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.

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I Never Left the Classroom (Part I): An Introduction to the 7 Deadly Sins of the Modern American University May 08, 2021

"I Never Left the Classroom." Someday I hope to publish a book with that title. In effect, from 1978, when I became a college freshman, until present day, as a professor at a large U.S. state research university, I have always been a student or a fac... Read More

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My Offshore Library: University of Puerto Rico, 1978-1985 (Part II) May 01, 2021

In 1976, Italian historian Carlo Ginzburg delighted readers with his oddly titled book "Il formaggio e i vermi" (The Cheese and the Worms). Soon becoming a model for cultural history and microhistory, it recreated a 16th-century northern Italian mill... Read More

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My Offshore Library: University of Puerto Rico, 1978-1985 (Part I) Apr 24, 2021

I love books. I am fond of them for the words they speak and the ideas they convey, for the stories they tell and the manifold characters that spring out of their pages. But some of us also enjoy books for reasons beyond their contents, as artifacts,... Read More

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The Epidemic That Will Outlive the COVID-19 Pandemic, the Spiraling Mental Health Crisis Among Our College Students: Part II Apr 10, 2021

The ravages of the COVID-19 pandemic have severely impacted America's college students, beyond the physical ailments endured by those who have contracted the virus and the psychological suffering wrought on by its unremitting spread. College students... Read More