Experts listed in this section have no affiliation with the Cuba Study Group.

Exile Community

Sergio Bendixen
Bendixen and Associates

2800 Ponce de Leon Blvd.
Suite 1111
Coral Gables, FL 33134


Sergio Bendixen is recognized as the preeminent expert in Hispanic public opinion research in the United States and Latin America. Bendixen's proficiency originates from his unique ability to merge a diverse set of experiences in public opinion research, communications, politics, and public policy to strategically address the varied portfolio of his clients. With over 25 years of polling experience, Bendixen is undoubtedly an expert in public opinion research. He has mastered research methodologies and has implemented detailed techniques to formulate studies and polls that accurately gauge public opinion. Bendixen has provided primary research and advice for clients both on a national and international level and has directed hundreds of demographic and attitudinal survey projects for statewide and congressional political races, major corporations, and not-for-profit organizations.

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Prof. Susan Eckstein
Boston University

96 Cummington Street
Department of Sociology
Boston, MA 02215


Susan Eckstein is Professor of Sociology at Boston University. A specialist in immigration, poverty, and other Third World issues, she currently focuses her research on Cuba and how transnational ties with Cuban-Americans are transforming the island economically, socially, and culturally. Also an expert on Mexico and Bolivia, Eckstein has published nearly seven dozen articles dealing with such topics as agrarian reform, comparative development, the effects of revolution, and suburban ethnicity in the US. Eckstein is the author of Back from the Future: Cuba under Castro (Princeton University Press 1994; Routledge 2003), The Poverty of Revolution: The State and Urban Poor in Mexico (Princeton University Press, 2nd ed 1988), and The Impact of Revolution: A Comparative Analysis of Mexico and Bolivia (SAGE 1976). She is the editor of Power and Popular Protest: Latin American Social Movements (University of California Press, 2nd ed 2001) and the co-editor of Struggles for Social Rights in Latin America (Routledge 2003) and What Justice? Whose Justice: Fighting for Fairness in Latin America (University of California Press 2003). A former president of the Latin American Studies Association and the New England Council on Latin America, Eckstein has served on the editorial boards of about a dozen presses and journals. She has received grants and fellowships from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, the Social Science Research Council, the Ford Foundation, the Tinker Foundation, the Radcliffe Institute, the American Council of Learned Societies, the Institute for World Order, and the Rockefeller Foundation.

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Maria Cristina Garcia
Cornell Univerisity

Ithaca, NY


Maria Cristina Garcia is Professor of History at Cornell University, where she teaches courses on immigration and refugee history, Borderlands history, U.S.-Cuba relations, Latinos in the United States, and 20th century U.S. history. She is also affiliated with the programs in American Studies, Latin American Studies, and Latino Studies. She is the author of "Havana USA: Cuban Exiles and Cuban Americans in South Florida, 1959-1994" (1996), and "Seeking Refuge: Central American Migration to Mexico, the United States, and Canada" (2006), as well as numerous articles and book chapters on immigration policy and Latin American immigrants in North America. She serves on the editorial boards of the Journal of American History and Cuban Studies/Estudios Cubanos. She also serves on several boards and committees of the Organization of American Historians (OAH) and the Immigration and Ethnic History Society. A former Fulbright scholar in the United Kingdom, García's most recent honors include the Kaplan Family Distinguished Faculty Fellowship at Cornell University. See also http://www.arts.cornell.edu/history/faculty-department-garcia.php. In addition to her book Havana USA, her other Cuba-related articles include: "Refugees or Economic Immigrants? The Politics of US Refugee Policy and Immigration from Latin America" in A Companion to Latino Studies. Juan Flores and Renato Rosaldo, eds. (Blackwell Press, 2007). “Exiles, Immigrants, and Transnationals: Cubans in the United States,” in The Columbia Anthology of Latino History. David G. Gutierrez, ed., Columbia University Press, 2004. “Cuban American Prose, 1975-2000” in Mario Valdés, ed., Latin American Literary History Oxford University Press, 2004. “Havana USA” in Latino/a Thought: Culture Politics, and Society. Francisco H. Vázquez and Rodolfo D. Torres, eds., Rowman and Littlefield, 2003. “Hardliners v.‘Dialogueros: Cuban exile political groups and U.S.-Cuba relations,” Journal of American Ethnic History 17( Summer 1998): 3-29. “Adapting to Exile: Cuban Women in the United States, 1959-1973,” Latino Studies Journal, 2 (Spring 1991): 17-33

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Alejandro Portes
Princeton University

Department of Sociology
Wallace Hall
Princeton, NJ 08544


Alejandro Portes is Howard Harrison and Gabrielle Snyder Beck Professor of Sociology and director of the Center for Migration and Development at Princeton University. He is the author of over 200 articles and chapters on national development, international migration, Latin American and Caribbean urbanization, and economic sociology. His books include City on the Edge – The Transformation of Miami (University of California Press 1993), co-authored with Alex Stepick and winner of the Robert Park Award for best book in urban sociology and the Anthony Leeds Award for best book in urban anthropology in 1995; and Immigrant America: A Portrait (California 1996), designated as a Centennial Publication by the University of California Press. Portes is currently researching the adaptation process of the immigrant second generation and the rise of transnational immigrant communities in the United States. His most recent books are Legacies: The Story of the Immigrant Second Generation and Ethnicities: Children of Immigrants in America (University of California Press 2001), both in collaboration with Rubén G. Rumbaut. Legacies is the winner of the 2002 Distinguished Scholarship Award from the American Sociological Association and of the 2002 W. I. Thomas and Florian Znaniecki Award for best book from the International Migration Section of ASA. His most recent articles on immigrant transnationalism have been published in the American Sociological Review (2002), American Journal of Sociology (2003) and the International Migration Review (2003). Works by Portes: “La máquina política cubano-estadounidense: reflexiones sobre sus orígenes y permanencia.” Foro Internacional vol 43 (July-September 2003): 608-626.

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