Affiliated Institutions

Yale University

Jafari S Allen is Associate Professor of African American Studies, and Associate Professor of Anthropology, at Yale University. He is the author of the critical ethnography of race, gender, sexuality and revolution, ¡Venceremos?: The Erotics of Black Self-Making in Cuba; editor of Black/Queer/Diaspora; and numerous scholarly and popular articles, book chapters, and blog posts. He is currently working on a new book project-Black/Queer Here and There: Social Poesis Before Liberation-- that traces cultural and political circuits of transnational Black queer desire, in travel, art, and activism, in and between the Caribbean, South America, Europe, Africa, and North America.

Areas of Research

Black Queer, Black Diaspora, Transnationalism


Jafari S Allen. 2013. “Race/Sex Theory ‘Toward a New and More Possible Meeting’.” 2013 Cultural Anthropology

Jafari S Allen, Editor . 2012. Black/Queer/Diaspora: 2012. A Special Issue of GLQ: A Journal of Lesbian and Gay Studies.

Jafari S Allen. 2012. “Black/Queer/Diaspora at the Current Conjuncture.” GLQ: A Journal of Lesbian and Gay Studies. Vol. 18: 2 & 3,

Jafari S Allen. 2012. “A Conversation ‘Overflowing with Memory’: On Omise’eke Natasha Tinsley’s ‘Water, Shoulders, Into the Black Pacific’ ” 2012. GLQ: A Journal of Lesbian and Gay Studies Vol. 18.2 &3,

Jafari S Allen. 2012. “One way or another: Erotic Subjectivity in Cuba.” American Ethnologist. Vol. 39: 2

Jafari S Allen. 2011. ¡Venceremos?: The Erotics of Black Self-making in Cuba (Perverse Modernities series). Duke University Press.

Jafari S Allen. 2010. ‘In the Life’ In Diaspora: Desire/Autonomy/Community. In 2010 Routledge Handbook of Sexuality, Health and Human Rights. Richard Parker and Peter Aggleton, Eds. Routledge Press

Jafari S Allen 2009. “For ‘the Children’. Dancing the Beloved Community” 2009. Souls: A Critical Journal of Black Politics, Culture, and Society

Jafari S Allen 2009. “Blackness. Sexuality. Transnational Desire: Initial Notes Toward a New Research Agenda.” In New Directions in Black Sexuality Studies. Juan Battle and Sandra Barnes, Eds. Rutgers University Press

Jafari S Allen. 2009. “Looking Black at Revolutionary Cuba.” ‘Cuba: Interpreting a Half-Century of Revolution and Resistance’. Latin American Perspectives. Vol. 36 no. 1 53-62



¡Venceremos?: The Erotics of Black Self-making in Cuba


Black/Queer Here & There: The Social Poesis of 'Diaspora'

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Black/Queer Here & There: The Social Poesis of 'Diaspora'


Here & There: The Social Poesis of 'Diaspora'