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  • Aldo A. Lauria-Santiago, Ph.D.
  • Professor, Director of the Center for Latin American Studies
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  • Office: B-200 | Lucy Stone Hall, Livingston Campus
  • Phone: 848-445-3824

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  • Johana Londoño, Ph.D.
  • Associate Professor
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  • Office: Office: Lucy Stone Hall Room A258
  • Phone: (848) 445-4344


2012 | PhD, American Studies, Department of Social & Cultural Analysis, New York University

2004 | BFA, The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art



Latinx Urban Culture and History; Barrios; Gentrification; Comparative Ethnic Studies; Social and Cultural Theory; Architecture and Urban Design; Aesthetics and Visual Culture.



Professor Londoño is an Associate Professor in the Department of Latino and Caribbean Studies at Rutgers University, New Brunswick. She holds a PhD in American Studies from NYU and a BFA from The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art. Her research examines how Latinx cultures are produced and visualized in the built environment. Londoño is the author of Abstract Barrios: The Crises of Latinx Visibility in US Cities (Duke University Press: 2020), which received funding from the Graham Foundation and the 2021 Best Book Award from the Latin American Studies Association—Latino Studies Section. Her work is included in several edited volumes, such as The Routledge Companion to Architectural Pedagogies of the Global South (Routledge), Latino Urbanism (NYU Press), and Race and Retail (Rutgers Press). Her articles on Latinx urbanisms appear in the journals American Quarterly, Social Semiotics, and Identities. Her research has previously benefited from the Princeton-Mellon Foundation Fellowship in Architecture, Urbanism, and Humanities, the Ford Foundation Dissertation and Postdoctoral Fellowships, and the Northeast Consortium for Faculty Diversity, among other fellowships and grants. She has served on the Líderes Board of the LatinoJustice Organization (PRLDEF), as co-chair of the Latina/o Studies Section of LASA, and as board member of the Urban History Association. Londoño is a founding member of the US Colombianidades Editorial Collective, with which she co-edited the first journal issue to inaugurate the scholarly field of US Colombianidades (published in Latino Studies Journal in 2020) and is currently working on an edited book on the same topic. Born in Medellin, Colombia and raised since the age of one in Union City, NJ, Londoño is also interested in contributing to the scholarship on Latinx and Caribbean diasporas in New Jersey.



595:101 Latino Studies

595:295 Latinx/Caribbean Cultural Studies 




Abstract Barrios: The Crises of Latinx Visibility in Cities (Duke University Press, 2020)

Winner of the 2021 Best Book Award from the Latin American Studies Association—Latino Studies Section



Ariana Ochoa Camacho, Maria E. Cepeda, Jennifer Harford Vargas, and Johana Londoño, US Colombianx Studies. (In progress).



Lina Rincon, Johana Londoño, Jennifer Harford-Vargas, and Maria Elena Cepeda, eds. “US

Colombianidades and the Future of Latinx Studies.” Special Issue, Latino Studies Journal, 18(2020): 301-325.

Londoño, Johana and Arlene Dávila, eds. 2010. “Race and the Cultural Spaces of

Neoliberalism.” Special Issue, Identities: Global Studies in Culture and Power Journal 17, no. 5 (Sept.-Oct.): 455-457.





Londoño, Johana. “Critical Latina/o Urban Studies in Metropolitan Perspective: The Case

of Latina/o-majority Union City, NJ.” In “Race and Space,” eds. Wendy Cheng and Rashad Shabazz, special issue, Occasion (Arcade: A Digital Salon, Open Access Journal at Stanford University), no. 8 (August 2015): 1-13.

Londoño, Johana. “The Latino-ness of Type: Design Identities and their uses in

Contemporary Culture.” In “Typographic Landscaping: Creativity, Ideology and Movement,” ed. Johan Järlehed and Adam Jaworski, special issue, Social Semiotics, 25.2 (March 2015):142-150.

Londoño, Johana. “Barrio Affinities: Transnational Inspiration and the Geopolitics of

Latina/o Design.” In “Americas Quarterly,” eds. Macarena Gómez-Barris and Licia Fiol-Matta, special issue, American Quarterly, 66.3 (September 2014):529-548.

Londoño, Johana. “Latino Design in an Age of Neoliberal Multiculturalism: Contemporary

Changes in Latin/o American Urban Cultural Representation.” In “Race and the Cultural Spaces of Neoliberalism,” eds. Johana Londoño and Arlene Dávila, special issue, Identities: Global Studies in Culture and Power Journal, 17.5 (Sept.-Oct.2010): 487-509.



Londoño, Johana. "The Global South in the North: A Call for Latinx Urbanism in the US

Architecture Curriculum," in The Routledge Companion to Architectural Pedagogies of the Global South, eds. Harriet Harriss, Ashraf M. Salama, and Ane Gonzalez Lara. New York: Routledge, 2022.

Londoño, Johana. “Urban Designers and the Politics of Latinizing the Built Environment.” In Critical Diálogos in Latina and Latino Studies, ed. Ana Y. Ramos-Zayas and Merida Rua. New York: NYU Press, 2021.

Londoño, Johana and Erualdo Gonzalez. “The Changing Politics of Latino Consumption:

Debates in Santa Ana’s Revitalization.” In Race and Retail: Consumption Across the Color Line, eds. Mia Bay and Ann Fabian, 176-199. New Brunswick: Rutgers Press, 2015.

Londoño, Johana. “Aesthetic Belonging: The Latinization and Renewal of Union City, NJ.” In

Latino Urbanism: The Politics of Planning, Policy and Redevelopment, eds. David Diaz and Rodolfo Torres, 47-64. New York: NYU Press, 2012.



  • Best Book Award from the Latin American Studies Association—Latino Studies Section, 2021
  • Best Dissertation Prize from the Latino Studies Section of the Latin American Studies Association, 2013
  • Honorable Mention for Best Dissertation from the Puerto Rican Studies Association, 2012



  • Ford Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship in the field of American Studies, Host institution: Columbia University, 2017-18
  • Inaugural Fellow of the Princeton-Mellon Foundation Fellowship in Architecture, Urbanism, and Humanities at Princeton University, 2014-2015
  • Ford Foundation Dissertation Fellowship in the field of American Studies, 2010-2011
  • Visiting Dissertation Scholar-in-Residence, Northeast Consortium for Faculty Diversity, Host campus: Northeastern University, School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs, 2010-11
  • Smithsonian Latino Museum Studies Program Fellow Summer, 2010
  • MacCracken multi-year fellowship award for a PhD in American Studies, 2004–2009
  • NYU The Graduate School of Arts and Science Dean’s Supplement Fellowship, 2004–07



Role: Principal Investigator

Project: Latin American, Caribbean and Latina/o Knowledge Creation Support

Source: SSRC/NEH Sustaining Humanities Infrastructure Program

Time Period: April 2022 – May 2023

Total Funding: $99,763

Role: Principal Investigator

Project: Book titled, Abstract Barrios: Visualizing the Crises of Latinx Belonging in Cities

Source: The Graham Foundation Production Grant

Time Period: March 2017

Total Funding: $7500


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  • Michelle Stephens, Ph.D.
  • Executive Director
  • Institute for the Study of Global Racial Justice
  • Professor, English and LCS
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  • Office: Room 008, Murray Hall, College Avenue Campus
  • Phone: (848) 932-7974

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