Yvonne Captain

Yvonne Captain
Sabbatical AY 2022-23 Associate Professor of Latin American Literature & Film and International Affairs
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Professor Captain is on sabbatical and is a Visiting Researcher at the Department of African American Studies at Georgetown University.  When on her home campus, she teaches courses related to Latin America and International Affairs at George Washington University. She is an expert on the African Diaspora, and South-South relations, particularly between Latin America and Africa. As a cultural and intellectual historian, Professor Captain considers the ways in which the past impinges on the present. This includes the whole of Latin American letters, and with specific emphasis on the thought processes of the most gifted writers and thinkers of Afro-Latin America. She and two colleagues recently completed an edited volume on African migration in the twenty-first century that is under review. Her latest project examines African surnames in the Americas, and is a multi-year, collaborative effort with colleagues in Brazil and Colombia. She publishes, interviews, and lectures widely on the subjects of South-South relations, and the African Diaspora. Professor Captain received her Ph.D. from Stanford University and holds a Masters of International Policy and Practice at the university where she teaches.



  • "International Organization (IO) Theory and Online Afro-Latin America" in Afro-Digital Connections: Afro-Latino and Afro-Descendant Cultural Production in the Digital Age. 2021. Eduard Arriaga and Andrés Villar, eds.; University of Florida Press: 96-118
  • “Side Gigs of the Literati:  Humanitarianism at Its Best”. Revista Internacional de Cooperación y Desarrollo. No. 7.1. enero-junio 2020:  62-8. DOI:10.21500/23825014.4731
  • “Aída Cartagena-Portalatín: ¿intelectual entre iguales?” Afro-Hispanic Review (Spring 2015) Vol 34.1:  47-58 

Office Hours

Professor Captain is on sabbatical and will not hold office hours this year.


Some Awards and Honors

Classes Taught

  • SPAN 3420: "The Essayistic Tradition in Latin America" 
  • SPAN 3430: "Afro-Latin America in the Diaspora"