Michael J. Bustamante

Assoc. Professor

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Michael J. Bustamante (PhD, Yale University) is Associate Professor of History and the Emilio Bacardí Moreau Chair in Cuban and Cuban-American Studies. Prior to joining the faculty at the University of Miami, he served as Assistant Professor of Latin American History at Florida International University. He is the author of Cuban Memory Wars: Retrospective Politics in Revolution and Exile, published by the University of North Carolina Press in 2021. With Jennifer Lambe (Brown University), he is co-editor of (and contributor to) The Revolution from Within: Cuba, 1959-1980, published by Duke University Press in 2019.

Dr. Bustamante's scholarship on topics such as Cuban exile youth politics and Cuban cultural policy has also appeared in Journal of American Ethnic History, Latino Studies, Cuban Studies, and the Oxford Research Encyclopedia of American History. His writing on contemporary Cuban affairs has been featured in Foreign Affairs, NACLA Report on the Americas, and The Washington Post, among other publications. In 2019, he joined the editorial board of the journal Cuban Studies.

Prior to pursuing academic work, Bustamante served as Research Associate for Latin America Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations in Washington, D.C. He is a frequently sought-after commentator on contemporary Cuban and Cuban-American politics for U.S. and international media. Likewise, he speaks frequently on U.S.-Cuban relations and Cuban affairs to public and policy audiences.

Dr. Bustamante’s research has been supported by the Mrs. Giles Whiting Foundation and the MacMillan Center for International and Area Studies at Yale University. He is a two-time research fellow at the University of Miami's Cuban Heritage Collection. His 2016 doctoral dissertation won Yale's Arthur and Mary Wright Prize.

He teaches courses on Cuban, Latin American, Caribbean, Latinx, and U.S. histories.


2016Ph.D. , Yale University
2012M.Phil. , Yale University
2012 , Yale University
2006B.A. , Yale University

Professional Experience

2016 - 2020Assistant Professor of Latin American History, Florida International University
2006 - 2009Research Associate for Latin America Studies, Council on Foreign Relations

Honors & Acknowledgements

Arthur and Mary Wright Prize, 2016