Gerard Aching

Professor of Africana and Romance Studies, Cornell University

Gerard Aching is professor of Africana and Romance Studies. He specializes in 19th- and 20th-century Caribbean literatures and intellectual histories, theories of modernism and modernity in Latin America, and the relation of literature, philosophy, and slavery in plantation America. His most recent book is Freedom from Liberation: Slavery, Sentiment, and Literature in Cuba (Indiana, 2015).

His current research and teaching focus on slave narratives, the history and cultures of sugar production in the transatlantic world, and the Underground Railroad. His Underground Railroad Research Project, which entails field work in Central and Western New York, informs his new book project, The Promise of Rebirth: A Contemporary Approach to the Underground Railroad.