Aisha Finch

Aisha Finch

Aisha Finch

Associate Professor


Gender Studies
African American Studies

Office: 2210 Rolfe Hall


Phone: 310-206-1669

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Aisha Finch is an Associate Professor of Gender Studies and African American Studies, with an affiliation in the History Department. She earned her Ph.D. in History from New York University. Her research focuses on the study of slavery in Cuba and the Atlantic World, transnational Black feminism, and Black political movements and social life in the Caribbean, Latin America, and the U.S. She is the author of Rethinking Slave Rebellion in Cuba: La Escalera and the Insurgencies of 1841-1844, which received the Harriet Tubman Book Prize from the Schomburg Center’s Lapidus Center for the Historical Analysis of Transatlantic Slavery. She is also the co-editor (with Fannie Rushing) of Breaking the Chains, Forging the Nation: The Afro-Cuban Fight for Freedom and Equality, 1812-1912.  Broadly speaking, her work explores the radical Black practices of freedom and sovereignty that challenged slavery and colonialism in nineteenth-century Cuba, and the ways in which transnational genealogies of Black feminism engender alternative readings of the colonial archive. Her most recent articles explored enslaved women’s ritual work as alternative archives of freedom, and Black feminist practices and reimaginings of care. Her new research focuses on comparative histories of Black women and the sacred, and Black feminist movements in the Global Hispanophone.


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

Comparative Atlantic Slavery
Cuban History
Transnational Black Feminism
Caribbean and Latin American History
African Diaspora Studies
Black Cultural Studies

Selected Publications

“Introduction, Black Feminism and the Practice of Care,” Special Issue of Palimpsest: A Journal on Women, Gender, and the Black International, forthcoming Spring/Summer 2022 (co-editors Jessica Millward and Tiffany Willoughby-Herard)

“Cécile Fatiman and Petra Carabalí: Late Eighteenth-Century Haiti and Mid-Nineteenth-Century Cuba,” in As If She Were Free: A Collective Biography of Women and Emancipation in the Americas, Cambridge University Press, 2020

Review, Julius Scott, The Common Wind: Afro-American Currents in the Age of the Haitian Revolution, NewWest Indian Guide/Nieuwe West-Indische Gids Vol 94, no. 1-2 (2020)

“Black Feminist Knowledge Production, Archival Recuperation, and Slave Resistance Movements,” “The Body and the Body Politic Roundtable,” Women and Social Movements in the United States Vol. 23, no. 2 (2019): 1-4

Breaking the Chains, Forging the Nation: The Afro-Cuban Fight for Freedom and Equality, 1812-1912, Louisiana State University Press, 2019 (co-editor with Fannie Rushing)

“The Repeating Rebellion: Slave Resistance and Political Consciousness in Nineteenth-Century Cuba, 1812-1844, in Breaking the Chains, Making the Nation   

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

“‘What Looks Like a Revolution’: Enslaved Women and the Gendered Terrain of Slave Insurgencies in Cuba, 1843–1844,” Journal of Women’s History, Vol. 26, No. 1 (Spring 2014)

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


Ralph J. Bunche Center Community Grant

Harriet Tubman Book Prize, Lapidus Center for the Historical Analysis of Transatlantic Slavery, Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture

Finalist, Fredrick Douglass Book Prize, Gilder Lehrman Center for the Study of Slavery, Resistance, and Abolition, Yale University

Scholars Access Program Grant, Center for Research Libraries

UC President’s Faculty Fellowships in the Humanities

Ford Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship

Institute of American Cultures Research Grant in Ethnic Studies

Faculty Career Development Award

Faculty Research Grant, UCLA Council on Research

UCLA International Institute Faculty Research Award

UC Presidential Postdoctoral Fellowship

Ford Foundation Doctoral Fellowship

Lydia Cabrera Award, Conference on Latin American History, American Historical Association