Cuba Project Fellows
Jerry W. Carlson is a specialist in narrative theory, global independent film, and the cinemas of the Americas. Professor Carlson is Director of the Cinema Studies Program in the Department of Media & Communication Arts at The City College and a member of the faculties of French, Film Studies, and Comparative Literature at the CUNY Graduate Center. He has lectured at Stanford, Columbia, Escuela Internacional de Cine y TV (Cuba), the University of Paris, and the University of Sao Paulo, among others.
Raquel Chang-Rodríguez (Ph.D., New York University), is Distinguished Professor of Hispanic literature and culture at The Graduate Center and The City College of the City University of New York (CUNY). Among her recent books and editions are: Voces de Hispanoamérica. Antología literaria (4th ed. 2012); “Aquí, ninfas del sur, venid ligeras”. Voces poéticas virreinales (2008); Entre la espada y la pluma. El Inca Garcilaso y sus “Comentarios reales” (2011) which features her conversation with Nobel prize winner Mario Vargas Llosa; La palabra y la pluma en ‘Primer nueva corónica y buen gobierno’ (2005); Beyond Books and Borders: Garcilaso de la Vega and ‘La Florida del Inca’ / Franqueando fronteras: Garcilaso de la Vega and ‘La Florida del Inca’ (2006), a collection of essays that has appeared simultaneously in English (Bucknell UP) and Spanish (Catholic University of Peru). Chang-Rodríguez is the founding editor of the prize-winning journal Colonial Latin American Review; she was awarded a National Endowment Fellowship (NEH), and has received research grants from public agencies and private foundations in the United States. Raquel Chang-Rodríguez is Honorary Associate of the Hispanic Society of America, Profesora Honoraria of the Universidad Nacional Mayor de San Marcos in Lima, and Miembro Correspondiente of the Peruvian Academy of the Language. She was awarded a Doctorate Honoris Causa by the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Greece. Her recent research involves the early contact period in Spanish La Florida and the impact of colonialism in the region.For more information on publications by Dr. Chang-Rodríguez please click on the link below.
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Mario Gonzalez-Corzo (Ph.D., Rutgers University) is Associate Professor at the Department of Economics at Lehman College of The City University of New York (CUNY), where he teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in economics and finance and serves as Director of the Master of Science (M.S.) in Business Program. His research interests and areas of specialization include Cuba’s post-Soviet economic developments, the role of remittances in the Cuban economy, and Cuba’s banking and agricultural sectors. Dr. González Corzo also works as Contributing Editor for the section on Cuban political economy and economics of the Handbook of Latin American Studies (HLAS) published by the Library of Congress. He is also a Research Associate at the Cuba Transition Project in the Institute of Cuban and Cuban-American Studies (ICCAS) at the University of Miami (FL), where he publishes Enfoque Económico. Prior to joining the faculty at Lehman College, CUNY, Dr. Gonzalez Corzo provided consulting, strategic, and investment advice to global banks and insurance companies in the US, Europe, and Latin America, and has worked with institutional clients to manage their risk exposure in Latin America and other emerging markets throughout the world. His long career in the financial services industry includes senior roles and functions at major firms such as: MetLife, Inc., Pricewaterhouse Coopers, L.L.P., and JP Morgan Chase.
Katrin Hansing (Ph.D., St. Antony's College, University of Oxford) is Associate Professor of Anthropology at Baruch College, City University New York. Prior to her tenure at CUNY she was Associate Director of the Cuban Research Institute at Florida International University in Miami. As an anthropologist she has conducted research in Cuba and its diaspora for the past 15 years. Her main areas of expertise include: 'race'/ethnicity, religion, migration, remittances, social inequality, medical internationalism, and civil society. Currently she is completing a Ford Foundation funded research project on contemporary Cuban youth.
Ana María Hernández (Ph.D., Comparative Literature, New York University) specializes in Caribbean and River Plate studies and is Professor of Latin American Literature and Culture at LaGuardia Community College, The City University of New York. Her publications have focused on Julio Cortázar, Horacio Quiroga, Julio Herrera y Reissig, Felisberto Hernández and Antonio Benítez Rojo. She received a Focus Grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities in 2003-4 to explore "The African Roots of Latin Music." Her recent publications include an annotated edition of Fantoches 1926: Folletín Moderno por Once Escritores Cubanos (Stockcero, 2011), and an anthology of tales by Felisberto Hernández, Las Hortensias y Otros Cuentos (Stockcero, 2011). She is presently working on an edition of Cirilo Villaverde's novel Cecilia Valdés o La Loma del Angel.
Alfonso W. Quiroz has collaborated in the Cuba Project/Bildner Center as organizer and speaker in several international conferences sponsored by the Bildner Center at the Graduate Center. Professor Quiroz is co-editor, with Mauricio Font, and co-author of two books resulting from these conferences, Cuban Counterpoints: The Legacy of Fernando Ortiz (2005) and The Cuban Republic and José Martí: Reception and Use of a National Symbol (2006). He is working on a book on Cuban reformism and civil society during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. A former fellow of the Woodrow Wilson Center for International Scholars, Washington, DC (2002-2003), he has recently published the book Corrupt Circles on the history of corruption in Peru. Professor Quiroz, curator of two exhibitions on the war of 1898, teaches at Baruch College and the Graduate Center's Ph.D. Program in History and is the author of several books, chapters, and articles on Peruvian financial history and Cuban socioeconomic history.
Carlos Riobó (Ph.D., Yale University) is Associate Professor of Latin American Literature and Cultures and Chairman of the Department of Foreign Languages and Literature at The City College of New York-CUNY, as well as Cuba Project Fellow of the Bildner Center for Western Hemispheric Studies at CUNY's Graduate Center. His primary research interests are twentieth-century Cuban and Argentine literature and culture. He has published articles and reviews in major journals on Manuel Puig, Severo Sarduy, Sigüenza y Góngora, nineteenth-century Argentine literature, Ezra Pound, and Italian and Spanish Medieval Literature. He is the author of Sub-versions of the Archive: Manuel Puig's and Severo Sarduy's Alternative Identities (Bucknell University Press, 2011) and Cuban Intersections of Literary and Urban Spaces (SUNY Press, 2011). His "Raiding the Anales of the Empire: Sarduy's Subversions of the Latin American Boom" is forthcoming in Hispanic Review. Professor Riobó is currently working on a book manuscript about the "captive" in Argentine literary history.
Raúl Rubio (Ph.D., Tulane University) is Associate Professor of Foreign Languages and Literatures at John Jay College of Criminal Justice of the City University of New York. A Hispanist and cultural studies scholar, his research is grounded in the emerging interdisciplinary field of material culture, which examines a wide-range of artifacts, from cultural commodities to the museum archive. Rubio is a Cuba Project Fellow of the Bildner Center for Western Hemisphere Studies at The Graduate Center of the City University of New York. He serves on the Board of Directors of the National Association for Ethnic Studies (2010-2014) and is currently on the 2012 jury committee of the prestigious Lora Romero Prize of the American Studies Association. Rubio’s publications have appeared in numerous academic journals, including: Studies in Latin American Popular Culture (U. of Texas Press), Letras Hispanas, CiberLetras, Espéculo: revista de estudios literarios (Spain), Caribe: revista de literatura y cultura, and in the book Cuba: Idea of a Nation Displaced (SUNY Press). His recent article “Argentine Anthropophagy: Carnal and Cultural Encounters in Carlos Balmaceda’s Manual del canibal,” on the meanings and metaphors of cannibalism in Latin American literature as symbolic of ethnic integration and social justice appeared in the November 2011 volume of the journal Chasqui: revista de literatura latinoamericana. Rubio is completing a monograph titled La Habana: cartografías culturales and is involved in other research projects, including, a theoretical piece on ethnic humor in the stand-up comedy genre. He has lectured widely on Cuba and Cuban-Americans and has been an evaluator and reviewer for academic journals and publishing presses, including: MELUS (The Society for the Study of the Multi- Ethnic Literature of the United States), Hispanic Review, Revista de crítica literaria latinoamericana, Latino Studies, and Rutgers University Press.
Julie Skurski (Ph.D., University of Chicago) was appointed Distinguished Lecturer in Anthropology at the Graduate Center, City University of New York in 2009. She also serves on the Graduate Center's Atlantic Studies Interdiscpilanry Seminar, Governing Board. Previously, she taught at the University of Michigan in the departments of Anthropology and History, and was the Associate Director of the Doctoral Program in Anthropology and History. Her books include States of Violence, coedited with Fernando Coronil (2006) and Anthrohistory: The Question of Discipline, co-edited. She is now at work on Civilizing Barbarism: Nationhood, Masculinity, and Mestizaje in Early Twentieth-Century Venezuela. Related to this project, she is conducting research on the relationship between secular and esoteric formations of national and collective identity, focusing on Freemasonry and popular religiosity in Venezuela and Cuba. She has also been working on the artistic work and political vision of several popular painters in Venezuela. She is a member of the editorial board of the “Politics, History, Culture” book series of Duke University Press. Skurski earned her Ph.D. at the University of Chicago.
Araceli Tinajero is Associate Professor of Spanish at The Graduate Center and City College of New York. She is the author of Orientalismo en el modernismo hispanoamericano; El lector de tabaquería (Eng. El Lector: A History of the Cigar Factory Reader); and Kokoro, una mexicana en Japón. Tinajero is the editor of Cultura y letras cubanas en el siglo XXI; of Exilio, cosmopolitismo y globalización en el arte y las literaturas hispánicas (forthcoming); and the co-editor of Technology and Culture in Twentieth Century Mexico (U of Alabama Press, 2013). She is the founder of The City Reading Club and the co-founder of the Mexico Study Group at the Bildner Center for Western Hemisphere Studies.
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