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University of Massachusetts Amherst

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Julio Capó, Jr.

Assistant Professor
Department of History and Commonwealth Honors College

Office: Herter 728
Telephone: (413) 545-6773
Fax: (413) 545-6137

Degree: Ph.D. Florida International University (2011)

Fields of Interest: transnational, Caribbean, U.S.-Latin American relations, sexuality, queer, gender, immigration, and mass media studies

Courses Offered: Caribbean-U.S. Relations, Latin America: The National Period, Introduction to Latina/o Studies, Caribbean History

Professor Capó’s research and teaching interests include Latina/o studies and U.S.-Latin American relations with a focus on sexuality, gender, ethnicity, and immigration. He is currently revising his manuscript on the history of queer Miami from 1940 to 2000. The manuscript offers new interpretations of queer, Latina/o, ethnic, and immigration history. It reinterprets the gay movement in the United States by factoring how sexuality influenced not only constructions of race, ethnicity, and gender, but also international phenomena such as immigration and foreign policy. It pays particular attention to how immigrant communities—namely Cubans, Haitians, Nicaraguans, Colombians, and Venezuelans—affected same-sex policies in the urban center.
The Urban History Association awarded him the Best Dissertation Prize in Urban History in 2012. In addition, his 2010 article, “Queering Mariel,” received two prizes—including the Carlton C. Qualey Memorial Article Award from the Immigration and Ethnic History Society. In 2011, he worked as a Postdoctoral Associate at the Ethnicity, Race, and Migration Program and American Studies Program at Yale University. He has received other awards and grants, including the Heller-Diane Bernard Fellowship Award from the City University of New York’s Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies, best essay from the Cuban Research Institute, and FIU’s First Annual University Graduate School Provost Award for Outstanding Paper or Manuscript.
After graduating from New York University (BA, 2004), Capó worked as a broadcast news writer and producer for Miami’s ABC (WPLG) and FOX (WSVN) affiliates. He recently contributed pieces for the Miami Herald and has commented on several issues for other media outlets.