I am a Latin Americanist and a specialist in revolutionary Cuban literature. My first book, "Cuba's Political and Sexual Outlaw: Reinaldo Arenas" (University Press of Florida, 2003), examines the life and work of Arenas under the stringent censorship that he suffered in Cuba, in part because of his open homosexuality. "A Gay Cuban Activist in Exile: Reinaldo Arenas" (University Press of Florida, 2007) examines Arenas's prolific writing (fiction and critical articles) published in the United States and focuses on his well-known role as "Latin America's first out-of-the-closet gay writer."
Other areas of my published research are Afro-Cuban and revolutionary Cuban children's literatures, and reflections of Santería, the Afro-Cuban religious belief, in mainstream revolutionary Cuban literature. I have also done research on the Puertorriqueña novelist and poet Judith Ortiz Cofer, an important contemporary Latina writer.