Jane Franklin is a writer and historian whose recent
work has focused primarily on Cuba. She
is the author of Cuban Foreign
Relations: A Chronology, 1959-1982 (New York: Center for Cuban Studies,
1984); Cuba and the United States: A
Chronological History (New York and Melbourne: Ocean Press, 1997); the
expanded Spanish translation, Cuba-Estados Unidos: Cronología de una historia (La Habana: Ciencias
and Cuba and the U.S. Empire: A
Chronological History (New York: Monthly Review Press, 2016). She is
co-author of Vietnam and America
(New York: Grove Press, 1995). Her chronology of the history of Panama is in The U.S. Invasion of Panama (Boston:
South End Press, 1991).
more than two decades, Franklin was an editor and contributing editor for Cuba Update, the magazine of the
Center for Cuban Studies in New York.
She has published numerous articles in other publications (e.g., The Nation, The Progressive, Progreso Weekly, Z Magazine)
and on the Internet. She has also published poems and film reviews and has
lectured about U.S. policy toward Cuba, Vietnam, Nicaragua, El Salvador, and
Panama. She has been interviewed on
countless radio programs around the country (especially “Cuba in Focus,”
WBAI, New York City) and her television appearances include CNBC, NY1,
Democracy Now!, ABC, WSNBC, BBC, Fox News, WB11 News
TV, CN8 Comcast Network, CBC, and CNN.
Franklin was born (1934) and raised on a tobacco farm in North Carolina. She married H. Bruce Franklin (1956) and has
three children and six grandchildren.