Raymond A. Hall, currently an Assistant Professor at Central Washington University (CWU), is a 1999 Doctoral Graduate from the Indiana University Folklore Institute. At CWU Dr. Hall teaches in the Africana and Black Studies Program, offering courses in African American Expressive Culture, African American History and Culture from pre- and post- 1865, African American Folklore, and The African Diaspora in Latin America. Dr. Hall’s faculty home is the Department of Anthropology.
Dr. Hall's primary research interest is material culture within the African Diaspora in Latin America and the United States. Most recently Dr. Hall is serving as Project Manager for a grant he received from the National Trust for Historic Preservation and the Ford Foundation. This project will bring the history and culture of the early African American Coal Miners in Roslyn, Washington from 1888-1910 to national attention using interactive digital media. Dr. Hall continues to conduct research, present and publish on the folkways of the Afromestizo on Mexico's Atlantic coast, as well as the Afroecuatoriano on Equador's Pacific Coast.
Dr. Hall is the author of An Ethnographic Study of the Afro-Mexicans on Mexico's Gulf Coast: Food; and accepted for publishing, Let the Archives Speak: Africans in Tamiahua Veracruz, Mexico from 1692-1847; and The History of Tamiahua Veracruz, Mexico. In addition, Dr. Hall has published several short documentaries including La Danza de Los Negritos, Cuba the Dark Island, and The Faces of Africa in Equador. Also, Dr. Hall has published articles in The Journal of Caribbean Literatures and has written reviews for the Arkansas Review: A Journal of Delta Studies, the Journal of Folklore Research, and the Journal of American Folklore.
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