rina cáceres gómez is a professor of history at the Universidad de Costa Rica.
She is the author of Negros, mulatos, esclavos y libertos en la Costa Rica del siglo
XVII (2000), the editor of Rutas de la esclavitud en Africa y América Latina (2001),
and editor with Paul Lovejoy of Haití: Revolución, independencia y emancipación
(2008). She coordinates the unesco/Universidad de Costa Rica project on Afro-
Central American history and memory, Del Olvido a la Memoria.
lowell gudmundson is a professor of Latin American studies and history at
Mount Holyoke College. His return to Afro–Central American research after a
lengthy absence was thanks to the inspiration of Rina Cáceres and Mauricio
Meléndez, as well as the support of the National Endowment for the Humanities
Collaborative Research Program (2001–3). His collaborative project at the Uni-
versidad Nacional, where he began his academic career in 1975, completes a
long-term project on coffee and the lessons of Costa Rican development, with the
support of a National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship (2008–9).
ronald harpelle teaches history at Lakehead University. He is the author of
The West Indians of Costa Rica: Race, Class and the Integration of an Ethnic Minor-
ity (2001). He continues to conduct research on the history of British West In-
dian immigration and settlement on the Caribbean coast of the Central American
isthmus, but he has also been commissioned, with Dr. Bruce Muirhead of the
University of Waterloo, to write an intellectual history of Canada’s International
Development Research Centre. In addition he is conducting research and par-
ticipating in the production of a six-part series on Canada’s role in international
juliet hooker is an associate professor of government at the University of Texas,
Austin. She is the author of Race and the Politics of Solidarity (2009) and articles
on multicultural citizenship, race and nationalism, and Afro-descendant politics
in Latin America that have appeared in the Journal of Latin American Studies, the
Latin American Research Review, and Souls: A Critical Journal of Black Politics,
Culture and Society.