Professor Masud-Piloto was born and raised in Havana, Cuba, and emmigrated to the U.S. in 1961. He received a Ph.D. in history from Florida State University in 1985 and currently holds the rank of professor of history. He is the founding editor of Diálogo, a multidisciplinary journal of Latin American and Latino affairs, and the author of numerous academic articles on Latin American immigration, Latinos in the U.S., and U.S.-Cuba relations. His book, From Welcomed Exiles to Illegal Immigrants: The Cuban Migration to the U.S., 1959-1995, has been praised as a "well documented, thoughtful and timely" history of U.S.-Cuba relations of the past forty years. He is presently working on a history of the Mariel Boatlift of 1980 and its impact on U.S.-Cuba relations. He travels frequently to Cuba for research, and in 1994, 1995, and 2005, participated in a series of meetings between the Cuban Government and the Cuban exile community to discuss Cuban immigration to the U.S. Since 2005, he has co-chaired the Latin American Studies Association's (LASA) Section on Scholarly Relations in Cuba.
RESEARCH AND TEACHING INTERESTS
- Post-Colonial Latin American History
- History of the Cuban Revolution
- History of the Caribbean
- History of Latinos in the U.S.
- History of Revolutions in Latin America with a special emphasis on Social Revolutions and on Central America
- History of Cuban Migrations to the U.S.