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Eileen Findlay

Professor Department of History

Additional Positions at AU

  • Director of Undergraduate Studies
  • Affiliated Faculty, Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
  • Outstanding University-Wide Full-Time Teacher (2016)
Eileen Findlay graduated from Oberlin College and the University of Wisconsin, Madison, where she held a Jacob Javits fellowship. Her latest book, 'We Are Left Without a Father Here': Masculinity, Domesticity, and Migration in Post-War Puerto Rico was published by Duke University Press. Findlay's first book, Imposing Decency: The Politics of Sexuality and Race in Puerto Rico, 1870-1920 was also published with Duke University Press. In her article, “Courtroom Tales of Sex and Honor: Rapto and Rape in Late-Nineteenth Century Puerto Rico,” published in Sueann Caulfield, et al, eds., Honor, Status, and the Law in Modern Latin America, Findlay began to explore her current interest in laboring people’s artistic and political shaping of oral narratives. She has continued these investigations through her development of two oral history projects, one with Cuban ex-revolutionaries living in Miami, Florida, and the other with Nuyorican return migrants to Puerto Rico, from which she has published a number of articles.


PhD, 1995, Latin American History, University of Wisconsin, Madison
BA, 1982, Religion, Oberlin College

Languages Spoken
Fluent Spanish
Proficient French
CAS - History
Battelle Tompkins - 129
On Leave
Contact Info
(202) 885-6264 (Office)

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See Also
Department of History


  • Fall 2016

Scholarly, Creative & Professional Activities

Selected Publications

  • "Artful Narration: Puerto Rican Women Return Migrants'  Life Stories," The Journal of Women's History (Winter 2010)
  • "Portable Roots: Latin New Yorker Community Building and the Meanings of Women's Return Migration in San Juan, Puerto Rico, 1960-2000", Caribbean Studies (Spring 2010)
  • “Courtroom Tales of Sex and Honor: Rape and Rapto in Nineteenth Century Puerto Rico” in Sueann Caulfield, Sarah Chambers, and Lara Putnam, eds., Honor, Status, and the Law in Modern Latin America (Duke University Press)
  • Imposing Decency: The Politics of Sexuality and Race in Puerto Rico, 1870-1920 (Duke University Press)


Work In Progress

  • A Moving Target: Shifting Meanings of Race in San Juan-Based Nuyorican Life History Narratives
  • The Romance of Disillusion: Anti-Politics in Cuban ExRevolutionaries  Life Stories
  • We Are Left Without a Father Here: Transnational Domesticity, Colonial Populism, and Puerto Rican Labor Migration, 1935-1960 (Book Manuscript)

Honors, Awards, and Fellowships

  • Alice Paul Award for Life-long Achievement in the Advancement for Women
  • University Award for Outstanding Teaching in the General Education Program
  • Distinguished Faculty Award from the Offices of Multicultural Affairs and International Student Services, American University
  • Office of GLBTA Award for Outstanding Faculty Member