Lorrin Thomas

Lorrin Thomas

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Lorrin Thomas is an associate professor of history at Rutgers University-Camden, where she teaches Latin American and Caribbean history and the comparative history of the Americas. Her research explores ideas about rights and equality in the twentieth-century Americas. Her first book, Puerto Rican Citizen: History and Political Identity in Twentieth-Century New York City (2010), traces the complex meanings of citizenship for colonial migrants in the U.S. metropole. She is currently working on two books: a study of Puerto Rican politics and civil rights in the United States, with Aldo Lauria Santiago, and an examination of the politics of human rights in the Americas in the 1970s.


  • Puerto Rican Citizen
  • The Americas' Last Colony: Puerto Rico and the United States
  • Challenging the Racial Binary: Latinos in the United States
  • The University and the Streets: The Radical Roots of Ethnic Studies Programs
  • When We Talk about Human Rights: Mexico and the Other Americas in the 1970s


The Puerto Rican Citizen

Presented as part of "Puerto Rico: An Interdisciplinary Discussion about the Past, Present, and Future of this American Territory" at Central Connecticut State University in New Britain, Connecticut, in November 2017. Courtesy CCSU Media Center.

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