Department of History
Dr. Melina Pappademos, Associate Professor in the Department of History and an affiliated faculty member of El Instituto, is a historian of Cuba and the Afro-descended in Cuba, including Cuba’s republican political sphere from 1902 – 1959. Her research touches on areas of political cultures and racial consciousness. She maintains close relationships with several scholars and researchers in Cuba at the Institute of History, and she is actively conducting research there. In addition, she has a long-standing relationship with the Juan Marinello Cultural Center. Her first book was about black Cubans and their political activism following Cuba’s independence from Spain. Her current project involves racial symbolism within the republican political sphere in Cuba from 1933 – 1959.