Dr. Daniela Abraham's interdisciplinary research bridges the fields of Hispanic Studies and Pan-African Studies, with a focus on Caribbean Cultural studies. Her dissertation, Of Pilgrims, Heretics, and Martyrs: Arturo A. Schomburg's Black Internationalism and the Antillean Movement of the Late Nineteenth Century, connects the works of Pan-Africanist intellectual Arturo (Arthur) Schomburg to the literary and cultural movement that arose out of the struggles for Cuban and Puerto Rican independence in the nineteenth-century fin de siècle.
Her work provides a new reading of the writings of Puerto Rican thinker Eugenio María de Hostos and Cuban intellectual José Martí as foundational to Schomburg's Pan-Africanism. It also explores the relevance of Schomburg's ethico-political theory to 21st century global issues of social justice, diversity, and inclusion.
Other research interests include the sociology of religion, social theory, political theory, Latin American literature, and Peninsular early twentieth-century literature.
Dr. Abraham has presented papers in many conferences, such as the Society for Latin American Studies at the University of Manchester in England, the Annual African Conference at the University of Texas in Austin, and the Annual Conference on Latin American, Peninsular, and French Literatures at the University of Oklahoma. She has also written several reviews and essays, and has contributed to the translation of País mas Allá / A country beyond of Chilean poet David Rosenmann-Taub.
Prior to joining the faculty at Saint Meinrad, Dr. Abraham taught Spanish language courses and led seminars in International Studies at Texas A&M University. She also taught Spanish and Economics at Pilgrim School in Los Angeles, California.