Professor of Latin American History, University of Nottingham

My research and publications have long specialised on modern Cuba, specifically in two areas.

a) Modern Cuban history: this has meant a special focus on political radicalism in the 1920s-50s and the roots of the post-1959 Revolution, and, on the Revolution's ideology, radicalisation and cultural development, with a wider interest in the questions of nationalism, national identity, and ideological patterns.

b) Contemporary Cuban history and politics, focussing on participation, the Party, the political system and cultural politics.

I have just completed a jointly authored book, arising from a 4-year project, financed by the Leverhulme Trust, in collaboration with Dr Par Kumaraswami (University of Manchester), which examines literary culture in Cuba since 1959, i.e. the processes of literary production, regulation, dissemination and consumption in Cuba. We are also about to start a new project, examining the nexus between the local, national and transnational in modern Cuba, through a study of the annual Feria del Libro.

Although my research expertise is concentrated on modern Cuban political history and contemporary Cuban politics, I teach, and have taught, across a range of subjects within the broad field of modern Latin American history, both general survey/introductory modules and specialist modules on political radicalism and national identity. I have also supervised 15 PhD and 3 Masters-level projects to completion, on different aspects of Cuban history, culture and society.


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    Professor of Latin American History, University of Nottingham