Adrián Emmanuel Hernández-Acosta is a PhD candidate in Religion and Romance Languages & Literatures at Harvard University, focusing on African diaspora religions and Caribbean literatures.

His teaching and research topics include African diaspora studies in the Caribbean and Latin America, modern Caribbean history and literature, critical race studies in the Caribbean and Latin America, queer theory, race & sexuality, and psychoanalytic discourse. His dissertation is a queer literary analysis of Cuban Santería, Dominican Vudú, and Puerto Rican Espiritismo in modern and contemporary Hispanophone Caribbean literature, with particular interest in how African diaspora divine forces appear in relation to themes of loss, death, mourning, and melancholy. In addition to my academic pursuits, he has also worked as a hospital chaplain at Massachusetts General Hospital and as an adult educator for those on parole and probation in the greater Boston area.