James Cantres is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Africana and Puerto Rican/Latino Studies at Hunter College. Recently he was a Fellow of the CUNY Mellon Faculty Diversity Career Enhancement Initiative (CFDI). He was previously a Core Curriculum Postdoctoral Teaching Fellow at New York University and Black Studies Dissertation Fellow at the University of California, Santa Barbara.


Professor Cantres is currently teaching in the Department of Africana and Puerto Rican/Latino Studies at Hunter College, part of the City University of New York. He is also working on a manuscript detailing the social and political histories of community formation, race consciousness, anti-imperialism, and the quandary of multiculturalism among West Indian migrants in London in the decades following World War II. Commonly known as the Windrush generation, these imperial citizens reshaped British metropolitan culture and politics in subsequent decades. Professor Cantres explores the ways in which African diasporic art forms and popular culture—hip hop, reggae, sports, literature,  and the plastic arts—articulate belonging and unbelonging among black peoples in Britain through the period of decolonization and independence in Asia, Africa, and the Caribbean.

He is the Chair of the American Historical Association's Graduate and Early Career Committee, and a member of the Association of the Study of the Worldwide African Diaspora and African-American Intellectual History Society.