Jana Lipman is a specialist in the 20th-century U.S., especially foreign relations, social and political history, Cuba and Vietnam. She serves as the Director of Undergraduate Studies.
I am interested in US foreign relations broadly construed to include diplomatic and non-state actors. My work on the US naval base in Guantánamo Bay (GTMO) demonstrated how neocolonialism, empire, and revolution functioned in working people's lives. Through extensive field and archival research in Havana, Santiago de Cuba, and Guantánamo, Cuba, I analyzed how Cuban base employees navigated the politics and contradictions of living in Cuba and working for the US military. My current book project examines the history of Vietnamese refugee camps in Guam, Malaysia, the Philippines, and Hong Kong. My research interests include the fields of refugee studies, human rights, and US military bases in the second half of the twentieth century.