The Cuban Research Institute is pleased to announce that Dr. Lillian Guerra will be a Visiting Scholar at FIU from July 7 to 18, 2014. During this time, Dr. Guerra will conduct research for her new book, Making Cuba Revolutionary: Hidden Heroes, Public Spectacle, and the War that Toppled Batista, 1947–1959. The book will be published by Yale University Press. To support her work, Dr. Guerra has received the John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship and the American Council of Learned Societies Fellowship for 2014–2015.
Lillian Guerra is Waldo Neikirk Professor of Cuban and Caribbean History at the University of Florida, where she also directs the Cuba Program at the Center for Latin American Studies. Dr. Guerra is the author of many scholarly essays as well as three books, Visions of Power in Cuba: Revolution, Redemption, and Resistance, 1959–1971 (2012), recipient of the 2014 Bryce Wood Book Award from the Latin American Studies Association; The Myth of José Martí: Conflicting Nationalisms in Early Twentieth-Century Cuba (2005); and Popular Expression and National Identity in Puerto Rico (1998). Recent creative works include a volume of poetry, Cimarrona (2013), and one of short stories, Cartografía corporal (2014). Dr. Guerra is currently researching a work on state programs to engineer "ideal citizens" through political re-education in Cuba in the 1960s and 70s.