Graduate Student, Ph.D. Candidate
Originally from Cuba, I am a Florida International University alumna with masters’ in Latin American and Caribbean Studies and Asian Studies respectively. This combination of curricula opened the doors to my current research interests and provided me with the historical foundations of the specific minorities I wish to study.
My work focuses in the areas of migrations, Diasporas, and identities. Specifically, my research is centered around the application of Ortiz’s transculturation as a theoretical framework. I expand the traditional applications of the theory usually utilized in the literature to understand the incorporation of the indigenous, African and European populations into the Cuban nation, to include the national experiences of other minorities, specifically the Japanese and Okinawans in the construct of Cubanidad (Cubanness).