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Gabriel A. Torres Colón

Assistant Professor (race, politics, sports, and intellectual history)


Dr. Torres Colón is not accepting graduate students.


Dr. Torres Colón is a cultural anthropologist with research and teaching interests in race, politics, sports, and intellectual history. His ethnographic research includes the politics of difference among Christians and Muslims in the Spanish enclave of Ceuta, racial experience in US boxing gyms, cultural understandings of ancestry in the Caribbean, and Black flourishment in Afro-Puerto Rican communities—particularly in relation to aesthetic expression, mangrove ecological conservation, and anti-racist politics. He also researches the intellectual history of race in anthropology and the intersections between early American anthropology and philosophy.

Drawing on anthropological, feminist, critical race, and pragmatist insights, Dr. Torres Colón theorizes across his work to examine how humans embody and politicize differences. His research and writing employs humanistic, social scientific, and biocultural methodologies.