Gillian A McGillivray

Associate Professor


McGillivray’s commitment to comparative studies and micro-history combined with her gravitation toward early XXth century developments—war, boom, and bust at the global level and nationalism, populism, and revolution at the local level—motivated her book, "Blazing Cane: Sugar Communities, Class, and State-Formation in Cuba, 1868-1958" (Duke Univ, 2009) and her new research on Brazil.





Social Development and Welfare

Georgetown University, 2002
Georgetown University, 1997


Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, 3-year Standard Research Grant, "Sugar and Power in the Brazilian Countryside, 1900-1964" (2009-2013)

Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, Postdoctoral Grant, "Sugar, Populism, and Revolution in Cuba, Mexico, and Brazil, 1900-1964" (2002-2004)

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Blazing Cane: Sugar Communities, Class, and State Formation in Cuba, 1868-1959 (Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 2009)  Publisher's Site  PDF

Journal Articles

Peer Reviewed Articles

  • “Ascensão e queda do pacto populista em Cuba, 1934-1959," Revista Tempo 33 (January 2013): 105-140.
  • "Revolution in the Cuban Countryside: The Blazing Cane of Las Villas, 1895-1898," Cuban Studies, 38 (2007): 50-81.    Full Text (PDF)  PDF
  • "'Dear President Machado: Colono nationalism in Cuba's turbulent 1920s and 1930s," Journal of Caribbean History, 37, 1 (2003): 70-109
  • "Trading With the Enemy": Canadian-Cuban Relations in the 1990s," Cuba Briefing Paper Series, Georgetown University Caribbean Project, 15 (December 1997): 1-16.  Full Text (PDF)  PDF
Book Chapters

“Populism in the Circum-Caribbean, 1920-1940,” co-written with Thomas Rogers, in Transformations of Populism in New York and the Americas: History and Recent Tendencies, New York: Bloomsbury Academic Press, 2015.


“Cuba: Depression, Imperialism and Revolution, 1920-1940,” in The Great Depression in Latin America. Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 2014, 246-275.

"Chapter 8. Reading Revolution From Below: Cuba, 1933," The Daily Lives of Civilians in Wartime Latin America: From the Wars of Independence to the Central American Civil Wars. ed. Pedro Santoni. (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 2008), 203-234.  Publisher's Site  

Other Publications

  • "'Es que los compañeros son machistas [our comrades are too macho]': women's struggle for change in Sandinista Nicaragua," Georgetown University: MA Thesis, 1997).
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