Dr. Larry H. Cebula is an associate professor of history at Missouri Southern tate University-Joplin, where he has taught since 1996. His teaching specialties include the history of Latin America, the American West, and American Indians. His first book, Plateau Indians and the Quest for Spiritual Power, was nominated for the Caughey Prize for the most distinguished book on the history of the American West.
Dr. Cebula’s interest in Latin America began with a winter sojourn in Mexico and Central America in 1986. He has spent more than six months in Latin America on 10 trips, visiting 12 nations including Cuba, Mexico, Argentina and all the nations of Central America. In 2001 he gave a series of invited lectures at the Universidad Veracruzana in Xalapa, Mexico, as part of the Distinguished Scholars Program of the United States Information Agency.
In 2002 Dr. Cebula team-taught a course about Cuban history and society with Missouri Southern sociology professor David Locher. As part of that course the professors and students traveled to Cuba for an educational tour and research. Drs. Cebula and Locher returned to Cuba over New Years as leaders of an alumni and friends of the college tour group.
Dr. Cebula holds a Ph.D. in history from the College of William and Mary (1999), an M.A. from Eastern Washington University (1992), and an A.B. from the University of Chicago (1990). His current research project is a historical biography of Mark Twain.