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Caribbean, Latin American & Latino Studies

Masters of Arts in Humanities in Caribbean and Latin/o American Studies (CLAS)
A Multi-Sited Pre-Professional Program in Advanced Studies and Research

Madrid and Seville

Program Associate Researchers at CSIC, Spain (a selection)

Leida Fernández: PhD from the University of Havana. She was a researcher at the Academy of Sciences of Cuba and an Associate Professor at the University of Havana. She was deputy director of the Cuban Society for the History of Science and Technology, member of the National Union of Historians of Cuba, and secretary of the Society for the Study of Cuban Hist Agriculture of the Cuban Academy of Sciences. She is currently a researcher at the History Institute/CSIC. She is a member of the Group of Comparative Studies of the Caribbean and the Atlantic World (RECCMA), and a member of the working group on the Caribbean within the framework of AHILA. She is a specialist on the history of science and agrarian history in the Caribbean, as well as on modernization, with special interest in the circulation of agricultural scientific knowledge between Europe. She is the author of Agricultural Cuba: Myth and Tradition, 1878-1920 (2005); and The Arena of Power: Science and Agriculture in Cuba, 1878-1917 (2008).

María Dolores González-Ripoll: PhD in the History of America from the Complutense University of Madrid (1994). She is a permanent research scientist in the Institute of History/CSIC. González-Ripol has been a fellow of various institutions from 1988 to 1995 (BBVA Foundation, Ministry of Education and Science, and the Community of Madrid) and made research stays at the University of Havana, the Universidad Michoacana (Mexico), la Maison des Pays Ibèriques (CNRS, Bordeaux), Florida International University and Université Paris VIII. Since the year 2000 she has participated in the associated unit of the CSIC with Jaume I University (Comparative Social History). She has been a guest lecturer in specialized courses in the University of Alcalá de Henares and the University of San Nicolás de Hidalgo (Morelia, Mexico). She is a member of the Group of Comparative Studies of the Caribbean and the Atlantic World (RECCMA), the work group on Caribbean within the framework of AHILA, the Network of Studies on the Caribbean and the Iber-concepts group. Her works focuses on the social and cultural history of the Caribbean in the 18th and 19th Centuries, illustrated scientific expeditions, elites and social networks. Her works include: A las órdenes de las estrellas. La vida del marino Cosme de Churruca y sus expediciones a América (Under the orders of the stars. The life of the mariner Cosme Churruca and his expeditions to America, 1995); Cuba, la isla de los ensayos. Economía y sociedad  (1790-1815) (Cuba, the island of trials, economy and society (1790-1815), 1999). She is co-author of El rumor de Haití en Cuba. Temor, raza y rebeldía, 1789-1844 (The Rumor of Haiti in Cuba: Fear, Race and Rebelliousness, 2004) and is editor of Historia de las Antillas no hispanas (The History of the Non-Hispanic West Indies, 2011).

Consuelo Naranjo-Orovio: PhD in Geography and History from the Universidad Complutense de Madrid (1988). Naranjo-Orovio is currently a Professor at the Institute of History/CSIC, and Director of the Center for Human and Social Sciences and of the Institute of History at the CCHS/CSIC. She is the research director of the Group of Comparative Studies of the Caribbean and the Atlantic World (RECCMA). She was the Secretary of the editorial board and Director of the prestigious Revista de Indias journal and is currently the editor of the Colección Antilia, under whose directorship have appeared the five volumes of the Historia de las Antillas (History of the West Indeis). Naranjo-Orovio is also a member of several editorial boards of international scientific journals, including being the editor of Culture & Histotry. Naranjo-Orovio has been a guest lecturer at universities and research centers in Puerto Rico, Cuba, USA, Mexico, Chile, Colombia, Brazil, Czech Republic and France besides several Spanish universities. She has been the editor of collective works and more than 70 research essays. She is an internationally recognized authority in cultural and social history of the Caribbean (19th to 21st centuries). Among her most important titles are Immigration, Race and Nation in Cuba in the Second Half of the 19th Century (1998) and Las migraciones de España a Iberoamérica desde la independencia (Spanish Migrations to Spanish America since Independence, 2010). She is co-author of El rumor de Haití en Cuba. Temor, raza y rebeldía, 1789-1844 (The Rumor of Haiti in Cuba: Fear, Race and Rebelliousness, 2004), Más allá del azúcar: política, diversificación y prácticas económicas en Cuba, 1878-1930 (Beyond Sugar: Politics, Diversification and Economic Practices in Cuba, 2009), and editor of Historia de Cuba (History of Cuba, 2009).

Jesús Raúl Navarro García es investigador científico del Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas, organismo en el que fue director y vicedirector de la Escuela de Estudios Hispanoamericanos, ubicada en Sevilla, España. Ha venido trabajando habitualmente en la política colonial del liberalismo español en Cuba y Puerto Rico, los procesos del exilio y la deportación de políticos y militares conservadores en el Caribe y la propaganda realista contrainsurgente elaborada en Puerto Rico en el primer tercio del siglo XIX. Entre sus obras cabe destacar: Entre esclavos y constituciones (El colonialismo liberal de 1837 en Cuba) (1991); Control social y actitudes políticas en Puerto Rico, 1823-1837 (1991); “El exilio carlista”, en El exilio español en América en el siglo XIX (1992); Puerto Rico a la sombra de la independencia continental (Fronteras ideológicas y políticas en el Caribe, 1815-1840) (1999); Insurgencia y republicanismo (2006) y  El Caribe y sus relaciones con España: políticas y sociedades en transformación (s. XIX-XX) (2013). Ha dirigido varios proyectos de investigación entre los que destacan los siguientes:  “El debate ideológico en Puerto Rico ante la cuestión colonial y la Revolución Liberal, 1815-1840”; “Creación de estados de opinión en el proceso de independencia mexicano: conflicto ideológico  y batalla propagandística”; “Guerra, propaganda y opinión pública en México, Venezuela y España, 1823-1829”; “Andalucía-América Latina: intercambios y transferencias culturales” y “El peso de las reformas de Cádiz (1812-1838). La reformulación de la administración colonial en Puerto Rico”. Ha realizado largas estancias de investigación en los principales archivos sobre Historia de Puerto Rico tanto de España como de la isla, con estancias prolongadas de más de tres meses en la Universidad de Puerto Rico, Centro de Estudios Avanzados de Puerto Rico y el Caribe e Instituto Mora (México). Ha participado dictando cursos sobre la Historia del Caribe en la UNAM (México), Universidad de Varsovia (Polonia), Universidad Nacional (Colombia), Universidad Pompeu Fabra, etc.

Miguel A. Puig-Samper: Doctor in Biological Sciences from the Complutense University (1986). He is Research Professor at the Institute of History/CSIC and director of the Publications Department of the Spanish Research Council. Previously he was Deputy Director of the Institute of History and Head of the History and Documentation Unit of the Royal Botanical Gardens, responsible for its Historical Archives and Chief Editor of the Annals of the institution. His work is widely recognized in France, Germany, Italy, Portugal, the Czech Republic, and especially in Latin American countries (Mexico, Cuba, Puerto Rico, Chile, Colombia, Brazil). Puig Samper-Mulero is corresponding academic of the Colombian Academy of History. He is a member of the editorial board of Asclepius and sits on the advisory aouncil of the Revista de Indias and the German electronic journal HiN. He is a member of the Network of Comparative Studies of the Caribbean and the Atlantic World (RECCMA). His principal research line focuses on the history of anthropology and the history of Spanish and Ibero-American science and scientific expeditions. Among his works are Chronicle of a romantic expedition to the New World. The Scientific Committee to the Pacific (1988); History of the Botanical Garden of Havana (2000); The Reception of Darwinism in the Iberian World (2001); and Darwinism, environment and society (2009).