- Fellowship year:2010-2011
- University: University of North Carolina Chapel Hill
- Dissertation Topic/Category: Latin America
- Dissertation Title: The Cuban Pasts: Memory, Race, and the Nation, 1895-1961
Robert Nathan works on nineteenth-century Latin American history, with a particular focus on the history of Cuba and the emergence of Cuban national identity. He is pursuing his interests through a careful study of a key, nineteenth-century leader of the Cuban Independence Movement named Antonia Maceo (1845-1896) and looks particularly at how the memory of this man helped to create Cuban national identity in the half century after the Cubans gained their independence from Spain.