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Agustin Lao-Montes

Associate Professor | Sociology & Afro-American Studies

(413) 545-0577

Rm 514, Thompson Hall and Rm 308, New Africa House

Agustin Lao-Montes has a Ph.D. in Sociology from the State University of New York–Binghamton. His fields of specialty include world-historical sociology and globalization, political sociology (especially social movements and the sociology of state and nationalism), social identities and social inequalities, sociology of race and ethnicity, urban sociology/community-university partnerships, African Diaspora and Latino Studies, sociology of culture and cultural studies, and contemporary theory and postcolonial critique.


Ph.D., Sociology, State University of New York–Binghamton, 2003

Research Areas

Historical Sociology; Globalization; Political Sociology; Sociology of Race & Ethnicity; Social Identities & Inequalities; Urban Sociology; African Diaspora & Latino Studies; Sociology of Culture & Cultural Studies.


Mambo Montage: The Latinization of New York City edited volume (co-editor with Arlene Davila), Columbia University Press, 2001.

Technofuturos: Critical Interventions on Latino Studies. (volume co-edited with Nancy Mirabal, to be published 2007).

Global Hegemony, States, and Antisystemic Movements: Politics and the Political in the Late Modern World-System. (volume co-edited with Joya Misra, to be published 2007).

World-Cities and World-Regions: New Constellations of Political, Economic, and Cultural Power. (volume co-edited with Ramon Grosfoguel, to be published 2007).

“Latin American Area Studies and Latino Ethnic Studies: Epistemological and Political Challenges” in Immanuel Wallerstein and Richard Lee, ed. Overcoming the Two Cultures: Science versus the Humanities in the Modern World-System. Paradigm Press, 2005.

“Afro-Latina Difference and the Politics of Decolonization” in Grosfoguel Ramon et al, ed. Latinos in the World-System. Paradigm Press, 2005.

“De-Calibanizing Caribbean Rationalities” C.L.R. James Journal. Vol 10, No. 1, Winter 2005.

“Islands at the Crossroads: Puerto Rican-ess traveling between the translocal nation and the global city” in Puerto Rican Jam: Rethinking Nationalism and Colonialism. Frances Negron and Ramon Grosfoguel, ed., University of Minnesota, 1997.

“Resources of Hope: Imagining the Young Lords and the Politics of Memory.” CENTRO, Winter 1995.

“For an Analytics of the Coloniality of Power” in Interventions: International Journal of Postcolonial Studies, forthcoming (2007).

“Decolonial Moves: En-Gendering African Diasporas,” Cultural Studies, forthcoming (2007).

“The 1898 Spanish-Cuban-American-Filipino War: Clashing Hegemonies and Contending Occidentalisms” in Morana, Mabel et al Coloniality at Large, forthcoming (2006).