Michael J. Bustamante
Michael J. Bustamante, Ph.D., is Assistant Professor of Latin American History at Florida International University.
Dr. Bustamante specializes in modern Cuba, Cuban America, and the Caribbean. He came to FIU from Yale University, where he completed his Ph.D. in Latin American and Caribbean History in 2016. He also earned an M.A. and M.Phil. in History and a B.A. (Summa Cum Laude) in History and International Studies from Yale University.
His current book project, Cuban Counterpoints: Memory Struggles in Revolution and Exile, excavates public spectacle, rare press, private correspondence, and visual media to track clashes over Cuban collective and historical memory, on and off the island, in the wake of the 1959 Revolution. His scholarly writings have appeared in Journal of American Ethnic History, Latino Studies, Cuban Studies, and Perspectives on History, among other publications. With Jennifer Lambe, he is coeditor of the volume The Revolution from Within: Cuba, 1959–1980 (2019).
Prior to pursuing graduate work, Dr. Bustamante served as Research Associate for Latin America Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations in Washington, D.C. He comments frequently on contemporary Cuban and Cuban-American affairs for publications like Foreign Affairs and NACLA Report on the Americas.
At FIU, Dr. Bustamante teaches courses on Latin American, Latina/o, and U.S. History.