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María de los Ángeles Torres

Principal Investigator


María de los Ángeles Torres is LAS Distinguished Professor of Latin American and Latino Studies at the University of Illinois in Chicago and Principal investigator/Director of the IUPLR/UIC Mellon Fellowship Program. She received her PhD from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. She taught political science at DePaul University in Chicago from 1987 to 2005 and was faculty associate at the University of Notre Dame's Institute for Latino Studies, 2000-2001 and a research fellow at Chapin Hall, University of Chicago 2002. She is the former Executive Director of the Inter-University Program for Latino Research (2013-2018).

Dr. Torres is the author of two books, The Lost Apple: Operation Pedro Pan, Cuban Children in the US and the Promise of a Better Future (Boston: Beacon Press, 2004) and In the Land of Mirrors: The Politics of Cuban Exiles in the United States (Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 1999). She is co-author of Citizens in the Present: Youth Civic Engagement in the Americas (University of Illinois Press, 2013). In addition, she has edited By Heart/De Memoria: Cuban Women's Journeys In and Out of Exile (Philadelphia: Temple University, 2002), and co-edited Global Cities and Immigrants: A Comparative Study of Chicago and Madrid, (Peter Lang, 2015), and Borderless Borders: Latinos, Latin American and the Paradoxes of Interdependence (Philadelphia: Temple University Press, 1998). Dr. Torres has published chapters and essays on issues of diversity, US/Cuba relations, and immigration. Currently she is completing the book manuscript titled, The Elusive Present: Democracy's Time in Cuban Thought.