charles Warren Center for Studies in American History at Harvard University and the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Life with support from the National Endowment for the Humanities.
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