Aug. 14, 2013

Rafael Rojas is one of Cuba's most distinguished Caribbean historians and cultural critics, and a renowned scholar and writer of Latin America history. The author of more than 15 books and 100 scholarly essays, he has won numerous international awards, including the Premio Matías Romero (2001) and the Anagrama Essay Award (2006). He has also become one of the region’s most prominent public intellectuals. This year alone he wrote two books titled, "La vanguardia peregrina. El escritor cubano, la tradición y el exilio" (Fondo de Cultura Económica, 2013) and "Los derechos del alma. Ensayos sobre la querella liberal-consevadora en Hispanoamérica" (Taurus, 2013).

He has taught and lectured widely, including at universities in Cuba, Mexico, Spain, Ecuador, Puerto Rico, Argentina and the United States. Currently he teaches at the Center for Economic Research and Teaching (Centro de Investigacion y Docencia Economicas/CIDE) in Mexico City. In 2007, he was a visiting professor at both Princeton and Columbia universities.

While at Princeton as a Global Scholar in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese Languages and Cultures, and the Program in Latin American Studies, Rojas will teach undergraduate students about Cuba's modern intellectual and political history and offer guidance and support on senior theses. Graduate students with an interest in Caribbean and Latin American studies will gain from his expertise, and he will contribute to several graduate programs and advise students doing doctoral research on Cuban and Mexican history and culture especially. This Fall he will be teaching a course titled, "Revolution and Mourning in XX Century Latin American".

Rojas' Global Scholar affiliation provides Princeton an important opportunity to expand its internationalization efforts with the Cuban, Mexican and Hispanic-Caribbean academic communities, and with Princeton scholars working on Latin America and Mexico through a partnership with one of Mexico’s most eminent centers of independent thought, CIDE. His strong links with Cuba’s intellectual and academic circles will provide graduate students with an interest in Caribbean and Latin American studies with institutional connections and strengthen an interdisciplinary range of projects and perspectives on Cuban and trans-American studies in the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, the Department of Spanish and Portuguese Languages and Cultures, the Center for African American Studies, and the programs in American, Latin American and Latino studies.

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