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General Information

Name:  Maria de Los Angeles Torres  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Non-Fiction




Illinois Connection

María de Los Angeles Torres is director and professor of Latin American and Latino Studies at the University of Illinois in Chicago.

Biographical and Professional Information

In addition to being the director and professor of Latin American and Latin studies at the University of Illinois at Chicago, Maria is a co-Principal Investigator for another on Youth Politics in the Age of Globalization, and was Co-Pi for a National Science Research Foundation Project: Civic Engagement in Three Latino Neighborhoods.

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In the Land of Mirrors: Cuban Exile Politics in the United States
ISBN: 0472087886

University of Michigan Press. 2001

In the Land of Mirrors is a journey through the politics of Cuban exiles since the 1959 Cuban Revolution. It explores the development of Cuban exile politics and identity within a context of U.S. and Cuban realities, as well as within the broader inquiry of the changing nature of nation-states and its impact on the politics and identity of diaspora communities. Topics covered include: the origins of the post-revolution exile enclave of the 1960s

the evolution of the Cuban community over the 1960s

the pluralization of exile politics in the 1970s, particularly regarding the relationship with the island

the emergence of Cuban-American political action committees in the 1980s

post-Cold War developments

and the transition of Miami by the coming of age of a second generation of Cuban-Americans and the arrival of a new wave of exiles.

Interspersed with vignettes from the author's own experiences and political activism, In the Land of Mirrors explores the meanings and ramifications of exile, of belonging, and of seeing the self in the other. It will appeal to political scientists, Latin Americanists, and those studying the politics of exile.
María de los Angeles Torres was born in Cuba and came to the United States as a young child. She is Associate Professor of Political Science, DePaul University.

The Lost Apple: Operation Pedro Pan, Cuban Children in the U.S., and the Promise of a Better Future
ISBN: 080700233X

Beacon Press. 2004

From 1960 to 1962, 14,048 Cuban minors arrived in Miami. María de los Angeles Torres was six years old when she took part in this massive airlift-now known as Operation Pedro Pan-in which parents, terrified that the new communist government would ship their children to Soviet work camps, sent them instead to America. Torres examines the event from both a historical and a personal perspective. This 'relentless investigator of history' (Miami Herald) forces declassification of key documents, challenging us all finally to come to terms with this pivotal yet largely neglected exodus.

Citizens in the Present: Youth Civic Engagement in the Americas
ISBN: 0252079205

University of Illinois Press. 2013

Although media coverage often portrays young people in urban areas as politically apathetic or disruptive, this book provides an antidote to such views through narratives of dedicated youth civic engagement and leadership in Chicago, Mexico City, and Rio de Janeiro. This innovative comparative study provides nuanced accounts of the personal experiences of young people who care deeply about their communities and are actively engaged in a variety of public issues. Drawing from extensive interviews and personal narratives from the young activists themselves, Citizens in the Present presents a vibrant portrait of a new, politically involved generation.