Jean Muteba Rahier, PhD

Department of Anthropology
African and African Diaspora Studies
African and African Diaspora Studies Program
Florida International University
Miami, FL 33199, USA


Dr. Rahier is Professor of Anthropology and African and African Diaspora Studies at Florida International University (FIU), where he also serves as director of the African and African Diaspora Studies Program. He received his PhD in sociology from the Université de Paris X, at Nanterre, France. He is the author of La Décima: Poesía Oral Negra del Ecuador (Quito, Ecuador: Abya-Yala, 1987); Kings for Three Days: The Play of Race and Gender in an Afro-Ecuadorian Festival (The University of Illinois Press, 2013); and Blackness in the Andes: Ethnographic Vignettes of Cultural Politics in the Time of Multiculturalism (Palgrave-Macmillan 2014); and the editor or co-editor of four books: Representations of Blackness and the Performance of Identities (Westport: Bergin & Garvey, 1999); Problematizing Blackness: Self-Ethnographies by Black Immigrants to the United States (Routledge, 2003); Global Circuits of Blackness: Interrogating the African Diaspora (The University of Illinois Press, 2010); and Black Social Movements in Latin America: From Monocultural Mestizaje to Multiculturalism (Palgrave-Macmillan 2012). He has authored more than 80 articles and book chapters, and was, from January 2002 to the summer 2007, the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Latin American and Caribbean Anthropology: the peer-reviewed journal of the Society for Latin American and Caribbean Anthropology.

Research Interest

His most important research orientation has been focused on the African diaspora in Latin America, and particularly in Ecuador. Along the years, he has also been conducting intensive research in Belgian colonial archives for a book project on the intersections of race, power, and sex in the context of Belgian colonialism in the Congo DRC, where he was born. He has also engaged in research on roots/heritage tourism in Juffureh, Albreda and Kunta Kinteh Island in The Gambia, West Africa.

Scientific Activities


• (October 2, 2014) Received the Florida International University Faculty Award for Excellence in Research and Creative Activities
• Awarded the designation Outstanding Academic Title published in 2012 by Choice, in its January 2013 issue, for Black Social Movements in Latin America: From Monocultural Mestizaje to Multiculturalism
• (July 1997) Organizer and Coordinator of the Symposium Representations of Blackness in the Context of Festivity, during the 49th International Congress of Americanists (I.C.A.), Quito, Ecuador
• (March-April 1995) Co-Organizer of the African and African-American Film Festival 1995 at Louisiana State University
• (March 1994) Co-Organizer of the African Film Festival at Louisiana State University
• (1989) Scholarship for Graduate Studies awarded by the Agence Générale de la Coopération au Dévelopment (A.G.C.D.) of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Belgium for fieldwork in Ecuador
• Member of the American Anthropological Association (AAA). In the AAA, member of the Association of Black Anthropologists, the Society for Latin American and Caribbean Anthropology, the Association for Africanist Anthropology
• Member of the Cultural Studies Association, and of the Latin American Studies Association (LASA)
• Member of the Central African Studies Association (CASA) and of the African Studies Association (ASA)
• At FIU Affiliated Faculty of the Latin American and Caribbean Center (LACC) and of the Center for Women and Gender Studies


1. Rahier JM, Prosper M. Afro-descendants and the shift to multiculturalism in the new Latin American constitutions and other special laws: particularities of the Andean region. Studies and Research on as Americas (a journal of the Center Research and Post-Graduação on as Americas – CEPPAC – Universidade de Brasília, Brazil). Special Dossiê: African descendants na Latin America and Caribbean. [Spanish] 2014; 8(1): 220-237.
2. Rahier JM. From invisibilidad to participation in state corporatism: Afro-Ecuadorians and the constitutional processes of 1998 and 2008. Identities: Global Studies in Culture and Power. 2011; 18(5): 502-527.
3. Rahier JM. Hypersexual black women in the ecuadorian common sense: An examination of visual and other representations. Civilizations. [French] International Journal of Anthropology and Humanities. Free University of Brussels, Belgium. 2011; 60(1): 59-80.
4. Rahier JM. Fútbol and the (Tri-) color of the ecuadorian nation: Ideological and visual (Dis) continuities of black otherness from monocultural mestizaje to multiculturalism. Visual Anthropology Review. 2008; 24(2): 148-182.
5. Rahier JM. The world cup 2006 and the ecuadorian team: Otherness speech in the internet and in the press. Discourse and society. Multidisciplinary Internet magazine. 2008; 2(3): 609-641.
6. Rahier JM. Race, Fútbol, and the Ecuadorian Nation: El Mundial 2006 and the Ideological Biology of (Non-)Citizenship. E-misférica. Performance and Politics in the Americas 2008; 5(2): 1-20.
7. Rahier JM. Guest editor of a special issue of the Journal of Latin American Anthropology on Mestizaje, Mulataje, and Mestiçagem in Latin American Ideologies of National Identity. 2003; 8(1): 40-171.
8. Rahier JM. The Ghost of Leopold II: The belgian royal museum of Central Africa and its dusty colonialist exhibition. Research in African Literature. 2003; 34(1): 58-84.
9. Rahier JM. Mestizaje, Mulataje, and Mestiçagem in Latin American ideologies of national identities. Journal of Latin American Anthropology. 2003; 8(1): 40-51.
10. Rahier JM. Mom, what does the black want? Racist representations in Vistazo magazine, 1957-1991. Afro-Asian Studies, year. [Portuguese] 2001; 23(1): 1-24.
11. Rahier JM. Body politics in black and white: Ladies, women, bleaching and miss 1997-1998 Esmeraldas, Ecuador. Women and performance. A Journal of Feminist Theory. 1999; 11(21): 103-119.
12. Rahier JM. Afrocentric imaginations of Africa by Americans: When black men ruled the World of L.H. Clegg, and a prince in New York from Eddie Murphy. Notebooks Anthropology and Image (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil). [Portuguese] 1999; 9(2): 51-64.
13. Rahier JM. Blackness, the racial/spatial order, migrations, and Miss Ecuador 1995-1996. American Anthropologist. 1998; 100(2): 421-430.