Joan Flores-Villalobos

Assistant Professor of History
Joan Flores-Villalobos
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Prof. Flores-Villalobos is on leave for academic year 2022-23.

Joan Flores-Villalobos is Assistant Professor in the Department of History at USC. She received her Ph.D. in African Diaspora History from New York University in 2018. She previously taught as Assistant Professor at The Ohio State University.

Her work focuses on histories of gender, race, and diaspora in Latin America and the Caribbean. Her first book, The Silver Women: How Black Women’s Labor Made the Panama Canal, was recently published with Penn Press. Her work has garnered support from the Ford Foundation, the Institute for Citizens and Scholars, the American Association of University Women, and the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations, among others.

At USC, Prof. Flores-Villalobos teaches courses on Afro-Latin America and the African Diaspora, U.S. empire, gender and migration, and the Caribbean.


  • Ph.D. African Diaspora History, New York University, 2018
  • M.A. Media Studies, The University of Texas at Austin, 2012
  • B.A. Black Studies, Amherst College, 2010
  • Journal Article

    • Flores-Villalobos, J. (2022). Reputación, racismo, género y honor en las cortes municipales de la Ciudad de Panamá, 1914-1917. Historia Crítica. (85), pp. 51-73. Full Text
    • Flores-Villalobos, J. (2021). Gender, Race, and Migrant Labor in the “Domestic Frontier” of the Panama Canal Zone. International Labor and Working-Class History. Vol. 99, pp. 96-121.
    • Flores-Villalobos, J. (2019). “Freak Letters”: Tracing Gender, Race, and Diaspora in the Panama Canal Archive. Small Axe: A Caribbean Journal of Criticism. Vol. 23 (2), pp. 34-56.