Michelle Chase works as an associate professor at Pace University in New York City. She received her Ph.D. in History from New York University in 2010. Her first book, Revolution within the Revolution: Women and Gender Politics in Cuba, 1952-1962 was published by the University of North Carolina Press. The book explores the role of women and gender in the Cuban revolution. The book challenges accounts of women’s liberation that emphasize the state by uncovering the vast mobilization of Women in Cuba’s urban centers. She argues that conflicts over the meaning of gender were central to politics in this tumultuous period.
For her new research project she has already published “Contesting the Youngest Revolution: Cuban Anti-Communists and the Global Politics of Youth, 1960-1965.” Journal of Latin American Studies (November 2021). Michelle recently received a prestigious NEH Fellowship for her current research on the transnational networks of Cuban exile activism.
With an audience of nearly 25 people, including two Rutgers History Ph.D. alums and various Rutgers faculty members, Professor Chase described the complex networks of Cuban anti-communist and anti-revolutionary activism, with the support of the CIA and pre-existing hemispheric anti-communist networks.