Dalia Antonia Caraballo Muller


Dr. Dalia Antonia Caraballo Muller.

Dalia Antonia Caraballo Muller


Dalia Antonia Caraballo Muller



History of Latin America & the Caribbean; The Atlantic World; Imperialism and Colonialism; Political History; Transnational History


  • PhD, University of California, Berkeley, 2007
  • MA, University of California, Berkeley, 2002
  • BA, Yale University, 1999


Dr. Dalia Antonia Caraballo Muller is Associate Professor of Latin American and Caribbean History at the University at Buffalo. She formerly served as Associate Director of UB’s Caribbean and Latin American Studies Program (2009-2016), Director of UB’s University Honors College (2017-2020) and Associate Dean of Undergraduate Education (2017-2020). A graduate of Yale University (BA) and the University of California, Berkeley where she obtained her MA and PhD, Dr. Caraballo Muller dedicates herself to the twin (and intertwined) passions of historical research in her field and educational program development for social and planetary good. The through line that connects her historical work and her work in education is the concept of “impossibility.” She is currently researching African and Afro-descended intellectuals in early 20th century Cuba who thought at the limits of the possible as they staked claims to rights, dignity and equality in a world that denied their full humanity. In the classroom, Dr. Caraballo Muller invites her students to stretch their minds and think at the limits of the possible in order to dream up new futures for our ailing world and planet. 

Dr. Caraballo Muller is the author of Cuban Émigrés and Independence in the Nineteenth-Century Gulf World (UNC Press, 2017),  fellow of the SUNY Hispanic Leadership Institute, and founder of the Impossible Project


Research and Pedagogical Collaborations

Computing for Social Good (C4SG), UB Computer Science and Engineering
Impossible Project: Making Computing Anti-racist (Co-pi,Mozilla Sponsored Responsible Computing Grant)
Faculty partners: Atri Rudra and Kenny Joseph

Arts Management UB, College of Arts and Sciences
Impossible Project: Decolonizing the Brooklyn Museum
Faculty partner: Miriam Paeslack

UB School of Management, CLOE Global 
Impossible Project: Solve a Global Problem
Faculty partner: Dorothy Siaw-Asamoah

UB School of Education
Research Collaboration on Gaming and Utopian World Building (K-12)
Faculty partner: Christopher Proctor

Selected Publications


"The Gulf World and Other Frameworks," The American Historian, 16 (May 2018), 16-23

“Latin America and the Question of Cuban Independence,” The Americas, 68:2, October 2011: 209-239.


  • SUNY Hispanic Leadership Institute Fellow, Spring 2020
  • History Faculty Research Fund, UB, Spring 2016, Fall 2017.
  • Dr. Nuala McGann Drescher Leave Program Fellowship, UB, Spring 2014
  • Humanities Institute Research Fellowship, UB, Fall 2012. 
  • SUNY Faculty Diversity Program Fellow, 2009
  • Henry Morse Stephens Memorial Fellowship, 2003 and 2004
  • Tinker Summer Research Grant, 2002
  • Eugene Cota-Robles Fellowship, 2000


  • Latin American Studies Association
  • African American Intellectual History Society 
  • New York African Studies Association
  • American Historical Association
  • Caribbean Studies Association
  • Conference on Latin American History