Student Views - Cuba

This is the repository for all student views which discuss Cuba. Click here to return to the Student Views Archive.


picIsabelle DeSisto, Harvard College Class of 2020, studied abroad in Havana for the Fall 2018 semester through the CASA Cuba program. She writes about her experience stranded on Cuba's Isla de la Juventud during a hurricane. Read her student view on that experience here. DeSisto is pursuing a joint AB/AM degrees in Government and Regional Studies: Russia, Eastern Europe and Central Asia. This summer 2019, she spent one month in Moscow and two months in Havana conducting research for her senior thesis on Soviet-Cuban educational exchange programs during the Cold War. Read her student view on that experience here.


dasdIsa Lapuerta graduated from Harvard in 2019 with a BA in Music and Anthropology and a specific focus on Latin America. Her senior thesis, “‘Cantar Mis Versos del Alma’: How Musicians Navigate Identity, Commodification, and Personhood in Cuba’s Tourism Industry”, explored how Cuban identity is represented and modified through music in cultural tourism. In her free time, Isa loves to sing, spend time with her wonderful family, and eat hot cheetos. Read her student view here.


fsdJose A. De Leon is a Ph.D. candidate in Romance Languages and Literatures at Harvard and has been a Real Colegio Complutense Fellow since 2017. He writes about the late 1960s in Cuba and its importance for contemporary political and aesthetic theory. He can be reached at Read his student view here.


pdfDenisse Delgado Vázquez is a Ph.D. student in Public Policy at the University of Massachusetts, Boston. Delgado has had numerous visiting scholarships, fellowships and academic residencies, including Harvard University at the David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies (2013) and at the African and African American Studies Department (2016-2017), University of Massachusetts-Boston at the Mauricio Gaston Institute for Latino Community Development and Public Policy (2017-2018), and the Cuban Research Institute at Florida International University (2019). Read her student view here.