Angel Nieves

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Dr. Angel David Nieves is an Associate Professor at Hamilton College, Clinton, N.Y. He is currently Co-Directing Hamilton's Digital Humanities Initiative (DHi), a $1.75 million Mellon Foundation Grant funded project (http://www.dhinitiative.org). He is also the Director of the American Studies Program and is a founding member of the Cinema and New Media Studies (CNMS) minor. Nieves’ scholarly work and community-based activism critically engages with issues of race and the built environment in cities across the Global South.

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Dr. Angel David Nieves is an Associate Professor at Hamilton College, Clinton, N.Y. He is currently Co-Directing Hamilton's Digital Humanities Initiative (DHi), a $1.75 million Mellon Foundation Grant funded project (http://www.dhinitiative.org). He is also the Director of the American Studies Program and is a founding member of the Cinema and New Media Studies (CNMS) minor. He received his interdisciplinary Ph.D. in the History of Urban Development and Africana Studies from Cornell University. His co-edited book (w/Leslie Alexander), ‘We Shall Independent Be:’ African American Place-Making and the Struggle to Claim Space in the U.S. (University Press of Colorado, 2008), examines African American efforts to claim space in American society despite fierce resistance. Nieves has published essays in the Journal of Planning History; Places Journal: A Forum of Design for the Public Realm; International Journal of Media and Cultural Politics; Safundi: The Journal of South African and American Studies; and in several edited collections, including Places of Pain and Shame: Dealing With Difficult Heritage (Routledge, 2009) and The Heritage of Iconic Planned Communities: The Challenges of Change (UPenn Press, 2014). He was also the Associate Editor, of Fire!!!: A Multimedia Journal of Black Studies, an on-line only journal of the Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH). He was recently elected to the Board of Directors of the Africa Network, a consortium of national liberals arts colleges that actively promote the study of Africa through scholarship and teaching. He is also advising on the permanent exhibit, “The Power of Place,” for the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture scheduled to open in 2015. Nieves’ scholarly work and community-based activism critically engages with issues of race and the built environment in cities across the Global South. He is working with a team of undergraduate students from Middlebury College on the Soweto Historical GIS (SHGIS) Project.

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