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Department of Latin American, Latino and Puerto Rican Studies

Faculty - Milagros Ricourt

Milagros RicourtE-mail Address:
Phone Number: 718-960-1880
Office: Carman Hall, Room 282
Rank: Professor
Degrees and Sources of Degrees: B.A., Universidad Autonoma de Santo Domingo; M.A., Ph.D., City Univ. of New York

Academic Interests

Hispaniola and race/ethnic relations between Haitians and Dominicans, the historical roots of Dominican racism, social variables (mulatage, social mobility, processes of colonization, Spanish and French colonialism, poverty and abandonment, social relations, the Haitian Revolution, Jean Pierre Boyer’s unification of the island), negritude. Migration, immigrant women and community.


Professor Ricourt’s early research was the ethnographic work she conducted in the New Immigrants and Old American Project of Queens College, City University of New York, directed by Roger Sanjek.  Her dissertation and book Hispanas de Queens were based on the ethnographic work conducted in Corona, Queens as part of this project. She conducted additional research in Washington Heights while doing a post-Doctoral Fellowship in the Milano School of Urban Studies at the New School. The data collected produced the book Power from the Margins. Other research includes Dominican peasantry,  domestic violence in the Dominican community of Washington Heights, New York City, and Dominican undocumented immigration to Puerto Rico.


  • Hispanas de Queens: Latino Panethnicity in a New York City Neighborhood, Ithaca: Cornell University Press.
  • Power from the Margins: Dominicans in New York City, New York: Routledge.
  • “Price-Mars et son antithèse dominicaine” in Jean Price-Mars Ainsi parla l’oncle suivi de Revisiter l’oncle, Montreal: Mèmoire d’encrier, 2009.
  • “La identificación étnica y la transdonicanidad en Nueva York”. Global: La revista de la Fundación Global Democracia y Desarrollo. Volumen 5, No. 20, 2008: 36-42.
  • “Reaching the Promised Land: Undocumented Dominican Migration to Puerto Rico.” Centro Journal, Vol. XIX, No. 2 2007: 324-343.
  • Nombrando La Esperanza: Mujeres Dominicanas hablan de violencia doméstica. Centro de Desarrollo de la Mujer Dominicana, Washington Heights, New York City, 2006.
  • “From MamáTingó to Globalization: Dominican Peasant Women.” Women’s Studies Review, Lehman College, CUNY, 2003.