José Francisco Buscaglia

author, professor and journalist

José Francisco Buscaglia (San Juan, Puerto Rico, 1964), has a B.A in History and Latin American Studies (Princeton University, 1986), a Masters in Architecture, and a Ph.D. in Comparative Literature (SUNY at Buffalo 1895, 1898). His artistic and intellectual development has been influenced by the work of his father, the sculptor José Buscaglia Guillermety, his experience as a disciple of Arcadio Díaz Quiñones, as well as his life and studies in Colombia, Cuba, Mexico, Puerto Rico, Spain and the United States.

Buscaglia began his career working as a journalist in Puerto Rico (1987-1991). He would go on to become a professor and university administrator, first at the University at Buffalo (1893-2015), and later at  Northeastern University (2015-2023). He has also taught at the University of Havana (2002-2007) and the Autonomous University of Yucatán (2011-2015), as well as lead summer study abroad programs that took students to the University of Salamanca (2005-2015). In 2022, he was a visiting researcher at the Institute of History, in the Spanish High Council for Scientific Research.

In 2001, Buscaglia founded the Masters program in Caribbean Cultural Studies of the University at Buffalo and the University of Havana. This was the first academic program, and the only one to date, to grant a joint degree from a Cuban and a US university. In 2016 he was the founder, and the first director, of the Department of Cultures, Societies and Global Studies at Northeastern University. Since 2022, Buscaglia directs the summer study abroad program Challenges to the Nation-State: Spain.