Ana Ramos-Zayas

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Professor of American Studies, Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, and Ethnicity, Race, and Migration, Director of Undergraduate Studies
WLH 102

Ana Y. Ramos-Zayas received her BA in Economics and Latin American Studies from Yale College, and her MA/PhD in Anthropology from Columbia University. She is the author of National Performances: Class, Race, and Space in Puerto Rican Chicago (The University of Chicago Press, 2003; ASA Latino Studies Book Award, 2006) and Street Therapists: Affect, Race, and Neoliberal Personhood in Latino Newark (The University of Chicago Press, 2012; Frank Bonilla Book Award 2010-12).  She is also co-author of Latino Crossings: Mexicans, Puerto Ricans, and the Politics of Race and Citizenship (Routledge, 2003). Ramos-Zayas has published  journal articles in the fields of youth culture, race and critical race theory, citizenship and migration, the anthropology of emotion and affect.  Prior to joining Yale in 2017, Ramos-Zayas conducted post-doctoral work in Educational Evaluation Research at Harvard; taught at Rutgers University-New Brunswick; and occupied the Valentin Lizana y Parrague Endowed Chair at the City University of New York.

Ramos-Zayas’ ethnographic work aims to understand and disentangle systems of power and privilege at a variety of scales, ranging from U.S. imperial and white supremacist politics to how  individuals and communities make sense of everyday forms of power and subordination. Issues of social justice and the intersection of intimate worlds and political economic structures are fundamental concerns in her research. Her most recent book, Parenting Empires:  Class, Whiteness, and the Moral Economy of Privilege in Latin America (Duke University Press, forthcoming), examines the parenting practices and subjectivities of Brazilian and Puerto Rican upper-classes, as these alter urban landscapes; provide moral justifications for segregation, surveillance, and foreign interventions; and recast idioms of crisis, corruption, and austerity according to the dictums of US empire.

Ramos-Zayas looks forward to learning and teaching from graduate and undergraduate students, and exploring issues of privilege, inequality, and social justice in the classroom.

Recent Publications Include:

– Raça, Babás e a Intimidade do Poder nos Bairros de Ipanema e El Condado. Revista de Ciências Sociais, Forthcoming, April 2017

(co-authored). Racializing Affect: A Theoretical Proposition. Current Anthropology. Featured/Anchor Article for the Journal Issue, Volume 56, no. 5, October, 2015, pp.654-677.

Learning Affect, Embodying Race. Transforming Anthropology, Volume 19, Issue 2, October 2011, pp. 86-104.

 Urban Erotics and Racial Affect in a Neoliberal “Racial Democracy”: Brazilian and Puerto Rican Youth in Newark, New Jersey. Identities, Volume 16, Issue 5, 2009, pp. 513-47.

Delinquent Citizenship, National Performances: Racialization, Surveillance, and the Politics of ‘‘Worthiness’’ in Puerto Rican Chicago

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