Yomaira Figueroa is assistant professor of Afro Diaspora Studies in the department of English and the African American & African Studies program at Michigan State University. Her work is centered on 20th century U.S. Latinx Caribbean, Afro-Latinx and Afro-Hispanic literature & culture. She earned her Ph.D. and M.A. in the department of Ethnic Studies at the University of California, Berkeley and her B.A. in English, Puerto Rican & Hispanic Caribbean Studies, and Women’s and Gender Studies at Rutgers University, New Brunswick (Douglass College).
A native of Puerto Rico, Yomaira was born and raised in Hoboken, NJ and is a first-generation high school and college graduate. She has served on the secretariat of the Caribbean Philosophical Association since 2010 and was the project coordinator for the Women of Color Initiatives Project (organizing the 25th Anniversary Empowering Women of Color Conference) at UC Berkeley. Her research has been generously funded by the UC Berkeley Chancellor's Fellowship, the Metro New York Leader's Fellowship, the UC Berkeley Dean's Normative Time Fellowship, and the UC Berkeley Ethnic Studies Departmental and 5th Account Grants. She is part of the inaugural cohort of the Duke University Mellon Mays SITPA Scholar Fellowship Program and is a 2017-2018 Ford Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow.
At MSU Yomaira offers graduate seminars and undergraduate courses in the Department of English, the African American & African Studies Program, and the Chicano/Latino Studies Program.