Ada Ferrer's research focuses on the themes of race and slavery, and nationalism and revolution in the nineteenth-century Caribbean and Atlantic World. Her first book, Insurgent Cuba: Race, Nation, and Revolution, 1868-1898, was a study of Cuba’s multiracial movement for national independence. The book focuses on the unfolding, and eventual undoing, of a vibrant social movement that advocated not only independence from Spain but also the end of slavery and the elimination of racism. Her current research centers on the intellectual, political, and social impact of the Haitian Revolution (1791-1803) in Cuba and the Atlantic World.