Name: Dr. Enver Casimir
Title: Assistant Professor, Department of History;

Director, Program in African Diaspora Studies
Office Location: Fontaine 312
Extension: (845) 575-3000 ext. 2851
Degrees Held:

Ph.D., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, History (Certificate in Latin American Studies)

M.A., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, History

B.A., magna cum laude, Harvard Univeristy, History (Certificate in Latin American Studies)



I teach Latin American and African Diaspora history. In terms of content, I strive to expose my students to material that:

          1) Helps them understand why the world is as it is.

          2) Informs them in ways that will foster their development as global citizens.

          3) Helps them relate historical processes and conditions to their own lives.

In terms of skills I emphasize:

          1) Critical thinking and reading.

          2) Analytical writing.

          3) Precise and thoughtful oral communication.

Courses Taught: Colonial Latin America; Modern Latin America; Themes in Modern History; The Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade; Introduction to African Diaspora Studies; Race in Latin America; The United States and Latin America since 1898



My research interests center on Latin America and the Caribbean, with a particular interest in the history of the Caribbean Basin during the late 19th century and first half of the 20th century. Thematically I am most interested in what I call the cultural history of race: how the set of meanings, stories, and conversations we call race influence our interpretation of the world around us. I am especially intrigued by the dynamic between race and the sets of meanings, stories, and conversations known as nation and gender (particularly masculinity).

My current project centers on the life of Afro-Cuban boxer Kid Chocolate, who boxed in the 1920s and 1930s, was the first Cuban to win a world boxing championship and became an idol in his home country. I use his career as a lens to examine how race related to the emergence of athletic competition as an important form of nationalist expression in Cuba in the early twentieth century.


History of Cuba; History of Haiti; Cultural History; History of Sport; Race; African Descended Peoples in Latin America and the Caribbean; Gender; U.S.-Latin American Relations


“A Variable of Unwavering Significance: Latinos, African-Americans and the Racial Identity of Kid Chocolate,” in More than Peloteros: Latino/a Athletes in U.S. Sports History, ed. Jorge Iber, Texas Tech University Press, Forthcoming (January 2014).

“Contours of Transnational Contact: Kid Chocolate, Cuba, and the United States in the 1920s and 1930s,” Journal of Sport History, Fall 2012 (39:3).

Conferences & Workshops:

"The Negrito as National Hero: Boxer Kid Chocolate and the Tensions in Cuban Racial Discourse," Conference on Latin American History, Washington, D.C., January 2014.

"Revealing Cultural Needs and Trasnational Nodes: Boxer Kid Chocolate and the Analytical Usefulness of Celebrity," annual meeting of Conference on Latin American History, New Orleans, January 2013.

“Racial Hierarchies, National Hierarchies, and the Perception of Sport in Republican Cuba,” annual meeting of the Southern Historical Association, Charlotte, November 2010.

“Seeing the Self through the Eyes of the Other: The Career of Kid Chocolate as a Cultural Contact Zone,” International Congress of the Latin American Studies Association, Toronto, October 2010.

“Between Admiration and Indignation: The Career of Kid Chocolate and Cuban Perceptions of the United States, 1928-1933,” annual conference of the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations, Madison, Wisconsin, June 2010.

From the Battlefield to the Boxing Ring: Kid Chocolate and the Emergence of Athletics as a Site for Afro-Cuban Male Heroism, 1928-1940,” annual meeting of Conference on Latin American History/American Historical Association, New York City, January 2009.


American Historical Association

Conference on Latin American History

Latin American Studies Association

Association of Caribbean Historians

Association for the Study of the Worldwide African Diaspora

New England Council on Latin American Studies

Latin American and Caribbean Section, Southern Historical Association