Marifeli Pérez-Stable

PhD, State University of New York, Stony Brook, Sociology, 1985

Office: Modesto A. Maidique Campus, SIPA 301

Phone: 305.348.2258


Areas of Expertise: The Cuban Revolution, history, sociology, politics


Routledge will publish The United States and Cuba: Intimate Enemies in 2010. A short book which, nonetheless, forced Dr. Perez-Stable to rethink U.S.-Cuba/Cuban-American relations among themselves and with the international community. Rethinking the Cuban experience is a crucial intellectual direction of her research. She draws liberally from history, politics, and sociology. Currently, she is in the process of thoroughly revising The Cuban Revolution. Expanding the connections between pre- and post-1959 Cuba, particularly regarding politics (part of the major revision) and broadening the "looking forward" perspectives. Why has the Cuban government defied all expectations of quick demise? Finally, her long-term research project is Cuba's Long Twentieth Century, 1868-2002, from the start of the first independence war to the republic's centennial. Instead of focusing primarily on the United States and sugar monoculture, she seeks an understanding of how Cuban political agency at critical junctures was also determinative of the island's trajectory.

Since 2006, Dr. Perez-Stable has taught the Senior Capstone Seminar, Societies in the World, Sociology thru Film, Sociological Theories, and two graduate seminars Sociocultural Theories B and Political Sociology. In her courses, she emphasizes the importance of knowing (learning the facts) and understanding (why/how x, y or z happened).

Dr. Perez-Stable is member of the Cuban Research Institute's advisory board, chair GSS's Rules & Procedure Committee charged with producing the bylaws for our merged department, and member of the Graduate Committee. In Spring 2010, Dr. Perez-Stable will have a course release to work with SIPA in exploring funding opportunities. In academic years 2006-2009, she served on the Personnel Committee and chaired it the last two academic years.

By September 1, 2010, she plans to have finished the 3rd edition of The Cuban Revolution: Origins, Course, and Legacy (Oxford University Press).

Courses Taught

ISS 6926: Capstone Project