My research is in the area of cultural anthropology with specific interests in tourism, national identity, racial and gender constructions, popular cultural practices, and critiques of capitalism. With a regional focus on the Caribbean and the broader African Diaspora, I have conducted extensive field research in Cuba. My first booklength ethnography — entitled Cuban Color in Tourism and La Lucha (Oxford University Press 2011) — describes the shifting intersections of race, class, sexuality, and belonging (see Prologue).  My next research project will investigate how entrepreneurs of African descent are negotiating the new politcal economic context in Raul Castro’s Cuba.

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