Photograph by Mayra Ávila

Bonnie A. Lucero is a scholar of Latin American history, society and culture. Her research centers on the intersections of race and gender in Cuba. She is co-editor, author, and translator of Voices of Crime: Constructing and Contesting Social Control in Modern Latin America (University of Arizona Press, 2016). Her original scholarship appears in journals and edited volumes in English and Spanish. Her forthcoming book, Revolutionary Masculinity and Racial Inequality: Gendering War and Politics in Central Cuba, 1895-1902 (forthcoming with University of New Mexico, 2018), explores the ways Cuban soldiers and politicians employed ideas of masculinity to construct and contest racial inequality at the turn of the twentieth century. Her second monograph, Geographies of Privilege and Power: A History of Racial Segregation in a Central Cuban City (forthcoming with University of Alabama Press) examines the experiences of men and women of African descent in Cienfuegos, a city founded as a white colony. She is currently developing a new book project tentatively titled Malthusian Practices: Pregnancy, Abortion, and Infanticide in Cuba since Colonial Times. Therein, she employs a reproductive justice framework to interrogate how laws regulating women’s reproduction historically perpetuated gender-specific forms of racial inequality.

Dr. Lucero’s research on social inequality stems directly from her personal experiences as a multi-racial, working-class woman in the culturally-diverse, yet highly-stratified city of Richmond, California. She first cultivated her passion for social justice while earning her BA from the School of International Studies at the University of the Pacific with the support of the Gates Millennium Scholarship. During that time, she studied abroad at the University of Havana in 2006, and completed an internship at the Organization for American States in Washington D.C in 2007. In 2009, she earned her Masters of Philosophy in Latin American Studies from Cambridge University in the U.K., with the support of the Santander Bursary. During her doctoral studies in History at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, she conducted research across Cuba and the United States, and won two FLAS fellowships to learn Portuguese in Brazil and Haitian Kreyòl. These enriching education opportunities not only fostered her scholarship on Latin America; they also cemented her lifelong commitment to issues of educational equity.

As an educator, Dr. Lucero draws on both her scholarship on social inequality as well as her own experiences in public education to foster inclusive learning environments for students from a wide variety of backgrounds. Dr. Lucero taught courses on the histories of Latin America, the Caribbean, the African Diaspora, and Gender & Women’s Studies with special emphasis on issues of social justice. She has taught courses at a range of institutions of higher education, including a large public research university, a small liberal arts college, and a comprehensive regional university. After earning her PhD in 2013, she taught at one of the United States’ largest Hispanic-serving institutions, where she developed socially-empowering curriculum and advocated for culturally-inclusive policies. Dr. Lucero is the founder and director of the Global Latin America: An Interdisciplinary Lecture and Engagement Series, which brings exciting events highlighting the Latin America’s diverse cultural, ethnic, and racial heritages to the students and community of South Texas.

Currently, Dr. Lucero is a Post-Doctoral Fellow at the Newcomb College Institute at Tulane University.