Lissette Acosta

Picture of Lissette Acosta Corniel

Assistant Professor
Ethnic and Race Studies


Office: S-623E

Office Hours: Mo.,1:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.; Wed.,1:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Phone: +1 (212) 220-1373


Lissette Acosta Corniel is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Race and Ethnic Studies at the Borough of Manhattan Community College, CUNY, in New York City where she teaches Dominican History and the History of Latinos in the U.S.


Acosta Corniel is a 2016 Fulbright Alumna who conducted research in the Dominican Republic on gender-based violence since the colonial period and about free and enslaved black women in Santo Domingo during the XVI-XVIII centuries. She has presented her research internationally and throughout the United States and is currently working on her book manuscript about gender-based violence, femicide, and women autonomy in colonial Santo Domingo.



  • William Paterson University, BA, English Literature, 1998
  • William Paterson University, M. Ed., 2005
  • State University of New York at Albany, Ph.D. Latin American, Caribbean, and U.S. Latino Studies, 2013

Courses Taught

Research and Projects

Currently working on an edited volume about slavery in Spain, early colonial Santo Domingo, and Puerto Rico.


  • “Elena: Running to Dance and other Defects in Colonial Santo Domingo (1771-1773),” Women, Gender, and Families of the Caribbean, forthcoming September 2021.
  • “Digital Pedagogy in a Multicultural Setting: Learning History, Identity, and Connecting through Technology.” In Beyond Digital Fronteras: Rehumanizing Latinx Education, edited by Isabel Martinez, Irma Montelongo, Nicholas D. Natividad, Angel D. Nieves, under review.
  • “Colonial Hispaniola: Fray Antonio de Montesinos and Spanish Women’s Human Rights (1498-1549). In Montesinos’ Legacy: Defining and Defending Human Rights for 500 Years, edited by Edward C. Lorenz, Dana Aspinall, and J. Michael Raley.2015, Lexington Books.
  • “Negras, mulatas y morenas en La Española del siglo XVI (1502-1606).” In Esclavitud, mestizaje y abolicionismo en los mundos hispanicos, edited. Aurelia Martín Casares. 2015, University of Granada Press.
  • Encyclopedic entries: Micaela Ginés; Teodora Ginés; and Juana Gelofa Pelona. In, Dictionary of Caribbean and Afro-Latin American Biography, edited by Henry Louis Gates Jr. and Franklin Knight; subject editor, Silvio Torres-Saillant. New York: Oxford, 2016.

Honors, Awards and Affiliations


· PSC-CUNY Research Grant-A, (2019-2020)
· CUNY Dominican Studies Institute (CUNY DSI) fellowship, (2019-2020)
· Fulbright Regional Grant, Peru (Spring 2017)
· Fulbright Scholar Award, Dominican Republic, (2016–2017)
· Latin American Studies Association (LASA) Travel Grant, (Spring 2017)
· National Endowment for the Humanities, Summer Institute, Space and Place in Africana/Black Studies, Purdue University/Hamilton College, (Summer 2016, spring 2017)
· Kirkland Endowment Grant for Women and about Women, Hamilton College, (Spring 2016)
· Elon University Study Abroad Service-Learning Grant, Dominican Republic (Fall 2015)
· New York City Council for the Humanities Action Grant, (Spring 2015)
· Citizens Committee of New York City Community Project Grant, (Spring 2015)
· CUNY Diversity Projects Development Fund Grant, (Fall 2014)
· First Recipient of the Jagadish Garg Doctoral Grant in the College of Arts and Sciences, University at Albany, (Spring 2013)
· Dominican Studies Institute (CUNY DSI) and National Library, Pedro Henríquez Ureña (Dominican Republic) Research Grant, (Spring 2012)
· Initiatives for Women Grant, University at Albany, (Summer 2010)
· Carson Carr Graduate Diversity Scholar, University at Albany, (2008–2012)

· Nominated for the Distinguished Teaching Award, Borough of Manhattan Community College, (Spring 2019)
· Professor of the Year, Student Diversity Council Silver Shield Award, Hamilton College, (Spring 2016)
· New York State 40 under 40 Rising Star Award, (Spring 2016)
· Thomas H. Kean Outstanding Equal Opportunity Fund Alumni New Jersey State Award, (Spring 2016)
· Honorary Godmother Award, Women’s Center, William Paterson University, (Spring 2012)

Additional Information

Study Abroad Experience

  • Dominican Republic
  • Haiti
  • Cuba