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First Name
Elizabeth S.
Last Name
Xavier University of Louisiana
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Caribbean, Dominican Republic, Jamaica, Puerto Rico, gender, women and politics, dictatorship, maternalism, tourism, sexuality, twentieth-century history, feminism
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About Me

Elizabeth Manley is a Kellogg Endowed Associate Professor of History at Xavier University of Louisiana in New Orleans. She is the author of The Paradox of Paternalism: Women and Authoritarian Politics in the Dominican Republic (University Press of Florida, 2017) and co-author of Cien Años de Feminismos Dominicanos with Ginetta Candelario and April Mayes. She has published articles in The Americas, The Journal of Women’s History, Small Axe, and The Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Latin American Research. She is also a contributing editor for the Library of Congress’ Handbook of Latin American Studies and the co-chair of the Haiti-Dominican Republic section of the Latin American Studies Association. Currently, she is conducting a research project on twentieth-century tourism development across the Caribbean that focuses on the role of women and gender in the construction of the region as island “paradise.”

Recent Publications

“Of Celestinas and Saints, or, Creating the Myths of Dominican Womanhood,” Small Axe (56, July 2018)

“Developing an Economy of Sex: Intersecting Histories of Tourism, Beach Boys, and Masculinity in Hispaniola” in April Mayes and Kiran Jayaram, eds. Transnational Hispaniola: Dialogues in History, Political Economy, and Culture (Spring 2018, University Press of Florida)

“Honest Citizens and a ‘Grave Moral Threat’: Prostitution, Public Women, and Political Transition in Post-Dictatorial Dominican Republic, 1964 – 1978,” Journal of Women’s History 29:4 (Winter 2017); 133-156.

The Paradox of Paternalism: Women and the Politics of Authoritarianism in the Dominican Republic (Gainesville: University Press of Florida, 2017)

“The Galíndez Case in the Dominican Republic,” Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Latin American History (2017)

Cien Anos del Feminismos Dominicanos, 1930 – 1965, Tomos I y II edited collection with April Mayes and Ginetta Candelario (Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic: Archivo General de la Nación, 2016)

“’Cream With Our Coffee’: Preservation Hall, Organized Labor, and New Orleans’ Musical Color Line, 1960 – 1970” in Thomas Adams and Steve Striffler, eds. Working in the Big Easy: The History of Politics and Labor in New Orleans             (Lafayette, LA: University of Louisiana Lafayette Press, 2014)

“Intimate Violations: Women and the Ajusticiamiento of Rafael Trujillo in the Dominican Republic, 1944 – 1961,” The Americas 69:1 (July 2012), 61-94.

Media Coverage
Country Focus
Caribbean; Dominican Republic
Expertise by Geography
Atlantic, Caribbean, Latin America
Expertise by Chronology
Modern, 20th century
Expertise by Topic
Gender, Human Rights, Politics, Rebellion & Revolution, Sexuality, Women