2022 - 2024Alexander von Humboldt Postdoctoral FellowFreie Universität Berlin; Leibniz Universität Hannover
2022 - PresentScholar Associate of the David Rockefeller CenterHarvard University
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Cary Aileen García Yero is a Cuban-Canadian historian of Latin American arts and culture. She is
Humboldt Postdoctoral Fellow at the Freie Universität Berlin Latin American Institute and at the
Universität Hannover Center for Atlantic and Global Studies. She is also Scholar Associate of
Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies at Harvard University.
Her research interests include Afro-Latin American music and visual arts, race relations in the
history, Cold War history, and cultural theory.
Cary received her PhD in History from Harvard University in 2020. Her dissertation received
the Latin American Studies Association Cuba Section, Best Dissertation Award 2022. She also
History and a BA in music from the University of British Columbia.
Her work has been supported by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, the Afro-Latin American Research Institute (ALARI), the David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies and the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs at Harvard University, and the University of Miami's Cuban Heritage Collection, among other institutions. Recently, she has been part of the Leibniz University Hannover’s project Arts of the Black Atlantic and the ALARI's Traveling Research Seminar on Afro-Latin American Art to develop the field via colloquia, seminars, and publications.
Her book project Colors of Dissent: Race, Nation and the Arts in Cuba, 1938-1963, studies the power and limitations of the arts to oppose racism in Latin American societies shaped by ideologies of racial harmony. She has been invited to present the manuscript to Cambridge University Press for their series Afro-Latin America.
Cary has been Managing Editor of the journal Cuban Studies, published by the University of Pittsburgh Press. Among the issues that she edited (No. 43- No. 50) one was dedicated to the contemporary Afro-Cuban movement, for which she interviewed several Afro-Cuban activists. Her work reaffirms the need for dialogue between anti-racist activists and scholars, also highlighting her interest in public scholarship. As the Cuba Studies Program Fellow at Harvard University, Cary created concerts and symposia that challenged racist stereotypes while showcasing the inventiveness of Afro-descendant cultures.
Cary's work has been published in the Latin American Research Review Studies in Latin America Popular Culture, Cuban Studies, Epicenter, among others. She has taught history courses at Canadian universities such Simon Fraser University and the University of the Fraser Valley.