Jafari Allen, Ph.D. 

Professor of Anthropology

Africana Studies: 305-284-6340 / Antonio Ferre Building 327
Anthropology: 305- 284-2535





Dr. Allen is the author of the critical ethnography of race, gender, sexuality and revolution, ¡Venceremos?: The Erotics of Black Self-Making in Cuba; editor of Black/Queer/Diaspora– a special issue of GLQ: A Journal of Lesbian and Gay Studies; and numerous scholarly and popular articles, book chapters, and blog posts. He is currently working on a new book project– Black/Queer Here and There- which traces cultural and political circuits of transnational Black queer desire, in travel, tourism, art, and activism, in and between the Caribbean, South America, Europe, Africa, and North America. Allen’s third project is a comparative study of the 1980s in Britain, Commonwealth Caribbean, and the US—tentatively entitled Structural Adjustments.

Some of Dr. Allen's recent publications include:

The Decolonizing Generation: (Race and) Theory in Anthropology since the Eighties. (With Ryan Jobson) Current Anthropology 57.129-148.

Race/Sex Theory ‘Toward a New and More Possible Meeting’. 2013 Cultural Anthropology, 28: 552–555

One way or another: Erotic Subjectivity in Cuba. 2012. American Ethnologist. Vol. 39: 2, 325–338

Black/Queer/Diaspora at the Current Conjuncture.” 2012. GLQ: A Journal of Lesbian and Gay Studies Vol. 18: 2 & 3, 211-248

Affiliated Faculty


Dr. Anthony Barthelemy
Department of English

Dr. Jomills Braddock 
Department of Sociology

Dr. Marvin P. Dawkins 
Department of Sociology

Dr. Michelle Maldonado 
Department of Religious Studies

Dr. Kate Ramsey 
Department of History

Dr. Patricia Saunders
Department of English

Dr. Donald Spivey 
Department of History

Mr. Dan Castilow 
Department of Anthropology

Dan Castilow II is the 2017-2018 Africana Crossroad Dissertation Fellow at the University of Miami and a PhD candidate in cultural anthropology at Tulane University. His broad research interests include critical race theory and postcolonial studies. His dissertation project is an ethnographic study of the middle class in Trinidad, which explores issues of national and transnational Blackness through sites of leisure. A native of Houston, Texas, Dan is a graduate of Morehouse College.