The Program of Spanish and Portuguese co-sposored the Distinguished Latin American Visitor's Lecture 2012-13, an initiative of the Center for Latin American, Caribbean and Latino Studies at UMASS Amherst.
Dr. Quintero Rivera is currently the Director of the Social Research Center of the University of Puerto Rico in Rio Piedras which is the most prominent research institution in the social sciences in the country. Since the 1980s the main focus of Quintero Rivera's research has been a historically grounded and theoretically informed analysis of popular culture in the Hispanophone Caribbean and Latin America. In this vein, his book Salsa Sabor y Control: Sociologia de la Musica Tropical, won several awards including best book in Spanish by the Latin American Studies Association (LASA) and the Casa de las Americas prize. His most recent book Cuerpo y Cultura: Las Musicas Mulatas y la Subversion del Baile, pursues and developed this line of investigation of Caribbean and Latin American popular culture, developing a theory of cultural production by means of an historical and empirical analysis of dance practices and performances. Professor Angel Quintero Rivera is a prolific and versatile scholar who writes about different domains of cultural creation (music, dance, art, religion), framing his research in historical perspective while developing original theoretical analyses.
His most recent book, _Cuerpo y Cultura: Las músicas mulatas y la subversión del baile_, was the recipient of both the international prestigious Fanon Prize and, "for its preeminent, exceptionally distinguished contribution to our field," of the Puerto Rican Studies Association's 2010 Book Award.