Kenneth Bain

Mentor: Dr. Lillian Guerra
College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
 
"I got involved with research because I've always loved to ask questions. By getting involved with research I am able to continue asking historical questions and work alongside one of the leading scholars in the field in my pursuit of knowledge."

Major

History/Spanish

Minor

Latin American Studies

Research Interests

  • U.S. Intervention
  • Latin America
  • Cuba

Academic Awards

  • University Scholars Program
  • Platinum Presidential Scholarship
  • Dean's List

Organizations

  • Phi Alpha Theta
  • Student Conduct Committee
  • Student Honor Code Administration

Volunteer

  • English Language Institute

Hobbies and Interests

  • Music
  • Film

Research Description

Deconstructing the Myth of Cuban Revolutionary Ernesto “Che” Guevara

Che Guevara is a legend of the Cuban revolution, likely second in fame, and infamy, only to Fidel Castro himself. To his supporters, Che’s contributions to the revolutionary cause within, and without, Cuba have caused him to be considered a hero. Conversely, to his opposition, Che’s actions have caused him to be considered a coldblooded murderer. My proposed research project is to discover, as best as possible, which moniker is true; Che the assassin or Che the hero. I will determine which events led him to be considered a murderer and compare those events to the actions of a different revolutionary figure from a different revolutionary engagement to determine whether or not his actions were warranted.