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Maria Cabrera Arus

Part-time Faculty
431 - 1 Wash Pl

Office Hours
Monday 11:00-1:00

B.Sc., Psychology, University of Havana, 1996
M.Sc., Social Psychology, University of Havana, 2004
M.A., Sociology, New School for Social Research, 2009
Ph.D., Sociology, New School for Social Research, 2016

Maria A. Cabrera Arus studies the impact of fashion and domestic material culture on regime stability and legitimation, with a focus on state socialist regimes and the Caribbean region during the Cold War. Her research has been published in peer-reviewed journals such as Theory & Society, Visual Studies, and Cuban Studies, and in anthologies, including The Oxford Handbook of Communist Visual Cultures (Oxford University Press, 2020) and The Revolution from Within (Duke University Press, 2019). She is the author of the multi-awarded project Cuba Material, a digital archive of Cuban material culture from the Cold War era, and is curator or co-curator of the exhibitions Pioneros: Building Cuba's Socialist Childhood (Sheila C. Johnson Design Center, Parsons School of Design, 2015); Cuban Finotype and Its Materiality (Cabinet Magazine, 2015), and Cuban Revolutionary Fashion (Brown University, 2019).    

Teaching and Research Interests

material culture  fashion  state socialist regimes  Caribbean  sociology of culture  sociological theory  social change  domination  dissent  Cuban studies  revolutions 

Recent News


Maria Cabrera Arus wrote “Dirty Money? The Politics of Representation in Cuban Revolutionary Banknotes,” published in Visual Studies in June 2020.  


Maria A Cabrera Arus was invited to present at the virtual lecture “Antecedents to the Mariel Boatlift, in Cuba and Cuban–America” at the Cuban Heritage Collection at the University of Miami in July 2020.  

Maria Cabrera Arus