Podcast Episode 10

Episode 10 – Nancy Mirabal: Challenging the Narrative of Afro-Cuban Migration

This week Dr. Nancy Mirabal, a scholar of Afro-Latinx and Latinx studies at the University of Maryland, College Park, joins the conversation. In this episode, Dr. Mirabal challenges the perception that Cuban-American history begins with the migrants of the 1959 Cuban Revolution. Her parents immigrated from Cuba for economic opportunities in the early 1950’s, and their experiences with xenophobia and racism in the United States served as a catalyst for her research. Her research highlights how Afro-Cuban identities are not new phenomena, but a rich, but understudied, part pf U.S. history.

Dr. Nancy Mirabal – Website and Social Media

Episode Resources


Nancy Raquel Mirabal, Suspect Freedoms: The Racial and Sexual Politics of Cubanidad in New York, 1823-1957. New York: NYU Press, 2017.

Aline Helg, Our Rightful Share: the Afro-Cuban Struggle for Equality, 1886-1912 Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 1995.

Miriam Jiménez Román and Juan Flores, editors. The Afro-Latin@ Reader. Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 2010.


Nancy Raquel Mirabal, “‘Ser De Aquí’: Beyond the Cuban Exile Model.” Latino studies 1, no. 3 (2003): 366–382.

Nancy Raquel Mirabal, “Melva Alvarado,” in the Afro-Latin@ Reader, Miriam Jimenez Roman and Juan Flores, editors, The Afro-Latin@ Reader. Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 2010, 120-126.


Center for Puerto Rican Studies

Club Cubano Inter-Americano

DC AfroLatino Caucus

Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture

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