Luis A. Figueroa is an Associate Professor in the Department of History, and serves as the Coordinator of the Film Studies Program.
Prof. Figueroa's scholarly interests include slavery, post-emancipation, and racial discourses and practices in the Caribbean; historical film (both fiction and documentary); and the history of Latinos\Latinas in the USA. His new research project focuses on urbanism, suburbanization, and colonialism in San Juan, Puerto Rico since 1930. He is also coproducing a documentary film on Hartford in the 1960s as part of Trinity’s Hartford Studies Project.
In addition to incorporating these research interests in his teaching, Figueroa is also active in the implementation of information technologies in teaching throughout the college, and is a faculty associate of Trinity’s Global Learning Site in the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago, West Indies. His courses include “Introduction to the Latin American and Caribbean World”; “Caribbean History”; “The History of Latinos\Latinas in the USA”; “Film and History: Historical Film”; “Historiography”; “Cinema and Revolution in Cuba since 1959”; and “Documentary Film and Urban Life.”
Prior to joining Trinity College, Figueroa was an Assistant Professor in the Department of History and Associate Director of the Center for Latin American Studies at the University of Connecticut in Storrs (1990-1996), as well as co-founder of its Institute for Puerto Rican and Latino Studies. He earned his Ph.D. and M.A. in Latin American History at the University of Wisconsin-Madison under Steve J. Stern, Florencia E. Mallon, Thomas E. Skidmore, and Francisco Scarano, and his B.A. in General Studies (History and Philosophy) at the University of Puerto Rico-Río Piedras.