Claudia Milian

Claudia Milian

Professor of Romance Studies

External address: 217C Language Ctr, Box 90257, Durham, NC 27708
Internal address: Box 90257, Durham, NC 27708-0257
Phone: (919) 660-3127
Claudia Milian, a scholar of Latino/a Studies, works in comparative and interdisciplinary studies and forges intersections among the vast intellectual traditions of Latina/o Studies, Latin American Studies, African American Studies, southern studies, and hemispheric American Studies. Her areas of inquiry push for broader geographies, flows, circulations, and epistemologies wherein a global Latino/a Studies has an active and equal voice in academic disciplines. Milian’s mélange of scholarly interests lie in cultural studies; critical race theory; the genomic era; citizenship; decoloniality; climate change and environmental degradation; the global south; twentieth-century U.S., Latin American, Latino/a, and African American literature; and translation studies.

She is the author of Latining America: Black-Brown Passages and the Coloring of Latino/a Studies (University of Georgia Press, 2013), a monograph that charts a different but coeval path for how cultural signifiers for the U.S. Latino or Latina have been accessed by an unexpected circle of Latin participants: U.S. African Americans, brown-dark brown Latinos and Latinas, and “problematic” subgroups like Central Americans. Milian’s analysis is a reevaluation of the tools of Latinoness and Latinaness, exploring not who but what constitutes the Latino and Latina subject. Latining America demonstrates that blacks and browns bleed into each other’s color lines, delving into the cultural connections and global crossing color lines of blackness, brownness, and dark brownness.

Milian is actively at work on her second book project, titled Deracination Americana, which turns to the Latin suffix “-ana” to frame a collection of “things” associated with a continental America. In it, she considers the creation and dissemination of global Latino/a cultures with particular attention to the contrasts in how they are localized and intellectually incorporated in the global south. Deracination Americana examines the various locations of Latinos and Latinas outside the United States, drawing from literary production, blogs, popular print culture, and other reflections on the experience of being––and navigating––iterations of Latinoness across geographies and media. This study is preoccupied with Latinoness and Latinaness as forms of deracination that bring about distinct articulations of a subject that are not bound to nation but are linked by different patterns of emergence, national detachments, varying degrees of “homelessness,” new socially and politically constructed families, and DNA testing and the formation of an international “Latino” genetic ethnicity.

Milian serves as an Associate Editor at Cultural Dynamics, and is the co-editor of two special journal issues: the Fall 2012 edition of The Global South on “Interoceanic Diasporas and The Panama Canal’s Centennial” and the Summer 2013 volume of Latino Studies on “U.S. Central Americans: Representations, Agency, and Communities.” Her writings have appeared in A Companion to African American Studies; The Latin American Fashion Reader; A Companion to Racial and Ethnic Studies; LASA Forum; The C. L. R. James Journal: A Publication of the Caribbean Philosophical Association; Aztlán: A Journal of Chicano Studies; Studies in Latin American Popular Culture; Nepantla: Views from South; and among other publications, Callaloo: A Journal of African Diaspora Arts and Letters.


  • Ph.D., Brown University 2001
  • B.A., Hampshire College 1994

Milian, C. “The mesoamerican corridor, central American transits, and Latina/o becomings.” The Cambridge History of Latina/o American Literature, 2018, pp. 674–90. Scopus, doi:10.1017/9781316869468.035. Full Text

Milian, C. “Latinos and the like: Reading mixture and deracination.” The Cambridge Companion to Latina/o American Literature, 2016, pp. 195–212. Scopus, doi:10.1017/CBO9781107045385.013. Full Text

Milian, C. “Reconceptualizing Mestizaje through Afro-Latinidad.” The Cambridge Companion to Latina/o Literature, edited by John Morán González, Cambridge University Press, 2014.

Milian, C. “Repetition: Neocolonial Novela.” Nothing Moments Short Story Collection, edited by Steven Hull et al., Nothing Moments Publishing, 2007, pp. 196–207.

Milian, C. “Playing with the Dark: Africana and Latino Literary Imaginations.” A Companion to African-American Studies, edited by Lewis R. Gordon and Jane Anna Gordon, Blackwell Publishing, 2006, pp. 543–568.

Milian, C. “Fashioning U.S. Salvadoranness: Unveiling the Faces of Christy Turlington and Rosa Lopez.” The Latin American Fashion Reader, edited by Regina A. Root, Berg Publishers, 2005, pp. 263–279.

Milian, C. “New Languages, New Humanities: The "Mixed Race" Narrative and the Borderlands.” A Companion to Racial and Ethnic Studies, edited by David Theo Goldberg and John Solomos, Blackwell Publishing, 2002, pp. 355–364.

Milian, C. “LatinX studies: Variations and velocities.” Cultural Dynamics, vol. 31, no. 1–2, Feb. 2019, pp. 3–15. Scopus, doi:10.1177/0921374019826196. Full Text

Milian, C. “Crisis management and the Latinx child.” English Language Notes, vol. 56, no. 2, Oct. 2018, pp. 8–24. Scopus, doi:10.1215/00138282-6960680. Full Text

Milian, C. “Extremely Latin, XOXO: Notes on LatinX.” Cultural Dynamics, vol. 29, no. 3, Aug. 2017, pp. 121–40. Scopus, doi:10.1177/0921374017727850. Full Text

Milian, C. “Author's response.” Cultural Dynamics, vol. 26, no. 1, Jan. 2014, pp. 121–27. Scopus, doi:10.1177/0921374013510806. Full Text

Arias, A., and C. Milian. “US Central Americans: Representations, agency and communities.” Latino Studies, vol. 11, no. 2, June 2013, pp. 131–49. Scopus, doi:10.1057/lst.2013.1. Full Text

Milian, C. “Lewis Gordon’s Semiotic Analysis of "Race," Existential Phenomenology, and Mulatinidad.” The C.L.R. James Journal: A Publication of the Caribbean Philosophical Association, edited by Paget Henry and Nelson Maldonado-Torres, vol. 14, 2008, pp. 285–295.

Milian, C. “Caramelo. By Sandra Cisneros.” Aztlán: A Journal of Chicano Studies, vol. 31, 2006, pp. 181–185.

Milian, C. “Studying New World Negro Problems: Open Double Consciousness and Mulatinidad in Edwidge Danticat’s The Farming of Bones.” The C.L.R. James Journal: A Review of Caribbean Ideas, vol. 10, 2004, pp. 123–153.

Milian, C. “Mestizaje: Critical Uses of Race in Chicano Culture. By Rafael Pe´rez-Torres.” Aztla´N: A Journal of Chicano Studies, vol. 32, pp. 237–242.

Milian, C. “Open Double Consciousness and Mulatinidad in Latino America.” Cuaderno Internacional De Estudios Humanísticos Y Literatura (Ciehl) / International Journal of Humanistic Studies and Literature, vol. 9, Universidad de Puerto Rico en Hamacao Departamento de Humanidades, pp. 90–106.


Milian, C., and Ifeoma Kiddoe Nwankwo. “Interoceanic Diasporas and The Panama Canal’s Centennial.” The Global South, vol. 6, Indiana University Press, 2012.

Milian, C. Boundaries of Un/Belonging. 2009.

Milian, C. “Locating the Ephemeral South in the Latin Americanization of LASA.” Lasa Forum, vol. 38, 2007, pp. 23–25.

Milian, C. “McOndo and Latinidad: An Interview with Edmundo Paz Soldán.” Studies in Latin American Popular Culture, vol. 24, 2005, pp. 139–149.

Milian, C. “Brown Is the Color of Philosophy: An Interview with Richard Rodriguez.” Nepantla: Views From South, vol. 4, 2003, pp. 269–282.

Milian, C. “An Interview with Manlio Argueta.” Ciberletras, 2002.

Milian, C. “An Interview with Danzy Senna.” Callaloo: A Journal of African Diaspora Arts and Letters, vol. 25, 2002, pp. 447–52.