Marifeli Pérez-Stable

Professor, Florida International University


Marifeli Pérez-Stable is a professor of sociology in the School of International and Public Affairs at Florida International University. From 2004 to 2009, she was vice president for democratic governance at the Inter-American Dialogue.

Pérez-Stable is the author of The Cuban Revolution: Origins, Course, and Legacy (2012) and The United States and Cuba: Intimate Enemies (2011). She is also the editor of Looking Forward: Comparative Perspectives on Cuba’s Transition (2007). Her column on Latin American topics appeared every other Thursday in Miami Herald. She has also written opinion pieces for El PaísFinancial Times, La Vanguardia, El Clarín, Excelsior, El Nuevo Herald, and The Nation.

Pérez-Stable received her master’s in political science from the University of Florida and her doctorate in sociology from the State University of New York at Stony Brook. She is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and an associate of COMEXI, the Mexican Council on Foreign Relations.


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