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at Herstmonceux Castle, U.K.

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Dr. Jean Stubbs

​Associate Fellow

Qualifications and Research Interests

  • PhD in History, Birkbeck College, University of London
  • BA in Government, University of Essex

Dr. Stubbs was the Fall 2012 BISC scholar-in-residence and as Associate Fellow has since continued her teaching and other links. Her research interests span tobacco, labour, gender, race and migration. She is co-researcher with Dr Catherine Krull (Queens’ University) on a collaborative project on The New Cuban Diaspora in Canada and Western Europe funded by the Canadian Social Science and Humanities Research Council (2011-2015). She also co-directs the Commodities of Empire British Academy Research Project (2007-2017), in connection with which she is currently completing research on sovereignty, migration and the Havana cigar. She is Associate Fellow of the Institute of the Americas, University College London, and Emeritus Professor of London Metropolitan University, where she directed the Caribbean Studies Centre (2002-2009). The recipient of Bacardi, Rockefeller, Ford, and McArthur funding as a visiting scholar at the University of Florida, Florida International University, University of Puerto Rico, and City University of New York, she served as president of the regional Caribbean Studies Association (2002-3) and chair of the U.K. Society for Caribbean Studies (1993-5). She was awarded the UNESCO Toussaint L’Ouverture Medal (2009) for her services in combating racism and promoting diversity.

Selected Publications

“Transnationalism and the Havana Cigar: Commodity Chain Transfers, Networks, and Circuits of Knowledge”, in Cuba in a Global Context: International Relations, Internationalism, and Transnationalism, ed. Catherine Krull, University Press of Florida, Gainesville, FL, 2014, pp.227-242.

“El Habano: The Global Luxury Smoke”, in Global Histories, Imperial Commodities, Local Interactions, ed. Jonathan Curry-Machado, Palgrave Macmillan, New York, 2013, pp. 248-276.

“Beyond the Black Atlantic: Understanding Race, Gender and Labour in the Global Havana Cigar”, Comparativ 5, 21, 2012, pp.50-70.

El Habano and the World it Has Shaped: Cuba, Connecticut, and Indonesia”, Cuban Studies 41, 2010, pp.3-67.

“Reflections on the Greater Caribbean: Multiple Identities in the Atlantic World” in Association of Caribbean States Yearbook, 2002.

Afro-Cuban Voices: On Race and Identity in Contemporary Cuba, University Press of Florida, Gainesville, Fla., (co-ed. Pedro Pérez Sarduy), 2000, pp.200.

"Gender in Caribbean History" in General History of the Caribbean VI: Methodology and Historiography of the Caribbean, ed. Barry Higman, UNESCO/Macmillan, 1999: pp.95-135.

"Revolutionizing Women, Family and Power" in Women and Politics Worldwide, eds. Najma Chowdhury and Barbara Nelson, Yale University Press, 1994, pp.189-207.

Tobacco on the Periphery: A Case Study in Cuban Labour History, l860‑1958, Cambridge University Press, l985, pp. 203.