Jorge Duany, Ph.D., is Director of the Cuban Research Institute and Professor of Anthropology in the Department of Global & Sociocultural Studies at Florida International University.
Born in Cuba and raised in Panama and Puerto Rico, Dr. Duany previously served as Acting Dean of the College of Social Sciences and Professor of Anthropology at the University of Puerto Rico, Río Piedras. He also served as Chair of the Department of Sociology and Anthropology and Director of the journal Revista de Ciencias Sociales at UPR. He has held visiting research and teaching appointments at several U.S. universities, including Harvard, Connecticut, Wisconsin, Florida, Michigan, Pennsylvania, and the City University of New York. He earned his Ph.D. in Latin American Studies, specializing in anthropology, at the University of California, Berkeley. He also holds an M.A. in Social Sciences from the University of Chicago and a B.A. in Psychology from Columbia University.
Dr. Duany has published extensively on migration, ethnicity, race, nationalism, and transnationalism in Cuba, the Caribbean, and the United States. He has also written about Cuban cultural identity on the island and in the diaspora, especially as expressed in literature, music, and religion. He has belonged to the editorial boards of academic journals such as Cuban Studies, Latino Studies, CENTRO: Journal of the Center for Puerto Rican Studies, Caribbean Studies, Latin American and Caribbean Ethnic Studies, and New West Indian Guide.
Dr. Duany is the author, coauthor, editor, or coeditor of 20 books, including Puerto Rico: What Everyone Needs to Know (2017); Un pueblo disperso: Dimensiones sociales y culturales de la diáspora cubana (2014); Blurred Borders: Transnational Migration between the Hispanic Caribbean and the United States (2011); La nación en vaivén: Identidad, migración y cultura popular en Puerto Rico (2010); How the United States Racializes Latinos: White Hegemony and Its Consequences (2009); The Puerto Rican Nation on the Move: Identities on the Island and in the United States (2002); and Cubans in Puerto Rico: Ethnic Economy and Cultural Identity (1997).
Between February 2003 and March 2017, Dr. Duany wrote a monthly editorial column for the newspaper El Nuevo Día. In 2010, he received the Bolívar Pagán Prize in Journalism from the Institute of Puerto Rican Literature.
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