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John Ermer


My project “Our Representative on This Island: Law, Citizenship, and Identities among Lebanese and Syrian Migrants in Cuba, 1880-1980” investigates how citizenship and immigration laws informed identity formation among Lebanese and Syrian migrants in Cuba. Emerging nationalisms, increased mobilities, and imperial competition created contexts of complex global legal orders, and incomplete sovereignties in these migrants' Levantine homelands and Cuba helped to develop flexible, transnational identities. I received FIU’s Dissertation Year Fellowship for the 2020-2021 academic year. My published reviews feature in the New West Indian Guide and the Canadian Journal of Latin American and Caribbean Studies.