Assistant Professor of Political Science
Phone: (217) 206-6573
Office: PAC 366
Mr. Rincon joined the Political Science and Global Studies faculty as an Assistant Professor in the Fall of 2019. He is completing his Ph.D. in the Political Science Department at the University of Illinois at Chicago. His dissertation, Migrating Identities: A Transnational Study of Afro-Mexican Racial Identification offers a transnational analysis of the ways in which legal status, phenotype and political context shape the black racial identification of Afro-Mexicans as they migrate within and across national borders. His work is based on multi-sited ethnographic research in the Costa Chica region of Southern Mexico and in Afro-Mexican communities in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. His research interests include 20th and 21st century Racial and Ethnic Politics in Latin America; Afro-Mexican Studies, LatinX Studies, Social Movements Theory; Cultural Studies, and Postcolonial Theory.