James Padilioni Jr


Research Interests: Religious and aesthetic practices of the African Diaspora, African Diasporic Catholicism and Syncretic Practices, Black Musics of the Diaspora, Afro-Latinx cultural and Identity Formation, Critical race theory/phenomenology of race, ontology, ethnogenesis of Blackness, Performance Studies, Ritual Studies, Intellectual History of the Enlightenment, Mediterranean Cultural History


James is an MA/PhD student.  His MA thesis, “'For How Could We Do Without Sugar and Rum?' The Aesthetics of Abolitionist Empathetic Commerce," locates Smithian arguments for empathetic market action in the novels and poems, broadside prints, and ephemera deployed by British and American abolitions in their Anti-Saccharine and Free Produce Movements.  His dissertation will focus on the life, hagiography, and iconography of San Martín de Porres, 17th century mulatto Peruvian lay brother with the Dominican order cannonized as the patron saint of mixed-race harmony in 1962, and will investigate his legacy both within official Catholicism and syncretic religions of the African diaspora throughout América Latina, particularly Puerto Rico.


B.A., History with a Minor in Music History, West Chester University of PA (2012)

Selected Professional Experience

American Studies Assistant to the Lemon Project (2013-14)

Book Review Editorial Assistant, William and Mary Quarterly (2012-13)

Jazz Research Intern, Smithsonian Institution National Museum of American History (2012)

Military and African American Programs Intern, Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, (2011)