A native of Havana, Cuba, Jose I. Domínguez, Ph.D., immigrated to the United States when he was 15 years old, soon after the eruption of the Cuban Revolution. Influenced by the politics of the time, he developed a further interest in history in high school. He attended Yale University as an undergraduate student, receiving a Bachelor of Arts in 1967. Thereafter, he attended Harvard University, where he earned a Master of Arts and Doctor of Philosophy in political science in 1968 and 1972, respectively. Remaining with Harvard University for the duration of his career, he started as an assistant professor in 1972, ascending the ranks to full professor of government until 1993. From 1993 to 1996, he served as a Frank G. Thomson professor of government, as well as a Clarence Dillon professor of international affairs from 1996 to 2006. Since that time, he served as Antonio Madero professor for the study of Mexico, becoming emeritus in 2018.
During his tenure at Harvard, Dr. Domínguez also acted as chair of Latin American and Iberian studies from 1979 to 1983 and again from 1990 to 1993, the acting director and director of the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs between 1995 and 2006, vice provost for international affairs from 2006 to 2015, and chair of the Harvard Academy for International and Area Studies from 2004 to 2018. In the early 1980s, he also sat as chair of the board of trustees of the Latin American Scholarship Program of American Universities, having also served on the advisory council at the Club de Madrid since 2001.
In light of his outstanding contributions to the education industry, Dr. Domínguez was the recent recipient of a Lifetime Academic Award from the Cuba section of the Latin American Studies Association in 2010 and past recipient of the Joseph Levenson Memorial Teaching Award from Harvard University in 1991.
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