Teresita Martínez Vergne, a young and brilliant scholar in the field of Latin American and Caribbean studies, passed away prematurely on Thursday, July 25, 2013, from complications arising from early onset Parkinson's disease. Born in Puerto Rico, Professor Martínez Vergne earned her BA degree from Emory University in 1977 and both her MA (1979) and PhD (1985) from the University of Texas at Austin.

She had a relatively short but extraordinarily distinguished academic career. Professor Martínez Vergne was a superb teacher, a consummate scholar, and an exemplary mentor. Her prolific research covered a wide variety of thought-provoking themes dealing with Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic, and the wider Caribbean: the politics of food, travel literature, women, charity and work, revolutionary political movements, status and privilege, law and society, and slavery and plantation societies. Her knowledge of Latin America and the Caribbean was...

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