Cuban-American Studies Association
In February 2017, a group of FIU graduate students established the Cuban-American Studies Association (CASA). The main purpose of this student organization is to support both academic and social initiatives related to Cuban and Cuban-American culture. CASA intends to create a platform where students from different backgrounds and disciplines can reunite and discuss their academic concerns from an interdisciplinary and inclusive perspective. All FIU students expressing interest in the club are eligible to become general members.
For more information or to join the Cuban-American Studies Association, please contact Alberto Sosa at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Alberto Sosa Cabanas, President
Alberto Sosa Cabanas is a Ph.D. candidate in Spanish in the Department of Modern Languages at Florida International University. He is primarily focused on 19th- and 20th-century Latin American and Caribbean literatures and cultures. He holds graduate certificates in both African and African Diaspora Studies and Latin American and Caribbean Studies from FIU. He earned his B.A. in Hispanic Literature (Summa Cum Laude) at the University of Havana, Cuba. He has published several articles and reviews on literary topics. He received the 2017 Eliana Rivero Scholarship in Cuban Studies at FIU as well as a pre-doctoral fellowship at the Cuban Heritage Collection of the University of Miami libraries.
Claudia Battistel, Vice President
Claudia Battistel is a Ph.D. student in Spanish in the Department of Modern Languages at Florida International University. She holds a law degree from Universidad Católica Andrés Bello in Caracas, Venezuela, and certificates in Legal Translation from the Universidad Metropolitana (Caracas) and FIU. Claudia was a legal consultant for private companies in Venezuela for 20 years and has worked as a freelance legal translator since 2011. She currently teaches lower-level Spanish courses and translation courses at FIU while she pursues her Ph.D. Claudia is particularly interested in literature about immigration and borders, Cuban literature, and cultural studies.
Marelys García, Secretary
Marelys García is originally from Cuba though she has resided in the United States for over thirteen years now. She holds a B.A. in Spanish from Arizona State University and is currently on her first year of the M.A in the Spanish Literature Program at Florida International University. She also holds the position of vice president of the Sigma Delta Pi Association.
Anna M. Cepeda, Treasurer
Anna M. Cepeda was born in Cuba, and she moved to United States with her three children at the age of 30. She is currently a Ph.D. candidate in Spanish in the Department of Modern Languages at Florida International University. She received her M.A. and B.A. in Spanish from FIU. Her fields of interest include domestic violence in contemporary Spanish and Latin American literature, cinema studies, visual studies, popular culture, and literary theory.
Beatriz Muller-Marques, CSO Representative
Beatriz Muller-Marques is a Ph.D. student in the Department of Modern Languages at Florida International University. She holds a master's degree from the University of South Florida in Tampa and a bachelor's degree from SUNY College at Brockport, New York. During the past decade Beatriz has held various teaching positions at different universities and colleges, including the University of South Florida, Monroe Community College, and College at Brockport. She currently teaches lower-level Spanish classes at FIU while she pursues her Ph.D. Beatriz is particularly interested in feminist literature, women and gender studies, Cuban literature and culture, and interdisciplinary studies.