LUIS APONTE- PARÉS is an associate professor of community planning and Latino studies at the College of Public and Community Services of the University of Massachusetts, Boston. His research interests include the representation of Latinos in the urban milieu, the social formations and institutions of Latino gay men, and the history of Puerto Ricans in the United States. His most recent publications include articles on casitas as well as on the Puerto Rican struggles against displacement during the 1960s and 1970s in places such as El Barrio. Presently, Mr. Aponte-Parés is director of Latino Studies at the University of Massachusetts, Boston.
AMÍLCAR TIRADO AVILéS is currently a professor affiliated with Carlos Albizu University (previously known as Caribbean Center for Advanced Studies), and the Interamerican University in Puerto Rico. He is a Ph.D. candidate in History at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York and previously was affiliated with the Center for Puerto Rican Studies at Hunter College, City University of New York. He has published essays on Puerto Rican women, nationalism, and labor movements and is preparing a book on the history of Puerto Ricans in El Barrio, East Harlem.
KAREN BACKSTEIN is an independent scholar who has written widely on Brazilian popular culture, dance, religion, and cinema. In addition to regularly teaching these topics in different academic institutions in the area, Ms. Backstein writes book and film reviews for Cineaste, The Quarterly Review of Film, and The International Journal of Cultural Studies. Her great love and major research area is Brazilian popular culture, and she enhances her appreciation of it by taking dance and percussion classes.