Cary Aileen García Yero
Graduate Student Associate
Cary Aileen Garcia Yero is a Graduate Student Associate and the Cuba Studies Program Fellow. Her research focuses on how interpretations of cubanidad were negotiated and contested through artistic practices in Cuba from 1938 to 1963. A graduate student in history, she explores how processes of racial formation, foreign hegemony, and transnational circulation of culture shaped, and were shaped by, formulations of cubanidad within the realms of music, visual arts, and literature of that era. Additionally, she is the Managing Editor for the Cuban Studies Journal, published by the University of Pittsburgh Press. Previously, Cary Aileen Garcia Yero pursued a Master's degree at the University of British Columbia where she studied the Filin movement, a style of Cuban urban folk music that developed in Havana during the 1940s and 50s. She analyzed how Filin music was constituted by, but also constitutive of, historical socio-political and cultural processes. She highlighted how individuals became political actors through musical practices, how musical transformations contributed to political and social mobilization, and how music constructed its political relevance through lived experience. Her thesis “Is It All About Love: Filin And Politics In Pre-revolutionary Cuba,” was published in the Studies in Latin America Popular Culture, Volume 30 (2012).