Dr. Cruz-Taura specializes in the history of ideas in Latin America, with particular research interest in Cuban and Cuban-American Studies. Her most recent research has focused on Cuba's sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, which led to 'Espejo de paciencia' y Silvestre de Balboa en la historia de Cuba (Madrid/Frankfurt am Main: Iberoamericana Editorial/Vervuert Verlag, 2009). The book consists of her historiographical study of the 1608 epic poem Espejo de paciencia, and includes her critical edition of this colonial text along with a selection of documents she uncovered in Spanish and Mexican archives. Druing 2012 she will be working on an English-language edition of this book-length volume with the support of a D.F. Schmidt College Scholarly and Creative Activity Fellowhip.
Her other publications include Outside Cuba/Fuera de Cuba: Contemporary Cuban Visual Artists (co-edited 1989); "Annexation and National Identity: The Issues of Cuba's Mid-Nineteenth Century Debate," Cuban Studies (1997); "Women's Rights and the Cuban Constitution of 1940," Cuban Studies (1994); El pensamiento histórico de José Martí (Prague and Barcelona 2003); and Rehabilitating Education in Cuba: Assessment of Conditions and Policy Recommendations (Miami 2003; Spanish edition 2004). She has curated exhibits devoted to Cuban history and the Cuban diaspora. She has also contributed book chapters and translations to various scholarly works, and has presented papers at congresses of the American Historical Association, Seminar for the Acquisition of Latin American Library Materials, Cuban Studies Association, Latin American Studies Association, Association for the Study of the Cuban Economy, the University of Paris, and Charles University in Prague, among other academic fora.
At the undergraduate level, Dr. Cruz-Taura teaches History of Cuba, History of Mexico, Colonial Latin America, and the Independence Era, while she conducts graduate seminars on Latin American thought. A dedicated Latin Americanist, Cruz-Taura has been recognized for her service to the South Florida community in various capacities. Since 2003 she has served on the Board of Trustees of AMIGOS of the Cuban Heritage Collection, housed at the University of Miami which is the preeminent repository of Cuban and Cuban-American materials in the United States.
Colonial Latin America
Latin American Independence
Modern Latin America
History of Argentina
History of Cuba
History of Mexico
Revolutions in Cuba
Introduction to Latin American Studies
History of Civilization I and II
Comparative Studies on the French, Mexican, Chinese, Russian, and Cuban Revolutions [Honors Seminar]
Senior Seminar: The Spanish-American War
Early Spanish Colonization
Historiography of the Spanish-American War
Latin America's Nineteenth Century
Readings and Research Seminars in Cuban History
Readings and Research Seminars in Latin American Intellectual History