Phone: (310) 206-1669


Office: 2210 Rolfe Hall

Associate Professor, Department of African American Studies and Vice Chair and Associate Professor, Department of Gender Studies

Aisha Finch received her Ph.D. in History from NYU and is currently an Associate Professor of African American Studies and Gender Studies at UCLA.Her areas of research and teaching include comparative slavery; political and intellectual movements in Cuba, Latin America, and the African Diaspora; gender ideologies in the Caribbean, and black feminist thought. Her current book manuscript, Rethinking Slave Rebellion in Cuba: La Escalera and the Insurgencies of 1841-1844, explores the resistance movements and political cultures of enslaved rural Cubans during the mid-nineteenth century.

  • Ph.D. in History, New York University 2007
  • M.A. in History, New York University 2003
  • B.A. in English and Africana Studies, Brown University, 1998
  • Rethinking Slave Rebellion in Cuba: La Escalera and the Insurgencies of 1841-1844, University of North Carolina Press, 2015
  • “The Repeating Rebellion: Slave Resistance and Political Consciousness in Nineteenth-Century Cuba, 1812-1844, in Breaking the Chains, Making the Nation: The Black Cuban Fight for Freedom and Equality,  (under review).
  • “‘What Looks like Revolution’: Women and the Gendered Terrain of Slave Insurgencies in Cuba,
  • 1843-44,” Journal of Women’s History, Vol. 26, No. 1 (Spring 2014).
  • With Piya Chatterjee, “Rethinking Bondage,” produced for the UCHRI Group “Working at Living: The Social Relations of Precarity,” e-scholarship, University of California, July 2013.
  • “Scandalous Scarcities: Black Slave Women, Plantation Domesticity, and Travel Writing in Nineteenth-Century Cuba,”Journal of Historical Sociology, Vol. 23, No. 1 (March 2010): 101-143.
  • Review of Teresa Prados-Torreira’s Mambisas: Rebel Women in Nineteenth-Century CubaJournal of Colonialism and Colonial History. Vol. 7, No. 3 (2006).
  • Harriet Tubman Book Prize, Lapidus Center for the Historical Analysis of Transatlantic Slavery, Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, 2016

  • Finalist, Fredrick Douglass Book Prize, Gilder Lehrman Center for the Study of Slavery, Resistance, and Abolition, Yale University, 2016

  • UC President’s Faculty Fellowships in the Humanities, 2012

  • Ford Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship, 2012

  • UCLA Hellman Fellowship, Spring 2011

  • UC Presidential Postdoctoral Fellowship, University of California at Los Angeles, July 2007