Virginia
Sanchez-Korrol
About Virginia Sanchez Korrol, Ph.D.
Education: Over the past four decades, I’ve had extraordinary experiences as an educator, historian, writer, and novelist. I hold a Masters and Doctoral Degrees in History from Stony Brook at SUNY, and a Baccalaureate in English and Education from Brooklyn College, CUNY.

I began my professorial career in the Department of Puerto Rican and Latino Studies at Brooklyn College. I chaired the department for fifteen years during a period of broad, curricular and fiscal challenges. My solution was to expand the department. In the process, I became a scholar activist committed to diversity and transformative learning. Towards this end, my research and publications focused on the role of U.S. Puerto Ricans, Latinos and Latinas.

Academic: A member of the Ibero-American Heritage Curriculum Project, and of the Social Studies Syllabus Review and Development Committee, I helped produce a report that initiated a historically inclusive revision of the NYS Social Studies curriculum, One Nation, Many Peoples: A Declaration of Cultural Interdependence. I was founding president of the Puerto Rican Studies Association, and a founding member of the New York Academy of History, a board member of the Editorial Advisors of Recovering the U.S. Hispanic Literary Heritage, a Distinguished Lecturer in the Organization of American Historians, and authored Teaching U.S. Puerto Rican History for the American Historical Association’s Diversity Series. Appointed to the Latino Scholars Expert Panel, of the National Park Service, I co-authored the introduction to American Latino Theme Study. This Expert Panel received a Presidential Proclamation from President Barack Obama for the La Paz Memorial honoring Cesar Chavez.

Consultant: I wrote an online commentary for the film, Almost a Woman, (PBS); consulted on the film, Americanos: Latino Life in the United States; and on the six part series, New York, A Documentary Film, (PBS). A member of the advisory board that selected accomplished feminists for online videos in Makers: The Modern American Women’s Movement, I’ve also had on camera commentaries in Rebel:Loreta Velazquez, Secret Soldier of the American Civil War, (PBS) and in the six part documentary series, Latino Americans, (PBS).

I chaired the Library and Archives Advisory Group for the Center for Puerto Rican Studies at Hunter College when we initiated the ‘100 Puerto Ricans Campaign,’ amassing a collection of oral histories from the diaspora. Planning programs relevant to the archives, I co-authored Pioneros II. Puerto Ricans in New York, 1948-1968. Among the educational resources I produced are the online seven part History of Puerto Ricans in the U.S., and Brooklyn College’s Latinas in History: An Interactive website. Then, in an effort to expand my audience, I wrote a series of blogs for the Huffington Post.

The Museum of the City of New York; El Museo del Barrio; the Tenement Museum and the Brooklyn Historical Society have produced exhibits and educational materials utilizing my expertise. At the New York Historical Society, I serve on the Advisory Board for the Center for Women’s History.

Selected Profiles and Awards: Interviews include the Organization of American Historians Podcast Series; NPR’s Latino, USA; Latina Style Magazine; WNBC’s Visiones; Latina Magazine; Miami Herald; The New York Times; Study With the Best, CUNY TV; The New York Daily News; American Women Historians, 1700-1900: A Biographical Dictionary. Among many recognitions, I list Brooklyn College’s Post 50 Alumni Lifetime Achievement Award, the Inter-university Program on Latino Research Lifetime Award, the PRLS Don Quixote Leadership Award. I’m proud of the 21 Leaders for the 21 st Century Award, and Latina Magazine’s Woman of the Year Award because I shared them with Dr. Vicki Ruiz for our three volume encyclopedia, Latinas in the United States: A Historical Encyclopedia.

Dr. Virginia Sanchez Korrol, 2016

Pioneros II book signing
Hunter College,  2010

Nobel Laureate,
Dr. Wangari Maathi
with Drs. Sanchez Korrol
and Vicki Ruiz, 2005