Cuban American Harvard professor and Castro apologist Jorge Dominguez placed on leave after sexual harassment allegations

John Suarez reports in News from the Cuban Exile Quarter:

Professor Jorge Dominguez is wrong on sexual harassment and wrong on Cuba.

Can rationalizing the behavior of tyrants lead to a deterioration in personal behavior?
Jorge I. Dominguez in Havana, Cuba in October 10-12, 2002

Harvard Professor Jorge Ignacio Dominguez is in the news. He has been placed on leave amid sexual misconduct allegations. The allegations stretch over decades into the present. The Chronicle of Higher Education has published an extensive article on the first allegation that was made in 1983 by a junior professor in his department.

The Harvard professor, it appears, has been exposed as a decades long sexual predator, but what of his academic work? Capitol Hill Cuban referenced a CBS article where Dominguez described Cuban dictator Raul Castro as “a very practical man… a problem solver,” and claims that he is a “reformer.”

The same article reports that Cuban dissidents, among them Oswaldo Payá, had “issued statements saying the government has not done enough and all political prisoners should be released,” and Payá, in a press release, expressed anger that visiting Vatican Foreign Minister Dominique Mamberti is not meeting with opposition forces during his visit here.”Prior to his 2012 death Oswaldo Payá Sardiñas who in 2002 had won the European Union’s Sakharov Prize, and been nominated for thee Nobel Peace Prize after mobilizing tens of thousands of Cubans to petition the Castro regime for human rights reforms, is rarely, if at all mentioned by Harvard’s resident Cuba scholar.

This blog has cited Professor Dominguez on four occasions over the past decade, and one of them was a correction for a factual misstatement made by the Harvard academic. The first was in 2009 where he is cited describing the cost to Cuba of the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991. In 2010 Dr. Dominguez was referenced in a program for a Catholic Social Week in Cuba at Casa San Juan María Vianney.  It was the kind of program that martyred Cuban dissident and Catholic layman, Oswaldo Payá Sardiñas, would criticize in March of 2012 as part of the process of fraudulent change.  Payá was murdered by General Raul Castro’s agents on July 22, 2012.

On July 31, 2014 Professor Dominguez was interviewed on PBS and downplayed and misrepresented the outlaw nature of the Castro regime. Nevertheless, he unintentionally exposed the dangerous complacency of the U.S. government in its relations with the Castro regime. On August 4, 2014 a correction was issued, challenging the Dr. Dominguez’s claim that “the number of political prisoners is effectively zero.” Eighty six current political prisoners were then identified, a partial listing, and there are still political prisoners in Cuba today in 2017.

Ann Louise Bardach in a August 14, 2015 article in Politico, “Obama’s Favorite Castro” quoted Jorge Dominguez, who she described as “Harvard’s resident Cuba scholar” in which he favorably compared Cuban military prowess to American and Russian failures during the same period.

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5 thoughts on “Cuban American Harvard professor and Castro apologist Jorge Dominguez placed on leave after sexual harassment allegations”

  1. Oh, my. How very inconvenient, and the timing is most unfortunate. Also, the professor isn’t even brown, or at least he can pass for white (you know, like Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz), though he can always claim to be “Latino” anyway, as I expect he does. As for Harvard, aka the Immaculate Correction, and its remarkably tolerant handling (or non-handling) of such behavior, especially a repeated pattern over some 35 years, you’d better believe the professor’s politics was a critical attenuating factor, as he surely realized–just ask Vil Clinton. However, I’m afraid #MeToo will not be amused.

    I need not remind anybody here that this is the man who served as advisor to UM president Julio Frenk regarding the disemboweling, I mean reformation, of UM’s Institute of Cuban and Cuban American Studies, which has apparently been put on indefinite hold, not to say it’s been put down. I am sure I speak for all of us in urging Dr. Frenk to give us his presidential view on this regrettable sexual harassment situation. After all, no opportunity for virtue signaling should be wasted by someone of his, uh, stature.

  2. Still, in the professor’s defense, he does not look nearly as porcine and Neanderthalish as Harvey Weinstein.

  3. If you Google “Jorge Dominguez Harvard,” you’ll see the media is all over this story, which surprised me–till I realized it’s not because of the rascabucheador (groper in Havana dialect), who means absolutely nothing outside narrow academic circles, but because this involves Harvard, an entity everyone knows, which makes the story far more marketable. And let’s face it, Harvard has been exceedingly, uh, remiss, especially considering its Olympian pretensions.

    Harvard knew about this guy as far back as 1983, when he was disciplined, however lightly and ineffectually, meaning he was found guilty of “serious misconduct.” Evidently, he didn’t reform, and like Hollywood with Weinstein, I fully expect Harvard knew it and let it pass. Now, in the current frenzy for virtue signaling even if the offender is otherwise PC, Harvard stands to lose as much if not more than Mr. Roving Hands–though it will no doubt go into damage control mode and try to project righteous indignation.

    However, lest I be thought vindictive given my known contempt for Cubanoids, I have come up with the perfect extenuating alibi for the professor: the classic Stereotype Defense. I mean, if Castro, Inc. gets away with the notorious Mammy Brigade as typical Cuban folklore, Dominguez can say something like this:

    “I am just a hot-blooded and machista Latin lover; it’s a cultural thing, and I cannot be held to the standards of white first-world people. We must allow for cultural diversity, just as even hardcore feminists will not go after Muslim men for their treatment of women.”

    Could I have made a brilliant lawyer or what?

  4. According the a Miami Herald article updated yesterday (3/7), the 18 women accusing Jorge Dominguez of sexual harassment include both colleagues and students, and the reported incidents go from 1978-2015. Many were reported directly to Harvard administration (which is obviously in damage control mode now).

    Dominguez was born in Havana in 1945 and left Cuba in 1960. His most recent book (2017) is titled Social Policies and Decentralization in Cuba: Change in the Context of 21st Century Latin America (we all know what kind of change), but what’s really noteworthy is that it was co-authored with several Cuban academics on the island–all of whom are bound to be, uh, compromised as part of the official Castro establishment. One would expect this sort of, uh, collaboration from a Julia Sweig, but someone in Dominguez’s position should have had considerably higher standards.

    UM president Julio Frenk, formerly on the Harvard staff, “recently” asked or commissioned Dominguez to write a report with recommendations on what to do with the Center for Cuban Studies (ICCAS) at UM, but it is not clear whether this was before or after Frenk essentially dismantled the former ICCAS.

    So there you have it. Try breathing through your mouth, or the stench may get to you.

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