Luis Martínez-Fernández

Luis Martínez-Fernández (born January 14, 1960) is a Cuban-born American historian, educator, and columnist, specializing in Cuban and Caribbean history and culture.[1][2] He is Pegasus Professor of History at the University of Central Florida[3] and a weekly syndicated columnist with Creators Syndicate.[4][5]

The focus of his books ranges widely across centuries from Key to the New World: A History of Early Colonial Cuba to Revolutionary Cuba: A History.[6] He served as chief editor of the multiple-award winning Encyclopedia of Cuba: People, History Culture.[7]

Early life and educationEdit

Martínez-Fernández was born in Havana, Cuba in 1960, when the Cuban Revolution was entering its second year. In 1962, his family went into exile, settling briefly in Miami Beach and relocating to Lima Peru, until 1970, when his family moved to Puerto Rico. He attended the University of Puerto Rico (Río Piedras), where he studied under historians Fernando Picó and Andrés Ramos Mattei, earning B.A. and M.A. degrees in History.[8] In 1986, Martínez-Fernández left Puerto Rico to attend Duke University, where he received a PhD in Latin American history (1990). His dissertation director was historian of colonial Latin America John TePaske.


Upon graduation from Duke, Martínez-Fernández joined the faculty of Augusta State University and later Colgate University, where he specialized in Caribbean and Latin American History. In 1994 he joined the Rutgers University faculty with a joint appointment in History and the Department of Puerto Rican and Hispanic Caribbean Studies, which he chaired between 1998 and 2004.[1]

Since 2004, he has taught at the University of Central Florida, where he directed the Latin American Studies Program and founded the Latin American Cultural Festival of Central Florida.[9][10]

Martínez-Fernández is also an award-winning columnist,[11] whose Op-Eds have appeared in the Christian Science Monitor, The Miami Herald, and the Chronicle of Higher Education among other periodicals, and the online news venue The Globe Post.[12] In 2020, he joined Creators Syndicate as weekly syndicated columnist.[4][5]

Recognition and awardsEdit

Selected bibliographyEdit

  • Key to the New World: A History of Early Colonial Cuba. (Gainesville: University of Florida Press, 2019). ISBN 13:9781683400325
  • Revolutionary Cuba: A History. (Gainesville: University Press of Florida, 2014). ISBN 13:9780813062013
  • Frontiers, Plantations, and Walled Cities: Essays on Society, Culture, and Politics in the Hispanic Caribbean, 1800–1945. (Princeton, NJ: Markus Wiener Publishers, 2010). ISBN 13: 9781558765115
  • Encyclopedia of Cuba: People, History, Culture. Co-edited with Louis A. Pérez, Jr., D.H. Figueredo, and Luis González. 2 vols. (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 2003). ISBN 978-1-57356-334-5
  • Protestantism and Political Conflict in the Nineteenth-Century Hispanic Caribbean. (New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press, 2002). ISBN 9780813529943
  • Fighting Slavery in the Caribbean: The Life and Times of a British Family in Nineteenth-Century Havana. (Armonk, NY: M.E. Sharpe Publishers, 1998). ISBN 9780765602480
  • Torn between Empires: Economy, Society, and Patterns of Political Thought in the Hispanic Caribbean, 1840–1878. (Athens: University of Georgia Press, 1994). ISBN 9-780-8203-5586-3


  1. ^ a b Figueredo, D.H. (2006). Encyclopedia of Caribbean Literature. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press. pp. vol. 2, pp. 506–507. ISBN 978-0-313-32742-1.
  2. ^ Adam, Michelle (October 1998). "The Cuban Stories of Luis Martinez-Fernandez". The Hispanic Outlook in Higher Education. October: 14–15.
  3. ^ a b Hurtado, Allison (April 7, 2021). "Meet the 2021 Pegasus Professors". UCFTODAY. Retrieved August 14, 2021.
  4. ^ a b González-Kotala, Zenaida (September 16, 2020). "UCF History Professor Becomes Nationally Syndicated Columnist". UCFTODAY. Retrieved August 14, 2021.
  5. ^ a b Martínez-Fernández, Luis (September 2020). "Luis Martínez-Fernández". Retrieved August 14, 2021.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  6. ^ Kemner, Jochen (2013). "Review of Luis Martínez-Fernández: Frontiers, Plantations, and Walled Cities: Essays on Society, Culture, and Politics in the His panic Caribbean, 1800–1945". Iberoamericana. 13:51: 301–302.
  7. ^ Santa Clara County Library System (2004). "Best of Reference 2004: Superheroes of Reference". Retrieved August 14, 2021.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  8. ^ Martínez-Fernández, Luis (2000). "Why Study the Past: A Historian Reflects". Hopscotch. 2:2: 64–69 – via Project MUSE.
  9. ^ Ramos, Víctor Manuel (September 26, 2004). "UCF Rethinks Its Latin Studies Program". Orlando Sentinel.
  10. ^ Ramos, Víctor Manuel (September 16, 2005). "Event to Honor Hispanic Heritage". Orlando Sentinel.
  11. ^ a b National Society of Newspaper Columnists (April 2021). "2021 Columnist Contest Award Winners" (PDF).{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  12. ^ Martínez-Fernández, Luis (2019–2020). "Luis Martínez-Fernández". The Globe Post.{{cite news}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  13. ^ "Historian's book about early Cuban history wins awards". University of Central Florida College of Arts and Humanities. February 20, 2020.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  14. ^ Florida Book Awards (2018). "Honoring the Best Work by Florida Authors".{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)

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