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Scholar: Juan Flores

Professor Juan Flores is a well known scholar in the field of Puerto Rican and Cultural Studies. In 1994 he was appointed Director of the Center for Puerto Rican Studies at Hunter College, a position he held until 1997. Since 1999 he has been director of Hunter’s Mellon Minority Undergraduate Fellowship Program. Prof. Flores has been a member of the Board of Directors of the New York Council on the Humanities and has consulted for the Smithsonian Institute and the Rockefeller Foundation. His major book publications are Divided Borders: Essays on Puerto Rican Identity, and La Venganza de Cortijo y Otros Ensayos. His new book is, From Bomba to Hip Hop: Puerto Rican Culture and Latino Identity, published by Columbia University Press in 2000. His essay on the Puerto Rican writer Antonio S. Pedreira was awarded the Casa de las Americas prize in 1980. In addition to serving on the board of several journals, he is currently coeditor of ¬†two book series’, one with the University of Minnesota Press, the other with Temple University Press.