Dr. Rainer Schultz is the Center Director for the Consortium for Advanced Studies Abroad/Cuba Divisional Center. As the Director, he is charged with the overall responsibility for administering the CASA-Cuba program, including its day-to-day academic and programmatic management, student advising, liaising with CASA’s partner institutions in Havana and supervision of local faculty and staff.

He previously worked with the Cuban Studies Program at Harvard University and the Harvard College Program in Cuba. As a historian, his research focuses on education, development, and nationalism in republican and revolutionary Cuba with a special attention to American and Soviet influence. His doctoral research in Cuba and the US was sponsored by grants from the Mellon Foundation and the German DAAD, among others.

As an undergraduate at Humboldt University, Berlin, Dr. Schultz was an exchange student in Havana himself in 2000. In Cuba, he has taught at the University of Havana and worked for Cuban journals such as Temas and OnCuba.

Tel. + 53 7 835-1569


Dr. Hope Bastian is the Associate Director for the Consortium for Advanced Studies Abroad/Cuba Divisional Center. Since 2014 she has been a professor at the Colegio Universitario San Gerónimo de La Habana, Universidad de La Habana. Her research looks at social capital, social networks and social mobility and economic and social inequalities in contemporary Havana. As an anthropologist she has done research in Cuba since 2012. Her PhD research in Havana from 2012-14 was funded by a National Science Foundation Doctoral Dissertation Grant.

As Associate Director Dr. Bastian assists in academic programming, extracurricular activities, and private cross-cultural support and overseas housing. She will be your first point of contact for everyday concerns and challenges. Before joining the consortium team she directed study abroad programs for American University and CIEE in Havana. She has also worked in Cuba at the Martin Luther King Center in Marianao, and as a public health reporter for MEDICC Review. Dr. Bastian was an exchange student in Havana in 2002.

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