Clare Ibarra, PhD Candidate

Dissertation Summary: 

My dissertation examines scientific and technological exchange between Cuba and the Soviet Union (1959-1994), to explore the limits (and risks) of international cooperation in environmental development. The project utilizes unused Russian- and Spanish-language sources to reveal the impact of Soviet science on Cuba’s post-Revolutionary development, arguing for the crucial role of Soviet scientific philosophy in the history of post-Revolutionary Cuba, as well as the impact of socialism and the Cold War on Cuba’s understanding of biodiversity and environmental sustainability. The project analyzes the Soviet Union’s simultaneous adaptation alongside Cuba as both debated the boundaries of scientific practice under socialism.

Awards & Fellowships

Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) Mellon Fellowship for Dissertation Research in Original Sources (2019-2020)

Chancellor's Fellow (2015-Present)

James Scobie Pre-Dissertation Research Grant, Conference on Latin American History (2017)

Center for Latin American Studies Tinker Summer Research Grant (2017)

UC CUBA Summer Research Grant (2017)

Teaching Effectiveness Award (2017)

Outstanding GSI Award (2017)

Foreign Language and Areas Studies Grant for Russian Language, Summer 2016

Research Interests

  • Cuba 1933-Present
  • Soviet Union
  • Women/Gender
  • History of Science
  • Education/Pedagogy

Teaching Experience:

  • Reader, HIST N100: Lady Killers: Female Perpetrators of Genocide, Summer 2020
  • Reader, HIST 146: Women in Latin America, Spring 2018
  • Graduate Student Instructor, HIST 139C: Civil Rights & Social Movements in the US, Fall 2017
  • Graduate Student Instructor, HIST 8B: Modern Latin America, Spring 2017
  • Graduate Student Instructor, HIST 100E: Cuba in the World Fall 2016  


PhD Candidate, UC Berkeley, October 2018

MA, History, UC Berkeley, December 2016

BA, History, Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa, December 2014

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