Aisha Finch

Aisha Finch

Aisha Finch

Vice Chair and Associate Professor


Vice Chair, Gender Studies
African American Studies

Office: 2210 Rolfe Hall


Phone: 310-206-1669

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Ph.D., History, New York University, 2007
M.A., History, New York University, 2003
B.A., English and Africana Studies, Brown University, 1998

Research Interests

Caribbean and Latin American History, African Diaspora Studies, Black Feminism, Comparative Slavery, Black Cultural Studies

Selected Publications

Rethinking Slave Rebellion in Cuba: La Escalera and the Insurgencies of 1841-1844, University of North Carolina Press, 2015

“The Repeating Rebellion: Slave Resistance and Political Consciousness in Nineteenth-Century Cuba, 1812-1844, in Breaking the Chains, Making the Nation: The Black Cuban Fight for Freedom and Equality,  (under review).

“‘What Looks like Revolution’: Women and the Gendered Terrain of Slave Insurgencies in Cuba,1843-44,” Journal of Women’s History, Vol. 26, No. 1 (Spring 2014).

With Piya Chatterjee, “Rethinking Bondage,” produced for the UCHRI Group “Working at Living: The Social Relations of Precarity,” e-scholarship, University of California, July 2013.

“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.

Review of Teresa Prados-Torreira’s Mambisas: Rebel Women in Nineteenth-Century Cuba, Journal of Colonialism and Colonial History. Vol. 7, No. 3 (2006).


Harriet Tubman Book Prize, Lapidus Center for the Historical Analysis of Transatlantic Slavery, Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, 2016
Finalist, Fredrick Douglass Book Prize, Gilder Lehrman Center for the Study of Slavery, Resistance, and Abolition, Yale University, 2016
UC President’s Faculty Fellowships in the Humanities, 2012
Ford Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship, 2012
UCLA Hellman Fellowship, Spring 2011
UC Presidential Postdoctoral Fellowship, University of California at Los Angeles, July 2007