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Doctor of Philosophy (PHD)


History (Arts and Sciences)

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First Committee Member

Steve Stein

Second Committee Member

Edmund Abaka

Third Committee Member

Hermann Beck

Fourth Committee Member

June Teufel Dreyer


My dissertation on Cuban defectors (primarily based on their own respective testimonies) will combine critical elements of pre-revolutionary and post-revolutionary political, military, economic and social history as a means of evaluating the character and extent of political and social disaffection and dissatisfaction in the post triumph of the Movimiento 26 de Julio - 26 July Movement Revolution period in Cuba. I will establish Cuba’s unique brand of defection as predication to question the success of the revolutionary goal of redefining modern Cuban identity or Cubanidad. Cubanidad is a term commonly translated into “a sense of what it means to be Cuban.” I will divide my focus into four individual periods chronologically identified and presented in an effort to show that Cuban defection in the post-revolutionary period was never a product of a single government political shortcoming. Rather that defection is an accurate barometer on many levels, of a sustained (within the Cuban people) disagreement with revolutionary ideology, policy and philosophy and a refusal to accept the post-revolutionary version of Cuban identity or Cubanidad.


Cuban defectors; defectors; cuban political dissatisfaction