Kaifa Roland

Kaifa Roland

Faculty: Cultural Anthropology

Kaifa.Roland@colorado.edu

Kaifa Roland is an Associate Professor of Anthropology at the University of Colorado-Boulder, she has conducted extensive field research in Cuba, with a regional focus on the Caribbean and the broader African Diaspora. Kaifa's first book-length ethnography — entitled Cuban Color in Tourism and La Lucha (Oxford University Press 2011) – describes the shifting intersections of race, class, sexuality, and belonging. From her research interests, she has developed a course curriculum that considers the global processes that have shaped cultural practice in Cuba and the Caribbean historically and analyzes a variety of popular responses to the pressures of global capitalism today.

Kaifa's research in cultural anthropology maintains specific interests in:

  • Tourism
  • National identity
  • Racial and gender constructions
  • Popular cultural practices
  • Critiques of capitalism.