Ada Ferrer

Ada Ferrer

Professor of History, Latin American and Caribbean Studies

University of Michigan, PhD 1995

Office Address: 

King Juan Carlos Center, Room 410



Field of Study: 

Latin America and the Carribbean

Areas of Research/Interest: 

Cuba; comparative slavery, nationalism, revolution


Ada Ferrer's research focuses on the themes of race and slavery, and nationalism and revolution in the nineteenth-century Caribbean and Atlantic World. Her first book, Insurgent Cuba: Race, Nation, and Revolution, 1868-1898, was a study of Cuba’s multiracial movement for national independence. The book focuses on the unfolding, and eventual undoing, of a vibrant social movement that advocated not only independence from Spain but also the end of slavery and the elimination of racism. Her current research centers on the intellectual, political, and social impact of the Haitian Revolution (1791-1803) in Cuba and the Atlantic World.


John Hope Franklin Prize (Law and Society Association) for the Best Article on Race and Racism, 2013. Berkshire Conference Article Prize, 2013. Paul Vanderwood Prize, Conference on Latin American History, 2013. American Council of Learned Societes/NEH/SSRC Fellowship in Area Studies, 2011-2012, Berkshire Book Prize for Insurgent Cuba (for the best first book by a woman historian in any field of history), Spanish Ministry of Culture Fellowship, Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas, 2003-2004, National Endowment for the Humanities, 2000-2001

Selected Works:


Freedom's Mirror: Cuba and Haiti in the Age of Revolution (Cambridge University Press, 2014)

FerrerCubaInsurgente.jpgCuba Insurgente: Raza, nación y revolución (Havana: Editorial de Ciencias Sociales, 2011). Translation of Insurgent Cuba.

FrenchTranslationBOOK.jpgLa Guerre d'Indépendance Cubaine: Insurrection et Émancipation à Cuba! 1868-1898 (Paris: Pérseides, 2010) (French Translation of Insurgent Cuba)

RumordeHaitiBOOK.jpgEl rumor de Haití en Cuba: Temor, Raza y Rebeldía (Madrid: Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas, 2004). Coauthored with Consuelo Naranjo Orovio, Ma. Dolores González Ripoll, Gloria García, y Josef Opartny.

InsurgentCubaBOOK.jpgInsurgent Cuba: Race, Nation, and Revolution, 1868-98 (University of North Carolina Press, 1999).


"Haiti, Free Soil, and Antislavery in the Revolutionary Atlantic" American Historical Review 117 (2012): 40-66.

"Speaking of Haiti: Slavery and Freedom in Cuban Slave Testimony," in David Geggus and Norman Fiering, eds. The World of the Haitian Revolution (Bloomington: University of Indiana Press, 2009).

"Cuban Slavery and Atlantic Antislavery," Review, Journal of the Fernand Braudel Center, 31-3-2008.

"The Archive and the Atlantic's Haitian Revolution," in Doris Lorraine Garraway, ed., Tree of Liberty: Atlantic Legacies of the Haitian Revolution (Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2008.)

"Noticias de Haiti en Cuba," Revista de Indias (Madrid), vol. 63, no. 229, 2003, pp. 675-694. (Reprinted in Caminos [Havana], no.31-32, 2004).

"La société esclavagiste cubaine et la révolution haïtienne," Annales, vol. 58, no 2, 2003, pp. 333-356.

"Armed Slaves, the Colonial State, and Nationalist Revolution in Nineteenth-Century Cuba," in Philip Morgan and Chris Brown, eds., Arming Slaves in World History, 2002.

"Cuba, 1898: Rethinking Race, Nation, and Empire," Radical History Review, 73 (January 1999): 22-46.

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