Cape Verdean American filmmaker/historian Claire Andrade-Watkins, PhD is Professor of Film and Africana Studies, Institute for Liberal Arts & Interdisciplinary Studies, Emerson College. In 2017 she is at Brown University as both Visiting Scholar, Center for the Study of Slavery and Justice, and Distinguished Community Practitioner & Senior Fellow, Swearer Center for Public Service.
She is the Director of the Fox Point Cape Verdean Project, a community based research initiative, and President of SPIA Media Productions, Inc., a production and distribution company specializing in the Africana Diaspora. Her critically acclaimed feature documentary about the Cape Verdean community in Providence’s Fox Point neighborhood,”Some Kind of Funny Porto Rican?" A Cape Verdean American Story" premiered in 2006 at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, and is the first in a trilogy of documentaries about this important community of the Africana Diaspora. The second, Working the Boats: Masters of the Craft, documents the first predominantly Cape Verdean labor union in New England, Local 1329 of the International Longshoremen's Association, founded in Providence in 1933. It premiered in 2016 at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.
Her work has been supported by the American Philosophical Society, the Fulbright Program, the LEF Foundation, the Massachusetts Cultural Council, the Massachusetts Foundation for the Humanities, the Rhode Island Council for the Humanities and the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts. She has published in Society for Visual Anthropology, Research in African Literature, The Independent Film and Video Monthly, American Historical Review, and CinémAction.