Kelvin Santiago Valles


Kelvin Santiago-Valles

Office: LT 309

Office hours as posted or by appointment.



Research and teaching interests have focused on ethno-racial labor formation, political economy, and social regulation in the capitalist world-system. His first book was "Subject People" and Colonial Discourses: Economic Transformation and Social Disorder in Puerto Rico, 1898-1947 (Albany: State University of New York Press, 1994), has recently finished a book manuscript tentatively titled "Race," Labor, and Empire:  Global-Racial Regimes and “Primitive” Accumulation in the Historical Long-Term and is currently working on a second book tentatively titled Race-Making in World-Historical Perspective:  Social Regulation in the Spanish Atlantic, 1650-1870.He has also published numerous book chapters and journal articles, as well as taught courses, that address: regulatory apparatuses (penal discipline in particular); the multiple social resistances to hegemonic forms of domination and exploitation (especially, the criminal justice system); worldwide structures of meaning and the conceptual-methodological frameworks used to study such structures; Caribbean, Latin American, and U.S. Latina/o studies; the African diaspora and critical race theories/critical legal studies; urban studies, visual culture, and the social production of space; as well as gender and sexuality; all this from long-term/large-scale perspectives.

Recent Courses:

  • Structural Inequalities
  • Accumulation by Dispossession?
  • Neoliberal Globalization
  • State, Development, Labor, & Empire
  • Law and Society
  • War Crimes and Global War
  • Slavery, Race, and Culture
  • Identifying the Criminal
  • Global Social Movements

Recent Publications:

  • “Forced labor in colonial penal institutions across the Spanish, U.S., British, and French Atlantic, 1860s-1920s,” book chapter in forthcoming anthology edited by Marcel van der Linden and Magaly Rodríguez García, tentatively titled Coerced Labor: Work and Compulsion after Chattel Slavery (Brill Publishers’ series on Studies in Global Labor History).
  • “Bridge of Hemispheric Command, Helmsman of the Caribbean: New York City,     1890s-1920s,” World History Connected, vol. 13, no.1 (February, 2016), online journal;
  • "The Fin-de-Siecles of Great Britain and the United States: Comparing Two Declining Phases of Global Capitalist Hegemony," in Alfred McCoy, Josep Fradera, and Stephen Jacobson, eds., Endless Empire: Spain’s Retreat, Europe’s Eclipse, and America’s Decline (Madison: University of Wisconsin Press, 2012), pp. 182-190, 413-418.
  • "American Penal Forms and Colonial-Spanish Custodial-Regulatory Practices in Fin-de-Siecle Puerto Rico", in Alfred McCoy and Francisco Scarano, eds., Colonial Crucible: Empire in the Making of the Modern American State (Madison: University of Wisconsin Press, 2009), 87-94.
  • "Regímenes globales-raciales: repensando trabajo, 'raza' e imperio en el largo plazo histórico" forthcoming in Claudia Mosquera Rosero-Labbé and Agustín Laó-Montes, eds., Debates sobre ciudadanía y política raciales en las Américas negras(Bogotá: Centro de Estudios Sociales, Universidad Nacional de Colombia, 2011).
  • "The Imagined Republic of Puerto Rican Populism in World-Historical Context: The Poetics of Plantation Fantasies and the Petit-Coloniality of Criollo Blanchitude, 1914-1948," in Jerome Branche, ed., Race, Colonialism, and Social Transformation in Latin America and the Caribbean (Gainesville: University Press of Florida, 2008), 59-90.

  • "'Our Race Today [Is] the Only Hope for the World': An African Spaniard as Chieftain of the Struggle Against 'Sugar Slavery' in Puerto Rico, 1926-1934," Caribbean Studies, vol. 35, no.1 (January-June, 2007): 107-140.
  • "'Bloody Legislations,' 'Entombment,' and Race Making in the Spanish Atlantic: Differentiated Spaces of General(ized) Confinement in Spain and Puerto Rico, 1750-1840," Radical History Review, no. 96 (Fall, 2006): 33-57.

  • "Atlantic Waves of Subaltern Rebellion (1722-1782 and 1789-1815) Culminating in the Haitian Revolution," Bulletin de la Sociét é D’Historie de la Guadeloupe, Numéro spécial (novembre 2006): 291-314.
  •  "Racially subordinate labour within global contexts: Robinson and Hopkins re-examined," Race and Class, vol.47, no.2 (October-December, 2005): 54-70.

  • "World-Historical Ties Among 'Spontaneous' Slave Rebellions in the Atlantic during the 18th and 19th Centuries," Review, vol. XXVIII, no.1, 2005: 51-83.
  • "Coloniality and Wayward Populations in Nineteenth-Century Puerto Rico: Local Limits to the Social Regulation of Global [Racialized] Labor," in Jean-Marie Fecteau and Janice Harvey (eds), La regulation sociale entre l'acteur et l'institution. Pour une problematique historique de l'interaction (Montreal: Presses de l'Universite du Quebec, 2005), 266-285.
  • "Colonialidad, trabajo sexualmente racializado y nuevos circuitos migratorios," in Idsa E. Alegría Ortega and Palmira N. Ríos González, eds., Contrapunto de genero y raza en Puerto Rico (Río Piedras: Universidad de Puerto Rico- Centro de Investigaciones Sociales/Instituto de Estudios sobre Raza y Etnicidad, 2005), 187-214.

  • "Social Polarization and Colonized Labor: Puerto Ricans in the United States, 1945-2000," co-authored with Gladys M. Jiménez-Munoz, David Gutiérrez, ed., The Columbia History of Latinos in the United States, 1960 to the Present (NYC: Columbia University Press, 2004), 62-149.
  • "Some Notes on 'Race,' Coloniality, and the Question of History Among Puerto Ricans" in Carole Boyce-Davies, ed., Decolonizing the Academy: Diaspora Theory and African-New World Studies (Trenton, NJ: Africa World Press, 2003), 217-234.
  • "Reconceptualizing Racially-Depreciated Labor: Puerto Ricans in the Current Phase of Globalization" in Wilma Dunaway, ed., Emerging Issues in the 21st Century World-System. Volume I: Crises and Resistance in the 21st Century World-System (Greenwood Press, 2003): 103-119.
  • "'Race,' Labor, 'Women's Proper Place,' and the Birth of Nations: Notes on Historicizing the Coloniality of Power," New Centennial Review, vol.3, no.3 (Fall, 2003): 47-69.
  • "The Sexual Appeal of Racial Differences: U.S. Travel Writing and Anxious American-ness in Turn-of-the-Century Puerto Rico" in Reynolds Scott-Childress, ed., Race and the Invention of Modern American Nationalism (Garland Press, 1999), 127-148.
  • “Policing the Crisis in ‘The Whitest of All the Antilles,’” Centro, [journal of the Puerto Rican Studies Center, Hunter College-CUNY] vol. 8, no.1-2 (1996): 42-57.

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