Arelis Rivero Cabrera

Arelis Rivero Cabrera

Position Title
Graduate Student in Spanish



Arelis Rivero-Cabrera was born in Havana, Cuba and, before coming to the United States, lived in Brazil and Spain. She holds a Ph.D. in History from the University of Zaragoza and a M.A. in Spanish from Loyola University Chicago. Her doctoral dissertation about the Franciscans in colonial Cuba will be published soon by the Academy of American Franciscan History. Her main current project at UC Davis is analyzing the evolution of the Cuban Revolution as utopian on Latin American narratives of memory. As a Ph.D. student in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese, she works on building a Humanities research-teaching career within an interdisciplinary approach.


  • Ph.D. in History, University of Zaragoza (Spain), 2009
  • M.A. in Spanish, Loyola University, 2014
  • B.A. in History, University of Havana (Cuba), 2000


  • Latin American Cultural Studies
  • Memory, utopia and generation
  • Cuban Revolution in Latin American narratives
  • Latin American Documentary
  • Colonial Cuba: history, culture and religion


  • “Ser cubano y haber nacido en los 70: memoria e identidad generacional en El Telón de Azúcar, un documental de Camila Guzmán”, delivered at 12th Ohio Latin Americanist Conference (OLAC), Wittemberg University, February 2013. Published by Babel: Revista de Estudios Culturales y Literarios (online)
  • “Missionaries and Moralization for the Franciscan Province of Santa Elena: the Dilemma of an Exported Reform”, The Americas 6:4 (April 2005), pp.673-695.
  • "La Orden de San Francisco y sus relaciones con la sociedad colonial cubana. Algunas fuentes para el rescate de su historia", address delivered at the II Seminar about Libraries and Archives of the Franciscan Area in America, Spain and Portugal. Contribution to History of the Culture of 17th–20th Centuries. Buenos Aires (Argentina), 26th-28th August 2004. Published in: Nuevo Mundo, 2005.


  • “Recuerdos y reflexiones sobre una guerra perdida: las memorias de Fr. Francisco Sáenz de Urturi, arzobispo de Santiago de Cuba (1894-1899), como fuente de investigación histórica”, delivered at Midwest Latin American History Conference, Loyola University Chicago, January 2013.


  • Provost´s First Year Fellowship, UC Davis, 2014-2015
  • Teaching Assistantship, Loyola University Chicago, 2012-2014
  • Scholarship in Archive, Documentation and Library, Aragonese Corts, Zaragoza (Spain), 2009
  • Ph.D. Scholarship Banco Santander Central Hispano in collaboration with the University of Zaragoza for Latin American students, 2002-2005
  • Fellowship at School of Hispano-American Studies, Seville (Spain), 2002