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Professor Edward Paulino is a scholar, author, playwright, and esteemed Assistant Professor at the CUNY John Jay College — Department of History. He leverages his insights on the history of genocide, race, border relations, nation building, Latin America/Caribbean, 1937 Haitian Massacre, and the African Diaspora.


In 2012, he co-founded Border of Lights, an organization created to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the 1937 Haitian Massacre. The Haitian Massacre left 20,000 people murdered by the Dominican dictator Rafael Trujillo. With his direction BOL has evolved into international human rights collective — supported through crowd-funding and utilizing art, policy and education as advocacy tools. BOL is championed by acclaimed authors Michele Wucker, Julia Alvarez, and Edwidge Danticat.


Paulino’s social justice and human rights endeavors have been supported by the Fulbright Foundation, National Endowment for the Humanities, PSC-CUNY Research Foundation, and the New York State Archives. His work has been featured in the BBC, DW, Christian Science Monitor, NPR, Miami Herald, New York Times, and MSNBC, respectively.


Paulino, resides in Brooklyn with his partner Dr. Zaire Dinzey, author and Associate Professor at Rutgers University with their two children.

Professional Affiliations and Awards

Border of Lights                                                                                                     Co-Founder/Principal Organizer

The Northern Manhattan Coalition for Immigrant Rights (MNCIR)                                               Treasurer

Association for the Study of the Worldwide African Diaspora (ASWAD)

Association of Genocide Scholars (AGS)

African Diaspora Research Project (ADRP)


Larry J. Hackman New York State Archives                                                                                Research Residency Award         2005 – 2006

PSC-CUNY                                                                                                                            Research Award                         2003 – 2006

National Endowment for the Humanities Faculty                                                                      Research Award                         2004 – 2005

CUNY Faculty Fellowship Publications                                                                                      Program Fellow, Graduate Ctr.               2004

Fulbright Fellowship - Dominican Republic                                                                              Fellowship Award                      1998 – 1999

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