About Luis Martínez-Fernández

Luis Martínez-Fernández

Luis Martínez-Fernández

Dr. Luis Martínez-Fernández is a historian, university professor, author, consultant and public speaker whose fields of expertise include Latin America; the Caribbean; education; world cultures; and Latino/Hispanic politics, culture and society.

Born in Havana, Cuba, and raised in Lima, Peru, and San Juan, Puerto Rico, he holds B.A. and M.A. degrees in history from the University of Puerto Rico and a Ph.D. in history from Duke University.

A professor of history at the University of Central Florida since 2004, he is recognized as one of the most prolific and influential scholars in the field of Caribbean Studies. His publications include articles in the Cuban Studies journal, the Slavery & Abolition journal, the Latin American Research Review, The Americas journal, the Caribbean Studies journal and numerous edited volumes.

His books include “Fighting Slavery in the Caribbean”; “Revolutionary Cuba: A History,” widely acclaimed as the most comprehensive and systematic study on the subject ever written; and “Key to the New World: A History of Early Colonial Cuba,” winner of the 2018 Florida Book Awards bronze medal for nonfiction and the 2019 International Latino Book Awards gold medal in history.

Martínez-Fernández served as trustee of the College Board (2009-2015) and on numerous professional, editorial and community boards, among them the Cuban Studies journal, the South Atlantic Humanities Center, Hispanic Young Professionals, the Community Advisory Board of central Florida’s WMFE radio and the Historical Society of Central Florida board of directors executive committee. In 2005, he founded the annual Latin American Cultural Festival of Orlando.

In March 2019, Martínez-Fernández joined the board of directors of the National Council for History Education as board secretary.

Before joining Creators Syndicate in September 2020, Martínez-Fernández wrote op-eds for different media including the Christian Science Monitor, The Chronicle of Higher Education, the Orlando Sentinel, the Miami Herald and The Globe Post.


Happy Valentine's, Mr. Trump: Part II Feb 20, 2021

A quick internet search with the name Donald Trump and the word "love" generates an avalanche of the former president's statements about love: the things he loves ("I love free trade"; "I love Hershey chocolate"), the human objects of his affection (... Read More


Happy Valentine's, Mr. Trump: Part I Feb 13, 2021

I assume that I am not alone in appreciating former President Donald Trump's withdrawal from the public eye, the public's ear and the public's hair. After five years (since the start of his first presidential campaign, in 2015) of continuously flowin... Read More


Hispanic? Latino? Latinx? What's Nextx?: Part II Feb 06, 2021

None of the arguments espoused by those Colgate University students back in 1992 convinced me then, nor do they today, that the term "Latino" is better or less controversial than "Hispanic." This is why: The use of the "Hispanic" label by the federal... Read More


Hispanic? Latino? Latinx? What's Nextx?: Part I Jan 30, 2021

Three decades ago, when the ethnic/race labels "African American" and "Latino" were gaining traction versus "Black" and "Hispanic," I had a conversation with a fellow historian on the subject. When a corporation is playing too much with its logo, he ... Read More