Dr. Víctor M. Torres-Vélez is an Assistant Professor in the Latin American & Caribbean Studies Unit of the Humanities Department at Eugenio María de Hostos Community College, City University of New York. He received his B.A. from the University of Puerto Rico (1996) and his M.A. (2003) and Ph.D. (2007) from Michigan State University.  He is a critical medical anthropologist by training, who specializes in gender, justice and environmental change. Dr. Torres-Vélez' interdisciplinary theoretical expertise and interests are diverse. Some of these include: gender, race, environmental justice, and theories of social change. Dr. Torres-Vélez' regional focus is Latinx and Latin America and the Caribbean, with an emphasis in Puerto Rico.


  • PhD Medical Anthropology, Michigan State University, Lansing
  • MA Anthropology, Michigan State University, Lansing
  • BA Anthropology, University of Puerto Rico, Río Piedras


Medical anthropology, environmental justice, critical race theory, gender, transnationalism, migration, social movements, Caribbean, Latin America, and Latinx.


  • 2018    Torres-Vélez, Víctor M.  Reification, Biomedicine, and Bombs: Women's Politicization in Vieques' Social Movement. In Disability Studies and the Environmental Humanities: Toward an Eco-Crip Theory. Editors: Sarah Jaquette Ray and J. C. Sibara. The University of Nebraska Press.
  • 2013    Torres-Vélez, Víctor M., S. Molinari, and K. Lawrence. Conjuring the Close from Afar: A Border-Crossing Tale of Vieques’ Activism and Obama-Empire. Souls: A Critical Journal of Black Politics, Culture, and Society. Vol. 15, Num. 1-2, January-June, 89-109.
  • 2011    Torres-Vélez, Víctor M.  Puerto Ricans and the Green Jobs Gap in New York City. Centro: Journal of Puerto Rican Studies. Vol. XXIII, Num. 2, Fall, 94-113.
  • 2010    Torres-Vélez, Víctor M. ¿Un Puerto Rico Postcolonial? Vieques, Antimilitarismo y Subjetividad Postnacional.  Caribbean Studies Association News Letter, Fall, Vol. 38, Num. 2.

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