Dr. Franqui-Rivera earned BA from the University of Puerto Rico, Mayagüez, an MA in Military and Diplomatic History from Temple University, a PhD in Latin American-Caribbean History and a Graduate Certificate in Latino Studies from University of Massachusetts, Amherst.
Dr. Franqui-Rivera studies the experience of the Puerto Ricans in the U.S. military, focusing on the 20th century and, among other interests, addresses the issues of nation building, national identities, citizenship, military institutions and imperial-colonial relations. Dr. Franqui-Rivera also researches and writes on the experience of Puerto Ricans during the Korean War, the socio-economic impact of the G.I. Bill in Puerto Rico and among the emigrants, the condition of the Puerto Rican veteran and the linkages between military service, manhood, race and decolonization in Puerto Rican history. He adheres to the intersectionality of gender, race, and class to analyze and understand his subjects of study.
National Mythologies: “U.S. Citizenship for the People of Puerto Rico and Military Service,” in Memorias: Revista Digital de Historia y Arquelogía desde el Caribe, Universidad del Norte, Barranquilla Colombia, No.21 2013.
“Puerto Rican Veterans and Service Members’ Wellbeing and Place within the Diaspora,” in Edwin Meléndez and Carlos Vargas-Ramos, eds., Puerto Ricans at the Dawn of the New Millennium, (CENTRO Press), New York, Spring, 2014 (Forthcoming).
“ ‘A New Day Has Dawned for the Porto Rican Jíbaro’: Manhood, Race, Military Service and Self-Government during WWI,” (Revised and Resubmitted).
“ ‘Rustic Men on Jackson Heights’: Modern Manhood, Colonial Subjects and the Military Service of Puerto Ricans during the Korean War.” (In Progress; Part of Africana, African-America, Puerto Rican and Latino Studies Research & Writing Faculty Seminar, Hunter College, CUNY, 2013-2014
“Puerto Ricans’ Imperial Duties and Whiteness in the Periphery of the American Empire in Early Twentieth Century:” (In progress; Part of Whiteness in the Americas, Valentín Lizana y Parragué Research Workshop, Baruch College, CUNY, 2013-2014)
Book Manuscript: Fighting for the Nation: Military Service, Popular Political Mobilization and the Creation of Modern Puerto Rican National Identities: 1868-1952. (In Progress)