"In the late nineteenth century, in an age of ascendant racism and
expansion, there emerged in Cuba a movement that unified black, mulatto, and
white men in an attack on Europe's oldest empire, with the goal of creating
a nation explicitly defined as antiracist. This book tells the story of the
thirty-year unfolding and undoing of that movement.
Her current research centers on the intellectual, political, and social impact of the Haitian Revolution (1791-1803) in Cuba and the Atlantic World. She has written Freedom's Mirror: Cuba and Haiti in the Age of Revolution (2014) and co-authored El rumor de Haití en Cuba: Temor, Raza y Rebeldía (2004).
Expertos analizan el futuro de Cuba en conferencia de FIU 2/27/2015 Nuevo
Herald: "En la sesión plenaria del evento, organizado por el Instituto de
Estudios Cubanos, se presentaron investigaciones sobre distintos aspectos del
tema racial en Cuba, eje central del evento. La historiadora de la Universidad
de Nueva York, Ada Ferrer, ofreció una relectura de la figura de José Antonio
Aponte –condenado a la horca por encabezar una rebelión abolicionista en los
inicios del siglo 19–, mientras el también historiador Alejandro de la Fuente,
profesor de la Universidad de Harvard, analizó los aportes del Grupo Antillano y
su posterior olvido en la historia cultural del país. Andrea Queeley y Danielle
Clealand, ambas profesoras de FIU, presentaron algunas conclusiones sobre sus
trabajos de investigación en Cuba acerca del prejuicio racial y la conciencia de
la negritud, respectivamente. Otros paneles que discutieron el tema abordaron la
problemática racial desde el movimiento de los derechos civiles en Cuba, la
integración social, la identidad nacional, la literatura, el cine y la rumba,
FIU conference focuses on race in Cuba 2/27/2015 Miami Herald: "Ada Ferrer, Historian at the University of New York, proposed a rereading of Jose Antonio Aponte - a man condemned to be hung for leading an abolitionist rebellion at the start of the 19th century. At the same time, Alejandro de la Fuente, a professor at Harvard University, analyzed the contributions of the Antillano Group and delved into how forgotten it is in Cuba's cultural history. Andrea Queely and Danielle Clealand, both professors at FIU, presented some conclusions about their investigative efforts in Cuba about racial prejudice and negro consciousness respectively. Other panels involving similar topics included the development of the racial problem since the time of civil rights movement in Cuba, social integration, national identity, literature, cinema and dance, among others."
An Interview with Ada Ferrer 2/23/2015 Cambridge Academic Books, YouTube: "Ada Ferrer, the author of FREEDOM'S MIRROR, explains the relationship between Haiti and Cuba at the dawn of revolution."
CHC Recommends: Freedom’s Mirror by Ada Ferrer on March 2nd 2/17/2015 University of Miami: "Freedom’s Mirror follows the reverberations of the Haitian Revolution in Cuba, where the violent entrenchment of slavery occurred at the very moment that the Haitian Revolution provided a powerful and proximate example of slaves destroying slavery. By creatively linking two stories – the story of the Haitian Revolution and that of the rise of Cuban slave society – that are usually told separately, Ada Ferrer sheds fresh light on both of these crucial moments in Caribbean and Atlantic history."
Dark Specters and Black Kingdoms: An interview with historian Ada Ferrer 2/6/2015 The Public Archive: interview with Ada Ferrer, NYU
American Historical Review: Haiti and antislavery; empire and the law 3/6/2012 Indiana University: "Historians have tended to argue that early leaders of the Haitian Republic did little to promote antislavery elsewhere in the region. Ada Ferrer presents evidence to the contrary in the latest issue of the American Historical Review. In "Haiti, Free Soil, and Antislavery in the Revolutionary Atlantic," Ferrer explores the ways in which notions of freedom among slaves were shaped not only by the example of the Haitian Revolution but also by the actions of the Haitian state after independence. She argues that a little-known 1817 case reveals how the government of Haitian President Alexandre Pétion did in fact project its antislavery influence abroad, thus participating in the international debates on both slavery and freedom."
Insurgent Cuba: Race, Nation, And Revolution, 1868-1898, 352 pgs,
9/29/99, University of North Carolina Press
Table of Contents
Introduction. A Revolution the World Forgot
Part 1. War
Chapter 1 Slaves, Insurgents, and Citizens: The Early Ten Years' War, 1868-1870
Chapter 2 Region, Race, and Transformation in the Ten Years' War, 1870-1878
Chapter 3 Fear and Its Uses: The Little War, 1879-1880
Part 2. Peace
Chapter 4 A Fragile Peace: Colonialism, the State, and Rural Society, 1878-1895
Chapter 5 Writing the Nation: Race, War, and Redemption in the Prose of Independence, 1886-1895
Part 3. War Again
Chapter 6 Insurgent Identities: Race and the Western Invasion, 1895-1896
Chapter 7 Race, Culture, and Contention: Political Leadership and the Onset of Peace
Epilogue and Prologue. Race, Nation, and Empire
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"Esclavitud, ciudadania y los limites de la nacionalidad cubana: La Guerra de los Diez Anos, 1868-1878," Historia Social 21 (1995): 101-25.
"Fidel's History, History's Fidel: Recent Writings on Castro and the Cuban Revolution," Michigan Quarterly Review 33 (fall 1994).
"Social Aspects of Cuban Nationalism: Race, Slavery, and the Guerra Chiquita, 1879-1880," Cuban Studies 21 (1991): 37-56.
For other listings, see below in Curiculum Vitae
Assistant Professor, Latin American and Caribbean History, Department of History, New York University, January 1995-present
Ph.D., University of Michigan, History, May 1995
Awards and Fellowships
Lewis Hanke Prize, Conference on Latin American History, 1997
Insurgent Cuba: Race, Nation, and Revolution, 1868-1898 (Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, forthcoming, 1999).
Articles in Journals and Books:
"Cuba, 1898: Rethinking Race, Nation, and Empire," Radical History Review, January 1999.
"Rustic Men, Civilized Nation: Race, Culture and Contention on the Eve of Cuban Independence," forthcoming in Hispanic American Historical Review, November 1998.
"The Silence of Patriots: Racial Discourse and Cuban Nationalism, 1868-1898," in José Martís Our America: From National to Hemispheric Cultural Studies (Durham: Duke University Press, forthcoming, 1998).
"Esclavitud, ciudadanía, y los límites de la nacionalidad cubana: la guerra de los diez años, 1868-1878," Historia Social (Valencia), 22 (1995): 101-25.
"Fidels History, Historys Fidel: Recent Writings on Fidel Castro and the Cuban Revolution," Michigan Quarterly Review, 33 (Fall 1994): 892-900.
"Social Aspects of Cuban Nationalism: Race, Slavery, and the Guerra Chiquita, 1879-1880," Cuban Studies, 21 (1991): 37-56.
Co-Author with Rebecca Scott, "Introduction" to Cuban section of Societies After Slavery, 1830-1930: An Annotated Research Bibliography, edited by Rebecca Scott, Leslie Rowland, et al., (Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, forthcoming).
Robin Moore, Nationalizing Blackness: Afrocubanismo and Artistic Revolution in Havana, 1920-1940, forthcoming in Hispanic American Historical Review.
Jay Kinsbruner, Not of Pure Blood: Free People of Color and Racial Prejudice in Nineteenth-Century Puerto Rico and Kimberly Hanger, Bounded Lives, Bounded Places: Free Black Society in Colonial New Orleans, 1769-1803, in Colonial Latin American Research Review, 7 (1998): 146-48.
Joan Dayan, Haiti, History, and the Gods, in The Historian, 59 (1997): 873-74.
Lorna Valerie Williams, The Representation of Slavery in Cuban Fiction, in Hispanic American Historical Review, 75 (1995): 673-74
Robert Paquette, Sugar is Made with Blood: The Conspiracy of La Escalera and the Conflict over Slavery in Cuba, in Ethnohistory, 39 (1992): 84-87.
Robert Levine, Cuba in the 1850s, in Hispanic American Historical Review, 71 (1991) 898.
Contributor, Societies After Slavery, 1830-1930: An Annotated Research Bibliography, edited by Rebecca Scott, Leslie Rowland, et al., (Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, forthcoming).
Translator, Oscar Zanetti, "American History: A View from Cuba," Journal of American History, 79 (1992) 530-31.
"Writing the Nation," Latin American Colloquium Series, Dickinson College, April 1, 1999. Also presented at the Conference on States, Networks, and Culture," New School University, March 5, 1999.
"Race, Empire, and the Politics of Civilization," Swarthmore College, March 4, 1999. Also presented at "Despues del 98: Identidad y Nación en España, Cuba, Puerto Rico y Filipinas," Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona, Spain, November 1998.
"Rethinking 1898: Race, Nation, Empire, and the Writing of History," Tufts University, History Department Colloquium, April 14, 1998; also presented in lecture series: "Circa 1898," King Juan Carlos Center, New York University, March 2, 1998.
"Soldiers, Armies, Colonies, and Empires: Cuba 1898," Conference on Culture, Popular Participation, and the Spanish-American War, City University of New York, Graduate Center, March 27, 1998.
"Reflections on Writing about Race in Cuba from the United States," Taller de Historia, Universidad de la Habana, March 11, 1998.
"Rustic Men, Civilized Nation: Race, Culture, and Contention on the Eve of Cuban Independence," American Historical Association Meetings, Seattle, January, 1998; Taller de Historia, Archivo Provincial, Cienfuegos, Cuba, March 1998; and Seminar on Race and Ethnicity in Latin America, Department of History, University of Michigan, October, 1997.
"Cuba Between Racism and Anti-Racism," First Annual Cuban Research Institute, Florida International University, October, 1997.
"Race, War, and Nation: Cuban History in the Perspective of the Caribbean," Caribbean Crossroads: An Interdisciplinary Conference on the Emergence of a Field," New York University, May 1997.
"The Black Insurgent in the Prose of Independence, 1886-1895," Colloquia on Social History and Biography, Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, March 6, 1997.
"Race, Region, and Gender in Rebel Cuba: Quintín Bandera and the Question of Political Leadership in Cuba," Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies, State University of New York at Stony Brook, November 20, 1996; and Workshop on Race and Politics in Turn of the Century Cuba," Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies, New York University, April 12, 1996.
"The Silence of Patriots: Racial and National Discourses in Cuba, 1868-1898," Our America and the Gilded Age: José Martís Chronicles of Imperial Critique, University of California, Irvine, January, 27-28, 1995.
"Imposters and Patriots: Race, Identity and the Cuban War of Independence, 1895-1898," Latin American Studies Association, Atlanta, March 10-12, 1994.
"The Black Insurgent and Cuban National Identity," Seminario de Historia de Cuba, Universidad Autónoma de Barcelona, March 25-26, 1993.
"Estudios sobre sociedades esclavistas y postesclavistas: el caso del imperio español," with Christopher Schmidt-Nowara, Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas, Madrid, February 2, 1993.
"Education and Nationality: Cuban Public Schooling during U.S. Occupation," American Historical Association, Washington, D.C., December 28-30, 1992.
"Slave Rebellion in Nineteenth-Century Cuba," Symposium on African Slave Revolts in the New World, Museum of African American History, Detroit, April 1991.
Faculty Member, "Caribbean Summer School Program," Centre de Recherche sur les Pouvoirs Locaux dans la Caraïbe, Universite des Antilles et de la Guyane, Martinique, July 13-29, 1898
Workshop on 1898, Social Science Research Council/American Council of Learned Societies, Cuba Working Group, Washington, D.C., August 2-8, 1998
Manuscript Reviewer, Comparative Studies in Society and History, Hispanic American Historical Review, Latin American Research Review, New West Indian Guide, Cuban Studies, and Ethnohistory.
Program Committee, 11th Annual Berkshire Conference on the History of Women, 1997-present.
Grant Reviewer, MacArthur Foundation, 1997
Advisory Board, Cuban Regional Archives Project, University of Michigan, 1997-present
Co-organizer (with Karen Kupperman and Sinclair Thomson), Atlantic History Workshop, New York University, 1998-1999
Co-organizer (with James Fernández), "Circa 1898: Colonies, Nations, Empires" Lecture Series, King Juan Carlos Center, New York University, Spring 1998
Latin American Studies Association, Task Force on Scholarly Relations with Cuba, Cuban History Working Group, 1994-1997
Adviser, "Cuban Roots, Bronx Tales," (Documentary film), 1995-1997
Mentor, Leadership Alliance Summer Program, New York University, 1997, 1998
GSAS Opportunity Fellowship Selection Committee, New York University, Spring 1998
Latin American History Search Committee, New York University, History Department, Spring 1995, 1995-1996, 1997-1998
Admissions Committee, New York University, History Department, 1997-1998
Minority Recruitment and Retention Committee, New York University, History Department, 1995-1996, 1997-1998
History of Latin America and the Caribbean (undergraduate history survey)
American Historical Association
Department of History
2 Washington Square Village, #15F
New York University New York, New York 10012
Office Address: King Juan Carlos Center, Room 410
Bio on NYU site
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