Alejandro de la Fuente
Chair, Cuba Studies Program Faculty Committee
Director, Afro-Latin American Research Institute
A historian of Latin America and the Caribbean who specializes in the study of comparative slavery and race relations, Alejandro de la Fuente is the Robert Woods Bliss Professor of Latin American History and Economics and Professor of African and African American Studies. He is the author of Havana and the Atlantic in the Sixteenth Century (University of North Carolina Press, 2008), and of A Nation for All: Race, Inequality, and Politics in Twentieth-Century Cuba (University of North Carolina Press, 2001). He is also the curator of two art exhibits dealing with issues of race: Queloides: Race and Racism in Cuban Contemporary Art (2010-12) and Grupo Antillano: The Art of Afro-Cuba (ongoing). De la Fuente is currently working on a comparative study of slaves and the law in Cuba, Virginia and Louisiana. Professor de la Fuente is the founding Director of the Afro-Latin American Research Institute at Harvard and leads the faculty committee of the Cuba Studies Program. He is the Senior Editor of the journal Cuban Studies.