Michael J. Bustamante is Assistant Professor of Latin American History, specializing in modern Cuba, Cuban-America, and the Caribbean. His scholarly work has appeared in Journal of American Ethnic History, Latino Studies, Cuban Studies, and the Oxford Research Encyclopedia of American History, among other publications. With Jennifer Lambe (Brown University), he is co-editor of the volume The Revolution from Within: Cuba, 1959-1980, published by Duke University Press in 2019. In 2019, he joined the editorial board of Cuban Studies.
Dr. Bustamante’s current book project, tentative tittle, “Cuban Counterpoints: Retrospective Politics in Revolution and Exile,” tracks how contested understandings of national history and memory shaped Cuban political cultures across the Florida Straits after 1959. The book is under contract with the University of North Carolina Press
Prior to pursuing academic work, Bustamante served as Research Associate for Latin America Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations in Washington, D.C. His commentary on contemporary Cuban and Cuban-American affairs has appeared in publications like Foreign Affairs and The Washington Post and also has been featured in media outlets like NPR, the BBC, the New York Times, and the Associated Press. His writings have appeared in Cuban publications such as Temas, Espacio Laical, and Cuba Posible.
Dr. Bustamante’s work has been supported by the Mrs. Giles Whiting Foundation, the MacMillan Center for International and Area Studies at Yale, and Casa de las Américas in Havana. He was a two-time research fellow at the Cuban Heritage Collection (University of Miami). His 2016 doctoral dissertation won Yale's Arthur and Mary Wright Prize (2017).
At FIU, he teaches courses on Latin American, Latina/o, Caribbean, and U.S. histories.