Dr Daliany Jerónimo Kersh
Assistant Professor in International History and International Relations
Daliany joined the School of Communications, Arts, and Social Sciences in August 2018. She holds a PhD in history from the University of Roehampton (2016); a MA in Latin American Studies, from the University of London (2012); and a First Hons in Spanish and French from Middlesex University (2011).
Her doctoral research built on the existing ‘feminisation thesis’; that given their role as primary caregivers and managers of household economies, Cuban women were disproportionately affected by severe shortages and austerity measures during the harshest economic crisis in Latin America in the twentieth century. By analysing both sixteen years of press articles from four publications and thirty personal oral history accounts from female workers employed in five alternative forms of paid work, she examined the topic through the theoretical framework of individual and collective memory.
She argues that unable to survive on a devalued state salary alone, Cuban women often combined their “main” state profession (to maintain prestige and a sense of ‘usefulness’) with informal earning strategies in order to earn more money and better manage their augmented domestic responsibilities by working from home. However, regressing into informal gendered work (such as cooking, sewing, cleaning, reselling, and providing sexual services), to a large extent represented a ‘return’ to pre-revolutionary divisions of labour and ultimately marked an end to Cuban exceptionalism in terms of gender equality.
Her second research project, titled ‘The Only Way is Up’, innovatively examines how female Latin American migrants’ social mobility trajectories change not only over space but also over time. By combining an intragenerational social mobility perspective with a life course approach (Elder, 1985), she analyses the social, economic, and cultural factors that influence female migrants’ working lives and gender ideologies over a period of thirty years.
Daliany was formally the Assistant Director for the International Institute for the Study of Cuba and is an active member of the Research Centre for the Study of the State, Power, and Globalisation (SPG). She has also organised several educational trips to Cuba
“Women’s Work in Special Period Cuba: Making Ends Meet” (2019) Palgrave Macmillan, New York
Journal of Oral History – “The epicentre of the crisis”: gender roles and the division of labour in the private sphere during the Cuban Special Period 1990-2005’, Autumn 2017, Vol 45, No.2, pp.71-80
Latin American Perspectives ––‘Returning to Pre-Revolutionary Divisions of Labor: Women’s Informal Employment during Cuba’s Post-Soviet “Special Period” Economic Crisis 1990-2005’ – Vol: 45, issue: 1, pp. 175-194
Journal of Oral History – Translation and editing credits for ‘Workers Talk about the Closure of their Sugar Mills Fifteen Years Later’ by Ana Vera Estrada Autumn 2017, Vol 45, No.2, pp.60-70
Gender and History – Review of Elizabeth S. Manley’s The Paradox of Paternalism: Women and the Politics of Authoritarianism in the Dominican Republic – Vol. 30, No.1, March 2108, pp.288-289
International Journal of Cuban Studies – Review of Marc D. Perry’s Negro Soy Yo: Hip Hop and Raced Citizenship in Neoliberal Cuba – Vol 9.2, Winter 2017, pp.266-8
Temas, Cuba – ‘El Amor al Trabajo en Tiempos de la Austeridad: el Trabajo Estatal Femenino durante el Periodo Especial’ – Jan, 2019