FIU is home to the Cuban
Research Institute, which is part of the Latin
American and Caribbean Center, a hub for research that encompasses
all aspects of the exile experience as well developments inside the island.
Below follows a list of experts on a variety of Cuba-related topics.
URBAN ISSUES AND THE ENVIRONMENT
Architecture Professor Nicolas Quintana, is the director of the project
Havana and its Landscapes, currently underway at FIU's School of Architecture.
The project's goal is to create a series of rural, urban, environmental
and architectural guidelines that would protect the citys character
during the transition period, while still addressing critical issues such
as the acute housing shortage the city suffers. Prof. Quintana, who specializes
in urbanism, has collaborated closely with architects of the caliber Charles-Edouard
Jeanneret, widely known as Le Corbusier, and Walter Adolph Gropius.
Eudel Eduardo Cepero
Environmental scientist Eudel Eduardo Cepero, is a research analyst with
the FIU Applied Research Center at Florida International University. Cepero
has done work focusing on Cuba and its environment. From 2005 to 2006
he was an environmental consulting associate for the Havana and its Landscapes
Project, which is researching Havanas environmental issues and evaluating
potential impact of projects. He has published two opinion pieces in el
Nuevo Herald: El Exxon Valdez de Castro and La isla
Professor in the Department of
Earth Sciences, Grenville Draper, has studied the geology tectonics
of the Greater Antilles, including Cuba, for more then 30 years. His research
focuses on how movements of that part of the Earths crust relates
to the development of minerals resources and seismic activity. Draper
made his first visit to Cuba in 1989 and helped organize the 13th Caribbean
Geological conference that was held in Pinar del Rio in 1992. As the leader
of the International Geological Correlation Project 364, he facilitated
international field workshops, some of which were in Cuba, involving scientists
from the Caribbean. Draper is the author of more than 80 articles and
Geographer, Jennifer Gebelein, is an Assistant Professor in the Department
of International Relations. For several years she has focused on Cubas
geography. Since 2002 the Cuban
Research Institute has awarded her three grants to travel to Cuba
to conduct her research. With the Geographic Information Systems spatial
data she conducts analyses on how various factors like water quality,
sediment transports, logging and mining activities might be adversely
impacting the environment on the island. She received her M.A in marine
affairs from the University of Miami and her Ph.D. in geography from the
University of California, Santa Barbara. Gebelein is currently working
on her first book A Naturalists Perspective of Cuba.
International Relations Professor Damian Fernandez is the director of
the Cuban Research Institute at FIU's Latin
American and Caribbean Center (LACC). Prof. Fernandez's research interests
include Cuban politics and international relations of Latin America. He
studies the role of emotions in politics. His books include Cuba
and the Politics of Passion and edited Cuba Transnational
and co-edited anthology on Cuban national identity. In recent years he
has conducted research in Cuba, Brazil, Peru, Honduras, Panama and several
Sociology Professor Guillermo Grenier has been one of the lead investigators
in charge of the Cuba
Poll FIU has been conducting since 1991. The poll measures the attitudes
and opinions of Cuban-Americans in South Florida in issues raging from
their support for the embargo, to their party preference. In addition
to the poll, Prof. Grenier is the author of books such as Miami
Now: Immigration, Ethnicity and Social Change; Legacy of Exile:
Cubans in the United States; and This Land is Our Land: Newcomers
and Established Residents in Miami, in which he is a co-author.
He has also written numerous articles on labor and ethnic issues in the
Hugh Gladwin, director of the Institute
for Public Opinion Research at FIU's School of Journalism and Mass
Communication, has conducted polls on the political opinions of Cuban-Americans
dating back to 1991. The polls questions range from whether exiles would
consider going back to Cuba, to their attitudes on the United States Embargo
on the island. Gladwin is professor of sociology and anthropology and
concentrates on statistical analysis of opinions and political trends.
His work also includes analysis of sociological impacts of hurricanes
and consumer preferences. The 2004 Cuba Poll is available at http://www.fiu.edu/orgs/ipor/cubapoll/index.html
The next edition of the Poll is expected in the spring of 2007.
Sociology Professor Lisandro Pérez, founded FIU's Cuban
Research Institute in 1991 and served as its director until 2003.
From 1991 to 1992 he directed a project funded by the U.S. Department
of State on the Cuban transition. He has also served as the editor of
the journal Cuban Studies and is the co-author of the book The Legacy
of Exile: Cubans in the United States. During the 2004-2005 academic
year Pérez was a fellow at the Center for Scholars and Writers
of the New York Public Library, where he carried out research for his
current writing project, a book on the Cuban community in New York City
during the nineteenth century.
Political Science Professor Dario Moreno is the director of FIU's
Metropolitan Center. He conducts research on Cuban-American politics,
Miami politics and Florida politics. He is a contributing editor to the
Harvard Journal of Hispanic Policy. He has also conducted extensive research
in Central America, including the region's relationship with Fidel Castro's
regime. He has been a Pew Scholar at the Kennedy
School of Government at Harvard University, and a Fulbright scholar
in Costa Rica.
ACADEMIC EXCHANGE AND LITERATURE
Uva de Aragón
Professor Uva de Aragón, is associate director of the Cuban
Research Institute, has had an active role on academic relations with
Cuba. In 2004, she took a group of students to Cuba as part of a class
she teaches on the humanities in Cuba. Aragón, also a poet and
fiction writer, served as assistant editor for Cuban Studies from 1998
to 2004 and has published extensively in newspapers, magazines and journals.
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Some of above information taken from: http://news.fiu.edu/releases/2006/08-08_fiuexperts.htm