Désirée Díaz received her Ph.D. in Spanish from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where she also completed her M.A. studies. She also holds a B.A. in Art History from Universidad de La Habana. Professor Díaz specializes in Latin American literature and visual culture with an emphasis in the Hispanic Caribbean. Her research focuses on issues of alternative citizenship, human and cultural geography, diaspora and transnational movements, and the Latino cultural production in the U.S. In addition, she is interested in the fields of visual studies, urban studies, and popular and material cultures.
Professor Díaz has published a number of articles on Cuban cinema and literature in peer-reviewed journals and edited volumes, recently contributing to the volume World Film Locations: Havana (Intellect, 2014). She is currently working on a book manuscript based on her dissertation on citizenship participation and urban space in post-Soviet Cuba.
In her native Cuba, Désirée Díaz served as a researcher with the prestigious Instituto Cubano del Arte e Industria Cinematográficos (ICAIC) and as Assistant Editor of the cultural magazine La Gaceta de Cuba.