Carlos Eire is the Riggs Professor of History and Religious Studies at Yale University. He was born in Cuba, from which he was evacuated as a young boy after the Communist takeover. He took his PhD from Yale in 1979, and specializes in the social, intellectual, religious, and cultural history of late medieval and early modern Europe, with a strong focus on both the Protestant and Catholic Reformations; the history of popular piety; and the history of death. He has written extensively in his field, and his book of childhood memoirs from the Cuban Revolution, Waiting for Snow in Havana, won the National Book Award in Nonfiction in 2003. His survey history of the Reformation, and his second book of memoirs, “Learning to Die in Miami,” are expected to be released this year.