Luis Martínez-Fernández, Ph.D.
Dr. Luis Martínez-Fernández is a historian, university
professor, author, consultant and public speaker, whose fields of expertise include
Latin America, the Caribbean, education, and Latino / Hispanic politics,
culture, and society.
Born in Havana, Cuba and raised in Lima, Peru and San Juan, Puerto Rico,
he holds B.A. and M.A. degrees in History from the University of Puerto
Rico and a Ph.D. in History from Duke University.
He is recognized as one of the most prolific and influential scholars in
the field of Caribbean Studies. His publications include articles in
Cuban Studies, Slavery and Abolition, Latin American Research Review,
The Americas, Caribbean Studies, History Today, and in numerous anthologies and edited
His books include: Fighting Slavery in the Caribbean, Revolutionary
Cuba: A History, widely acclaimed as the most comprehensive and
systematic study on the subject ever written, and Key to the New World: A
History of Early Colonial Cuba, winner of the 2018 Florida Book Awards'
Bronze Medal for Nonfiction and the 2019 International Latino Book Awards Gold Medal for History.
Martínez-Fernández served as trustee of the College Board (2009-2015) and in numerous
professional, editorial, and community boards, among them the Cuban
Studies journal, the South Atlantic Humanities Center, the Community Advisory Board of WMFE (Central Florida's
NPR station), and the Executive Committee of the Board of
Directors of the Historical Society of Central Florida. In 2005 he
founded the annual Latin American Cultural Festival of Orlando.
In March 2019, he joined the Board of Directors of the
National Council for History Education and assumed the role of Board
Secretary. He also serves on the International Board of Advisors of United Planet.
He writes a weekly nationally syndicated column for Creators Syndicate.
- Ph.D. in Latin American History from Duke University (1990)
- M.A. in History from University of Puerto Rico (1985)
- B.A. in History from University of Puerto Rico (1982)
Latin America, the Caribbean, Cuba and Puerto Rico, Latinos in the United States
Recent Research Activities
Working on a collection of essays with the working title "All History Is Contemporary History: Essays on Culture, Politics, and the Unimaginable Events of 2019-2021."
- Key to the New World: A History of Early Colonial Cuba, Gainesville: University of Florida Press, 2018.
- Revolutionary Cuba: A History. Gainesville: University Press of
Florida, 2014; eBook edition by Florida Scholarship Online, 2015;
updated paperback edition, 2016.
- Frontiers, Plantations, and Walled Cities: Essays on Society, Culture, and Politics in the Hispanic Caribbean, 1800-1945. Princeton, NJ: Markus Wiener Publishers, 2010.
- Encyclopedia of Cuba: People, History, Culture. Co-edited with Louis A. Pérez, Jr., D.H. Figueredo, and Luis González. 2 vols. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 2003. Served as Senior Editor and authored the Introduction and fifty-three entries.
- Protestantism and Political Conflict in the Nineteenth-Century Hispanic Caribbean. New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press, 2002.
- Fighting Slavery in the Caribbean: The Life and Times of a British Family in Nineteenth-Century Havana. Armonk, NY: M.E. Sharpe Publishers, 1998; reissued by Routledge as ebook, 2014.
- Torn between Empires: Economy, Society, and Patterns of Political Thought in the Hispanic Caribbean, 1840-1878. Athens: University of Georgia Press, 1994; reprint 2012.
- Historia de Puerto Rico: cuaderno de ejercicios y actividades. (4 eds.), San Juan: Editorial Librotex/Publicaciones Puertorriqueñas, 1986-1993.
- El Partido Nuevo Progresista: trayectoria hacia el poder y orígenes sociales de sus fundadores, 1967-1968. Río Piedras: Editorial Edil, 1986.
- Editor and author of "Introduction: The Many Lives and Times of Humboldts Political Essay on the Island of Cuba inAlexander von Humboldt, The Island of Cuba: A Political Essay. Princeton, NJ: Markus Wiener, 2001, 1-18.
- Forthcoming “The Greater
Caribbean World.” Chapter in The Cambridge History of America and the World. Series Ed. Mark Bradley
(New York: Cambridge University Press, forthcoming in 2020).
- "The Cuban Revolution." Chapter in Legacies of Revolution. Ed Peter Furtado. London: Thames & Hudson, 2020.
- “Part XI: Puerto
Rico in the Twenty First Century.” Section introduction and selection and introduction to ten new readings. The Puerto Ricans: A Documentary History. Eds. Kal Wagenheim, Olga Wagenheim and Luis Martínez-Fernández.
Princeton, NJ: Markus Wiener Publishers, new expanded and revised edition, 2020.
- “Annexation of
Dominican Republic.” In Oxford Bibliographies in African American Studies. Ed. Gene Jarrett. New York: Oxford
University Press, 2016.
- “Preface to the
Paperback Edition: A Necessary Revisit.” In Revolutionary Cuba: A History. Paperback
edition. Gainesville: University Press of Florida, 2016.
- "Sugar and Revolution: Cuba 1952-2002." Chapter in Handbook on Cuban History, Literature and the Arts: New Perspectives on Historical and Contemporary Social Change. Eds. Mauricio Font and Araceli Tinajero. Boulder, CO, Paradigm Publishers, 2014, 65-78.
- "Rise of the American Mediterranean." Chapter in The Caribbean: A History of the Region and Its People. Eds. Stephan Palmié and Francisco Scarano. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2011, 303-316.
- "The Cuban Revolution." Chapter in A Companion to Latin American History. Ed. Thomas H. Holloway. Oxford, UK: Blackwell Publishers, 2007, 365-385.
- "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.
- "La frontera y la plantación: reflexiones sobre dos claves para empezar a entender las culturas cubana y caribeña." Cuaderno no. 9 of the Association of European Historians of Latin America (AHILA): Visitando la isla: temas de historia de Cuba. Eds. Josef Opatrný and Consuelo Naranjo Orovio. Madrid/Frankfurt: AHILA/Iberoamericana/Vervuert, 2002, 149-159.
- "El '98 antes del '98: el expansionismo norteamericano en el Caribe Hispano durante la segunda mitad del siglo XIX." Article in 1898: enfoques y perspectivas. Ed. Luis González Vales. San Juan: Academia Puertorriqueña de la Historia, 1997, 381-401.
- "La Fortaleza y la Ciudadela: la transformación del Senado y de la política puertorriqueña durante la administración de Luis A. Ferré, 1969-1972." Chapter in: Senado de Puerto Rico, Senado de Puerto Rico, 1917-1992: ensayos de historia institucional. San Juan: Senado, 1992, 239-267.
- "Faith in Cuba: Protestantism." Entry in Cuba. Ed. Alan West-Durán. Farmington Hills, MI: Charles Scribners Sons, 2011.
- "Bay of Pigs." Entry in Encyclopedia of Latin American History and Culture, 2nd ed. Detroit: Gale, 2008.
- "The Cuban Revolution." Entry in The Oxford Encyclopedia of the Modern World. Ed. Peter N. Steams. 4 vols. New York, 2008.
- "Puerto Rico in the Whirlwind of 1898: Conflict, Continuity, and Change." Magazine of History 12:3 (Spring 1998), 24-29.
- "Dominican Republic." Entry in The Encyclopedia of U.S. Foreign Relations. 4 vols. New York: Oxford University Press, 1997, vol. II, 27-32.
Second Place, General (Online) Column, Columnist Contest of the National Society of Newspaper Columnists, June 2021.
Admitted to the Academy of Cuban History in Exile, November 2020.
International Latino Book Awards, Gold Medal, September 2019.
Featured Writer, Orlando Book Festival, May 2019.
Featured Writer, Word of South Festival of Literature and Music, Tallahassee, April 2019.
Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching, CAH, 2019.
Florida Book Awards, Bronze Medal, General Nonfiction, for Key to the New World, 2018.
Sabbatical Award, 2017-2018.
UCF Research Incentive Award, 2017.
UCF Scroll and Quill Honor Society, member, 2016- .
Honorable Mention, International Latino Book Awards for Revolutionary Cuba, Best History Books in English category, June 2015.
Featured author, Miami Book Fair International, November 2014.
El Josco Education Award, Puerto Rican Chamber of Commerce of Central Florida, October 2013.
Finalist, Quijote Award for Excellence, Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Orlando, 2005.
Best of Reference award by the New York Public Library, Encyclopedia of Cuba, 2004.
Best Reference Source awarded to Encyclopedia of Cuba by Library Journal, 2003.
Booklist Editors’ Choice, Encyclopedia of Cuba among best reference books, 2003.
No courses found for Fall 2022.
No courses found for Summer 2022.
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