Emily Kirk

SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellow


Email: Emily.Kirk@dal.ca
Phone: 902-494-2221
Fax: 902-494-2105
Mailing Address: 
Department of International Development Studies 3010 McCain Building 6135 University Ave. Dalhousie University PO Box 15000 Halifax, NS, Canada B3H 4R2
Research Topics:
  • Cuba
  • Latin American Development Studies
  • Gender/Sexual Diversity
  • Global Health Practices
  • South-South Cooperation


B.A. (Hons.) Dalhousie University

M.Phil. University of Cambridge

Ph.D. University of Nottingham

Research Areas

My research interests focus on global health, Latin American development issues, and south-south cooperation. Much of my work focuses on Cuba, where I have carried out extensive research. I am currently writing about the different aspects of the Cuban Development Model, particularly regarding healthcare and education. My research also more broadly examines south-south cooperation and its impact on developing countries.

Teaching Interests

US-Cuba Relations

Latin American Political History

Cuban Development Model

Women in Revolution

Global Health

My teaching interests include topics on US-Cuba Relations (1895 to date), Revolutionary Cuban History, Latin American History & Development, and Global Health. My courses often focus on divisive topics, which are explored and analyzed in depth to illuminate complex histories, ideologies, and concepts.

My teaching philosophy is based on the view that learning is at its best when active and participatory. I believe it is crucial for students to engage with the material in order to think critically. My classes are conducted in an interactive and participatory manner so that students have the opportunity to fully engage with their peers and the material in the classroom.

Selected publications


Kirk, Emily J. (2017). Cuba’s Gay Revolution: Normalizing Sexual Diversity Through a Health-Based Approach. Lanham: Lexington Press.

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Refereed Journal Articles and Book Chapters

Kirk, Emily J. (2017). “Minority Report: Cuban Gays in the International Media”. International Journal of Cuban Studies. Vol. 9 No. 1: 117-126.

Kirk, Emily J. (2017). “Dealing with the Perfect Storm: Cuban Disaster Management”. Studies in Political Economy. Vol. 98 No 1: 93-103.

Chris Walker and Emily J. Kirk. (2017). “Pitfalls of Polarized Internationalism: Protest against Cuban Medical Solidarity”. Studies in Political Economy. Vol. 98 No. 1: 82-91.

John M. Kirk, Emily J. Kirk and Chris Walker. (2016). “Mais Médicos: Cuba's Medical Internationalism Program in Brazil”. Bulletin of Latin American Research Vol. 35 No. 4: 467-480. 

Kirk, Emily J. (2015). “The Changing Dynamics of Sexuality: CENESEX and the Revolution”. Chapter in Continuity and Change under Raúl Castro: The Contemporary Cuban Reader. Eds. Philip Brenner, Marguerite Rose Jiménez, John M. Kirk, and William M. LeoGrande. Lanham: Rowman & Littlefield. 433-440.

Kirk, Emily J. (2011). “Setting the Agenda for Cuban Sexuality: The Role of Cuba’s CENESEX”. Canadian Journal of Latin American and Caribbean Studies. Vol. 36 No. 72: 143-163.  

Kirk, Emily J. (2011). “Operation Miracle: A New Vision of Public Health?”. International Journal of Cuban Studies. Vol. 3 No. 4: 366-381.  

Kirk, Emily J., and John M. Kirk. (2010). “One of the World’s Best-Kept Secrets: Cuban Medical Cooperation in Haiti”. Cuban Studies. Vol. 41: 166-173.

Kirk, Emily J., John M. Kirk and Norman Girvan. (2010). “Selective Commendation, Selective Indignation: Recent Media Coverage of Cuba”. Counterpunch. 16/18 April. (http://www.counterpunch.org/2010/04/16/selective-commendation-selective-indignation/). Also published as “La reciente cobertura de Cuba en los medios: Elogios selectivos, indignación selectiva”. Cubadebate. 20 April. (http://www.cubadebate.cu/especiales/2010/04/20/cuba-haiti-elogios-selectivos/). 

Book Reviews

Kirk, Emily J. (2016). “Revolutionary Cuba: A History”. Florida Historical Quarterly, Winter 2016.

Kirk, Emily J. (2015). “Where No Doctor Has Gone Before: Cuba’s Place in the Global Health Landscape”. Bulletin of Latin American Research, Vol. 35 No. 1. 122-123.

Other Publications

Kirk, Emily J. (2014). “Global Health Trends and LGBT: Developing Rights with Doctors”. Spanish, Portuguese, Latin American Studies and Translation Review. Vol. 2 (Spring): 8.

Kirk, John M. and Emily J. Kirk. (2010). “The Spring of Discontent: Human Rights in Cuba and Honduras, 2010”. Cuba-L Analysis. 19 May. (http://palgrave.typepad.com/yaffe/2010/05/human-rights-in-cuba-and-honduras-2010-the-spring-of-discontent.html). Albuquerque, New Mexico.