Professor Lisandro Perez, Chair of the Department of Latin American and Latina/o Studies, has been selected as a recipient of the 2013 “Premio El” award, a recognition given annually by El Diario La Prensa to the most outstanding men in the Latino community. The award, now in its 10th year, was presented at a luncheon on November 14. Professor Perez will be featured in a special supplement of El Diario highlighting the accomplishments of the award recipients and their contributions to the Latino community.
Professor Pérez received his Ph.D in Sociology and Latin American Studies from the University of Florida. Until the summer of 2010, Dr. Pérez served for 25 years on the faculty of Florida International University in Miami where he founded and directed its Cuban Research Institute after two terms as Chair of the university’s Sociology and Anthropology Department. He also served as the editor of the journal Cuban Studies from 1999 to 2004 and is the co-author of the book The Legacy of Exile: Cubans in the United States, published by Allyn & Bacon. He authored the chapter on Cubans for the The New Americans: A Guide to Immigration Since 1965, published by Harvard University Press. During the 2004-2005 academic year, Dr. Pérez was a fellow at the Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers of the New York Public Library, where he carried out research for a book on the Cuban community in New York City during the 19th century, under contract with New York University Press. An essay based on that research project appeared in the edited book New York 400 published in 2009 by the Museum of the City of New York. He is also a writer in residence in the Library’s Wertheim Study.
In addition, he served as consultant for the 2010 exhibit “Nueva York” sponsored by the New York Historical Society and exhibited at the Museo del Barrio and wrote a chapter for the exhibit’s companion book, published by Rizzoli Publishers. In addition to the Cullman Center, Dr. Pérez has received fellowships and grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Rockefeller Foundation, the Ford Foundation and the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History.