Llana Barber

portrait of Dr. Barber
Associate Professor
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Llana Barber is a scholar of immigration and Latinx history with a focus on the Caribbean diaspora. Her first book, Latino City: Immigration and Urban Crisis in Lawrence, Massachusetts, 1945-2000, explored the history of New England’s first Latinx-majority city, with a focus on the Puerto Rican and Dominican activism that transformed it. She is currently researching the militarized exclusion of Haitian migrants from the United States, the Dominican Republic, and the Bahamas in the late 20th century.

Courses Taught
  • Immigration History

  • Urban History

  • Introduction to US Latino/a History

  • Topics in U.S. History in Global Perspective: American Empire

  • Latinx Histories

  • Crime, Protest, and Policing

  • B.A. in Dance and Performance Studies, University of California at Berkeley

  • Ph.D. in History, Boston College

Honors & Awards
  • SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Scholarship and Creative Activities (2022)
  • Franklin Research Grant, American Philosophical Society (2020)
  • Lois P. Rudnick Book Prize from the New England American Studies Association for Latino City (2018)
  • Kenneth Jackson Award for Best Book in North American Urban History from the Urban History Association for Latino City (2017