Amarilys Estrella

Amarilys Estrella

ACLS Emerging Voices Postdoctoral Fellow

PhD, New York University

Amarilys Estrella is an ACLS Emerging Voices Postdoctoral Fellow in Johns Hopkins University’s Department of History and the Program for the Study of Women, Gender and Sexuality. She holds a PhD in Sociocultural Anthropology and a Master’s in Latin America and Caribbean Studies from New York University. Her research interests broadly focus on the intersections of race and gender within transnational movements, Black Latin American and Latinx identity, as well as human rights and anti-racist activism. Prior to joining Johns Hopkins University she was a Visiting Assistant professor of Afro-Latinx Studies in the Department of Social and Cultural Analysis at New York University.

Estrella’s work has been recognized by several organizations for its contributions to the humanities and the study of grassroots activism. She was part of the Mark Claster Mamolen Dissertation Workshop Class of 2019, administered by the Afro-Latin American Research Institute at the Hutchins Center for African & African American Research, Harvard University. She was also a 2018-2019 Public Humanities Fellow for Humanities New York. In 2017, she received the Inter-American Foundation (IAF) Grassroots Development Fellowship for dissertation field research.

Estrella’s dissertation Recognizing Blackness: Grassroots Human Rights Activism Against Racism in the Dominican Republic investigated how Blackness and Black identity, is produced, employed and transformed through everyday encounters among stateless Black grassroots activists of Haitian descent in the Dominican Republic. In her article, “Muertos Civiles: Mourning the Figurative and Literal Casualties of Racism in the Dominican Republicin Transforming Anthropology she examines mourning as a practice of resistance within anti-racist movements. In her recent blogpost “Black Latinx Encuentros: Embodied Knowledge and Reciprocal Forms of Knowledge Sharing” Estrella and her colleague Meryleen Mena explore the importance of encuentros, understood as meetings or collective forums where Black Feminists throughout the Americas create spaces for intellectual and personal reciprocity enabling us to connect across our similarities and differences

Fall 2020

AS.363.301 (01) Feminist and Queer Theory: Black Decolonial Feminisms in the Americas

Muertos Civiles: Mourning the Casualties of Racism in the Dominican Republic. Transforming Anthropology Vol. 28 No. 1 pp 41-57.

Black Latinx Encuentros: Embodied Knowledge and Reciprocal Forms of Knowledge Sharing” co-author Meryleen Mena. Footnotes. Published July 1, 2020. 

El Cruce de la Muerte: Fieldwork and Carework at the Crossroad of Death.” Trauma and Resilience Series. Published November 7, 2019.