Cornell University Professor, Director of the Africana Studies and Research Center
Gerard Aching is professor of Africana and Romance Studies and currently directs the Africana Studies and Research Center at Cornell University. His research and teaching fields include Caribbean Colonial Literatures, Slavery and Philosophy, Just War Theory and Colonialism, 19th and 20th-Century Caribbean Intellectual History, and Caribbean and Latin American Postcolonial Theories. He is the author of The Politics of Spanish American Modernismo: By Exquisite Design (Cambridge, 1997), Masking and Power: Carnival and Popular Culture in the Caribbean (Minnesota, 2003), and Freedom from Liberation: Slavery, Sentiment, and Literature in Cuba (Indiana, 2015). Professor Aching has begun a research project on just war theory, colonialism, and slavery in the early colonial period in the Americas. Born in Trinidad and Tobago, he lives in Ithaca, New York.