The Cuban Research Institute (CRI) at Florida International University (FIU) is dedicated to creating and disseminating knowledge about Cuba and Cuban Americans. The institute encourages original research and interdisciplinary teaching, organizes extracurricular activities, collaborates with other academic units working in Cuban and Cuban-American studies, and promotes the development of library holdings and collections on Cuba and its diaspora.
Founded in 1991, CRI is a freestanding entity within FIU's School of International and Public Affairs and works closely with its prestigious Latin American and Caribbean Center. Located in Miami, 228 miles from Havana and amidst the largest Cuban diaspora in the world, CRI is the nation's leading center for research and academic programs on Cuban and Cuban-American issues. No other U.S. university surpasses FIU in the number of professors and students of Cuban origin.
Since its foundation, the institute has generated an exceptional level of scholarship, teaching, and outreach. CRI has organized hundreds of academic and cultural events, covering Cuban and Cuban-American history, politics, society, and the arts. FIU students, faculty, and members of the greater South Florida community are engaged through CRI's stimulating series of seminars, conferences, lectures, concerts, and book presentations.
The public events and activities sponsored by the institute are made possible by grants and gifts by private foundations, nonprofit organizations, community members, and the state of Florida. CRI has received major support from reputable foundations, including Ford, MacArthur, Open Society, Christopher Reynolds, Rockefeller, and Tinker, as well as from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the National Science Foundation.
CRI is a longtime member of the Inter-University Program for Latino Research (IUPLR), a national consortium of interdisciplinary centers dedicated to the advancement of the Latino intellectual presence in the United States. Participating in this network facilitates cooperation with other academic programs that support Latino students and faculty in higher education and expand the pool of Latino scholars and leaders.