Bonnie A. Lucero is a scholar of Latin America and the Caribbean, Gender and Women’s Studies, and the African Diaspora. Her work draws on intersectional feminist thought to explore the evolving historical relationships between gender relations of power and racial hierarchy in the Americas. She is co-editor of the edited volume Voices of Crime, which also contained her original research and translations. She is author of two forthcoming monographs: Revolutionary Masculinity and Racial Inequality: Gendering War and Politics in Cuba, 1895-1902 (University of New Mexico) and A Cuban City, Segregated: Race and Urbanization in the Nineteenth Century (University of Alabama Press). Her new project is tentatively titled Malthusian Practices: A History of Pregnancy, Abortion, and Infanticide in Cuba since Colonial Times.

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Book Manuscripts


Revolutionary Masculinity and Racial Inequality: Gendering War and Politics in Cuba, 1895-1902 (Albuquerque: University of New Mexico Press, 2018).

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A Cuban City, Segregated: Race and Urbanization in the Nineteenth Century (Tuscaloosa: University of Alabama Press, forthcoming, 2019).


Edited Volume

Voices of crime

Voices of Crime: Constructing and Contesting Social Control in Modern Latin America, Co-edited with Luz Huertas & Gregory Swedberg (Tucson: University of Arizona Press, 2016)

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Articles and Book Chapters

“Political Violence, Revolution, and US Occupation in Cuba circa the 1905 Elections,” in The Oxford Handbook of Revolutionary Elections in the Americas, 1800-1910, edited by Andrew Robertson and Eduardo Posada-Carbó (Oxford: Oxford University Press, forthcoming)

“‘In this Matter of Dignity’: Black Unionism, Racial Order, and the Struggle for Citizenship in Cienfuegos, Cuba, 1899-1907,” in Human Rights, Race and Resistance in the African Diaspora, edited by Cacee Hoyer and Toyín Falola (New York: Routledge, 2016).

“Order in an Occupied City: Police and Antiblack Violence in Cienfuegos, Cuba, circa 1899,” in Voices of Crime, op. cit.

“Conclusion: Towards an Intersectional Vision of Crime,” in Voices of Crime, op. cit.

“Introduction: Studying the Construction, Negotiation, and Repression of Crime,” with Luz Huertas & Gregory Swedberg, in Voices of Crime, op. cit.

“Entre Esclavos y Comerciantes: Mujeres Negras como Intermediarias en la Economía Colonial Cienfueguera” Emergiendo del silencio. Mujeres negras en la Historia de Cubaedited by Oilda Hevia Lanier (Havana: Editorial de Ciencias Sociales, 2016).

“Civilization before Citizenship: Education, Racial Order and the Material Culture of Female Domesticity, Cuba (1899-1902),” Atlantic Studies: Global Currents 12: 1 (2015): 26-49.

“Transcending Race and Nation: Social Networks and Economic Mobility among Cubans of Color, circa 1898,” Florida Atlantic Comparative Studies Journal 13 (2012).

“Racial Geographies, Imperial Transitions: Property Ownership and Race Relations in Cienfuegos, Cuba, 1894-1899,” Journal of Transnational American Studies 3:2 (December 2011).


Bibliographic Essay

“Black Histories in Cuba and its Diaspora,” CHOICE, Nov. 2016.


Book Reviews

The Grenada Revolution: Reflections and Lessons. Edited by Wendy C. Grenade,” Journal of African American History 102, no. 2 (2017): 282-285.

Prostitution, Modernity, and the Making of the Cuban Republic, 1840-1920. By Tiffany A. Sippial,” Cuban Studies 45 (2017): 377-378.

Beyond the Walled City: Colonial Exclusion in Havana. By Guadalupe García,” Cuba Counterpoints (2017).

Conceiving Freedom: Women of Color, Gender, and the Abolition of Slavery in Havana and Rio de Janeiro. By Camilla Cowling,” North Carolina Association of Historians 23 (2016).

¡Oye Loca! From the Mariel Boatlift to Gay Miami. By Susana Peña,” Oral History Review 43, No. 1 (2016): 238-240.

Race to Revolution: The U.S. and Cuba during slavery and Jim Crow. By Gerald Horne,” Bulletin of Latin American Research 35, no. 2 (2016): 246–247.

Exile and Revolution: José D. Poyo, Key West, and Cuban Independence. By Gerald E. Poyo,” Bulletin of Spanish Studies (2016).

Afro-Cuban Religious Arts: Popular Expressions of Cultural Inheritance in Espiritismo & Santería. By Kristine Juncker,” Hispanic American Historical Review 95:2 (May 2015)

Shade-Grown Slavery: The Lives of Slaves on Cuban Coffee Plantations. By William C. Van Norman,” Journal of African American History 100 (2015).

 “Ever-Faithful: Race, Loyalty, and the Ends of Empire in Spanish Cuba. By David Sartorius,” The Latin Americanist 58:3(2014): 74-76.

Afro-Cuban Diasporas in the Atlantic World. By Solimar Otero,” history.transnational 14:9 (2012).

 “Black Political Activism and the Early Cuban Republic. By Melina Pappademos,” History: Reviews of New Books 40:3 (2012): 73-74.

Forging Diaspora: Afro-Cubans and African Americans in a World of Empire and Jim Crow. By Frank Andre Guridy,” Essays in History (August 2011). 


Encyclopedia Entries

“Spanish-American War.” In 50 Events that Shaped Latino History: An Encyclopedia of the American Mosaic, 2 volumes (ABC-CLIO, forthcoming).

“Fidel Castro.” In Dictionary of American History, Supplement: America in the World, 1776 to the PresentEdited by Edward J. Blum (Charles Scribner’s Sons Press, forthcoming).

“Elena Burke,” “Isidro Acea,” “Generoso Campos Marquetti,” “Agustín Cebreco,” “Flor Crombet,” “Dionisio Gil,” “José Maceo González,” “Silverio Sánchez Figueras,” “Rafael Serra y Montalvo,” “Arnaldo Tamayo Méndez,” and “Nicolás Valverde.” In Dictionary of Caribbean and Afro-Latin American Biography. Edited by Henry Louis Gates, Jr. and Franklin K. Knight (Oxford University Press, forthcoming in 2015).

“Audiencia Transferred to Cuba: 1801.” In Cuba: People, Culture, History.Edited by Alan West-Durán (Detroit: Gale Cengage Learning, 2012).


Public History

“Guantánamo en EE.UU.: ¿Problema de Pedagogía?” in OnCuba’s online exhibition Scanning Guantánamo: Retrato De La Base Militar Estadounidense en Cuba



Bandidos, Patriots or Delinquents?: Social Protest in rural Cuba (1878-1902). By Imilcy Balboa,” International Journal of Cuban Studies 7, no. 1 (2015): 79-98.

“Police Imagination: The Construction of Drug Users and Drug Trafficking in Chile, 1900–1950. By Marcos Fernández Labbé” in Voices of Crime (From Spanish to English).

“Traveling Criminals and Transnational Police Cooperation in South America, 1890–1920,” by Diego Galeano in Voices of Crime (From Spanish and Portuguese to English).

“The Chilean-Irishman Bernardo O’Higgins and the Independence of Peru,” by Scarlett O’Phelan Godoy, conference proceeding, Cambridge, UK, 2010 (From Spanish to English).


Works in Progress

Article: “The Hidden Costs of Community: Women Faculty of Color in a Hispanic-Serving Institution” (forthcoming in Feminist Teacher)

Book Chapter: “La racialización del control reproductivo en Cuba esclavista,” in Gente de color entre esclavos, edited by José Antonio Piqueras and Imilcy Balboa (under review)

Article: “‘A Fatal Example for Slavery’: Race and Fertility Control Law in Colonial Cuba,” (under revision)

Article: “Mujeres autónomas, prostitución, y la violencia domestica: El género y la construcción de la criminalidad urbana en finales del siglo XIX” (under revision)

Book Manuscript: Malthusian Practices: A History of Pregnancy, Abortion, and Infanticide in Cuba since Colonial Times (in progress)