Gabriel Haslip-Viera is currently an associate professor in the Department of Sociology and director of the Program in Latin American and Latino Studies at the City College of New York. He was chairperson of the former Department of Latin American and Hispanic Caribbean Studies at the City College from 1985 to 1991, and was director of the Center for Puerto Rican Studies at Hunter College from September 1997 to January 2000. A specialist in the history of pre-columbian and colonial Mexico and the history of Latino communities in New York City, Dr. Haslip-Viera has lectured extensively on these subjects, and on the relationship between invented racial identities and pseudo-scholarship. His recent publications include Crime and Punishment in Late Colonial Mexico City, 1692-1810 (University of New Mexico Press, 1999); the anthology Taino Revival: Critical Perspectives on Puerto Rican Identity and Cultural Politics (Center for Puerto Rican Studies, 1999), the co-edited volume Latinos in New York: Communities in Transition (University of Notre Dame Press, 1996), and the co authored journal articles “Robbing Native American Cultures: Van Sertima’s Afrocentricity and the Olmecs,” Current Anthropology, June 1997, and “They Were NOT Here Before Columbus: Afrocentric Hyperdiffusionism in the 1990s,” Ethnohistory, Spring 1997.