Lilian Guerra, Ph.D. is a University of Florida Professor of Cuban and Caribbean History. Her research focuses on power dynamics and nationalism in Cuba. Lillian Guerra’s book, Visions of Power in Cuba: Revolution, Redemption and Resistance, received the Bryce Wood Award from the Latin American Studies Association. She works in Gainesville, Florida.
Tomas Bilbao is Executive Director of the Cuba Study Group. Prior to joining the CSG, Mr. Bilbao served as Director of Transition for Senator-elect Mel Martinez and Director of Operations for Mel Martinez for U.S. Senate.
As Executive Director of the Cuba Study Group, Mr. Bilbao is responsible for all the Group’s projects and activities, including developing policy recommendations and educating Members of Congress and the Administration on more effective policies toward Cuba.
Bilbao has appeared on numerous media outlets, including NPR.
Executive Director, Cuba Study Group
Areas of Expertise: Foreign Policy, Latin American Policy, U.S. Policy, Nonprofit Policy Advocacy, Nonprofit Management
Marifeli Perez-Stable is a Professor of Sociology at Florida International University, and writes a biweekly column for the Miami Herald on Latin American issues.
Perez-Stable is the former vice president for democratic governance at the Inter-American Dialogue in Washington, DC. In April 2003, she chaired the Task Force on Memory, Truth, and Justice which published the report, Cuban National Reconciliation. Perez-Stableis the director of “National Dialogues on Democracy in Latin America, a project sponsored by the Inter-American Dialogue with the cooperation of the Organization of American States.
She is currently working on Intimate Enemies, a book about the United States and Cuba after the Cold War.
Professor of Sociology at Florida International University
Areas of Expertise: US-Cuba Relations, Sociology, Cuban Politics and History
Guillermo Grenier is a Professor of Sociology and Graduate Program Director in the Department of Global & Sociocultural Studies in the School of International and Public Affairs at Florida International University.
Over the past 25 years he has been a lead investigator of the FIU Cuba Poll, an annual poll of Cuban-Americans, which is a project cosponsored by the Cuban Research Institute.
Grenier has authored or coauthored six books and dozens of articles on labor, migration, immigrant incorporation, and Cuban-American ideological profiles, particularly in the Greater Miami area.
Professor of Sociology and Graduate Program Director in the Department of Global & Sociocultural Studies in the School of International and Public Affairsat Florida International University
Areas of Expertise: Polling, Cultural Studies, Latin America, Immigration, Cuban Immigrants, Sociology
Maria Cristina Garcia is the Howard A. Newman Professor of American Studies at Cornell University. Her work focuses on refugees, immigration, exiles, and transnationals in the Americas. Her first book Havana USA: Cuban Exiles and Cuban Americans in South Florida, provides an in-depth look at the migration of Cubans to the United States after Fidel Castro took power in 1959.
Her more recent work Seeking Refuge: Central American Migration to Mexico, and the United States, and Canada, is, in her own words, “a study of the individuals, groups, and organizations that responded to the Central American refugee crisis of the 1980s and 1990s, and helped reshape refugee policies throughout North America.”
Garcia has appeared on NPR.
Howard A. Newman Professor in American Studies at Cornell University
Areas of Expertise: Immigration, U.S.-Cuban Relations, Latino U.S. History