Lisandro Pérez

Lisandro Pérez

Professor
Phone number: 
212.237.8708
Room number: 
8.63.31NB

Education

Ph.D., 1974, University of Florida, Sociology and Latin American Studies

M.A., 1972, University of Florida, Sociology and Latin American Studies

B.A., 1970, University of Miami, Sociology and Anthropology

Bio

I was born in La Habana, Cuba, and emigrated to the United States with my parents in 1960. We settled in the Greater Miami area, and I graduated from Hialeah High School in 1966. I entered the University of Miami that same year with the intention of eventually going to law school. At UM, however, I discovered from the examples of my professors that one could make a living in the social sciences and the humanities, the fields that were always most interesting to me. I decided to go into academia and, for better or worse, I have lived the entirety of my adult life so far in a university. In 1970 I received a B.A. degree in Sociology and Anthropology from UM, with minors in English and Spanish. I was awarded a  graduate research assistantship by the Sociology Department at the University of Florida and I went up to Gainesville, where I was privileged to take courses from some of the foremost Latinamericanists of the time: Raymond Crist, Charles Wagley, Lyle MacAllister, John Saunders, Maxine Margolis, and, especially, my mentor in sociology, T. Lynn Smith. Not only did Dr. Smith direct my dissertation, on rural-urban migration patterns in Colombia in the age of la violencia, but he also recommended me for a faculty position at his former institution, Louisiana State University, a great place to start my career. During the ten years I was at LSU I was promoted to Associate Professor with tenure and served as Graduate Coordinator and as Acting Chair of Sociology and Rural Sociology. In 1985 I returned to Miami when I was hired as Associate Professor and Chair of the Sociology and Anthropology at Florida International University. After serving as Chair at FIU, I founded FIU's Cuban Research Institute and directed it for twelve years, a span of time that marked the ascendancy of the CRI as the premier university center for the study of Cuba and Cuban Americans, with more than 1.5 million dollars in support from the Ford, Rockefeller, MacArthur, and Christopher Reynolds foundations. We established the CRI Conference on Cuban and Cuban American Studies, which is still held today on a biennial basis, and at the CRI we also maintained a very active pioneer program of exchanges and collaborations with colleagues in Cuba. From 1999 to 2004, I edited Cuban Studies, the leading journal in the field, published by the University of Pittsburgh Press. In 2010, after 25 years at FIU, I accepted the position of Professor and Chair of the Department of Latin American and Latina/o Studies at John Jay College of the City University of New York, where I oversaw the establishment of a B.A. degree in that field, as well as spearheaded several initiatives designed to enhance the success of students. I have taken CUNY students to Cuba in study abroad programs during 2015 and 2016 and plan to do so again in 2018. I am proud to serve at John Jay, a Hispanic-Serving Institution, and in a Department that is the largest Latina/o Studies Department in CUNY, with a strong commitment to student success. I am currently on a sabbatical leave, which I am spending in Miami engaged in research and writing before returning to John Jay. 

Publications

Selected Publications (see vita for complete listing):

Lisandro Pérez. Sugar, Cigars, and Revolution: The Making of Cuban New York. New York University Press, (in production, publication date: Spring 2018) https://nyupress.org/books/9780814767276/

Lisandro Pérez. “La ruptura del 68 y los orígenes de la intransigencia y la intolerancia en la cultura política de la emigración cubana.” Revista Casa de las Américas (Havana), no. 274 (January-March 2014). 

Lisandro Pérez. “Cuban Americans and U.S. Cuba Policy.” Diaspora Lobbies and the U.S. Government: Convergence and Divergence in Making Foreign Policy, edited by Josh DeWind and Renata Segura. New York: New York University Press and the Social Science Research Council, 2014.   

Lisandro Pérez. “Cubans in Nineteenth-Century New York: A Story of Sugar, War, and Revolution.” Nueva York, 1613-1945, edited by Edward J. Sullivan. New York: The New York Historical Society, 2010.

Lisandro Pérez. “Sugar, Slavery, and the Rise of Cuban New York.” New York at 400, edited by John Thorn. New York: Running Press and the Museum of the City of New York, 2009.

Lisandro Pérez. “Cubans.” The New Americans, edited by Mary Waters and Reed Ueda. Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 2007.

Guillermo Grenier and Lisandro Pérez. The Legacy of Exile: Cubans in the United States. Boston: Allyn & Bacon (New Immigrants Series), 2003.

Lisandro Pérez, editor. Cuban Studies (University of Pittsburgh Press), 1999-2004. 

Lisandro Pérez. "The Household Structure of Second-Generation Children: An Exploratory Study of Extended Family Arrangements." International Migration Review, vol. 28, no. 4 (Winter 1994), 736-747. 

Lisandro Pérez. "Immigrant Economic Adjustment and Family Organization: The Cuban Success Story Reexamined." International Migration Review, vol. 20, no. 1 (Spring 1986), 4-20.

Lisandro Pérez. "The Cuban Population of the United States: The Results of the 1980 U.S. Census of Population."  Cuban Studies/Estudios Cubanos, vol. 15, no. 2 (Summer 1985), 1‑18.

Lisandro Pérez. "The Political Contexts of Cuban Population Censuses, 1899‑1981." Latin American Research Review, vol. 19, no. 2 (1984), 143‑61.

Lisandro Pérez. "Iron Mining and Socio‑Demographic Change in Eastern Cuba, 1884‑1940." Journal of Latin American Studies, vol. 14, part 2 (November 1982, 381‑405.

Sergio Díaz‑Briquets and Lisandro Pérez. "Fertility Decline in Cuba: A Socioeconomic Interpretation." Population and Development Review, vol. 8, no. 3 (1982), 513‑37.

Lisandro Pérez. "The Demographic Dimensions of the Educational Problem in Socialist Cuba." Cuban Studies/Estudios Cubanos, vol. 7, no. 1 (January 1977), 33‑57.

Download C.V.