It is with sadness that we announce the passing of Elizabeth (Liz) Dore, Emeritus Professor of Modern Languages and Linguistics at the University of Southampton. Liz was a historian of Modern Latin America, specialist in class, race, gender, and ethnicity. She earned her Ph.D. from Columbia University and wrote extensively, focusing on Cuba, Peru, and Nicaragua.
Liz was particularly proud to lead the ‘Memories of the Cuban Revolution’ Oral History Project. In this, her final research project, she focused on Cubans’ memories of life in the revolution. Under her direction, a team of Cuban and British academics compiled more than a hundred detailed life story interviews, drawn from a cross-section of men and women from across the island. It was the first oral history project authorized by the Cuban government in forty years. In the last weeks before her death, she worked hard to complete her book based on these interviews: How Things Fall Apart: What Happened to the Cuban Revolution (Apollo).
Liz sought, through this book, to give a voice to ordinary people reflecting on their own lives and history. She saw this as a contribution to our collective thinking about how to create and shape more equal and just societies. In particular, her recent work on Cuba aims to spark debate and discussion about socialist states and transitions from egalitarianism to a market-based economy. For more information visit the project website.
Our most sincere goodbye to Liz.