Lillian Guerra is Assistant Professor of Caribbean History. Born in New York City and raised in Marion, Kansas, Professor Guerra is the author of two books, Popular Expression and National Identity in Puerto Rico (University of Florida Press, 1998) and The Myth of JosÃ© MartÃ: Conflicting Nationalisms in Early Twentieth Century Cuba (University of North Carolina Press, 2005). She has also published two books of Spanish-language poetry on themes of displacement and Latino identity.
As a teacher and scholar, Professor Guerra is committed to forging ties of connection and understanding between Caribbean diasporas in the United States and their national communities at home through the study of history. She has over two hundred relatives in Cuba and travels there frequently for research and family reasons. Guerra is the principal author of an archival guide to the Cuban Revolution Collection, an enormous resource for researchers comprised of 5,000 original photographs and 60 unedited archival films in the Manuscripts and Archives division of Sterling Memorial Library at Yale. Together with materials and interviews gathered in Cuba, this collection forms a key part of Guerra's most recent book project, "Visions of Power: Revolution and Redemption in Cuba, 1956-1971."