Nelson Mario Pagán Butler

Visiting Student Research Collaborator, June 10 to July 7, 2019

Nelson Mario Pagán Butler (Master’s degree candidate in History at the University of Puerto Rico, Río Piedras). Pagán Butler is currently a research assistant for Professor Carlos Pabón Ortega at the University of Puerto Rico, Río Piedras. His independent research project examines the cultural debate initiated by José Luis González, who critically engaged the traditional Puerto Rican nationalist and conservative culturalist narratives of the 1930’s. This narrative became hegemonic in Puerto Rican intellectual camp through the 1970’s. The main objective of his research project is to examine the clues that González offers in his essays to rethink the Puerto Rican national identity from the heterogeneous and complex reality of today. While at Princeton, Pagán Butler will work with the Arcadio Díaz Quiñones Paper collection at the Princeton University Library under the faculty sponsorship of Emeritus Professor Arcadio Díaz Quiñones.