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Doctoral Dissertation Proposal Defense Of Manuel Ramirez

Wednesday, January 19, 2022
9:30am – 11:00am


Who Gains From a Blockade?: How Cubans Navigate Race, Immigration, and U.S./Cuban Relations in a Pandemic World A Doctoral Dissertation Proposal: To be Completed in Partial Fulfillment of the Ph.D. in Sociology Manuel Andres Ramirez Department of Sociology, University of Connecticut

Wednesday, January 19th, 2022; 9:30 A.M. EST

Committee Members: Dr. David G. Embrick (Chair) Dr. Manisha Desai Dr. Nancy Naples Dr. Mark Overmyer-Velázquez Dr. David Brunsma


How does U.S. imperialism shape Cuban racialization and migration? For my dissertation project, I seek to examine how U.S. policy impacts Cubans’ quality of life and transnational practices (e.g., migration, remittances, internet usage) along racial lines. I plan to conduct semi-structured, in-depth interviews with Cubans in Cuba and the United States to explore the ways in which Cubans understand, experience, and navigate race, migration, and U.S./Cuba relations. I expect this study to contribute to the understanding of transnational racialization, racial ideologies within the United States and Cuba, and the intersections of race, migration, and empire. Studying race in Cuba within the context of transnational forces matters because reducing the struggles of racialized Cubans and the racial privileges of White Cubans to a domestic problem overlooks the historical and contemporary implications of imperialism. By studying how U.S. policy shapes race and racism in Cuba, we may develop a better sense of the push and pull factors of Cuban migration, how race and racism are constructed transnationally, and how racialized groups in the Global South continue to resist racism and imperialism in a pandemic world.


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Sociology Department (primary), College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, UConn Master Calendar

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