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Luís Martínez Fernández

Luís Martínez Fernández

Izaskun Álvarez Cuartero

Born in Havana, Cuba (1960), Luis Martínez-Fernández grew up in Lima, Peru, and San Juan, Puerto Rico. He holds B.A. and M.A. degrees from the University of Puerto Rico and a Ph.D. in History from Duke University.



Training and Professional experience

  • Dr. Martínez-Fernández is Professor of History at the University of Central Florida, where he also directed the Latin American, Caribbean and Latino Studies Program (2004-2006). Previously, he taught at Rutgers University (1994-2004). While at Rutgers, he chaired the Department of Puerto Rican and Hispanic Caribbean Studies (1997-2004). He has also taught at Colgate University, Augusta State University, the Graduate History Program of the University of Puerto Rico, and the Lauder Program of the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

    Currently, he serves on the editorial boards of Cuban Studies and Herencia Cultural Cubana. He is also Trustee of the College Board and Chair of its Academic Advisory Council. Dr. Martínez-Fernández is a member of the Advisory Board of the South Atlantic Humanities Center and is active in various cultural and artistic organizations in Central Florida. In 2005 he founded the annual Latin American Cultural Festival of Orlando.

    Dr. Martínez-Fernández has pursued diverse lines of research, all pertaining to the Hispanic Caribbean. Among these we find the comparative study of nineteenth-century Cuba, Puerto Rico, and the Dominican Republic, the region’s political history during the twentieth Century. His works touch upon multiple aspects, including politics, religion, economy, gender, culture, and slavery. He has also studied Hispanic populations in Florida.

    His latest research projects are a history of the Cuban Revolution (forthcoming with the University of North Carolina Press) and a history of early colonial Cuba up to 1800. He has also begun work on a book on the voices of slavery,

Selected Publications

  • Luis Martínez-Fernández. Torn between Empires: Economy, Society, and Patterns of Political Thought in the Hispanic Caribbean, 1840-1878. Athens: University of Georgia Press, 1994.
  • Luis Martínez-Fernández. "The Sword and the Crucifix: Church-State Relations and Nationality in the Nineteenth-Century Dominican Republic". Latin American Research Review, 30:1 (invierno 1995), 69-93.
  • Luis Martínez-Fernández. "The Havana Anglo-Spanish Mixed Commission for the Suppression of the Slave Trade and Cuba’s Emancipados". Slavery & Abolition, 16:2 (agosto 1995), pp. 205-25.
  • Luis Martínez-Fernández. "Life in a ‘male city’: Native and Foreign Elite Women in Nineteenth-Century Havana." Cuban Studies, 25 (1995), pp. 27-49.
  • Luis Martínez-Fernández. Fighting Slavery in the Caribbean: The Life and Times of a British Family in Nineteenth-Century Havana. Armonk, NY: M.E. Sharpe Publishers, 1998.
  • Luis Martínez-Fernández. "Crypto-Protestants and Pseudo-Catholics in the Nineteenth-Century Hispanic Caribbean." Journal of Ecclesiastical History, 51:2 (abril 2000), 347-65.
  • Luis Martínez-Fernández. "Political Culture in the Hispanic Caribbean and the Building of U.S. Hegemony, 1868-1945." Revista Mexicana del Caribe, 11 (2001), 7-55.
  • Luis Martínez-Fernández. Protestantism and Political Conflict in the Nineteenth-Century Hispanic Caribbean. New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press, 2002.
  • Luis Martínez-Fernández, Louis A. Pérez, Jr., D. H. Figueredo y Luis González, eds. Encyclopedia of Cuba: People, History, Culture, 2 vols. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 2003.
  • Luis Martínez-Fernández. "Geography, Will It Absolve Cuba?" History Compass, 2 (2004) LA 066, 1-20.
  • Luis Martínez-Fernández. "1492: First Encounters, the Invention of America and the Columbian Exchange." Revista Brasileira do Caribe, 6:11 (2005), 13-31.
  • Luis Martínez-Fernández. "The Forging of Creole Cuba: Race, Gender and Society in the Sixteenth-Century." Chapter in Caribe/Caribes: criollización y procesos de cambio. Ed. Josef Opartrný. Prague, Editorial Karolinum, 2006, 49-63.
  • Luis Martínez-Fernández. "The Cuban Revolution.". Capítulo en A Companion to Latin American History. Ed. Thomas H. Holloway. Oxford, UK: Blackwell Publishers, 2007, 365-85.
  • Luis Martínez-Fernández. "La diáspora en la frontera: reflexiones sobre los retos y oportunidades para estudiar el Orlando puertorriqueño." El Centro Journal, 22:1 (primavera 2010), 32-55.
  • Luis Martínez-Fernández. Frontiers, Plantations, and Walled Cities: Essays on Society, Culture, and Politics in the Hispanic Caribbean, 1800-1945. Princeton, NJ: Markus Wiener Publishers, 2010.
  • Luis Martínez-Fernández. "Rise of the ‘American Mediterranean’." Capítulo en The Caribbean: A History of the Region and Its People, Eds. Stephan Palmié y Francisco Scarano. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2011, 303-16.
  • Luis Martínez-Fernández. "Trauma and Conflict: New Perspectives on Cuban Exile and Emigration to South Florida Since 1959." Ibero-Americana Pragensia Supplementum 31 (2012), 93-106.
  • Luis Martínez-Fernández. "Sugar and Revolution: Cuba 1952-2002." Capítulo en Handbook on Cuban History, Literature and the Arts: New Perspectives on Historical and Contemporary Social Change, Eds. Mauricio Font y Araceli Tinajero. Boulder, CO: Paradigm Publishers, 2014, 65-78.
  • Luis Martínez-Fernández. Revolutionary Cuba: A History. Gainesville: University Press of Florida, 2014.
  • Luis Martínez-Fernández. "Far beyond the Line: Pirates, Privateers, Buccaneers and Invading Settlers in Cuba and the Caribbean (1520-1670)." Revista de Indias, (primavera 2015).
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