Rafael E. Tarrago

Librarian for History, Political Science, and Iberian, Ibero-American & Chicano Studies

Social Science Collection; 170B Wilson Library


Since 1995 at the University of Minnesota Libraries, I develop collections of research resources and provide on demand consultation and class presentations on how to access research resources in history, political science, and in Iberian, Latin American and Chicano/Latino Studies. I have served the Libraries in the Research and Publications Committee and in the Elections, Nominations and Appointments Committee. From 2009 to 2014 I served in the Scholarly Communication Collaborative, advocating involving faculty members and graduate students in panels and forums on open access and open education sponsored by the Libraries. Presently, in the Diversity Outreach Collaborative, I promote awareness of the increasing diversity brought about by the internationalization of education at the University of Minnesota. For 18 years I have co-coordinated a brown bag series sponsored by the Institute for Global Studies where faculty and students in Latin American Studies share research projects. I am committed to librarianship as a profession, and consider the Libraries an integral part of the University.


Master of Arts in Ibero-American Studies from the Catholic University of America

Master of Science in Library and Information Science from Simmons College Graduate School of Library and Information Science

Service to Professional Organizations

I am a member of the Seminar for the Acquisition of Latin American Library Materials (SALALM), an international organization of librarians in Latin American Studies, and of the Latin American Studies Association (LASA).

Selected Presentations & Publications

Early U.S.-Hispanic Relations, 1776-1860: an Annotated Bibliography (Metuchen, NJ: Scarecrow Press, 1994).

"The Thwarting of Cuban Autonomy," Orbis, 42 (4), Fall 1998, pp. 517-531.

"'Rights Are Taken, Not Pleaded.' Jose Marti and the Cult of the Recourse to Violence in Cuba," in The Cuban Republic and Jose Marti (New York: Lexington Books, 2006. Pp. 53-70).

"La lucha en las Cortes de Espana por el sufragio universal en Cuba," Colonial Latin American Review, 18 (3), December 2009, pp. 383-406.