Angela Crumdy

Grant Type

Dissertation Fieldwork Grant

Institutional Affiliation

New York, Graduate Center, City U. of

Grant number

Gr. 9590

Approve Date

April 14, 2018

Project Title

Crumdy, Angela M., City U. of New York, Graduate Center, New York, NY - To aid research on 'Education from the Margins: Black Women Educators in 20th and 21st Century Cuba,' supervised by Dr. Dana-Ain Davis

Preliminary abstract: While education is one of the 1959 Cuban Revolution’s most renowned achievements, boasting of a nearly 100% literacy rate and free education for all, schooling has long been and continues to be a point of contention around issues of racial discrimination and representation. Currently, activist groups are pressing to amend school curricula and books to more fully depict the history and presence of Afro-Cubans and of Afro-Cuban culture the country, as well as the neglected history of Africa. This is occurring alongside a decade-long teacher shortage caused by large numbers of educators leaving the profession in search of higher income. Existing studies on education in Cuba homogenize the teaching force and fail to capture the fight against educational inequity before the 1959 Cuban Revolution, and addressing these shortcomings has great implications for understanding issues of race and gender in a socialist racial democracy. Using a mixed methods approach, my work builds upon these studies in order to situate the teacher’s in-class practices and on the job experiences within broader historical and contemporary discourses about blackness, communalism and academic achievement. As such, my work is primarily concerned with asking the following: How does being a woman educator of color shape the ways that one is able to assert claims to citizenship and national belonging?