Social and Behavioral Sciences Faculty


Pedro R. Rivera, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of History

Office: SSB 109

Tel: 912-358-3266


Ph.D., History, Howard University


Pedro R. Rivera completed his doctoral degree in history at Howard University, Washington D.C.  His dissertation entitled “Carlos Cooks and Garveyism: Bridging Two Eras of Black Nationalism” is a biographical narrative that examines the life, times and works of a Dominican Republic-born pan-African organizer who moved to Harlem, New York and promoted the programs of Marcus Garvey in the period between the New Negro and Black Power movements.  He has received several awards, including travel and research grants from the Mellon Mays Foundation, Social Science Research Council and the Dominican Studies Institute.  His essay “Carlos Cooks: A Dominican Garveyite in Harlem” appears in The Afrolatin@ Reader: History and Culture in the United States 2010 edited volume by Miriam Jimenez Roman and Juan Flores.  Currently, Dr. Rivera is revising his dissertation for publication. 

Research Interests

Dr. Rivera’s research interests focus on the histories and intersections of the Caribbean, Latin American and African American experiences with attention on migrations, nation building, racial politics and pan-Africanism.