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J. Carlyle Sitterson Professor
550 Hamilton Hall
Office Hours: R 2:00 - 4:00 pm and by appointment
Curriculum Vitae


MA University of Arizona, 1966
PhD University of New Mexico, 1970

Research Interests

Principal research interests center on nineteenth- and twentieth-century Caribbean, with emphasis on Spanish-speaking Caribbean. Current research explores the character of society and gender in nineteenth-century Cuba.

Some Notable Publications

  • Rice in the Time of Sugar: The Political Economy of Food in Cuba (University of North Carolina Press, 2019)
  • Intimations of Modernity: Civil-Culture in Nineteenth-Century Cuba. University of North Carolina Press: 2017.
  • The Structure of Cuban History: Meanings and Purpose of the Past (University of North Carolina Press, 2013)
  • Cuba: Between Reform and Revolution, 5th edition (Oxford University Press, 2014)
  • Cuba in the American Imagination: Metaphor and the Imperial Ethos (University of North Carolina Press, 2008)
  • To Die in Cuba: Suicide and Society (University of North Carolina Press, 2005)
  • On Becoming Cuban: Identity, Nationality and Culture (University of North Carolina Press, 1999)

Graduate Students

Courses Taught (as schedule allows)

For current information about course offerings, click here.

  • HIST 143—Latin America Since Independence
  • HIST 531—History of the Caribbean
  • HIST 532—History of Cuba