Lillian Guerra

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Department of History
University of Florida
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Gainesville, FL 32611-7320

Lillian Guerra, Ph.D. is the author of many scholarly essays as well as three books, Popular Expression and National Identity in Puerto Rico (1998), The Myth of José Martí: Conflicting Nationalisms in Early Twentieth-Century Cuba (2005), and Visions of Power in Cuba: Revolution, Redemption and Resistance, 1959-1971 (2012). Visions of Power in Cuba received the 2014 Bryce Wood Book Award from the Latin American Studies Association, its most prestigious prize for a book on Latin America across all fields. She has also received John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship and the American Council of Learned Societies Fellowship for 2014-2015.

Guerra’s creative writings include contributions to the works of renowned photographers Alex Harris and Cathryn Griffith as well as three collections of Spanish-language poetry, published in Quito, Ecuador, Havana,Cuba and Cimarrona (2013), published by Editorial Verbum in Madrid, Spain. She has also published a book of short stories, Cartografía Corporal with Editorial Verbum in 2014.  Dr. Guerra is currently writing a fourth book of history, Making Revolutionary Cuba 1946-1958 with Yale University Press and a fifth work on state programs to engineer “ideal citizens” through political re-education in Cuba in the 1960s and 70s. The daughter of Cubans who came to the United States in 1965, she has lived, researched, and taught courses in Cuba over the course of forty visits in the last 18 years. A graduate of Dartmouth College, she received her Ph.D. degree in history from the University of Wisconsin and has taught Cuban, Caribbean and Latin American history at Bates College, Yale University and the University of Florida.

At the Center for Latin American Studies, Professor Guerra currently directs UF’s Cuba Program of academic exchange with two institutions in Cuba, the Casa de Altos Estudios Fernándo Ortiz at the Universidad de la Habana and La Fundación Antonio Nuñez Jiménez.  In addition to numerous graduate seminars on modern Latin America, she offers six different undergraduate classes on the comparative history of the Caribbean, Central America, Caribbean diasporas as well as thematic classes on the Cuban Revolution and the Jewish Diaspora of Latin America.