Carlos Alamo-Pastrana

Assistant Professor of Sociology

Carlos Alamo is an Assistant Professor of Sociology and, Latin American and Latino/a Studies.  He joined the faculty at Vassar in 2009 after receiving his Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of California, Santa Barbara.  His primary research interests focus on the relationship between Caribbean and Latino/a racial formations and identities.  His dissertation, “Disrupting Declamations of Freedom:  The Enlistment of Race Within and Against Racial Regimes in Puerto Rico” examines the role that culture and translocal politics play in reaffirming and/or disrupting state produced narratives of race in Puerto Rico and the United States.

Dr. Alamo’s teaching interests center on comparative racial formations, Latino/a Studies, Afro-Latino/a intellectual history, popular culture and prison studies.  His most recent course offerings in Sociology and Latin American Studies include “Introduction to Sociology,” “Imprisonment and the Prisoner,” “Latino/a Racial Formations” and “Race and Popular Culture.”  He also teaches in and serves on the steering committee of the Africana Studies Program.

Professor Alamo is the co-editor of a special issue of Identities: Global Studies in Culture and Power (Routledge, 2009) entitled “Popular Culture and Youth Latinidades: (Re)constructing Community from the Inside and Out.”  He is currently in the process of revising his dissertation into a book manuscript.