L. Kaifa Roland (pdf)
University of Colorado at Boulder
Hale Hall 444 / UCB 233
Anthropology Department
Boulder, Colorado 80309-0233
(303)-492-8022; Kaifa.Roland@Colorado.edu

Ph.D. in Cultural Anthropology, Duke University, 2004
M.A. in African Studies, Howard University, 1994
B.A. in Third World Studies (Africa/Latin America), Oberlin College, 1991

Research and Teaching Interests
Anthropology and Tourism
Cuban Culture and Nationalism
Comparative of Caribbean Cultures
Diaspora and Global Flows
Culture in Sports
Metaphor in Contemporary Black Music
Politics of Hair
Post-Socialism and Globalization
Zora Neale Hurston

Academic Positions
University of Colorado at Boulder, Associate Professor of Anthropology, 2006–present. Courses taught: Anthropology and Race (graduate seminar); Anthropology of Tourism; Brown Studies: A toolkit for and about the Mixed and Multiracial; The Caribbean in Post-colonial Perspective; Core Seminar in Cultural Anthropology (graduate seminar); Cuban Culture: Race, Gender, and Power; Ethnography and the Ethnographic (graduate seminar).  Global Seminar in Cuba: Race, Power and Tourism in Contemporary Cuba; Popular Culture(s); Star Trek and the Next Generation of Anthropology; Zora Neale Hurston, Anthropologist

Kenyon College, Visiting Professor in Anthropology, 2004–2006. Courses taught: Cuban Culture: Race, Gender; and Power; Zora Neale Hurston, Anthropologist; Introduction to Cultural Anthropology

Kenyon College, Visiting Instructor in Anthropology/Dissertation Fellow, 2003–2004. Courses taught: Contemporary Culture in Cuba and the Caribbean, Anthropology of Tourism

Duke University, Instructor, Spring 2003 and Fall 1999. Courses taught: Contemporary Culture in Cuba and the Caribbean, University Writing Program

Duke University, Graduate Assistant, Fall 1998–Fall 2002.
Courses taught: Culture and Politics of the Caribbean; Anthropology of Race; Crossing Cultures; American Values; Senior Honors Seminar

Peer-reviewed Publications

2017. “How Bodies Matter: Yesterday’s America Today.” HAU: Journal of Ethnographic Theory 7 (1): 441–447.

2014. “Between Belonging and the F/Act of Niggerisation.” In Trayvon Martin, Race, and “American Justice:”Writing Wrong. K.J Fasching-Varner, A. Dixson, R. Reynolds, K. Albert, eds. Pp. 215–220. Rotterdam, The Netherlands: Sense Publishers.

2013.  “T/Racing Belonging through Cuban Tourism.” Cultural Anthropology. 28(3):396–419. (see also CA’s Supplemental Website)

2011. Cuban Color in Tourism and La Lucha: An Ethnography of Racial Meanings. New York: Oxford University Press.

2010. “Tourism and the Commodification of Cubanidad.” Tourist Studies. 10(1):3–18.

2006. “Tourism and the Negrificación of Cuban Identity.” Transforming Anthropology. 14(2):151–162.

Non-Peer-reviewed Publications
2015. “I Will Not Call Her Name: An Ethno-Poem on Racial and Gendered Violence.” Savage Minds: Notes and Queries in Anthropology (blog).

2015. “Moving Beyond Microagressions: In Hale and Beyond.” Hale Herald 23(16: December 8).

2014. “The Future at Last: Unraveling the Embargo on Cuba.” Savage Minds: Notes and Queries in Anthropology (blog).

2008. “After Fidel, Much the Same.” Round-table commentary for Transforming Anthropology 16(1):72-73.

2002. “Yolanda T. Moses: 1996-1997” in Celebrating a Century of the American Anthropological Association: Presidential Portraits, eds., Regna Darnell and Frederic W. Gleach. American Anthropological Association, Lincoln, NE, University of Nebraska Press.

Works in Progress

* Black Hair Do’s: Televisual and Autoethnographic Reflections. In progress for submission to Journal of American Culture (theme issue Visions of Black Womanhood in American Culture)

Research Conducted
Doctoral Dissertation: “El Color No Importa? Tourism and Race in Contemporary Cuba”

Master’s Thesis: “Manifestations of African Consciousness in Brazil: the Evolution of the Movimento Negro Unificado

Awards and Fellowships

Center to Advance Research in the Social Sciences (CARTSS) Award, 2009-2010
Dean’s Fund for Excellence Award, Summer 2009
Kenyon College Dissertation Fellow, 2003–2004
Graduate School Summer Research Fellow, 2003
John Hope Franklin Teaching Award, Spring 2003
Graduate School International Dissertation Research Award, 2001–2002
John Hope Franklin Graduate Fellow, 2000–2001
Atlantic Working Group of Oceans Connect Travel Award, Fall 2000
Center for International Studies Summer Travel Award, 2000
Duke University Tuition Scholarship and Stipend, 1998–2003

Invited Presentations

“Navigating Racialized Space: Notes on Bodies and Borders” Panel Discussant, Borders Conference, University of Colorado-Boulder. September 30, 2017.

“Shades of Belonging in Cuban Tourism,” Guest Lecture, Introduction to Culture and Society (Instructor: Dr. Mary Slade). California State University-San Bernardino, CA. May 16, 2016.

“The More Things Change…Touristic Nostalgia in Tomorrow’s Cuba,” California State University-San Bernardino, CA. May 16, 2016.

“The More Things Change…Touristic Nostalgia in Tomorrow’s Cuba,” Cuba in Transition Symposium. Colorado State University, Ft. Collins, CO. April 15, 2016.

“Ethics and Ethnography: Power to the Peoples” Panel Discussant,  Ethnographic Turn Conference, University of Colorado-Boulder. October 1, 2016.

“Thinking Through Difference: From Theory to Practice” Workshop Panelist (with Dr. Bianca Williams), University of Colorado-Boulder, Anthropology Department, February 26, 2016.

“Paper Promises: Troubled Temporarilities and Uncertain Citizens,” Panel Discussant, The Fantastic and the Banal Conference, University of Colorado-Boulder. September 27, 2013.

“Shades of Belonging in Cuban Tourism,” Research Network on Racial and Ethnic Inequality/Sociology Department Race Network.  Duke University, Durham, NC. March 25, 2013.

“Talk about Teaching,” Caribbean Initiative Teaching Symposium. Beloit College, Beloit, WI. March 22, 2013.

“Shades of Belonging in Cuban Tourism,” Caribbean Initiative Lecture Series. Beloit College, Beloit, WI. March 21, 2013.

“Shifting Livelihoods: The Production and Consumption of Identites,” Panel Discussant, Ethnography and Biography Conference, University of Colorado-Boulder, September 28, 2012.

Poder Popular: Revolutionary Lessons for Egypt from Haiti and Cuba,” Latin American Studies Center Faculty Speaker Series, University of Colorado-Boulder, February 17, 2011.

“Dangerous Others,” Panel Discussant, States of Belonging Conference, University of Colorado-Boulder, September 24, 2010.

“Background to Contemporary Haiti,” Haiti Earthquake Activism. Stearns East Residence Hall, Williams Village, University of Colorado-Boulder. January 2010.

“Screaming into the Abyss/A Luta Continua” Panel Discussant (Voice and Visibility: Memory, Subjectivity, and the State), Memory + Truth Conference, University of Colorado-Boulder.  September 25, 2009.

“Tourism  in Cuba” Guest lecture in Race, Gender and Globalization course, University of Colorado-Boulder, Department of Ethnic Studies, March 2009.

“Relationships in the Field” Graduate student methodology workshop, University of Colorado-Boulder, Department of Anthropology.  October 6, 2008.

“Tourism in Cuba” Developing Areas Research and Training (DART), University of Colorado-Boulder, Department of Geography. November 16, 2006.

“Race and Tourism in Cuba” Cultural Anthropology Subdisciplinary Session, 50th Anniversary Celebration, University of Colorado-Boulder Anthropology Department, September 2006.

Papers Presented

“Raciality in Cuba, Yesterday and Today” Annual Meeting of the American Anthropological Association, New Orleans, Louisiana, November 2010.

Hope, Change and the Revolutionary Reality Check: Haiti and Cuba’s Lessons for Obama’s America” Joint Conference of the Society for the Anthropology of North America and Association of Black Anthropologists, Denver, Colorado. April 17, 2010.

Three Centuries of La Lucha Cubana” Annual Meeting of the American Anthropological Association, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  December 4, 2009.

“Poking and Prying with Purpose: The Ethnographic Writings of Zora Neale Hurston,” Annual Meeting of the American Anthropological Association, San Francisco, California, November 2008.

“Race, Religion and Globalization in Cuban Tourism: Skin Color, Adornment, Money,” Race, Religion and Globalization Annual Symposium, John Hope Franklin Institute/Duke University, May 2001.

“Spotlight on Cuba: Illuminating Diaspora Issues for the New Millennium,” Blacks in the Diaspora, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill Student Academic Conference, February 2001.

Cuba’s Still Red and Waiting: Dynamics of Waiting and Time in the Special Period,” Still Red? Socialisms in Practice, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill Cultural Studies Conference, December 2000.

Spanish (fluent)
French (reading comprehension)
Portuguese (reading comprehension)

Professional Associations
American Anthropological Association
American Ethnological Society
Association of Black Anthropologists
Society for Cultural Anthropologists
Society for Latin American and Caribbean Anthropology