Charlie Hankin

Spanish & Portuguese

Research Interests:
Cuba, Brazil, Haiti, the Caribbean, African diaspora, music and revolutions

I study Caribbean literatures, cultures, and musics. My dissertation focuses on flow and the idea of hip-hop in Cuba, Brazil, and Haiti. I have carried out ethnographic research with hip-hop communities in La Habana, Colón, and Santa Clara (Cuba); Fortaleza and São Paulo (Brazil); and Port-au-Prince (Haiti). I have also written on cumbia/literature in Argentina and comparative receptions of maroon communities following the Haitian Revolution and the Brazilian quilombo of Palmares. I received my BA from Reed College and hold a MMus in Violin Performance from the University of Oregon. I coproduced the Cubadisco-nominated album Sentimientos Desafinados (2017) with Cuban rapper and producer Malcoms Justicia, also recording violin tracks. I additionally collaborated with Haitian rapper D-Fi Powèt Revòlte, recording violin for the album Kwonik on GetoYout (2018).