Affiliate Faculty share an interest and enthusiasm for the Center's mission, conduct tourism research activities in conjunction with the Center, serve as thesis advisors and members, and mentor students working on sustainable tourism related research.
Cultural Awareness between Cuba and the U.S.
Professor & Researcher, Department of Anthropology
East Carolina University
Greenville, NC 27858
Community Outreach Interests
I am interested in building bridges of communication and cultural awareness between people of the United States and Cuba through my research and teaching. This is my main role and relationship here at the Center for Sustainable Tourism. I present my research through visual media and text. I have long been fascinated by the social, political, and economic structures of Cuba along with the blending of socialism with Latin American and Caribbean culture history.
I am a cultural anthropologist whose area of interest is contemporary Cuban history and culture. 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 have given several presentations nationally and internationally from East Carolina University to the University of Havana. I am also a part of an interdisciplinary research team that studies social spaces and commemorative monuments of the 1959 Revolution. Since 2005, we have documented numerous sites in both Santiago de Cuba and Havana. 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.
- "Representing the Revolution: Social Memory and the Moncada Barracks in Santiago de Cuba." Anita Waters and Luci Fernandes. 2012 (under review)
- “Cuban History and Culture” in The Encyclopedia of Anthropology. Thousand Oaks, California: Sage Publications.2006
- “Paving Paradise in the Name of Progress.” In Anthropologists at Work 3e. Nicholas F. Bellantoni and Luci L. Fernandes Editors. Boston: Pearson. 2005
ANTH 1050: Global Understanding
ANTH 2200: Cultural Anthropology
ANTH 4202/6503: Visual Anthropology
HNRS 2013: Cuba: So Near, Yet So Foreign
INTL 5000: Seminar in International StudiesINTL 6005: Communication Across Cultures