Cuban and Caribbean Studies Institute

Tulane University

Carolina Caballero

Professor of Practice - Spanish and Portuguese

Contact Info

Department Affiliation
Spanish and Portuguese


  • B.A., Wofford College, History and Spanish, 1994
  • M.A., University of North Carolina, Romance Languages, 1997
  • Ph.D., University of North Carolina, Romance Languages, 2004

Academic Experience

  • Associate Director, Cuban and Caribbean Studies Institute 2010-
  • Lecturer, Tulane University, 2008-
  • Assistant Professor, Regis University, 2005-2008
  • Instructor, University of Colorado-Boulder, 2004-2005
  • Lecturer, University of Colorado-Boulder, 2003-2004
  • Teaching Fellow, University of North Carolina, 1994-2002

Research & Teaching Specializations: Contemporary Latin American literature, Cultural Studies, Cuba

Related Experience

  • Associate Director, Institute for Cuban and Caribbean Studies, Stone Center for Latin American Studies, Tulane University, 2012-
  • Co-Director, Tulane’s Summer Program in Havana, 2012, 2013, 2014
  • Course Coordinator, Tulane University Department of Spanish and Portuguese, Spring 2009, 2010, 2011, 2013, Academic year 2013-2014
  • Resident Director, Newcomb-Tulane Junior Year Abroad in Cuba, 2009
  • Academic Policies and Standards Committee, Regis University, 2007-2008


  • Simón Rodríguez Award for Best Undergraduate Teaching, 2013
  • NEH Grant, 2006
  • University of Florida Research Grant in Latin American Studies, 2005
  • FLAS Fellowship, 2001-2002


  • Spanish
  • Portuguese

Selected Publications

  • 2013. “Madres, tiranas y rebeldes: los personajes femeninos en la obra teatral de Pedro R. Monge Rafuls.” Pp. 112-123 in Celebrando a Virgilio Piñera. Miami: Pro Teatro Cubano.
  • 2012. “Aquí, allá, ahora: Un ciclo de lecturas necesarias.” Tablas: Revista Cubana de las Artes Escénicas Vol. XCVIII: 100-102.
  • 2009. “Una cubana in the Borderlands in La hija de la Llorona by Teresa Dovalpage.” Latin American Theatre Review, Fall: 27-39.
  • 2007. “El teatro bufo.” In The Colombia Encyclopedia of Modern Dance, Vol. I. Gabrielle H. Cody and Evert Sprinchorn, eds. New York: Columbia University Press. 203-204.
  • 2007. “Review of Family and Identity in Contemporary Cuban and Puerto Rican Drama, by Camila Stevens.” Hispanófila. June: 107-108.
  • 2007. “Review of El teatro cubano durante la república: Cuba detrás del telón by Matías Montes Huidobro.” Hispanófila. January: 91-92..
  • 2004. “The Queering of Cuban History: Carmelita Tropicana and Memories of the Revolution.” Latin American Theatre Review. Spring: 127-140.

Recently-Taught Latin American-Related Courses: Introduction to Hispanic Literatures; Social Problems in Latin American Literature; Introduction to Latino Studies; Introduction to Latin American Culture; Culture and Society: Cuba; Advanced Spanish Grammar and Composition

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Upcoming Events

Celebrate Caribbean culture and heritage during Caribbean Carnival of New Orleans

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Bayou Bacchanal, the original Caribbean Carnival of New Orleans, is back for its 16th annual celebration of Caribbean culture and heritage. Presented by Friends of Culture, Bayou Bacchanal will include two days of Caribbean cuisine, dance, music and celebration.

World Wide Dance
Beginning Friday, November 2 stop by the newly-opened, Algiers based, Haitian restaurant Rendezvous, for World Wide Dance. This late-night dance party begins at 10:00 p.m. and doesn’t end until the final dancer clears the floor. Enjoy live sets by locally and regionally based, Trinidadian DJ Phil and DJ Spice. Admission is $10 in advance and $12 at the door and includes access to the World Wide Dance celebration. A cash bar and bites from Rendezvous will be available for purchase.

Bayou Bacchanal Parade and Party
After an evening of dancing and celebrating, rest up for the annual Bayou Bacchanal Parade on Saturday, November 3. Assembly begins at 11:00 a.m. and the parade takes off at noon from Harrah’s. Parade-goers are welcome to come dressed in traditional carnival attire while engaging, marching and dancing to the beats of Soca music along with Casa Samba throughout the French Quarter. The parade’s final destination will be at North Peters & Mandeville Street where the party will then transition to Crescent Park.

From 2:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m. several Dancehall, Soca and Reggae performers will grace the Bayou Bacchanal stage for this daylong festival. Guests can expect live performances by local, national and international artists such as: Soca Artist Preacher, Pan Vibrations, Tigress of Trinidad & Tobago, and Mystic of Trinidad & Tobago.

Beats will be provided by DJ Spice and hosted by Lady Pepper. Authentic Caribbean foods, drinks and special merchandise will be available for purchase. Trini Lisa and Boswell’s will be among the official vendors for Bayou Bacchanal 2018. Fest-goers can expect Caribbean staples such as salt fish, curry goat and roti. Tropical drinks including ginger beer, passionfruit juice and Sorrel will also be available. Guests are also encouraged to dress in tradition Carnival attire for a chance to win a grand prize of $2000.

Admission to the Bayou Bacchanal fest is $15 in advance and $20 at the door. For more information on Bayou Bacchanal or Friend of Culture, visit their onsite information booth during the festival or click here.

Bayou Bacchanal Post Party
Closeout Bayou Bacchanal at Island Flavor Bar and Grill and enjoy tasty Caribbean bites, music and dancing. DJ Ray will be spinning beginning at 11:00 p.m. Celebrate the closing of Bayou Bacchanal with a bang!

Forging a New World: Books & Writing in Early Spanish America, 1492-1821

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On Wednesday, November 14, the Latin American Library at Tulane University will host Dr. Hortensia Calvo, Doris Stone Director of the Latin American Library, for a talk titled, Forging a New World: Books & Writing in Early Spanish America, 1492-1821.

This presentation is part of the Tulane University Women’s Association’s Jane and Herbert Longenecker Lecture Series. The event is dedicated to María García Daly.