Jorge L. Giovannetti is an Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of Puerto Rico, where he is also affiliated with the Institute of Caribbean Studies, serving as Book Review Editor of the journal Caribbean Studies. A former British Academy Scholar, he has held visiting appointments at London Metropolitan University in the United Kingdom and Princeton University in the United States.
His field of interest is the historical sociology of the Caribbean and he has written on popular music in Jamaica and Puerto Rico and intra-Caribbean migration to Cuba and the Dominican Republic, with focus on issues of race, ethnicity, identity, and nationalism. More recently he has made research incursions into the sociology of slavery, the public representation of the slave past, and the intellectual history of anthropology during and after the Second World War. He is also interested in the sociology of fear and racial and ethnic violence. In recent years, he has made consistent efforts to intervene publicly on issues of social, cultural, and political significance through newspaper columns in Puerto Rico Daily Sun, El Nuevo Día, Claridad, and Diálogo.
Giovannetti is currently revising a book manuscript tentatively entitled “Black British Subjects in Cuba” for its publication and working on a new collaborative project on the anthropology of the Caribbean after the Second World War.