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Associate Professor
Ph.D., Yale, 2006

Jana Lipman is a specialist in the 20th-century U.S., especially foreign relations, social and political history, Cuba and Vietnam. She serves as the Director of Undergraduate Studies.

Research Interests
I am interested in US foreign relations broadly construed to include diplomatic and non-state actors. My recent work on the US naval base in Guantánamo Bay (GTMO) reorients the field of foreign relations and demonstrates how neocolonialism, empire, and revolution functioned in working people’s lives. Through extensive field and archival research in Havana, Santiago de Cuba, and Guantánamo, Cuba, I analyze how Cuban base employees navigated the politics and contradictions of living in Cuba and working for the US military. My current research interests include the fields of refugee studies, human rights, and US military bases in the second half of the twentieth century

2009 Co-Winner Taft Prize in Labor History    

"Guantánamo: A Working-Class History between Empire and Revolution"    
(Berkeley: University of California Press, 2009)
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"Between Guantánamo and Montego Bay: Cuba, Jamaica, Migration, and the Cold War, 1959-1962."    
Immigrants and Minorities 21 (November 2002): 25-51.

“ “Buenos Vecinos”, Ciudadanos y Súbditos: Nacionalidad y Competencia Laboral en la Base Naval de Estados Unidos en Guantánamo.”    
Trans. Rolando García Milián. Ed. Hernán Venegas Delgado et al. Historia Regional y Local. Las ciudades, su historia y su proyección en la región. Cuba-México, Centro Universitario de Los Altos de la Universidad de Guadalajara, Universidad Intercultural de Chiapas, Instituto de Historia de Cuba y Universidad Autónoma de Chapingo, 2008, pp. 209-218.

"Guantánamo and the Case of Kid Chicle: Labor, Privatization, and the Law in the Expansion of US Empire"    
In Transitions and Transformations in the US Imperial State. Eds. Alfred McCoy and Francisco Scarano. Madison: University of Wisconsin Press, 2009.

"The Face is the Roadmap: Vietnamese Amerasians in U.S. Political and Popular Culture, 1980-1988"    
Journal of Asian American Studies 14.1 (February 2011): 33-68.

"‘Airlines. Lousy Unions.’ Labor in the Era of Junk Bonds and Wall Street Buyouts.”    
In The 1980s: A Critical and Transitional Decade? Eds. Kimberly Moffitt and Duncan Campbell. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books, a division of Rowman and Littlefield, 2011.

" 'Give us a Ship': The Vietnamese Repatriate Movement on Guam, 1975"    
American Quarterly 64.1 (March 2012): 1-31.

“ ‘The Fish Trusts the Water, and it is in the water that it is cooked’: The Caribbean Origins of the Krome Detention Center,”    
Radical History Review Special Issue on “Haiti and the World,” Winter 2013.

" 'A Refugee Camp in America: Fort Chaffee and Vietnamese and Cuban Refugees, 1975-1982,"    
Journal of American Ethnic History, (2014).


Graduate Readings in U.S. Political History    

U.S. Empire    

U.S. Foreign Relations before 1945    

U.S. Foreign Relations since 1945    

U.S. History 1865 - Present    

U.S. Immigration History    

U.S. Labor and Migration in the 20th Century    

The U.S. War in Vietnam    

Appearance on WNYC, Leonard Lopate Show, January 6, 2009

Guantánamo Public Memory Project

Southern Labor Studies Association


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