Ana María Dopico Director


Ana Dopico is a comparative scholar of the Americas, Cuba, the Caribbean, and the Global South. She was born in Cuba, grew up in Miami, and has lived and worked in New York City for thirty years. She is Associate Professor in the Department of Comparative Literature and the Department of Spanish and Portuguese at New York University (NYU). From 2014-2019, she was Director of the King Juan Carlos I of Spain Center at NYU. In 2017, she was the Principal Investigator of the Mellon Sawyer Seminar Cuban Futures Beyond the Market at New York University.

Professor Dopico works on the cultural and intellectual history of the American hemisphere. She has published, lectured and shared public scholarship on the novel; art and Latin American politics; political insurgency in the Americas and the Global South; Latinxs and American identity; José Martí, the Cuban revolution, Cuban national and diasporic imaginaries, photography, empire, and political emotion; and the work and legacies of Edward Said.

She teaches courses on the literatures and foundational imaginaries of the Caribbean; uneven development, anti-imperialism, and the Global South; journalism and modernity in the Americas; fantasies of the global megalopolis; the racial imaginaries of Cuba and Cuban-America; psychoanalysis and the politics of culture in Latin America; and the national poets of the Americas.

In her book project, Cubanologies, Altered States of the Nation, Professor Dopico examines the 'imagined disunity' of the nation revealed by 20th century Cuban culture, wherein altered political states fracture the unifying political and racial myths of cubanidad. Her new book project, Cold Civil Wars: Black and Cuban Miami, 1960-2000 takes up the volatile cultural history of race politics, civil rights, anti-blackness, and segregation in Miami, from the arrival of Cubans to Jim Crow Miami through the Elián González affair. Professor Dopico's essays and cultural journalism on the Cuban present have been published and translated in print media and literary journals, including The New York Times, NACLA, Al Adab (Arabic), L'Avenc (Catalan) and in the digital project Bridges to/from Cuba. She has also appeared in The New Yorker, on the BBC and BBC World Service, and National Public Radio. Her blog CubaCargo/Cult chronicled the popular and psychic resonance of events between the Obama opening to Cuba and the death of Fidel Castro.