Rafael M. Hernández is the Chief Editor of Temas, Cuba’s leading magazine in the social sciences. He has been professor at the University of Havana; Director of U.S. studies at the Centro de Estudios sobre América (a think tank of the Cuban Communist Party Central Committee); a Senior Research Fellow at the Instituto “Juan Marinello” in Havana. He has taught as a visiting professor at Harvard, Columbia, the University of Texas, the University of Puerto Rico; CIDE and ITAM in Mexico, Renmin University in China; and served as visiting scholar at the Wilson Center (Washington DC), and the Institute of Developing Economies (Tokyo). He has published on Cuban and U.S. policies, inter-American relations, international security, migration, and Cuban culture, civil society, and politics. He coedited U.S.–Cuban Relations in the 1990s (1989) and Culturas Encontradas: Cuba y los Estados Unidos (2001). He authored Looking at Cuba. Essays on Culture and Civil Society (2001), The Other War. Studies on Strategy and International Security (2001) and Vietnam, China and Cuban Foreign Policies towards the United States (2015), coauthored The History of Havana (2006), and coedited Play Ball! Debating US-Cuban Relations (2015). He received the LASA Academic Excellence Award (2008).