Roberto Strongman

Roberto Strongman
Associate Professor

Office Location

Room 3703 South Hall


Roberto Strongman is Associate Professor in the Department of Black Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara. He received his Ph.D. in Literature from the University of California, San Diego in 2003. Dr. Strongman's interdisciplinary approach encompasses the fields of Religion, History, and Sexuality in order to further his main area of research and teaching: Comparative Caribbean Cultural Studies. Dr. Strongman's trans-national and multi-lingual approach to the Caribbean cultural zone is grounded in La Créolité, a movement developed at L'Université des Antilles et de La Guyane in Martinique, where he studied as a dissertation fellow. In addition to his research in Martinique, Dr. Strongman has conducted archival research in Aruba, Colombia and Haiti in connection to his ongoing interest in the literatures of Creole languages. His articles have appeared in Journal of Haitian StudiesJournal of Caribbean StudiesJournal of Caribbean LiteraturesCallalooKunapipiWadabagei, and the Journal of Latin American Cultural Studies. Dr. Strongman is currently preparing his first book, Black Atlantic Transcorporealities, for publication.


Recent Publications

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An Interview with Robert H. McCormick, Jr.

Journal of Haitian Studies, Vol. 18, No. 2, Fall 2012

Détour d’Haïti: A Prologue

Journal of Haitian Studies, Vol. 18, No. 2, Fall 2012

Literary Expressions of African Spirituality
Lexington Books, 2013

Um Pintor Cubano e os Orixás
Povo de Santo e Asè, Dezembro 2011

O Candomblé de "Dona Flor e os Seus Dois Maridos (Parte 2)
Povo de Santo e Asè, Setembro 2011

O Candomblé de "Dona Flor e os Seus Dois Maridos (Parte 1)
Povo de Santo e Asè, Junho 2011

The Afro-Diasporic Body in Haitian Vodou and the Transcending of Gendered Cartesian Corporeality
KUNAPIPI, Journal of Postcolonial Writing & Culture, Vol. XXX, No. 2, 2008

Transcorporeality in Vodou
Journal of Haitian Studies, Vol. 14, No. 2, Fall 2008

A Caribbean Response to the Question of Third World National Allegories: Jameson, Ahmad and the Return of the Repressed
Anthurium, A Caribbean Studies Journal, Vol. 6, Issue 2, Fall 2008

Sizing up the Queer Black Thug Lover: The Down Low as Counter Discourse to Homonormativity
Screening Noir, Journal of Black Film, Television & New Media Culture, Vol. 1, No. 2, Spring/Summer 2008

On the Question of Caribbean National Allegories
Essay, Sargasso, 2007-08

Postmodern Developments in Michelle Cliff's No Telephone to Heaven and Esmeralda Sandiago's When I was Puerto Rican
Journal of Caribbean Studies, Vol. 21, No. 3, Fall 2007

The Colonial State Apparatus of the School: Development, Education, and Mimicry in Patrick Chamoiseau's Une Enfance Créole II: Chemin-d'École and V.S. Naipaul's Miguel Street
Journal of West Indian Literature, Vol. 16, No. 1, November 2007

The Latin American Queer Aesthetics of El Bolereo 
Canadian Journal of Latin American and Caribbean Studies, Vol. 32, No. 64, 2007

Postmodern Developments in Michelle Cliff's No Telephone to Heaven and Esmeralda Santiago's When I was Puerto Rican
Journal of Caribbean Literatures, Vol. 4, No. 3, Spring 2007

Reading through the Bloody Borderlands of Hispaniola: Fictionalizing the 1937 Massacre of Haitian Sugarcane Workers in the Dominican Republic
Journal of Haitian Studies, Vol. 12, No. 2, Fall 2006

Gay Human Rights in Cuba: Exile, Hegemony and Liberation in Reinaldo Arenas's La Vieja Rosa and Arturo, La Estrella Más Brillante 
Journal of Latin American Cultural Studies, Vol. 15, No. 3, 2006

Beating the Bastard: Discourses of Domestic and Educational Violence in Autobiographical Novels of Mid-Twentieth-Century Caribbean Decolonization
Wadabagei: A Journal of the Caribbean and its Diasporas, Vol. 9, No. 2, Spring/Summer 2006

Development and Same-Sex Desire in Caribbean Allegorical Autobiography: Shani Mootoo's Cereus Blooms at Night,and Jamaica Kincaid's Annie John and Lucy
Kunapipi: Journal of Postcolonial Writing, Vol. XXVII, No. 1, 2005

Caribbean New York: Paule Marshall's Brown Girl, Brownstones and Piri Thomas's Down These Mean Streets
Journal of Caribbean Studies, Vol. 19, No. 1 & 2, Fall 2004-2005

Women Writing Creole: Deyita's Esperans Dezire, Sistren's Lionheart Gal, and Mamita Fox's Identifikashon
Journal of Haitian Studies, Vol. 9, No. 2, Fall 2003

Syncretic Religion and Dissident Sexualities
Queer Globalizations: Citizenship and the Afterlife of Colonialism, 2002


Book Reviews

Autofiction and Advocacy in the Francophone Caribbean, By Renee Larrier
Gainesville: University Press of Florida, 2006
Reviewed by Roberto Strongman
New West Indian Guide (NWIG), Vol. 82, No. 3 & 4, 2008

Where Men are Wives and Mothers Rule: Santería Ritual Practices and Their Gender Implications, By Mary A. Clark
Gainesville: University Press of Florida, 2005, ISBN 0-8130-2834-5
Reviewed by Roberto Strongman
Caribbean Studies, Vol. 35, No. 1, January - June 2007

The Tears of Hispaniola, By Lucía Suárez
Gainesville: University Press of Florida, 2006, ISBN 0-8130-2926-0
Reviewed by Roberto Strongman
Journal of Haitian Studies, Vol. 12, No. 1, Spring 2006

The Cambridge History of African and Caribbean Literature: volumes 1 & 2
F. Abiola and Simon Gikandi, eds.
Cambridge University Press, 2004, ISBN 0521594340
Reviewed by Roberto Strongman
Journal of Haitian Studies, Vol. 12, No. 1, Spring 2006

French Atlantic Review
"The French Atlantic Triangle: Acute or Obtuse?" Journal of Postcolonial Studies. Karina Smith, ed.

Feasting on Words: Maryse Condé, Cannibalism, and the Caribbean Text (PLAS Cuadernos Series no. 8), Eds. Broichhagen, Vera, Lachman, Kathryn, and Simek, Nicole; Princeton, New Jersey: Princeton University Program in Latin American Studies, 2006
Reviewed by Roberto Strongman
Callaloo, Vol. 30, No. 3


Creative Dossier

El Fetiche Epistolario
Narrativas: revista de narrativa contemporánea en castellano. Vol. 20, Marzo, 2011. Madrid.

¿De qué estábamos hablando antes? (reprint)
GIBRALFARO. Revista de Creación Literaria y Humanidades. Publicación Bimestral de Cultura. Año IX. II Época. Número 67. Mayo-Junio-Julio 2010.

¿De qué estábamos hablando antes?
Narrativas: revista de narrativa contemporánea en castellano. Vol. 19, Octubre, 2010. Madrid.

Powèm pa Roberto Strongman "Rèv Latousen" 
TANBOU / TAMBOUR, Winter 2008

The Snake Tree 
All Soul's Daydream 
Poetry, Calabash, A Journal of Caribbean Arts and Letters, Vol. 5, No. 1: Summer/Fall 2008

La manda de Názaro 
Narrativas, revista de narrativa contemporánea en castellano, Número 09, Abril-Junio 2008

Los Veinte Dólares
Gibralfaro, Aula de Narrativa Breve, No. 52, Noviembre-Diciembre, 2007


In the News

Benin Voodoo Festival Ends 
By Katherine Houreld, Associated Press Writer
January 11, 2007

Lecture at the University of Utrecht, Holland


In Press

Cross-Gender Identifications in Haitian Vodou
"Spirits that Matter: Cross-Gender Identifications in Haitian Vodou. In Defying Binarism: Gender Dynamics in Caribbean Literature and Culture. Virginia University Press. Ed. Maria Cristina Fumagalli.


Works Submitted

Nicolás Guillén 
"Nicolás Guillén." Encyclopedia of the Caribbean. Ed. John Garrigus. Facts-on-File.


Book Proposal

Book Proposal