Luci Fernandes

Luci Fernandes

(PhD, U. of Connecticut, 2004)
Office: 285 Flanagan Building
Phone: 252-737-1072

About Me

I am a cultural anthropologist whose area of interest is contemporary Cuban history and culture. Since the summer of 2000, I have conducted ethnographic research on various aspects of Cuban society including resource distribution, social networks, and socialist societies in transition.

My current research involves a detailed analysis of resource distribution and social networks. I analyze how people make ends meet despite scarcity of goods, restrictions on trade and business, along with the importance of social relations to guarantee the allocation of goods and services.

I am a part of an interdisciplinary research team, which studies social spaces and commemorative monuments of the 1959 Revolution. Since 2005, we have documented numerous sites in both Santiago de Cuba and Havana. Our preliminary findings were presented in May 2011 at the Caribbean Studies Association Annual Meeting in Willemstad, Curacao, and our research has been supported in part by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation’s New Directions Initiative. Publications of this research are underway.

I received my Ph.D. from the University of Connecticut in 2004. My dissertation focused on documenting the Kichwa Indians community development project Kallari, which offers alternative economic options to people living in the Amazon Basin.

Here at ECU, I teach classes, both online and face to face for the Department of Anthropology, the International Studies and the Global Understanding Programs.

In the Fall of 2011, I created a collaborative project called “teaching diversity through music” for the Global Understanding Program. This project received support from the Office of Equity, Diversity, and Community Relations. Music was the focal point of dialogue and used to join students from around the world. Students took part in a song exchange assignment as a means of developing cultural understanding.

I teach courses both for the International Studies minor as well as core courses for the MA in International Studies, in addition to being an MA thesis advisor.

One thing that is important to my teaching and research is the use of visual anthropological methods in representing culture. I use both ethno-photography and ethnographic film to document Cuban contemporary culture.

I am excited to have created two new courses that will be offered in 2012! One for the Department of Anthropology about visual anthropology, which received funding from the BB&T Center for Leadership Development, and the other for the Honors College on Cuban history and culture.

Currently, I am the faculty advisor for both the Latino student organization SALSA and the Latina sorority for Lambda Theta Alpha Latin Sorority, Inc. (LTA)

Prior to my arrival to North Carolina in 2008, I lived in Havana, Cuba with my husband and dog, who are both now in Greenville. Living in Cuba gave me the rare and unique perspective to understand daily life on a profound level that I can share through my work in the classroom and beyond.

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Celebrate National Anthropology Day with us! We will be hosting a public open house on Thursday, February 19th from 6pm-8:30pm. See the labs, hear the presentations, and enjoy kids activities. See our Events page for more details!

Join the North Carolina Studies program for "What sea-level rise? An ethnographic account of Dare, Tyrrell and Hyde County residents' observations about environmental change" by Dr. Avenarius. More details are on the Events page.

Check out the latest Department of Anthropology Spring 2015 newsletter highlighting some of our recent activities! Download a copy here.

 Linked by live video conferencing, Internet chat software and social media, ECU students were connected with their counterparts in different countries. Anthropology 1050: Global Understanding connected with Algerian students to discuss their cultures. Read the full article at

New edited volume from the British Archaeological Reports: Excavations in the Western Negev Highlands by Dr. Benjamin Saidel and Dr. Mordechai Haiman (Israel Antiquities Authority).

Discovery is a core characteristic of pirates at ECU! See our Anthropology summer field school student, Mansi Trivedi, explain some of the discoveries in Jordan on the latest ECU Values video.

 On Tuesday January 27, Dr. Bailey and three other professors shared the ins and outs of writing and publishing. This panel of authors answered questions about why they chose to write books, how they select their publishers, and how they balance teaching, research, and writing: offering advice for would-be authors based on personal experience.