Genesis Lara

Mentor: Dr. Lillian Guerra
College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
"As a history major there are few things that are more gratifying that conducting your own research. As a historian of Latina/o & Caribbean history, I gain a sense of identity and purpose that I would not have otherwise gathered. This came from learning the stories of my people. It is such an empowering experience. However there were still so many unanswered questions and conducting research is the only way to shed light on these questions. I conduct research to answer questions to help give back to my community. In my community this is the kind of knowledge that transforms and empowers. Lastly, but certainly not least I love history and everything it entails."




Latin American Studies

Research Interests

  • Caribbean History
  • Latino/a History
  • African Diaspora Studies

Academic Awards

  • UF University Scholars Program
  • Ann Reagan Undergraduate Research Award


  • Hispanic Heritage Month
  • Dominican Student Organization


  • N/A

Hobbies and Interests

  • Dancing
  • Cooking

Research Description

At a Standstill: Identity and Revolution in the Dominican Republic
My research project focuses on the revolutionary period in the Dominican Republic (1961-1966). My thesis will shed light on the importance of this revolution to Latin America and global Cold War politics. As the United States feared that the Dominican Republic would become "the next Cuba", the country struggled to shape its future after the 31 year dictatorship of Rafael Leonidas Trujillo Molina. My research will explore the international support this revolution had and the different political actors who sacrificed their lives to create a constitutional democratic government in the Dominican Republic. Much of my research focuses on Dominican political theorist Juan Bosch and his influence in the revolution of Dominican Republic. This thesis is a tribute to the men and women who sacrificed their lives seeking freedom in the Dominican Republic.