The Cuba Studies Program seeks to continue, consolidate, and extend its program of scientific and scholarly exchanges with Cuba and aims to continue its efforts to foster the development, dissemination and analysis of Cuba-related research throughout Harvard and the US.
Under the leadership of its faculty chair, the Cuba Studies Faculty Committee leads the vision, priorities and projects related to Cuba undertaken by the program.
The mission of the Cuba Studies Program Advisory Group is to provide support for the program’s goals and activities as well as to advise the program on issues central to its mission.
Study Abroad in Havana
CASA-Cuba provides students with a unique opportunity to have direct access to Cuba’s leading institution of higher learning, the University of Havana, and to Casa de Las Américas, the Cuban government’s premier research institution – since its founding in 1959 – on Caribbean and Latin American studies, Cuban culture and the arts.
DRCLAS offers a variety of travel grants for summer research, conferences, and internships in Latin America. Additionally, DRCLAS awards Student Group Grants to Harvard student groups working with a Harvard faculty member for publications, workshops, conferences, and/or events at Harvard University related to Latin America, the Caribbean, or Latinx populations in the United States.
Become a Visiting Scholar
Over 90 Cuban scholars have come to DRCLAS for extended periods of work and collaboration in fields such as archival work, botany, economics, history, medicine, microbiology, organismic and evolutionary biology, political science, public administration, and urban planning.
Los Cubanos de Harvard Documentary
In the year 1900, more than half of all Cuban public school teachers traveled to Cambridge to participate in a Summer School organized by Harvard. The people of Cambridge contributed over $70,000 to finance the visit and in turn, Harvard offered courses free of charge to the nearly 1,300 teachers. The project became the largest cultural exchange that has ever existed between the two countries. In 2016, Cuban journalist and documentarian Danny González Lucena conducted archival research and interviews, culminating in the documentary Los Cubanos de Harvard.
Cuban Studies Journal
Founded in 1970, Cuban Studies is the preeminent journal for scholarly work on Cuba. Widely praised for its interdisciplinary approach and trenchant analysis of an array of topics, each volume features the best scholarship in the humanities and social sciences.
The Cuba Studies Program is the home of the editorial team of the journal Cuban Studies which has been published by the University of Pittsburgh Press since 1985. Each volume includes articles in both English and Spanish, as well as a large book review section.
Travel to Cuba
President Obama’s historic announcement to re-establish diplomatic ties with Cuba has focused renewed attention on and interest in traveling to the Island. As you may know, regulations are currently being defined and evolving, and at this point DRCLAS cannot advise on travel to Cuba beyond the scope of normal travel through the academic license. Travel to Cuba for purposes of tourism is prohibited.