Aisha Finch

Assistant Professor, Gender Studies and Afro-American Studies

2210 Rolfe Hall

Michelle Erai, Ph.D., Assistant Professor


African Diaspora Studies, Black Feminism, Caribbean and Latin American History, Race and Gender in Cuba, Comparative Slavery, Black Cultural Studies


Ph.D. in History, New York University 2007
M.A. in History, New York University 2003
B.A. in English and Afro-American Studies, Brown University, 1998


Insurgency Interrupted: Cuban Slaves and the Resistance Movements of 1843-1844, book manuscript in progress

“‘What Looks like Revolution’: Women and the Gendered Terrain of Slave Insurgencies in Cuba, 1843-44,” forthcoming article

“Black Domestics and the Bending of Time: Black Female Embodiment
and Neo-Mammy Nostalgia in The Help,” article in progress

“Scandalous Scarcities: Black Slave Women, Plantation Domesticity, and Travel Writing in Nineteenth-Century Cuba,” Journal of Historical Sociology, Vol. 23, No. 1 (March 2010): 101-143

“Slavery,” Encyclopedia of Latino and Latina History, D. H. Figueredo, ed., New York: Facts on File, forthcoming 2012.



Ford Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship, 2012   
University of California President’s Faculty Fellowship in the Humanities, 2012
UCLA Hellman Fellowship, 2011
UCLA Institute of American Cultures Research Grant in Ethnic Studies, 2010
UCLA Faculty Senate Research Grant, 2010
UCLA International Institute Faculty Research Award, 2010
University of California President’s Postdoctoral Fellowship, 2007