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Ortiz-Minaya is on the faculty in Africana Studies at Hamilton College in Clinton, New York, where he works on questions of race and ethnicity, plantation economies and penal landscapes in Latin America and the Caribbean. He works closely with Louisiana scholar Gwendolyn Hall (, and is broadening some of his own work to Louisiana plantation and prison landscapes.

Outside of academia, Ortiz-Minaya has worked as a mediator with "at-risk" youth in New York, and he is able to address students in a number of disciplines and with a variety of interests, although his academic work centers primarily on Latin America and the Caribbean, and Afro-Latin American Studies. Ortiz' visited classes and met with student groups and other organizations as part of his visit. (Funding by Lyceum Committee)