Little Havana

If you are interested in Miami’s iconic Little Havana neighborhood, I encourage you to take one of my walking tours (to be offered virtually beginning in May of 2020–due to COVID-19). You can also read my book and articles about the neighborhood. Soon I will also be launching online exhibits related to Little Havana.

Sign up for one of my (virtual) Little Havana walking tours!

My knowledge of Little Havana is based on personal experience as a local resident as well as extensive original research on the neighborhood. See below for details.

Receiving the Calle Ocho Community Champion Award alongside (left) civic leader Raissa Fernandez and (right) local dancer instructor/dance company director Marisol Blanco and County Commissioner Eileen Higgins

Research and Writings About Little Havana

A History of Little Havana

I co-authored the most in-depth book on Little Havana (“A History of Little Havana”), and wrote my Ph.D. dissertation on the history of Little Havana’s heritage district, based on more than a year of archival research and ethnographic fieldwork. Currently, I am adapting my dissertation for publication as a book.

The Little Havana-based newspaper Calle Ocho News has published a number of my articles; my academic journal articles about Little Havana are awaiting publication.

Here are links to some of published writings about Little Havana.

Civic Leadership in Little Havana

  • Director, Viernes Culturales/Cultural Fridays, Inc.
    In 2007 and 2010 I directed Little Havana’s monthly arts festival, Viernes Culturales.
  • Publisher, LittleHavanaGuide
    I published a website called The website featured more than a hundred original articles I researched and wrote in an effort to contest negative portrayals of Little Havana.
  • Owner, Bordercross Ecocultural Center
  • Co-Founder and Vice Chair, Little Havana Merchant Alliance
  • Advisory Board, Live Healthy Little Havana

In 2008,

Workshops, Presentations and Speeches About Little Havana

have presented numerous papers on Little Havana at national conferences and delivered presentations on the neighborhood in multiple non-academic venues, too.