Javier is a master storyteller. He is the Race and Sport Postdoctoral Associate in the African and African American Studies Department at Duke University. His research revolves basketball trafficking. Javier's first book project, Sueños del Norte: Black Panamanian Hoop Dreams & the Realities of Basketball Trafficking, was selected as a top topic on Afro-Latin studies by the Afro-Latin American Research Institute(ALARI) at the Hutchins Center, Harvard University. Javier earned his bachelor's and master's degrees from Florida A&M University, where he also played offensive lineman for the Rattler Football Team. Javier is also the founder of Black Austin Tours. Additionally, he is the co-founder of the social entrepreneurial projects—AfroLatinx Travel and BlackPackas. In all endeavours through curation and narrative storytelling, Javier seeks to amplify the themes explored in both his lived experiences and academic research.
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