Jean Stubbs

Position / Job title: Associate Fellow

Department: Institute of the Americas

Institution: University College London

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Jean Stubbs is Co-Director of the Commodities of Empire British Academy Research Project (2007-2017), in collaboration with the Open University’s Ferguson Centre for African and Asian Studies; Associate Fellow of the Institute of the Americas, University College London, and Bader International Study Centre (BISC-UK), Queen’s University, Canada; and Professor Emerita of London Metropolitan University, where she directed the Caribbean Studies Centre (2002-2009). The recipient of Rockefeller, Ford, and McArthur funding as a visiting scholar at the University of Florida, Florida International University, University of Puerto Rico, and City University of New York, she returned to the University of Florida as the Center for Latin American Studies 2011 Bacardi Family Eminent Scholar. She was Fall 2012 Semester Scholar-in-Residence at BISC-UK, convening the special topics course ‘Global Issues of the 21st Century: Commodities, Globalisation and Migration in Comparative Perspective’, and returns there in Winter 2014. She was elected member of the Academy of History of Cuba (2012) and awarded the UNESCO Toussaint L’Ouverture Medal (2009) for her services in combating racism and promoting diversity, and she served as president of the Caribbean Studies Association (2002-3) and chair of the U.K. Society for Caribbean Studies (1993-5). She was the founding editor of the International Journal of Cuban Studies (2008-9) and guest-editor with Dr Catherine Krull (Queen’s University, Canada) of the themed women and gender issue of Cuban Studies 42 (2011); and has published widely on Cuba, her specialist interests spanning tobacco, labour, gender, race and migration. She is currently completing research on ‘the offshore Havana cigar’ and is co-researcher with Dr Krull on The New Cuban Diaspora in Canada and Western Europe (2011-2014), a collaborative project funded by the Canadian Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council.



Book Chapters:

  • “Transnationalism and the Havana Cigar: Commodity Chain Transfers, Networks, and Circuits of Knowledge”, in Cuba in a Global Context: International Relations, Internationalism, and Transnationalism, ed. Catherine Krull, University Press of Florida, Gainesville, FL, forthcoming 2013.
  • “The Luxury Smoke: the Proud Havana Cigar”, in The Global History of Commodities of Empire, ed. Jonathan Curry-Machado, Palgrave Macmillan, New York, 2013, pp. 248-276.
  • “Reflections on Class, Race, Gender and Nation in Cuban Tobacco: 1850-2000” in Revisting Caribbean Labor: Essays in Honour of O. Nigel Bolland, ed. Constance Sutton, Ian Randle, Kingston, 2005, pp.118-136.
  • "Tobacco in the Contrapunteo: Ortiz and the Havana Cigar" in Cuban Counterpoints: The Legacy of Fernando Ortiz, eds. Mauricio A. Font and Alfonso W. Quiroz, Lexington, Lanham, MD., 2004, pp.105-123.
  • ''Havana Cigars and the West''s Imagination'', in Sander L. Gilman & Zhou Xun (eds), Smoke: A Global History of Smoking, London: Reaktion Books, 2004, 134-139.
  • "Women and Cuban Smallholder Agriculture in Transition" in Women and Change in the Caribbean, ed. Janet Momsen, James Currey/Indiana Press/Ian Randle, London/Indianapolis/ Kingston, 1993, pp.219-231
  • "Social Equity, Agrarian Transition and Development in Cuba, 1945- 1988" in Welfare, Equity and Development in Latin America, eds.Christopher Abel and Colin Lewis, Macmillan, London, 1993, pp.281-295
  • "Women on the Agenda: The Cooperative Movement in Rural Cuba" (co-author Mavis Alvarez) in Rural Women and State Policy, eds. Carmen Diana Deere and Magdalena Leon, Westview Press, Boulder and London, l987, pp.142-61 [“La mujer campesina y la cooperativización agraria en Cuba” in La situación de la mujer rural en América Latina y el Caribe y las políticas del estado, Magdalena León & Carmen Diana Deere, eds., Mexico City, Siglo XXI-ACEP, 1986].


  • Tobacco on the Periphery: A Case Study in Cuban Labour History, l860-1958, Cambridge University Press, l985, pp. 203. [Spanish-language edition Tabaco en la periferia: El complejo agro-industrial cubano y su movimiento obrero 1860-1959, Ciencias Sociales, Havana, 1989, pp.293.]

Journal Articles:

  • “Beyond the Black Atlantic: Understanding Race, Gender and Labour in the Global Havana Cigar”, Comparativ 5, 21, 2012, pp.50-70
  • “El Habano and the World it Has Shaped: Cuba, Connecticut, and Indonesia”, Cuban Studies 41, 2010, pp.39-67.
  • "Turning Over a New Leaf? The Havana Cigar Revisited", New West Indian Guide, Vol.74, Nos 3 & 4, December 2000, pp.235-255.
  • ''Political Idealism and commodity production: Cuban Tobacco in Jamaica, 1870-1930'', Cuban Studies, 25 (1995), 51-81. [“Cuba y Jamaica en el camino del tabaco”, Del Caribe, No. 26, 1997, pp.81-93].
  • "Labour and Economy in Cuban Tobacco, l860-l958", Historical Reflections, December l985, pp.449-467.
  • "State vs Grass-Roots Strategies for Rural Democratisation: Recent Developments among the Cuban Peasantry", Cuban Studies, Spring 1991, pp.149-168.
  • "Gender Constructs of Labour in Prerevolutionary Cuban Tobacco", Social and Economic Studies, Institute of Social and Economic Research, University of the West Indies, Vol 37, Nos 1 and 2, March-June, l988, pp.241-269.
  • "Gender Issues in Contemporary Cuban Tobacco Farming", World Development, Oxford, Vol. 5, No. 1, l987, and Cuba's Socialist Economy Toward the l990s, ed. Andrew Zimbalist, Lynne Rienner Publishers, Boulder and London, l987, pp.41-65
  • "Labour and Economy in Cuban Tobacco, l860-l958", Historical Reflections, December l985, pp.449-467.
  • "Some Thoughts on the Life History Method and Researching Rural Women", IDS Bulletin, University of Sussex, January 1984.
  • "Dandy or Rake? Cigar Makers in Cuba, l860-1958", Collected Seminar Papers No. 29, Caribbean Societies, Vol. 1, Institute of Commonwealth Studies, University of London, l982, pp.17-25.

Other Publications:

  • “El Habano: The Global Luxury Smoke”, Commodities of Empire Working Paper No 20, Ferguson Centre for African and Asian Studies, Open University/University of London, September 2012: online publication, pp.22
  • "Reinventing Mecca: Tobacco in the Dominican Republic, 1763-2007", Commodities of Empire Working Paper No 3, Ferguson Centre for African and Asian Studies, Open University/ Caribbean Studies Centre/ London Metropolitan University, October 2007: online publication, pp. 37.