Date of Award

May 2019

Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)


African American Studies


Herbert Ruffin II


Afro-Cuban, Albuquerque, Black, Cubans, Immigration, Resettlement

Subject Categories

Social and Behavioral Sciences


Using oral history interviews, this study collects and analyzes the narratives of fourteen Black Cuban migrants, residents of Albuquerque, New Mexico. Participants migrated to Albuquerque between 1994 and 2013, and either self-identify or were identified by others, as negro(a) or Afro-descendant. This study rejects notions of assimilation and focuses on the resettlement process and life experience of participants. This thesis uses many words used by participants to describe themselves and their experiences. The study investigates their resettlement process, paying close attention to how they navigate the notions of race and ethnicity in Albuquerque. This research identifies community and language as primary themes in the resettlement process of Black Cuban migrants, and analyzes these themes in depth.


Open Access



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