Laura Correa Ochoa
My research interests revolve around questions of race and citizenship in Latin America and the Caribbean, particularly Colombia. I specifically want to investigate how the processes of decolonization in the twentieth century shaped debates about race, blackness and citizenship throughout the Atlantic world. I am interested in how anti-colonial and antiracist movements in the Caribbean, Africa and North America, and philosophical currents such as Garveyism, Negritude and socialism converged in Colombia—and Latin America more generally—from the 1920s to the 1970s, shaping understandings of state-formation and struggles for citizenship and equality that continue today. I also want to evaluate how preoccupations of race intersected and shaped the histories of twentieth-century developmentalism, imperialism and democracy in Latin America. More broadly, I am interested in the relationship between geography and political consciousness: how ideas circulate across time and space, and how collective epistemologies, forms of identification, and configurations of race and nationhood are constructed transnationally.
I was born and raised in Colombia, and educated there as well as in the United States and Canada. I graduated in 2013 from the University of Toronto with a BA Honors with High Distinction in History and Political Science.