Status: PhD Candidate

Adviser: Louis A. Pérez, Jr.

Graduate Email: maikelfb@live.unc.edu


Education

B.A. University of Havana, 2003
M.A. University of Havana, 200

Research Interests

My dissertation, “Envisioning Capitalist Alternatives: The Emergence of Urban Entrepreneurs and the Politics of Influence in Cuba, 1920-1940” investigates the organization of urban entrepreneurs in voluntary associations, such as Rotary Clubs, and their transformation into civic power groups.

Some Notable Publications

  • Book Chapter: “District 25: Rotary Clubs and Regional Civic Power in Cuba, 1916-1940,” in State of Ambiguity: Civic Life and Cultural Form in Cuba's First Republic (Durham: Duke University Press, 2014) [PhD dissertation excerpt]
  • Book: Sociabilidad y cultura del ocio: Las élites habaneras y sus clubes de recreo, 1902-1930 (Havana: Fundación Fernando Ortiz, 2009)

Courses Offered

  • History of Latinos in the United States
  • Latin America since Independence